Bulletin Board

2023 Annual General Meeting

December 16, 2022

The 2023 OIRCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2023 at The Old Mill in Toronto.

Members are encouraged to make every effort to attend the meeting with the representative in attendance having the authority to vote on behalf of the company.


For the AGM Registration click here

For the AGM Proxy Form click here

2022 OIRCA Annual Golf Tournament

September 19, 2022

The OIRCA Annual Golf Tournament took place on Wednesday, August 19th at the Royal Woodbine Golf Course with 144 golfers enjoying the day.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following companies for their sponsorship and continued support:



Flynn Group of Companies          Specified Roofing Inc.


Convoy Supply Ltd.        Soprema Inc.

Dinner Wine

Hermans Supply Company           TSS Building Science Inc.

Golf Carts

Carlisle SynTec Canada              Flynn Group of Companies

Mulligan Draw

Cordeiro Roofing Ltd.                  Crawford Roofing Corporation

Golf Holes

Alliance Roofing Ltd.
Atlantic Roofers Ontario Ltd.
Atlas Roofing Corporation
BML Roofing Systems Inc.
Bothwell Accurate Co. Inc.
Brooklin Concrete Products
Crawford Chondon Partners LLP
Crawford Roofing Corporation
DanTech Building Technologies
Dean Chandler Roofing Ltd.
Dycon Roof Consultants
Enterprise Fleet Management
Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLP
Godfrey Roofing Inc.
IKO Industries Ltd.
Irvcon Limited
ITP Inc.
LaFleche Roofing (1992) Ltd.
Lexsuco Corporation
ModulR TS Inc.
Nedlaw Roofing Ltd.
Ontario Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Conference
Platinum Technologies Ltd.
Rauth Roofing Limited
Roofmart Ontario Inc.
Roque Roofing Inc.
Smith-Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.

Top-Line Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Trinity Roofing Ltd.

Triumph Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

Bottled Water

ITP Inc.

Grand Prize Draw

Fenn & Fenn Insurance Practice Inc.

Nusens Niche Contracting


May 11, 2022

Dycon Roof Consultants Inc. (Dycon) has been offering roof consulting services since 1995. For the past 27 years, Dycon has gained the confidence and trust of a dedicated group of building owners and managers who have since turned to Dycon for assistance in other areas of building science. Through an expanded and continuous plan of educational studies, in conjunction with strategic hiring, Dycon now provides building envelope and pavement evaluation, design, and tendering services.

To better reflect all of our service offerings, I am excited to announce that Dycon has rebranded to Dycon Roof & Building Consultants (A Division of Dycon Roof Consultants Inc.).

Whether it be roofing, building envelope, paving, or other components of a property, Dycon is dedicated to meeting the specific requirements of each of our client’s individual objectives. Services now offered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Roof & Asphalt Pavement Replacement/Rehabilitation: Design, Specifications, Tendering & Contract Administration
  • Roof, Building Envelope & Pavement Evaluations: Service Life Assessments, Capital Planning & Maintenance Plans
  • Project Management & Work-In-Progress Quality Assurance Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs
  • Thermographic Infrared Analyses
  • Diagnostic Investigations
  • Rooftop PV Solar Consultations & Installation Inspections
  • Rooftop Safety Evaluations
  • Insurance Claim Evaluations
  • Roof Leak Management
  • Contractor Pre-Qualification Processing

Our website is currently under construction; however, our new website will soon reflect the rebrand and service offerings.

I want to close by thanking all of our industry partners, both client and suppliers, for their continued business and support. We look forward to working together with you all, to help you reach your corporate objectives. I welcome any input and/or feedback you may have regarding our company.


Barry G. O'Brien, B.A.



(A Division of Dycon Roof Consultants Inc.)

OIRCA 2022 Annual Golf Tournament

April 19, 2022

The OIRCA 2022 Annual Golf Tournament is back at the Royal Woodbine Golf Course and back to the regular shot-gun style tournament. The tournament will take place on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.


For registration and sponsorship information click here

Notice to all Union ICI Roofing Contractors in the Province of Ontario

April 12, 2022

On behalf of the OIRCA Roofing Negotiating Committee we are writing to provide an update on the 2022 Roofing Negotiations.

As many of you know, the OIRCA Negotiating Committee has met with representatives from the Union’s Roofing Negotiation Committee over the past few months in order to negotiate a renewal to the Roofing ICI Collective Agreement.  These discussions have focused on local Union issues, establishing a training program for apprentices, and addressing the Employers’ increased need for workers.

On April 6th and 7th, the OIRCA Negotiation Committee met with the Union’s Negotiation Committee to negotiate on all matters to renew the Collective Agreement.  The negotiations went well and are ongoing.  But there is still much work that needs to be done on both sides.  The Negotiating Committees have scheduled to return to the bargaining table on April 25th and 26th.  The OIRCA Negotiation Committee and the Union have also agreed to meet on May 4th, 2022, if necessary. 

In an effort to promote further progress in bargaining the OIRCA Negotiation Committee and the Union Negotiation Committee entered into an agreement that allows for bargaining to continue past April 30th, 2022, if necessary.   Any and all negotiated monetary increases will be applied retroactively to May 1, 2022.

There will be ongoing updates on negotiations as matters progress.

Please watch for future bulletins or bulletin board notices on the OIRCA website for further updates.

Please feel free to contact the OIRCA or our regional representatives directly if you have any questions.

