Welcome to the 2024 CCRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE Information Page

Our Conference will be held at the luxurious Caesars Windsor Casino Hotel, Windsor, ON. To view the daily schedule, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Once registered for the conference, your will receive your confirmation e-mail including the link to The Caesars Windsor Hotel to reserve your room. The cut off date for reserving your accommodations at the conference rate is on or before May 17, 2024.

Conference Registration - Early Bird Pricing effective until May 10, 2024 at 12:00 midnight

Member registration               $1,175                    After May 17 - $1,300

Spouse/Partner/Companion     $750                    After May 17  -   $850

Your registration includes breakfasts, lunches & health breaks, accessibility to the evening Hospitality Room "The Spreader Bar", photographer service for professional head shots, presentations and educational session, and the all inclusive The Get Together and Closing Banquet. Golf and Tour are additional. 

Ambassador Golf Club Event - $275  

Golf Club Rentals - $50 (no shoe rentals available)

Our Golf Event will be held at the beautiful Ambassador Golf Club. Bus Transportation will leave from the Caesars Hotel at 7:45 am Tuesday morning. If you require golf cub rentals (premium for $50 plus HST) please book early as there is a limited number available this year.  The $275 fee includes, golf fees, golf cart, practice balls, water, continental breakfast, lunch, and transportation.

Windsor City & Wine Tour  - $220  

Embark on a captivating journey through Windsor and its surrounding areas, where you'll encounter iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Our tour begins with the majestic Ambassador Bridge, a testament to human ingenuity and a symbol of international friendship.

Next, we'll step back in time as we explore Olde Sandwich Towne, considered one of the oldest and most historically significant settlements in Ontario's history. Our journey out of Sandwich Towne will lead us into the future to see the awe-inspiring sight of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, a marvel of modern engineering.

We then make our way back to visit historic Walkerville, the cradle of Canada's distillery and auto industry to include a visit to Willistead Manor, built in 1906 for Edward Walker, one of the sons of Hiram Walker.

After immersing ourselves in the area's history and culture, we'll retreat to the serene landscapes of wine country with lunch at North 42 Winery, complemented by a curated wine tasting experience. A final stop at Sprucewood Estates Winery, will conclude our tour with a wine tasting before returning to the comfort of the Caesars Hotel. This discovery tour promises an unforgettable blend of history, culture, and culinary delights."

The return to the hotel will be around 3:30-4:00 pm

Special Events

Get Together / Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30 pm (Included in your registration) 

Our Traditional Get Together will be hosted at the J.P. Wiser’s Distillery, where you can enjoy the rich history and flavour of Canadian whiskey. You will have a chance to network with crane industry professionals, sample delicious food, and taste some of the best whiskies in the country.

If you are a whiskey lover, you can also sign up for a guided tour of the distillery and learn how they have been making whiskey for over 165 years. The tour will start prior to the main event, and an early departure will be reserved for a limited number of participants, so make sure your register early.

Tour transportation we will leave the hotel at 5:30 p.m. Get Together transportation will be at  6:30 p.m.

Closing Banquet / Thursday, June 13th at 6:00 pm (Included in your registration)

The Closing Banquet & Canadian Lift of the Year Awards Ceremony will be hosted in Augustus 27, a premium event location situated on the top floor of the Caesars Windsor Casino Hotel, offering spectacular views of the Detroit skyline and waterfront. To celebrate the end of the conference, we invite you to dress up in your best Roaring Twenties outfits and enjoy the Spreader Bar in Augustus 27 at the end of the evening. It’s time to have some fun and unleash your inner Gatsby!

Cocktails will be served starting at 6 p.m.

Note : All prices are subject to the HST 







2024 CCRA Conference - Windsor

  • June 11 - 13, 2024
  • 377 Riverside Drive East
    Entrance: McDougall Ave, Pitt St E
    Windsor, Ontario
    N9A 7H7

Event Workshops

Arrival - Monday June 10th

June 10, 2024  09:00 - 21:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:27

Arrival at Caesars Windsor Casino.

Our Conference Office is in the JOVIS Boardroom. Come to meet the team, confirm your event registration, receive your name badge (to be worn at all events) and ask any questions you may have.

The daily “Spreader Bar” our hospitality lounge, will be in The VU Bar and opens at 8 p.m.       

