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On October 4, 2006, six well-established Ontario associations involved with Ontario's infrastructure got together to form a united association to speak for sustainable infrastructure. The founding associations were: Municipal Engineers Association (MEA), Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA), Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA), Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA), Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). Since that time Municipal Finance Officers' Association (MFOA) has joined OCSI to expand our representation to include municipal finance officers.
OCSI continues to seek new member associations to join with us in promoting Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure.
The Mission of the OCSI is the promotion of
"Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure".
The goals of the organization are:
- To provide professional advice relating to public infrastructure in Ontario, and promote reasonable, workable legislation relating to that subject.
- To facilitate the sharing of information among member organizations and coordinate their approaches to common issues.
- To be an authoritative, consolidated professional voice on infrastructure matters in Ontario;
- To be a resource partner that government can count on for sound proactive advice
- To promote sustainable funding.
The OCSI consists of:
OCSI News And Events
[News] PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP PRODUCES OUTCOMES
Posted on: Fri, Nov 18th, 2016
The Courageous Conversations: Procurement Workshop was held on October 21, 2016, at the University of Toronto. The workshop was co-hosted by WaterTAP, OCSI and Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO). Cole Engineering Group sponsored the event.
The workshop brought togehter a diverse set of stakeholders to identify a set of criteria for th eprocurement of sustinable municipal infrastructure. These criteria were used to identify forces that are acting in resistance to these criteria and forces that are working to achieve them.
The day concluded with an agreement to move forward with the co-hosts working to attain the criteria in connection with other procurement initiatives currently being undertaken locally and elsewhere.
Read the Preliminary Outcomes Summary document here.
[News] OCSI RELEASES OUTCOME STATEMENT
Posted on: Wed, Sep 21st, 2016
OCSI is pleased to release the Outcome Statement from the 3rd annual InfraForum held earlier this year on May 26, 2016 in Toronto.
Industry leaders from 19 organizations within Ontario's municipal and public works sectors and their partners in the private sector met to discuss the role that infrastructure plays in supporting the economic development critical to Ontario's continued success.
"The InfraForum allowed an exchange of viewpoints from a wide range of stakeholders on how infrastructure investments can best be utilized to promote economic growth and benefit the citizens of Ontario," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair OCSI. "Other benefits which could be realized include greater resiliency to climate change, better accommodation of future population patterns and demographics, and increased innovation. For these to occur, inclusive, multi-stakeholder forums such as this are essential."
The courageous conversations generated six main messages based on the provocateurs' challenge questions and issues raised by delegates. The outcome addresses how to leverage infrastructure investments for growth in Ontario and secure the future. (Click on link, below, to view the Outcome Statement.)
[EVENT] INFRAFORUM A GREAT SUCCESS
Posted on: Fri, May 27th, 2016
OCSI hosted the 3rd annual Infrastructure Forum in Toronto on the timely topic of leveraging infrastructure investments for economic growth in Ontario. Session kicked off with a panel on "Big Things Happening in Ontario" in stormater, water and soil, followed by group discussions on the topical questions posed by the panelists. Provocateurs included MP Adam Vaughan, Allan O'Dette (Ontario Chamber of Commerce) and Mike P. Moffatt (Chief Economist Mowat Centre) who provided key information and perspective to fuel the courageous converations throughout the day. The results of the session will be published in an Outcome Statement. Link for the InfraForum slides, below.
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OCSI is an issue based, umbrella type organization comprising of representatives from each of the Member Associations. Management is carried out by the Executive Committee, comprising the Chair, the Vice Chairs (one representative from each Member Association) and the Executive Director.
Chair: Carl Bodimeade
Darla Campbell ExecutiveDirector@on-csi.ca