2022 OIRCA Roofing Negotiating Committee

2022 Membership Directory

March 22, 2022

The 2022 OIRCA Membership Directory is now available.  To download a copy  follow this link: https://www.mediaedgemagazines.com/the-ontario-industrial-roofing-contractors-association-oirca/on22d/

or contact the Association office to order hard copies



2022 Board of Directors

January 20, 2022

During the January 20, 2022 OIRCA Annual General Meeting, the following individuals from OIRCA member companies were announced as the 2022 OIRCA Board of Directors:

Mark Agius, Flynn Canada Ltd., Mississauga (President)

Darcy Beites, Douro Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Ltd., Val Caron (1st Vice President)

Jason Campbell, Dean Chandler Ltd., Toronto (2nd Vice President)

Peter Serino, Soprema Inc., Woodbridge (Treasurer)

Doug Maikawa, Trio Roofing Systems Inc., Brampton (Past President)

Zach Petrachek, Atlas-Apex Roofing, Toronto

Mark Mollison, Conestoga Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd., Cambridge

Ryan Warner, Covertite Eastern Ltd., Kingston

Joel Dandele, Dantech Building Technologies Inc., Markham

Mike Godfrey, Godfrey Roofing Inc., Ottawa

David Rauth, Rauth Roofing Limited., Windsor

Marinos Barlas, Schreiber Brothers  Ltd., Hamilton






RCI Foundation Canada Receives Special Donation from Ontario Roofer

January 11, 2022

The following IIBEC Bulletin is reprinted with permission from the RCI Foundation Canada

On Giving Tuesday last year November 30, 2021, the RCI Foundation Canada received a very special gift in support of the student convention fund from John Petrachek with Atlas-Apex Roofing Inc. in Etobicoke, Ontario. Petrachek and his company made a gift to the foundation for $50,000 specifically to support the students from Canada attending future IIBEC educational events.

“Our company realizes how important it is to provide students in architecture, engineering, and building sciences with these kinds of opportunities,” Petrachek said. “We are glad to be able to pool the resources of our company to make this gift happen and support the future of the building enclosure.”

“John’s gift means a lot to our foundation, especially this year,” said Albert Duwyn, chair of the RCI Foundation Canada Board. “He is an example of cheerful giving, leadership, and what it means for a company to make an impact in our industry.”

Atlas-Apex Roofing operates 19 offices across Canada and the United States. Their services include new construction, reroofing, restoration, siding, sheet metal, waterproofing, green services, and a state-of-the-art emergency response system for facility owners.

If you or your company are interested in supporting the RCI Foundation Canada, please contact Rick Gardner, development officer, for more information at 919-859-0742 or Rgardner@iibec.org

2022 OIRCA Annual General Meeting

January 4, 2022

The 2022 OIRCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Thursday, January 20, 2022.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the meeting will be virtual via video conferencing.

Like last year the Board of Directors has decidied that there will be no business session delivered in conjunction with the AGM but rather will focus on Association business. 

Members are encouraged to make every effort to participate in the virtual meeting with the representative in attendance having the authority to vote on behalf of the company.

For the AGM Notice click here

For the AGM Registration click here

For the AGM Proxy Form click here



Roofing Technology, Maintenance & Inspection Training Course

November 18, 2021

This one of a kind Roofing Training Course continues to be a big hit to the Roofing Industry.

Roofing membranes covered are, conventional four-ply BUR, single-ply EPDM, PVC, TPO and Modified Bitumen hot and cold roof applications.
A combination of classroom (13%) and hands-on training (87%) includes various instruction on proper seaming technique’s and up to date inside/outside corner details.

The class will construct 3 complete roof assemblies on full size roof decks from the deck up. Includes proper application of the vapour barrier, insulation, cover board, vent stacks. Curbs, drip edge and more.

This is a valuable learning tool to understand the role and proper application of each component in a roof assembly.

Additional topics of interest include leak detection techniques. This is followed by, proper repair procedures for all of today's popular roofing membranes.

There is also a segment on roofing safety.

Attendee’s come from all walks of the roofing industry, roofers, roofing consultants, roofing inspectors, property managers, suppliers reps’s, roofing estimators, engineers and architects.   

Upon completion of the course attendees will receive a comprehensive 162-page Reference Roofing Manual and Framed Course Completion Certificate. 

Course dates:

”Courses Temporarily on Hold due to COVID-19”  

In addition, this unique course qualifies for 29.5 CEHs (Continuing Education Hours) by RCI (Roof Consultants Institute) now called IIBEC.

For additional course information visit: www.roofingtrainingcourse.com


George Wilson, RRO 

Tel:  416-606-3270


Save the Date

November 1, 2021

2022 OIRCA Annual General Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Old Mill, Toronto

We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to our regular “face-to-face” Annual General Meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Once again, we will be returning to The Old Mill in Toronto.

Watch for details in the coming weeks.

2021 OIRCA Annual Golf Tournament Mulligan Prize Draw Winners

August 27, 2021

The Three Winners of the Mulligan Prize Draw are:

Dave Ascenzi, Roofmart Ontario Inc.

Guy Moras, Canadian Asphalt/Bitumar Inc.

Jay Rider, Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP 


Your Prize's are a $500.00 Best Buy Gift Card


Thank you for Supporting OIRCA's Annual Golf Tournament

and the OIRCA Rooftop Rescue Foundation


2021 OIRCA Golf Tournament

August 23, 2021

The OIRCA Annual Golf Tournament took place on Wednesday, August 18th at the Royal Woodbine Golf Course. Although the tournament was a little different than in the past, 148 golfers came out to enjoy the day.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following companies for their sponsorship and continued support:


Smith Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.               Soprema Inc.

