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Chris Lorenc, B.A., LL.B.
President, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) and Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR & HCA)

The president’s message for this edition of the Interchange is from Chris Lorenc, president of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association and the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association.

Chris Lorenc, President, Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association

There is an expression in international diplomacy that serves as a counterbalance to the hostile dust-ups sometimes seen in times of conflict. It’s called “soft power” – the ways a country can show it is at odds with another nation’s agenda, to push back in a meaningful but constructive way.

On Feb. 9, the Water Security Agency (WSA) released the 2017 preliminary outlook for spring runoff. 

Most of the province received below normal snowfall resulting in a below normal runoff potential across most of Saskatchewan. Many areas saw the snowpack almost completely melt or lost to sublimation in January due to above normal temperatures. This melting of snowpack would have saturated the soil surface, reducing the infiltration capacity available for the melt of any late season snow.



Ontario’s transportation minister has announced plans to address the Auditor General’s recommendations to improve road construction in the province.

Minister Steven Del Duca said, “Since the Auditor General released her report last November, Ministry of Transportation staff have been hard at work identifying ways to address the auditor's seven recommendations. The result of that work is a comprehensive plan that will enhance oversight, ensure value for money and improve asphalt pavement quality for Ontario's roads.”

U.S. Gulf Coast refineries are looking to process more Canadian heavy oil barrels as supplies drop from OPEC countries, analysts at Raymond James said in a research note issued on March 1.

The Price spread between Canadian heavy benchmark WCS and Gulf ...

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