McSweeney joins Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association
By Adam FreillConstruction Construction Materials
Experienced construction association executive Michael McSweeney is the new executive director with the OSSGA.
With the announcement of the departure of executive director Norm Cheesman, the board of directors at the Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA) introduced Michael McSweeney as the organization’s new executive director.
McSweeney most recently completed a year-long project as CEO at Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA), where he successfully worked with the ORBA board to refocus its efforts to better compete in a time of unprecedented infrastructure investment in Ontario.
Prior to his work with that organization, he served as president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), a role he held for 12 years, helping to transform the CAC into a leading trade association with a key focus on competitiveness and climate change.
In addition to his work with industry associations, he has also been a city and regional councillor in Ottawa, and served as CEO of Standards Council of Canada, vice-president of business development with Archer Daniels Midland, and as vice-president of environment and public affairs with Bennett Environmental.
“On behalf of the OSSGA Board, we are pleased to have Michael as our new ED at this pivotal moment in our sector’s history,” stated OSSGA board chair Rob Pierce, of RW Tomlinson Ltd. “Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association finds itself at a crucial moment in time as all three levels of government are committed to the largest infrastructure investment and spend that our province has ever seen. With this investment our industry must broaden and deepen its relationship with our key decision makers, influencers and enablers as we work to persuade them of the fundamental importance that aggregates play in the building of our communities and the above and below infrastructure required to support that development.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity and I am honoured and privileged to work with OSSGA’s members, our allies/stakeholders, and all level of governments to fully develop the understanding of how crucial it is to have a ready source of sand, gravel and crushed stone close to the markets we serve,” said McSweeney. “Ensuring a safe and competitive environment for Ontario’s aggregate industry is fundamental to Ontario’s competitiveness.”