Beverage Cart

Fenn & Fenn Insurance                 Flynn Group of Companies

Meal Wine

Dycon Roof Consultants Inc.                   TSS Building Science Inc.

Golf Carts

Rauth Roofing Limited                  Sheet Metal Workers & Roofers Local 30

Mulligan Draw

Crawford Roofing Corporation              Nusens Niche Contracting Services Inc.

Golf Holes

Accu-Plane Enterprises Inc.

Alliance Roofing Ltd.

Artistic Skylight Domes Ltd.

Atlantic Roofers Ontario Ltd.

Atlas Roofing Corporation

Bitumar Inc./Canadian Asphalt

Bothwell-Accurate Co. Inc.

Convoy Supply Ltd.

Cotney Attorneys & Consultants

Crawford Roofing Corporation

Dantech Building Technologies Inc.

Dean-Chandler Roofing Ltd.

Enterprise Fleet Management

Godfrey Roofing Inc.

Herman’s Supply Company

IKO Industries Ltd.

IRC Building Sciences Group-A Rimkus Company

ITP Inc.

ModulR TS Inc.

Ontario Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Conference

Platinum Technologies

Polyglass USA a division of Mapie


Roofmart Ontario Inc.

Siplast Roofing & Weatherproofing Systems

Top-Line Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

Tri-Tech Pinnacle Group Inc.

Trio Roofing Systems

Triumph Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

Camp Manitou Planning to Emerge from the Pandemic with a New Roof Courtesy of Rooftop Rescue

July 9, 2021


From left to right: Doug Entwistle, Camp Manitou; Nigel Price, Herman’s Supply Company; Christopher AlRehany, GAF Canada ULC, and Joe DiBratto, Applewood Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.



Last summer OIRCA Members came together in what was thought to be the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic to reroof the Sandwich Teen Action Group’s building in Windsor. Once again, this summer, the youth of this province needed help from OIRCA’s Rooftop Rescue Foundation. This time it was Scouts Canada reaching out. COVID of course was still with us.

Scouts Canada is a non-profit organization that has existed in Canada for more than 100 years. Scouting gives kids something fun to look forward to. By getting outside, connecting with their friends, and sharing new experiences, youth build resiliency and are motived to blaze their own trail.

Leading fun adventures with their friends, Scouts discover what they are capable of and how it connects with the communities in which they live. Whether in the community, nationally or globally, youth can work towards any goal while building confidence and skill.

Camp Manitou is a Scout Camp owned and operated by Scouts Canada. It is located just north of Burlington near Milton and serves youth in the regions of Halton, Peel, and the Greater Toronto Area. It sits on 91 acres of mixed fields and woods adjacent to the Bruce Trail and just south of Campbellville.

Although owned by Scouts Canada, Camp Manitou operates as a profit centre and must survive on camper fees and donations. Maintained and managed by volunteers only, financing capital project such as new roofs are a challenge. Over five thousand youth visit the facility each year to experience camping at either their tent sites or one of their indoor lodges. MacLaughlin Lodge, the building in need, was constructed in the late 1950’s and has a shingle roof that is over 20 years old and is suffering from old age and a forest environment.

Once Don Marks, Executive Director of Rooftop Rescue had received the go ahead from the Foundation’s Board of Directors he knew who he was going to call. Joe Dibratto, owner of OIRCA Active Member Applewood Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. of Toronto had on several occasions expressed an interest in rescuing a roof. “While we are primarily an ICI roofing contractor, we have been getting more involved with installing shingles, so yes we will donate the labour on this project,” said Dibratto.

“Joe is such a generous person”, Marks commented. “He came back from his first site meeting one hundred percent committed to not only reroof the lodge but also deciding that he would reroof the Ranger’s residence, fix its soffit and make necessary repairs to a third building.”

OIRCA Associate Member GAF has been in business for over 130 years and is North America’s largest manufacturer of roofing products.  Adam Prestwich is GAF Canada ULC’s Director Canada Sales and did not hesitate when asked if he would provide the shingles. “Yes, we will supply the shingles and we would like to bring in one of our supplier partners Herman’s Supply Company, to deliver the shingles and other materials required,” he replied. “The team at GAF values community. Our commitment to protect what matters most includes making a positive difference as neighbors and partners in the communities where we live and work. Thank you to OIRCA, Applewood Roofing and Herman's Supply for sharing these values and their partnership on this great project!"

“Here at Herman’s, we are excited and can’t wait to participate in this worthwhile venture,” stated Nigel Price, Director of Sales for OIRCA Associate Member Herman’s Supply Company. “We at Herman’s Supply are honored to be part of such a worthy cause. Showing strong community support is a core value that Herman’s aims for. It gives us great pleasure that Scouts Canada’s Camp Manitou will have a new roof over their head.”

Doug Entwistle, Manager of Camp Manitou was delighted that the project moved ahead so swiftly, especially with COVID in the way. “The Rooftop Rescue Foundation came to our rescue! The volunteers and thousands of children that use Camp Manitou are grateful to the Foundation for replacing the roof on our lodge,” Entwistle stated. “With the camp closed due to the pandemic and no income for more than a year replacing the roof may not have been possible until after serious damage had been done. Don and his team reacted quickly to our request and were soon on site to evaluate the situation. OIRCA members were arranged to provide the required materials and labour. Thanks to their intervention the lodge will be able to welcome more children to exciting overnight adventures as soon as the pandemic restrictions ease.”

