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OCS hosts its 22nd annual State of the Industry and Outlook Conference

February 23, 2022  By Rock to Road Staff

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The current economic climate and what means for Ontario’s industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction sector will be the focus at the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s (OCS) 22nd annual State of the Industry and Outlook Conference.

Industry experts — including Katherine Jacobs, OCS director of research and Stuart Bergman, Export Development Canada’s deputy chief economist — will provide statistics, data and analysis to help construction industry leaders and stakeholders have a better understanding of the current state of the economy two years into a global pandemic, and what the future may hold.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been broad,” said Robert Bronk, chief executive officer of OCS. “It has profoundly changed every aspect of our business, driving inflation and construction costs, disrupting supply chains, interrupting work schedules and restricting economic activity. The OCS State of the Industry Conference will help make sense of a confusing time.”

The OCS hosts the event for the unionized construction industry. The conference will be held on March 3rd at The International Centre in Mississauga, following all relevant provincial health guidelines. The event requires pre-registration and tickets cost $75.


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Renowned Canadian journalist Steve Paikin will deliver the luncheon address. The anchor of TVO’s The Agenda, a news program covering social, political, cultural and economic issues in Canada, he has also moderated leaders’ debates in three federal and two provincial elections. He has also authored several books, including “Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half Century of Ontario Leaders.”

With the election coming soon, Mr. Paikin will offer his perspective and provide insight on the election while weighing in on how the ongoing pandemic will affect it.

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