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Timms receives OGCA lifetime honour

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by Patricia Williams

For the first time in its 75-year history, the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) has awarded lifetime membership in the association to an individual.
Timms receives OGCA lifetime honour

For the first time in its 75-year history, the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) has awarded lifetime membership in the association to an individual.

The recipient is Roy Timms, president of Welland’s Timbro Design Build Contractors. He was honoured for his 35 years of distinguished service to the association.

“In reviewing the bylaws a few months ago, I discovered this clause about lifetime memberships for individuals,” said OGCA president Clive Thurston. “It is to be presented to someone whose accomplishments are extraordinary.

“You have to believe that somebody (Timms) who has sat on the board for 35 years, is a past chair of the association and has been actively involved in committees, is a worthy recipient.

“No one has ever sat on our board for that period of time. That in itself is quite an accomplishment. It is going to be very difficult to find a replacement (director) with his kind of acumen and what he brought to the table.”

Timms’s final board meeting will be June 20.

“Being made the first lifetime member of the OGCA was a unique, special honour that my wife and I will always treasure,” Timms said. “My 35-plus years on the board, working with so many great people, was a fantastic experience.”

Timms, who is the incoming chair of the Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI), was recently appointed chair of the Niagara Industrial Association, set up seven years ago by a group of manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to create a united voice for industry in the area.

“This responsibility, combined with my role as the incoming chair of the CDBI, made it obvious to me that serving the OGCA as a board member would be an injustice to the association, Timbro and my family (because of the required time commitments),” he said.

“That is why I resigned from the OGCA board.”

Timms, the recipient of the OGCA’s 2010 Jock Tindale Memorial Award, which honours an individual who demonstrates a high standard of ethics and integrity in dealings with industry participants, received the lifetime membership award at a recent gala in Toronto celebrating the OGCA’s 75th anniversary.

“It’s a tremendous honour,” he said. “I was totally caught off guard.”

The OGCA represents 196 general contracting firms from across the province.

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