While the reroofing was taking place in late June, Ontario was still in Stage One of the province’s reopening plan. “We are governed by Scouts Canada COVID regulations which tend to take the lowest common denominator for all the provincial jurisdictions across Canada,” said Entwistle. “Currently we are hoping to open for outside day use only around the third week of July. We would only have two groups at a time. Perhaps by mid-August we would have outside overnight camping. This would only be for the older sections – Scouts and Venturers.”

He went on to say, “Indoor use of the lodges is up in the air at the moment. I am hoping maybe by the start of September. This would require provincial restrictions to ease and allow indoor groups of at least 50 people.”

One thing is for sure. When all this pandemic business is behind us, Camp Manitou will be in much better shape for future Scouting.


National Roofing Week

May 26, 2021

Click here for information.


March 8, 2021



Deserving candidates may be nominated now through April 19, 2021

HERNDON, Va.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 8, 2021—In honor of International Women’s Day, Beacon (Nasdaq: BECN) announced today the launch of its first annual North American Female Roofing Professional of the Year competition, shining a spotlight on women in the roofing industry across the U.S. and Canada. Beacon encourages the public to nominate a female roofing professional who has faced adversity or gone above and beyond for a customer, co-worker, or her community.

Nominations are welcome now through April 19 by visiting the contest website. Five finalists will be announced in May, and the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite finalists. Beacon will announce the winner and runners-up in June. The five winners will receive prize money to support further professional development such as attending the International Roofing Expo.

“Women are essential to the success of the roofing industry, and this contest is a way to recognize their contributions and attract more females to roofing careers,” said Julian Francis, President and CEO of Beacon. “Beacon believes in helping women reach their full potential. We are proud to honor these individuals who inspire others and help our communities build more.”

From March 8 through April 19, the public can nominate a female roofing professional on the contest website or by submitting an e-mail to FemaleRoofingContest@becn.com. Nominations must include why the nominee deserves to win the Female Roofing Professional of the Year contest as well as a short biography and photo.

To learn more about the contest and read the official rules, visit https://go.becn.com/femaleroofpro.  

About Beacon

Founded in 1928, Beacon is a Fortune 500, publicly-traded distributor of residential and commercial building products in North America, operating over 500 branches throughout all 50 states in the U.S. and 6 provinces in Canada. Beacon serves an extensive base of over 110,000 customers, utilizing its vast branch network and diverse service offerings to provide high-quality products and support throughout the entire business lifecycle. Beacon offers its own private label brand, TRI-BUILT. Beacon’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol BECN. To learn more about Beacon, please visit www.beacon-canada.com.

Creation of the first national women roofing council in Canada

March 8, 2021

In honor of International Women’s Day, please see the attached press release regarding the creation of the first national women in roofing council in Canada here.

Darcy Beites named 2nd VP

February 24, 2021

The OIRCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Darcy Beitess, of Douro Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Ltd. has been appointed Second Vice President of the Association effective immediately.

2021 OIRCA Membership Directory Now Available

February 17, 2021

The 2021 OIRCA Membership Directory is now available.  To download a copy  follow this link: https://www.mediaedgemagazines.com/the-ontario-industrial-roofing-contractors-association-oirca/on21d

or contact the Association office to order hard copies.


2021 Annual General Meeting

January 4, 2021

The 2021 OIRCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the meeting will be virtual via video conferencing.

The Board of Directors has decdied that there will be no business session delivered in conjuction with the AGM but rather will focus on Association business.

Members are encouraged to make every effort to participate in the virtual meeting with the representative in attendance having the authority to vote on behalf of the company.

For the AGM Notice click here

For the AGM Registration click here

For the AGM Proxy Form click here

Beacon Building Products Launches New Canadian Website

October 20, 2020

Beacon Canada site showcases a fresh design and new features to help customers build more

Montréal, QC—(October 21, 2020)— Beacon (Nasdaq: BECN) has unveiled a new website for its Canadian operations. The new site provides the Canadian building industry with an understanding of the residential and commercial building products distributed by Beacon, as well as the company’s capabilities and solutions at www.beacon-canada.com.

“We’re thrilled to introduce this updated site for our Canadian contractor community,” said Audrey Bourque, Beacon’s Canadian Marketing Specialist. “By highlighting the products, tools and resources Beacon has available, we are helping our customers find the right solutions to work more efficiently and grow their business."

The new Beacon Canada site has several new features, including information about Beacon solutions such as Beacon 3D+, Homeowner Financing and Online Bill Pay for customer convenience. Additionally, the new format allows users to find comprehensive information about products, featured brands and Beacon locations.

“As North America’s leading roofing products distributor, Beacon is constantly evolving to enhance our customer experience,” said Charles Michaud, Beacon’s Vice President Canada. “The Beacon Canada site will be a great resource for our whole roofing and building community."

To view the new website, visit www.beacon-canada.com.

About Beacon

Founded in 1928, Beacon is a Fortune 500, publicly-traded distributor of residential and commercial building products in North America, operating over 500 branches throughout all 50 states in the U.S. and 6 provinces in Canada. Beacon serves an extensive base of over 110,000 customers, utilizing its vast branch network and diverse service offerings to provide high-quality products and support throughout the entire business lifecycle. Beacon offers its own private label brand, TRI-BUILT. Beacon’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol BECN. To learn more about Beacon, please visit www.beacon-canada.com.


Contact Information:

Beacon Building Products

Jennifer Lewis, VP of Communications



OIRCA Members Win Roofing Canada Award

September 11, 2020


The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) Roofing Canada Award was recently presented to Flynn Canada Ltd. and Dean Chandler Roofing Ltd. for their joint venture project of re-roofing the Rogers Centre in Toronto.



