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The Heavy Construction Association of Regional Niagara (H.C.A.R.N) is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers and established to represent the interests of the civil and heavy construction industry in the Niagara Region.  Our members are Contractors, Trade Contractors, Manufacturers, Suppliers and professionals affiliated with the industry.

Most members that I spoke with recently shared the same comments and views regarding the 2015 construction season. All of which had a very busy year, operating at nearly 100% capacity, and look forward to the 2016 season with optimism in hopes that it will be as prosperous as, or better than, the last.

With this thought in mind, one of our greatest challenges is, as always, to acquire the skilled tradespersons required to meet the demands of our industry and assist in delivering excellent service to our clients. This is a problem that we all share but a good problem none the less, as it is always better to be in need of staff than to have a shortage of work resulting in loss of employment, which I am sure you could all agree.

The need to bring new workers into the heavy construction industry is something that the H.C.A.R.N has recognised for quite some time. The H.C.A.R.N has been active supporters of Niagara Colleges Civil Engineering programs through donations and Co-operative education placement.

In addition to the above, the H.C.A.R.N also hosts an annual construction career day for elementary school students. This day provides students with the opportunity to visit some of the local project sites to get a better understanding of the services that the construction industry provides. It allows students to learn more about the role that each individual has on a project, from design & engineering to the construction and development.

The HCARN executives and its members will continue to expand our efforts to the betterment of the heavy construction industry. 


Dan O’Hara, President

Heavy Construction Association of Regional Niagara


President David Gianfrancesco
V. Gibbons Contracting Ltd.
Past President Dan O'Hara
O'Hara Trucking & Excavating Inc.
Vice President Mike Gallagher
Rankin Construction Inc.
Treasurer Jim Phibbs
Circle P Paving Inc
Secretary Rob Konig
Norjohn Contracting & Paving Ltd.
Director Member Patrick DeRose
NPL Canada Limited
Director Associate Shea Gordon
Walker Aggregates Inc.


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