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OAPC to host Virtual Spring Operations Seminar


March 4, 2021
By Rock to Road

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Mississauga, Ont. – The Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council (OAPC), a council of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA), will be hosting its annual Spring Operations Seminar virtually on March 25, 2021. The virtual seminar will bring together industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss the latest technologies and best practices to prepare for the 2021 paving season. 

“We are pleased to present a virtual program that delivers valuable information to our members and industry stakeholders ahead of the paving season,” said ORBA CEO Bryan Hocking. “The virtual Spring Operations Seminar will feature lectures on cutting-edge technologies and methodologies that are transforming the future of the hot mix asphalt industry and the virtual program will provide the opportunity to share knowledge and to network.” 

Highlights from the program include: 

2021 Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MOLTSD) update: Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development will provide important information to ensure a safe and successful 2021 construction season. 

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Panel discussion on rubber tire pick-up and polymer modified asphalt mixes: Moderated by Mike Deckert, vice-president of FLO Components Ltd., panellists will dissect production and placement challenges, and use of release agents. The panellists comprise experts from the release Agent, asphalt cement and equipment manufacturing markets, and mix contractor-producers industry. 

OAPC COVID-19 Asphalt Industry Best Practices Guide: In June 2020, the OAPC developed the COVID-19 Asphalt Industry Best Practices Guide in response to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the industry, and in the lives of its workforce and families, and the general public. Doubra Ambaiowei, technical director, ORBA, will provide an in-depth overview of the guide as it relates to the production, delivery and placement of asphalt concrete. 

Employer benefits of hiring a co-op student: Melissa Deneault, employer relations consultant, Cooperative Education Department, Conestoga College. Melissa will provide an overview of the financial incentives and long-term benefits to employers that hire co-op students. 

Registration is open to ORBA members and non-members. The registration fee for members is $50 and $75 for non-members. For full details and to register please visit ORBA’s website.