Left to right: Mark Agius, Regional Vice President; Flynn Canada Ltd., Ken Goodale, President; Dean Chandler Roofing Ltd.

ROOFTech 2021

August 27, 2020


Tuesday April 20 & Wednesday April 21, 2021     

ROOFTech 2021

Canada’s only major exposition and educational forum on roofing systems and technologies will be held April 20 and 21, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association (OIRCA) is the title sponsor of the event.

The Exposition

ROOFTech, a biennial event, is an exposition organized by the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) and Informa Connect (the world’s leader in trade shows). It provides a “hands-on” educational experience on all aspects of roofing for architects, engineers, roofing consultants, property managers and specification writers; anyone with an interest in roofing.


The trade show will feature two seminars and six demonstrations.  These demonstrations provide the unique opportunity to observe the actual installation of full scale roof assemblies right on the exposition floor. 

The Job Fair

New for 2021, ROOFTech will stage a roofing industry job fair. Job Fair 2021 will provide roofing contractors, product manufacturers/suppliers and building envelope consultants with a unique opportunity to connect with both high school and college graduates as well as second career seekers who are looking for work in a dynamic and sustainable industry.

Job Fair 2021 will be located in a separate pavilion adjacent to the ROOFTech exposition. Contemporary booth space will provide companies with a comfortable environment to meet potential candidates.

Considering the importance of roofing in the construction of a new building or maintaining an existing one, you cannot afford to miss this event.  For more details visit www.rooftech.ca.



COVID-19 Didn’t Stop OIRCA from Rescuing Another Roof!

June 25, 2020

Left to right: David Rauth, Rauth Roofing; Paul Kondraciuk, Atlas Roofing Corporation and John Austin, Carlisle SynTec Canada.

Late last year David Rauth, president of OIRCA Active Member Rauth Roofing Limited of Windsor contacted OIRCA’s Rooftop Rescue (RR) with a proposal to reroof a not for profit charitable organization’s facility in his town which services the Windsor-Essex County.

Known to many in the community as simply STAG, the Sandwich Teen Action Group provides educational and recreational programs for youth 13-19 years of age in a safe environment. This centre for youth is designed as an alternative to the streets where they can find support, cope with problems and lead healthy life styles. Their moto is respect yourself respect others.

Don Marks, Executive Director of Rooftop Rescue forwarded the proposal to the foundation’s Board for consideration. He knew they would support it. “Many of our most recent projects have been related to helping youth”, he stated.  “It seems like helping children related organizations has become an unofficial theme for RR projects.”

David told RR that STAG had acquired a former Catholic grade school building a few years back.  The roof was in pretty rough shape and had deteriorated to the point that some of the program rooms in the building were not accessible due to leaks. The hallways in the centre were experiencing leaks as well and required regular maintenance.

It turned out that Rauth Roofing had done most of the work for RR as they had secured a commitment from OIRCA Associate Member Carlisle Construction Materials to supply one of their single-ply roofing systems.  Rauth’s proposal included the installation of Carlisle’s 60 mil mechanically fastened TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane system over polyisocyanurate roof insulation.

Ian Moriarty, Carlisle’s Sales Manager for Canada told RR, “The Sandwich Teen Action Group does important work in the Windsor Community by supporting youth at risk through a variety of programs and services.  Cornerstone to their mission, is a dry and safe facility.

When STAG was in need of a roof replacement, Carlisle SynTec Canada was honoured to contribute to the project through partnership with the OIRCA Rooftop Rescue Foundation.  A new roof will ensure that STAG can continue to positively influence the lives of youth in the community for years to come.”

But Rauth hadn’t found a source for the polyiso insulation board. No problem stated Don Marks. “I made one phone call to Paul Kondraciuk at Atlas Roofing Corporation who operate a polyiso roof insulation plant in Toronto.” Paul was quick to respond. “I want us to be involved with this. I will call you right back.”  And he did. We had our insulation.

"We were thrilled to partner with OIRCA for this project and provide Atlas ACFoam for the reroofing project on the STAG campus. STAG provides a very valuable service to their community and we are glad we were able to help get their building back up and running", Paul commented.

Fast forward to spring 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. The provincial government had declared construction essential, then mostly non-essential, then essential again in May. Rauth had been operating what amounted to a skeleton staff essentially waiting for construction to start up again but saw a window open which allowed them to assemble a crew using their new company COVID-19 safety practices.

“We’re incredibly honoured to be working with the OIRCA’s Rooftop Rescue program to support one of Windsor’s foremost youth groups”, said David Rauth. “This roof donation will give the Sandwich Teen Action Group the confidence and security it needs to facilitate their various after school programs and initiatives for decades to come.”

John Elliott, STAG's Executive Director was elated that Rauth was able to get the work completed during such a crazy time, what with the Corona virus. “The roof renovations at the STAG facility will allow classroom spaces to once again be utilized for youth programs and other community groups.  Our organization is truly grateful for this charitable donation and it is because of people and associations like OIRCA, Rauth Roofing and their suppliers that assist us with keeping the doors to our facility open”, he stated.

Ontario Construction Act Trade Contractors Guide

May 28, 2020

The PPO - Trade Contractors Guide - Construction Act was prepared by Prompt Payment Ontario, an organization that works tirelessly to make sure the new Ontario Construction Act included prompt payment legislation.

For a copy of the guide click here.



May 19, 2020

Due to issues regarding COVID-19 regulations, we have decided to cancel the tournament for 2020 scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th. We have rebooked for Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club and will send information at a later date.

In the meantime, please save the date of August 18, 2021 for the OIRCA Golf Tournament.

