OTTAWA — Rodrigue Gilbert will be the new president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).
Gilbert, who currently holds the position of senior vice-president of public affairs and procurement practices at CCA, will succeed current president Mary Van Buren. He will officially take over the role on May 1. Van Buren is stepping down to pursue other interests.
CCA’s board of directors established a subcommittee to conduct a robust interview process and as part of the process, Gilbert participated in a thorough interview, completed a series of tests administered by an external HR professional, presented his vision for the association and reaffirmed his commitment to the industry.
In making their decision, the board also considered the significant impact Gilbert has had at CCA over the last six years, including his advocacy work to raise the association’s profile with the federal government, the relationships and trust built with local construction associations, leadership in standard practices for construction, his bilingualism, and the knowledge he has developed in best practices in contracting by overseeing CCDC and the modernization of contracting through the new SignaSur platform, indicates an email from Brendan Nobes, chair of the CCA board of directors.
Over the next few months, Van Buren and Gilbert will work closely to ensure a smooth and strategic transition.
“I am excited to take on this new role and want to thank the board and sub-committee for their trust and confidence, and I want to thank Mary for her leadership and mentorship over the last six years,” said Gilbert in a statement. “I am ready to lead CCA forward to demonstrate the value of our industry and have our members’ voices heard and their contribution to Canada properly recognized.”