TORONTO — The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) has announced that Karen Renkema will assume the role of vice-president, Ontario, in its association.
“I’m delighted to take on a leading role with an organization that walks the talk, and truly is progressive and forward thinking,” said Renkema in a statement. “I am inspired by PCA’s mandate to ensure fairness and transparency for all contractors and workers, regardless of union affiliation. Industry, buyers, governments and the public have everything to gain by a progressive and diverse construction industry that includes PCA contractors.”
Sean Reid, current PCA vice-president, Ontario, will leave the association effective Jan. 1, 2020 to launch his own small business coaching and consulting company.
Renkema has played an active role in Ontario’s construction industry for more than 12 years, starting at the Council of Ontario Construction Associations followed by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association as director of government relations, and as the lead in advocacy and government relations at PCA. Her vision is to build on Reid’s legacy in Ontario and across the country by showing that there is a better and different way for contractors and employees to work together, the statement said.
“On behalf of PCA, I’d like to welcome Karen into her new role, and thank Sean for his 10 years of service,” said Paul de Jong, president of PCA. “Sean is to be congratulated for his tremendous successes in expanding fair and open tendering and improving skills training in Ontario. Thanks to both Karen and Sean’s hard work and diligence, PCA is a strong voice that has earned the respect of government and industry.”