OIRCA Comes to the Rescue… Before and after the Arson!


Left to Right: Dan Boyce (Superintendent, Semple-Gooder Roofing), Doug Brown (Convoy Supply) and Mark Baxter (Semple Gooder Roofing)

From left to right: Dave Walden (Rooftop Rescue Foundation), Derek Kelly (Grand Valley Roofing), Jeff Covey (Grand Valley Roofing), Zak Wall (Nith Valley            Construction), Jeff Tessaro (IKO Industries), Colin MacIntosh (House of   Friendship), Richard Shanks (OIRCA), John Neufeld (House of Friendship).

Just imagine a charitable foundation that acquires a new facility in Cambridge Ontario to help those in the community with addiction problems. They plan a major renovation which includes adding a second floor to their new building. Of course, they are going to need a new roof, but their budget is tight, and they are looking for support.  Sounds like a perfect candidate for Rooftop Rescue.

And so, the OIRCA Foundation leaps into action.  We find a local member willing to donate the labour and a member who is prepared to contribute the materials. The roof is a steep sloped shingle roof, but it is December, so winter is fast approaching. We decide to close the building in with an ice and watershield membrane with the intent of installing the shingles the following spring. Phase one of the roof gets completed meaning the inside trades can move into the building.

Spring 2019 arrives and OIRCA Active Member Grand Valley Roofing & Coatings Inc. of Cambridge is getting ready to start the application of the shingles on the House of Friendship’s new facility. It’s May 1, 2019 and word spreads quickly. At approximately 3:30 a.m. that morning there is a fire at the construction site. It is serious.

“This is difficult news to wake up to, particularly during a time when addiction treatment is desperately needed for so many individuals and families in the Waterloo region” said House of Friendship Executive Director John Neufeld in a statement”.

The damage is estimated at over $500,000.00.  The project is stalled then word surfaces that a criminal investigation is underway.  Ultimately it is determined that the fire was deliberately set.  The planned July opening is now not possible.

“We are already hearing from community partners, individuals and businesses who want to make contributions to the project in the aftermath of this fire, and we are eternally grateful for that barn-raising attitude that the Waterloo region is known for,” says Neufeld the day after the fire. “It’s what sets us apart from other communities. We are determined to get this done as soon as possible.”

Fast forward to October and Grand Valley Roofing is back on site and the shingling is expected to be complete by the end of the month.  OIRCA Associate Member IKO Industries Ltd. of Brampton Ontario graciously agreed to provide the underlayment membrane and the shingles.  Rooftop Rescue provided the roofing accessories to complete the installation.

The House of Friendship has been providing Addiction Treatment in the Waterloo Region since 1975.  They have served community members from the Region and across Ontario with a range of services by helping more than 42,000 individuals each year who need food, housing, community resources or addiction treatment. Their new facility in Cambridge will provide residential addiction and day treatment services.

Don Marks, Executive Director of Rooftop Rescue remarked, “It is particularly rewarding to support an organization such as the House of Friendship. They have been servicing their community for 80 years, 44 years of that focusing on addiction treatment for adults.”

“At the OIRCA our vision and mission isn’t so altruistic; we just build quality roofs.  Through Rooftop Rescue though we can use those talents to protect those in need by putting a roof over their head. Which when you think about it is rather primary to the health of any community.”

“And how fortunate that Grand Valley Roofing, a Cambridge based company, stepped up to support this important project in their own community.  Also, IKO Industries a philanthropic company in their own right, supporting the industry they benefit from is a testament to their core values”, commented Marks.

While little news about the arson has been reported, the project is expected to be completed by the spring or early summer of 2020. The House of Friendship is looking forward to the day when they will be able to offer addiction treatment services for men and women throughout Waterloo Region at their new location.



Camper Cabins Need Roofs Too

December 11, 2019


Left to Right: Dan Boyce (Superintendent, Semple-Gooder Roofing), Doug Brown (Convoy Supply) and Mark Baxter (Semple Gooder Roofing)

From left to right: Darrell Arenburg (L&B Building Supply), Richard Shanks (OIRCA), John Walden (D.J. Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.), Ray Kipfer (Camp McGovern)

Rooftop Rescue, OIRCA’s Foundation, was contacted by Associate Member Canadian General Tower Ltd.’s Mike Thrasher to let us know that a charity they support and strongly believe in were in need of some roofing work.

The charity, Camp McGovern, provides a residential summer experience for “little brothers”, “little sisters” and “foster children” from Family & Children Services and Children Aid Societies.  The camp’s location is quite remote located in the Municipality of West Grey, on the Saugeen River, between Durham and Hanover, south of Owen Sound.

Twenty years ago Camp McGovern built 6 camper cabins and their shingle roofs had reached the end of their service life.  Camper fees paid by sponsoring agencies account for less than half of their operating budget. The balance of funds come from donors and fund raising events.  They quite simply didn’t have the budget to re-roof the cabins.

“When children are involved, we take a very close look at the charity”, explains Rooftop Rescue’s Executive Director Don Marks. “Helping children overcome challenges by providing them with activities that encourage teamwork and building confidence all under the backdrop of an out-of-the-way natural environment such as Camp McGovern is indeed a worthy cause.”

OIRCA’s nearest Active Member to the camp is D.J. Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd., based out of Owen Sound.  When we contacted them their General Manager John Walden immediately said, “We are on board.  Just let us know when you need the work done and we will be there”.  No hesitation.