Agenda - Tuesday, June 11th

June 11, 2024  07:00 - 04:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:16

Breakfast for Golfers and Tour Participants - Mezzanine level 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Bus leaves for Golf - Hotel Lobby 7:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Bus leaves for Windsor Wine & City Tour - Hotel Lobby 9:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Free time  
Spreader Bar - The VU 8:00 p.m. - till closing



Agenda - Wednesday June 12th

June 12, 2024  09:00 - 17:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:12

Scroll down for Speakers' Biographies


Networking Breakfast - Mezzanine level


7:00 - 9:00 a.m.

First Timers' Welcome


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Gordie Howe International Bridge 

Heather Grondin–Chief Relations, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority  

Jose Luis Mendez–Project Manager, Bridging North America


9:00 -   10:15 a.m.

Networking Break 


10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Supplier Presentations: 


Jose Perez - Broderson Manufacturing


10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Jimmy Hodges - Kobelco Construction Machinery USA


10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Wire Rope Technical Panel

Justin Brown - Unirope - Chase Richter - WireCo 

Richard Marcotte - Bruce Power


11:00 - 12:00 


Networking Lunch


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Richard McAuliffe & Tanner House - Siemens Financial Ltd.


1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Bridge Formula Research Project - Dr. Shay Abtahi, Ph.D, Univ AB

  1:30- 2:00 p.m. 

Networking Break

  2:00 - 2:15 p.m.       

Canadian Lift of the Year Presentations - Under 20 Tonnes

Canadian Lift of the Year Presentations - Over 20 Tonnes   


2:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Free Time


4:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Early departure for J.P Wiser Distillery Tour


5:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Departure for J.P Wiser Distillery (and Get Together)


6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Spreader Bar - The VU


10:00 - closing





Heather Grondin – Chief Relations Officer, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority 

Heather Grondin has 20 years of experience, specializing in strategic planning, communications and engagement. As part of diverse public-sector teams working on high-profile projects and portfolios, Heather’s consistent goal has been to build meaningful relationships based on trust, openness and understanding. Holding the executive position of Chief Relations Officer at Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) since 2015, Heather leads an integrated team of professionals who inform, inspire and interact with others in support of WDBA and the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.


Jose Luis Mendez – Project Manager, Bridging North America 

Jose Luis Mendez joined Dragados more than 20 years ago, after obtaining his M. Eng at the University of A Coruña (Spain). Between 1999 and 2011, he served in different positions in the North West region of Spain, where he was finally appointed Director with corporate responsibilities over bidding and operations for both the vertical and heavy civil construction branches of the company in that geographical area. In 2011, Jose Luis moved to the US, where he has been responsible for the operations of the West Branches of both Dragados USA and Dragados Canada until 2018, when he was appointed President of Dragados USA. 

Currently, Mr. Mendez is the Project Manager of the Design Builder for the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project.


Jose Perez - Broderson Manufacturing

I began my career with Broderson Manufacturing back in 2008. I have been in many roles including Material Handler, Production Planner, Inventory Specialist, and Export and Government Sales Manager. My main objective is to retain our current customers and help develop new global markets while delivering the reliable carry deck cranes we are known to manufacture.

Title: New Technologies in the RT-400-B and IC-400-C

New technologies have been designed into our latest iterations of our RT-400 and IC-400. These include updated RCL, hydraulic system, and a work area envelope feature.


James Hodges - Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, Inc.

I was born and raised in Houston, TX and started at Kobelco Cranes in January of 2018 after graduating college at Texas A&M University with a degree in Industrial Distribution. After a yearlong training program in Houston, TX, I moved to Atlanta, GA to cover the eastern territory for Kobelco Cranes in January of 2019. During this time, due to our struggles with Hino, I covered the Southeast territory for Kobelco Excavators – along with the crane territory – from June 2021 to December 2023. Since then, I have moved back to Houston and began covering the western crane territory. Even with all the constant change in territories and product lines, the one thing that has been consistent is that I have always been over the Canadian crane territory. This will be my fourth CCRA Annual Conference and I am excited to present to you a “state of the union” with Kobelco Cranes. In my spare time I like to watch sports, hunt, fish, play golf, and be with friends and family.

  Richard Marcotte - Bruce Power

Richard Marcotte, a seasoned professional in the field of rigging and lifting, hails from originally from Hamilton, Ontario. His extensive experience spans various oil sands projects across Canada, where he has made significant contributions as both a boilermaker and a steamfitter. His work has been pivotal in across countless industries including but not limited oil refinery construction and maintenance, heavy manufacturing (steel, plastic and chemical), automotive, aircraft and heavy equipment production, and power generation.

