Highways budget, economy take centre stage at MHCA Awards Breakfast, AGM

2017 MHCA awards breakfast and AGM

MHCA caps 75th year, celebrating achievements and renewed in its purpose

Getting trade on the road and boosting Manitoba’s economic growth depend on sustained investment in our highways.

That is among the key points that guest speaker Don Leitch will deliver in his address to the MHCA’s Annual General Meeting – Award Breakfast at the RBC Convention Centre on Friday. Leitch is the President of the Manitoba Business Council.

The breakfast, Annual General Meeting and the Chairman’s Gala at the RBC Convention Centre all cap the celebration of the association’s 75th anniversary.

Leitch will layout the foundational items required to attract business and grow Manitoba’s economy: people, power, water and transportation. He assesses the status of each, noting these are the necessities all businesses look for when locating new or expanding their operations in any market.

His address will follow those of MHCA Chair Greg Orbanski and MHCA President Chris Lorenc.

“The MHCA and our industry are respected in our communities and the halls of government because of our members’ dedication and support, because we work together in a principled way and with resolve,” Lorenc says. “Our strong history of accomplishment is our foundation and it will support us in years to come.”

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler will bring greetings and deliver MI’s construction awards to MHCA members.

In speaking to the MHCA’s priorities for 2019, Lorenc stressed the primary goal is clear.

“Manitoba must see its highways budget rise from the current level of $350 million – a level that not only digs us further into the infrastructure investment deficit, but also acts as a drag on our province’s rate of economic growth.”

The evening Chairman’s Gala will see Orbanski hand over the “gavel” in welcoming Jack Meseyton to the Chair’s position.

“I confidently welcome Jack to the Chair’s role,” Orbanski says. “I am assured of his stewardship in the next two years because of the MHCA’s strength, its many successes and because of its solid history which we will continue to write.”

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