No hesitation was also the result when OIRCA’s Associate Member L&B Building Supply who are located in Brampton were contacted for support.  Darrell Arenburg, L&B’s Acc-ount Manager, when approached responded, “I spoke to our owner Marc-Andre Lefebvre and he wants to get involved’.  Darrell who visited the site after the work was completed commented, “When I visited Camp McGovern, Ray Kipfer one of the camp’s Board members, told me of the many volunteer hours he and other members put in to make this an enjoyable place for children. We were able to make a small contribution and were happy to be a part of it”. L&B Building Supply provided all the shingles and roofing accessories.

Ray, who was the primary contact for this project, spoke on behalf of his Board of Directors when he stated, “The donated time and materials from the OIRCA members will result in significant savings from our budget, allowing us to instead provide a partial camper subsidy for up to 100 campers who would not likely get to summer camp otherwise. On behalf of those children and everyone at Camp McGovern, our most sincere thanks to all!”



IHSA 2018 Gil Simpson Award

October 30, 2018

From left to right:

Peter Vi – IHSA, Enzo Garritano – President IHSA, Don Marks – OIRCA, Peter McGoey – Semple Gooder Roofing, Barry Warner – Covertite Roofing and Joe Manso – Local 30 Roofers.

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association has presented their 2018 Gil Sampson Award to the Roofers’ Trade Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee. The Gil Samson Award honours a Labour-Management Committee that has contributed to the advancement of occupational health and safety by virtue of a program, publication, or other accomplishment.

IHSA applauds the Roofer’s LMHSC for their contribution to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) changes as they relate to requirements for cables and raceways installed in metal corrugated roof decking, and for their development of a new Safe Practices for the Working On or Around Photovoltaic Systems Manual that provides guidance for workers, supervisors, employers, and designers who install, maintain, or work near rooftop solar panels.

OIRCA rescues another Roof; this time in Toronto!

October 30, 2018

In 2017 the OIRCA launched the OIRCA Rooftop Rescue Foundation (RR).  The Foundation’s mission to provide roofing services to individuals and organizations that are deemed worthy and unable to fund roofing construction on their own.

The first project completed by Rooftop Rescue was for the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre for Hamilton. Their mission to assist children with learning disabilities.

When RR received a submission from Covenant House Toronto the notion of helping youth again in 2018 was a good fit. As Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, the opportunity to help with a newly acquired property in Toronto was an easy decision for the RR Foundation Board of Directors. 

Covenant House Toronto’s new facility is a residential property with a combination of steep-sloped shingle roofs and low-slope flat roofs.  OIRCA Active Member Atlas-Apex Roofing Inc. of Toronto generously volunteered to provide the labour, design services, miscellaneous roofing materials required and the expertise to tackle a tight downtown residential job site. The complexity relating to the site set-up necessitated a scaffolding solution which was graciously donated by Northstar Scaffolding.   Beacon Roofing Supply Canada Company of Concord, an OIRCA Associate Member stepped forward and supplied all roofing materials including shingles, underlayment, insulation, low-slope modified bitumen roofing membranes and other roofing accessory materials. Nusens Niche Contracting, an OIRCA Affiliated Contractor Member, was a late addition to the party when at the last minute it was discovered that the masonry parapet walls required rebuilding, they dropped everything and were on site almost immediately.

IHSA Releases Photovoltaic Safety Manual

August 31, 2018

The Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) has released a manual titled Safe Work Practices for Working On or Around Photovoltaic Systems: A Health and Safety Guideline for Workers, Supervisors, Employers and Designers.

The manual was developed, reviewed, and endorsed by the Photovoltaic Subcommittee of the Roofers Trade Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee in association with the IHSA. The Photovoltaic Subcommittee was established to address health and safety concerns for workers who are working on and in proximity to photovoltaic generation systems. The committee identified a need to educate workers and employers about workplace hazards associated with photovoltaic installations.

To obtain a copy or download the manual visit the IHSA website at http://www.ihsa.ca/Products/M072.aspx

2018 Award of Merit

January 23, 2018

The OIRCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2018 OIRCA Award of Merit has been posthumously awarded to Mr. Frank Baxter the former owner of Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation.

The Association introduced this Membership Award a few years ago to recognize an individual from a member company who has made a significant contribution to the OIRCA or the greater roofing industry in this province.

Frank’s service to the Association and our industry spanned a period of just over 10 years. He served on the Membership Committee from 1997 to 2005 and the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007.  Frank also played an important role on the Labour Relations Committee from 2001 to 2007 where he participated in three rounds of negotiations with the union (as a part of the OIRCA Negotiations Committee).  Finally he served on a number of ad-hoc committees including the Insurance Committee that successfully developed a liability insurance program for the membership.

Frank Baxter was a leader in all aspects of his participation with the OIRCA.  His strong voice and passion for our industry helped shape the roofing business we enjoy today.  His presence is sadly missed.

The award was presented at the Association’s Annual General Meeting Awards Luncheonn Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Old Mill in Toronto.

Mark Baxter (centre), Frank’s son, accepted the award on his behalf.  Also with Mark, Semple Gooder Vice Presidents Peter McGoey (left) and Bill Gray.



Fenn & Fenn Insurance Team Donates to Rooftop Rescue Foundation

August 30, 2017


Left to Right: Simon Fenn (CEO), Danielle Fenn (President) and Tara Klein (Business Development Specialist).

Industry Member Fenn & Fenn Insurance Practice Inc. who administers the OIRCA Liability Insurance Program recently dropped by the Association office with a cheque for Rooftop Rescue in the amount of $2,428.00.