Richard worked for Industrial Training International (ITI) for nearly a decade as Crane and rigging instructor, trainer, and senior consultant, where Richard imparted his knowledge to others, to aid in ensuring safe and efficient lifting operations across the globe. His certifications include rigger Levels I and II from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Notably, he became the first Canadian ever to achieve this prestigious Lift Director certification. Richard’s expertise extends to a ASME B30 standards where he has been serving for decade, on standards including winches, slings, hooks, and hardware. He has worked alongside NASA, Boeing, Blue Origin, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, ExxonMobil, Suncor, Shell, Exelon, Southern Nuclear Company, and McDermott to name a few. His contributions have shaped critical projects and elevated safety standards across the industry and world.


Justin Brown - Unirope

Over the last 20 years, Justin Brown has worked extensively with crane manufacturers and end-users to improve the lifetime of their wire rope systems and troubleshoot potential and existing problems. He has performed countless failure investigations and is no stranger to the spectacular views from the top of a tower crane. Justin is President of Unirope Limited, a company on a mission to make workers safer through training, testing and supplying the best wire rope and rigging products. He is also President of the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators, member of the AWRF Technical Sub-Committee for Wire Rope, a member of CSA Z-150 and CSA Z-248 and is a management board member of OIPEEC - the International Organization for the Study of Ropes.


Chase Richter - WireCo

Chase Richter is a Business Development Manager with WireCo Worldgroup. At WireCo, Chase is responsible for all business development and commercial activities relating to their Casar, Oliveira, and Union high-performance crane rope products in the Americas region. In this role, he works closely with crane manufacturers, rigging shops, and end users to ensure performance and certainty when selecting and using high-performance wire ropes. Over the last 13 years, Chase has worked in various commercial and management roles for leading steel and synthetic rope manufacturers. Over this period, he has supported many wire rope users and applications, ranging from deep underground mines to traveling a hundred miles offshore to inspect ropes on pipelay vessels and drillships. Chase holds a BBA from Baylor University and resides in League City, Texas, with his wife and two daughters.


Richard McAuliffe- Siemens Financial

Richard McAuliffe is a highly qualified executive with over thirty years of financial management experience in the banking and leasing industry and is the President, Head of Siemens Financial Services Commercial Finance, Canada. He is a results-oriented leader with a proven track record in finance, administration, and business development. Richard is a team builder with strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. He has held various executive positions throughout his career, including responsibility for Key Equipment Finance's Canadian operations, managing equipment finance programs, and supporting clients' equipment finance needs. Richard is an active board member of the Canadian Equipment Finance and Leasing Association, a board member and executive of the Halton Learning Foundation and is involved in various local community-sponsored sports programs.


Tanner House- Siemens Financial

Tanner House is the Regional Sales Manager for Siemens Financial Services' (SFS) Canadian Commercial Finance team. He plays a crucial role in expanding the equipment and leasing offerings to clients in Western Canada. He is tasked with enabling the business’ western expansion to create a foundation for successful growth, serving both new and existing customers. Prior to joining SFS, Tanner worked as a Senior Business Development Manager at Canadian Western Bank Equipment Financing for six years after beginning his career in equipment finance as an account manager for Meridian OneCap (formerly Roynat Lease Finance).


Dr. Shay Abtahi Ph.D.

Dr. Shay Abtahi is the only female faculty member of the Structures group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. 


Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2022.

M.Sc., Structural Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2016.

B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2014.

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, May 2023 - Present.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, November 2022 - April 2023.

Structural Engineer, Parsjooyab Consulting Engineering Company, Esfahan, Iran, June 2016 - August 2017.


Agenda - Thursday June 13th

June 13, 2024  08:45 - 16:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:14

Scroll down to view Speakers' Biographies 

Networking Breakfast

7:00 - 9:00 a.m.



Opening Keynote  - Ryan Jenkins, Closing the Generational Gap

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Apprenticeship Panel Discussion : Heather MacCallum, Moderator

Lorna Harnum IUOE Apprenticeships Training for the Future

Shannon Moir- Riendeau, Shanna Hodgins, CCAD

10:00 - 11:005 a.m.

Networking Break

11;00-11:15 a.m.

Annual General Meeting

11:15-12:15 a.m.

Networking Lunch - Mezzanine 

Longevity Awards Photo Opportunity - Photo Booth

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Randa Fernandes- Wright Plan Inc.

