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Mary Van Buren leaving the Canadian Construction Association

November 18, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

November 18, 2023 – After six years as president of the Canadian Construction Association, Mary Van Buren announced she will leave the association in the spring.

“The board of directors sincerely thanks Mary for her stewardship of the association over the last few years,” said Brendan Nobes, CCA chair. “Through her commitment to advancing member issues, she has raised the industry’s profile, and her legacy of leadership will be long lasting.”

“While we are sad to see her move on, we understand she is interested in taking on new challenges and wish her all the best in this next stage of her career,” Nobes added.

Van Buren is the CCA’s first female president. Under her leadership, CCA has developed an expanded focus on innovation and best practices, says the association, and is currently piloting a digital contract service that will roll out in early 2024.


One of the most significant achievements of her tenure has been the review of CCA’s governance model, says the association, and the restructuring “that allowed the association to be more nimble in addressing member issues”.

“The construction industry is essential to Canada’s economic success and quality of life, yet it doesn’t always get the credit it deserves,” says Van Buren. “I am so proud to have brought more attention to an industry that has such a profound impact on our country and affects positive change in our communities every day.”

A search is underway for Van Buren’s replacement.

CCA represents more than 18,000 member firms involved in Canada’s heavy civil, institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) construction industry, spread across 62 local and provincial integrated partner associations.

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