Fenn & Fenn had collected donations from their OIRCA Program team including themselves, MS Amlin (Mitsui Sumitumo Insurance; Lloyds Syndicate) and CJ Coleman (Fenn’s London Broker).  Their fund-raising included the donation of the Grand Prize of a 65-inch television for our recent annual golf tournament. 

OIRCA and Rooftop Rescue appreciate the Fenn’s support of our programs, activities and initiatives.



ROOFTech 2017 Demonstration Videos

June 12, 2017

A big part of every ROOFTech Trade Show, and what makes it a truly unique exposition, are the demonstrations that take place on the show floor.  Full scale roofing systems are actually built right in front of visitors to the show. The 2017 demos were filmed and may be viewed at the following links:

Thermo- Plastic Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/thermo-plastic-roofing-systems/

Steep Slope Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/steep-slope-roofing-systems/

EPDM Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/epdm-roofing-systems/

Modified Bitumen Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/modified-bitumen-roofing-systems/

Green Roofing: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/green-roofing/

Built-Up Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/built-up-roofing-systems/

OIRCA Rescues Roof in Hamilton

August 10, 2017


Left to Right: Dan Boyce (Superintendent, Semple-Gooder Roofing), Doug Brown (Convoy Supply) and Mark Baxter (Semple Gooder Roofing)

Left to Right: Dan Boyce (Superintendent, Semple-Gooder Roofing), Doug Brown (Convoy Supply) and Mark Baxter (Semple Gooder Roofing)

While making his final speech to the membership at the January 2017 Annual General Meeting, John Petrachek of Atlas-Apex Roofing… now Past President announced that his goal to establish a charitable foundation for the Association will become a reality in 2017.

The foundation, ultimately named the OIRCA Rooftop Rescue Foundation, was formed earlier this year with the establishment of a Board of Directors, creation of a logo and launching of a website.  While still early days for the charity and with a few details still to be worked out we are pleased to announce to the membership that the first roofing project for the Foundation was substantially completed last month in Hamilton. We received a letter of inquiry from the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre for Hamilton.  The establishment of their learning centre will provide free remedial tutoring for children with dyslexia in the Hamilton area.  The Foundation Board reviewed their submission and decided their need would be a good opportunity for us to get our feet wet with our first roofing project.

Their facility is a residential property with a steep-sloped shingle roof and a small flat roof.  Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation of Toronto graciously volunteered to provide the labour, design services and miscellaneous roofing materials required.  Convoy Supply stepped up and supplied shingles, modified bitumen membrane and other roofing accessory materials.

Dave Walden former owner of OIRCA Member Company Conestoga Roofing served as our Project Manager for the work.

The fall issue of Ontario Roofing News will include a cover story providing the full story about this worthwhile Foundation project.  We just wanted to let the membership know that we have moved forward with this initiative and hope that this is just the first of many more meaningful projects that the Association and its Membership will support.




Why I Specify the OIRCA

August 25, 2016
Mark Clemmensen, RSW, B. Arch Sc., LEED AP and Specification Writer for AECOM Canada Ltd. tells why he specifies OIRCA.  Click here to find out why. 


Architectural On-Site Roofing Tour

August 11, 2016


OIRCA’s first ever Architectural on-site Roofing Tour was held on July 26th with great success. Feedback from attendees was extremely positive with interest in attending future tours.

The purpose of this endeavor was to bridge the gap between the design community and our Roofing Contractors; allowing Designers to gain firsthand experience on how roofing is actually installed on site.

The attendees learned about different roofing systems while talking to the roofing professionals who make it all happen. Some attendees even had the opportunity to try heat welding a single ply membrane for the first time.

A big thank you to Flynn Canada for demonstrating a single-ply TPO installation while being extremely courteous to our group, Dufferin Roofing for demonstrating a BUR installation and Semple Gooder Roofing for providing a detailed walk through of their picture perfect Modified Bitumen/Green Roof work done on the Yorkdale Shopping Centre.  Also to Peel District School Board who arranged to have our group visit the re-roofing of one of their schools.

Given the success of this venture we will be looking to hold similar on-site tours in the near future. Stay Tuned!



OIRCA Launches Q&A Forum on Website

January 28, 2016

The OIRCA has introduced a Q & A Forum on their Achitectural Documents wepage. The Design forum’s purpose is meant to be used as an ICI (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional) Roofing source of information. We encourage people from the design community as well as procurers of ICI roofing in Ontario to use this Q & A Forum as your go to resource for roofing related questions. As we cannot comment on product specific questions due to warranty requirements, we ask that you keep your questions generic.  The Architectural Documents page may be accessed on the silver menu bar.            

New Roofing Safety Manual Released

December 10, 2019


The OIRCA in conjunction with the Roofers Labour-Management Health & Safety Committee of the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association has released a new 2019 roofing safety manual titled, Low-Slope Roofing, Health & Safety Manual.  This manual replaces the previous version, Health & Safety Guidelines for Low-Slope Roofing.

To download a free copy, click the Safety tab at the top of this webpage.


OIRCA Hosts Risk Management Symposium/Workshop

April 6, 2015

On March 26, 2015 the OIRCA hosted their first Risk Mangement Symposium/Workshop at the Toronto Congress Centre.  Sponsored by OIRCA's insurance partners Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group and Cooper Gay & Co. Ltd. both of London England, the event was a major success with 40 members in attendance.

The morning included presentations by Mr. David Dexter of Mitsui and Mr. Tom Shanahan from the US's National Roofing Contractors Association.  The afternoon workshop was hands-on, interactive and professionally facilitated by Mr. Warren Wilson of the Intersol Group. 


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