TORONTO — The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) has announced Romeo Milano was elected chair at its annual general meeting Feb. 25.
Milano with two partners co-founded Safetech Environmental Limited, an environmental consulting firm, in 2004.
“With more than 30 years of experience providing services to our industry, Milano brings a lot to the COCA table and to his new role leading our provincial federation,” stated COCA president Ian Cunningham in a release. “What’s more, he has extensive governance experience as a past chair and current director of the Toronto Construction Association and as a past director and current advisory council member of the Canadian Construction Association that will serve him well.”
Outgoing chair Steve Dietrich said Milano will be successful at the helm of COCA because he is so widely known and respected in the industry, because he has deep construction experience, because he is smart and wise and perhaps most of all because he is a naturally likeable person.
“I am honoured to accept the position as chair of COCA,” Milano said at the AGM. “Of all the associations I have been involved with, none has been more effective, none has had a greater impact on our industry than COCA.”
Other highlights of the virtual AGM included remarks from Ontario’s Minister of Labour Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton and the election of the provincial federation’s new board of directors and executive committee.
COCA is a federation of 29 construction associations representing 10,000 general and trade contractors that operate in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector of Ontario’s construction industry.