Happy New Year everyone, I sure hope that this finds you safe, healthy, and happy. We are all coming off year full of uncertainty and challenges, hopefully, you had a great and enjoyable holiday season.
This past year’s conference was the second online conference and hopefully the last that does not allow us to meet face-to-face. The 66th conference was well attended, and members did get a chance to visit the virtual rooms, lots of engaging activities and even prizes were won, we intend to roll out more engagement opportunities come November 2022.
Before going any further I want to extend the warmest thank you to our out-going President, Rielle Hatchet. Rielle has done an outstanding job at the helm of our association and has set us on a path for growth with some of the new initiatives that we will roll out soon. Rielle, please don’t let your busy schedule keep you away, I am sure to need some help along the way.
For our members who were unable to attend the 66th conference, review the newsletter to get a taste of what you missed. (And talk to the office if you want to register to attend the recorded sessions).
This coming year we are all really looking forward to some semblance of normalcy and that includes a live in-person meeting in Kelowna, BC.
After our last two (2) online conferences the 67th CTAA 2022 Annual Conference, in Kelowna, BC is in our radar, the conference venue is booked, and registration will begin in July as usual. The board is looking at membership drive, encouraging students taking courses in asphalt – with the scholarship committee and others involved in various activities – planning and delivery of the conference are all set-up. The Local Arrangements group is already set, working and excited to give you a well-packaged conference.
I thank you for your membership and participation in CTAA. The simple truth is that with most, if not all Industry Associations, we have our hand out to welcome you. We ask for our members to be engaged; to make suggestions, fill out our surveys, volunteer hours of service to our committees, provide sponsorship for our meeting and publications, pay membership dues. My promise is that we will take these inputs and create valuable products and services for our members that will promote asphalt so that all our members can be more successful.
In closing, thank you to all CTAA Board Members and Committee Chairs, our Editor/Communications Manager, Steve Goodman and Secretary-Treasurer, Chuck McMillan for all their hard work to compiling all the proceeding and keeping this organisation running well, also I’d like to welcome the newest members of the Board of Directors, Bryan Palsat representing Alberta and Brandon Feener representing Atlantic Canada. These individuals have been key contributors to the association in the past and I very much look forward to working directly with them on the Board.
My hope for all of you is to be safe and have successful start to the new season. I’m humbled and excited to take on the position as your President and if myself or the Board can be of any assistance or if you have any suggestions on how we can make your association stronger, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to seeing you all in Kelowna, BC.
Micheal Esenwa, P.Eng
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