1:15 - 1:45


Provincial Updates 

Assoc. des propriétaires de grues du Québec (APGQ)

Crane Rental Association of Ontario (CRAO)

BC Crane Safety -  BC Crane Safety: A Changing Landscape

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Networking Break

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.


Safety Awards Presentations

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Technical Committee Report & Presentation

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:45- 4:00 p.m.


Free Time

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cocktails - Augustus 27

6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Closing Banquet

Canadian Lift of the Year Awards Presentations

2024-2025 Chair Introduction & "Talking Stick" Presentation

6:45 - 10:00 p.m.




Ryan Jenkins - Generational Gap

Ryan Jenkins, CSP is a Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership author on the topics of team connection, generational differences, and the future of work.
His latest book is Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All In.
Ryan’s thought leadership has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, and CNBC.

For over a decade as a keynote speaker and consultant, he has helped hundreds of the world’s leading organizations like Netflix, Salesforce,
Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, State Farm, and John Deere.
He is also Partner at, a technology platform that facilitates meaningful one-on-one connections across multi-generational

Ryan lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, three children, and two yellow Labradors.


Heather MacCallum

President & CEO  NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul

Heather started her career in 2007 with Ernst & Young, reaching manager level for the Assurance and Advisory practice. In 2011, she left EY and began offering her services as an independent consultant, with clients including a large Edmonton-based public company and NCSG. In 2013, she joined NCSG as the VP Finance and moved into the role of CFO in 2019. In November 2020, Heather was promoted to President & CEO, NCSG.

Heather believes in continuous improvement—”pushing ourselves to do the best work we can.” She describes NCSG as hard-working people who care about getting the job done properly and safely and making sure customers are satisfied.

In 2007, Heather completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. In 2008, she graduated with a Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2009, the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Alberta awarded her the Chartered Accountant Designation.


Lorna Harnum - IUOE

Lorna Harnum is an International representative with the IUOE. She also serves as the chair of Newfoundland and Labrador's Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board and on the Executive Board and Board of Directors of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. She is a strong proponent of training and apprenticeships in the trades.


    TBA - Apprenticeship Panel

Randa Fernandes, Vice President of Operations and Customer Experience at WrightPlan Inc.,

is an accomplished executive with a focus on operations and customer satisfaction. Leveraging her extensive expertise across diverse industries and her solid background in Business and Computer Science, she collaborates closely with her teams to deliver purpose-driven software solutions that meet the diverse needs of customers. Committed to innovation and growth, Randa continuously explores emerging technologies to effectively address industry challenges. She has a proven track record of building teams and systems that enable organizations to adapt to changing circumstances, scale sustainably, and uphold their missions while remaining true to their core values. In recognition of her achievements, Randa was honored on Crane and Hoist Canada's Top 10 under 40 list for 2023 and featured in the December 2023 issue of Crane Hot Line for her article on Simplifying Digital Transformation for the industry.


Clinton Connell

Clinton is the Executive Director of BC Crane Safety. He has served on multiple boards, including not-for-profits, 9 years as Director with BCACS, and an active member of the BCTA Board since 2008.

Clinton has over 25 years’ experience in senior management, commercial transport, construction, and the industrial services sector

Roberta Sheng-Taylor

Roberta is a certified health and safety professional, technical writer, and strategist specializing in producing measurable results and cultural change. Roberta has a track record in long-term occupational health and safety behaviour change management initiatives, focusing on systems and standards development, responsive communication, and program sustainability.


Jason Brown - Kova Engineering

Jason Brown is a Mechanical Engineer Technologist with Kova Red Utl Engineering and most recently was awarded with his 10 year tenure. He began his career in the crane and hoist industry shortly after high school and has been forging a name in the industry for over the past 15 years.

His experience began working on the floor of Commercial Truck Equipment as he built various types of lift equipment before returning to BCIT – Institute of Technology. He pursued his Mechanical Engineering Diploma and was then hired by Kova Red Utl Engineering and has been a predominate and passionate team player in the crane community. 

Jason believes in the power of communication, mentoring those new to the industry and developing his education. He recently earned his CWB Level 3 Weld Inspector status while building and maintaining his career. His passion for connection with others, the development of the crane industry and the sites he has seen remains to be his source of inspiration in his field.

    Closing Keynote Speaker - TBA




Departure - Friday June 14th

June 14, 2024  07:00 - 09:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:26

Caesars Windsor Casino Hotel Restaurant - Café 377 is situated on the lower floor of the Casino and opens at 8 a.m.

Tim Hortons is open 24/7.

Wishing you a safe trip home and we look forward to seeing you next year!