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The Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (WCR&HCA) Stronger Together Conference is taking place in beautiful Waikiki at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort from Feb. 5–9, 2023.

Meet Your Keynote Speakers!

Gary Mar

President and CEO, Canada West Foundation
The Role Western Canada Should Play in Global Trade

President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation since April 2020, Gary Mar is an accomplished and respectable speaker. He brings deep experience in government and business, and established expertise in CWF’s key policy areas: natural resources, trade and investment and human capital.

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian, Author, Mental Health Advocate
The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious takes on life’s challenges are always a hit.


Monday, Feb. 6 – The Greeting

Registration & Hospitality Desk Open
Welcome to Waikiki Reception

Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Nation Building

Keynote Speaker – Gary Mar, President & CEO, Canada West Foundation
His topic: The Role Western Canada Should Play in Global Trade. Q&A
to follow.

Trade Panel (Interactive) – Harnessing Trade to Grow Canada’s Economy

Moderator: Chris Lorenc, President, WCR&HCA

  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, President & CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary Van Buren, President & CEO, Canadian Construction Association (CCA)
  • Gary Mar, President & CEO, Canada West Foundation (CWF)
  • Hon. Brad Wall, Former Premier, Province of Saskatchewan

Federal Advocacy Initiatives (Interactive) – A Reflection on National Advocacy Priorities and Interactive Discussion

Moderator: Mary Van Buren, President & CEO, CCA

  • Brendan Nobes, Chair, CCA
  • Nicole Chabot, Chair, CCA Civil National Advisory Council (Civil NAC)
  • Brad Scott, Chair, Civil Infrastructure Council Corporation (CICC) 

Evening Mix ‘n Mingle – Touching Base

  • Cocktail reception
  • Aloha dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023 – At Ease

  • Networking breakfast
  • Golf tournament
  • Catamaran snorkel sail
  • Evening at leisure with colleagues

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023 – Looking Ahead

Keynote Speaker – Jessica Holmes, Celebrated Comedian, Author, Mental
Health Advocate

Her topic: The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance

Interactive Business Sessions: Innovation Alley

  • Innovation happening in our industry
  • Three presenters followed by a Q&A

The Public Procurement Model is Broken – How Do We Fix It?

Rodrigue Gilbert, Senior VP Public Affairs & Procurement, CCA

Mahalo – Until Next Time

  • Cocktail reception
  • Mahalo dinner

Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 – Moving Forward

WCR&HCA Board of Directors – by invitation meeting

  • Informal discussion with conference panellists
  • Setting advocacy priorities – moving forward

Join us in Hawaii!

This is a family conference and children are encouraged to attend. Additional family programming will be announced.

The conference website includes travel and hotel information, sponsorship opportunities, conference registration information and more.

As a registered delegate, you receive:

  • All business session attendance
  • Networking breakfast attendance
  • Keynote speaker attendance
  • All social event attendance
  • Discounted airfare rates available with WestJet and Air Canada
  • Discounted hotel room rates starting at $259 USD per night*

*Hotel rooms are limited and are reserved on a first come, first served basis. If you have any special arrangements or are looking for additional room options, please email or call us at 1-877-952-5507.