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Mechanical contracting industry veteran Robert Hoare, the new chair of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC), has set his sights on broadening the organization’s membership base.
Robert Hoare
Robert Hoare

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Mechanical contracting industry veteran Robert Hoare, the new chair of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC), has set his sights on broadening the organization’s membership base.

“We hope all the (national trade) associations see the value of working towards our common goals,” says the founder of Adelt Mechanical Works Ltd. of Mississauga and chair of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC).

The coalition was established in 2004 to provide an organized forum for Canada’s national trade organizations to share information and resources and also collaborate on issues of common interest.

Current members are the Canadian Roofing Contractors’ Association, Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, Canadian Masonry Contractors Association, Canadian Electrical Contractors Association, and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada in addition to MCAC.

“It is an honour to represent the major trade associations in Canada,” said Hoare, who succeeds Dartmouth’s Tom Vincent as coalition chair. “I am very excited about the opportunity to continue the excellent work that the NTCCC has started.

“As a fairly new organization, there are many challenges ahead, which just make this position that much more interesting.”

Hoare intends to devote attention to the coalition’s three top priorities: getting paid and getting paid promptly for work performed; encouraging use of unaltered forms of standard contract documents; and promoting the bid depository system.

“At the same time, we are looking to expand our dealings with other organizations such as the Construction Sector Council, on human resources issues, and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) on industry issues and use of proper documents.”

The coalition also is looking at developing a marketing strategy for the CCA-endorsed pre-purchasing of equipment and materials guide.

Hoare, who got his feet wet in the industry in 1961 as an apprentice, started his own business, Adelt Mechanical, in 1977. Active in industry circles for years, Hoare has served as treasurer, vice-president and president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Toronto. He currently chairs the association’s labour advisory board.

For the past seven years, Hoare has represented Toronto on the mechanical trades bargaining committee.

At the provincial level, he has served on the board of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario as treasurer, vice-president and then president in 2005-2006.

The NTCCC is scheduled to hold its next meeting in October.

by Patricia Williams

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