Chief Operating Officer - Ontario Road Builders Association


Chief Operating Officer - Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA)

The Association

The Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA) is a non-profit industry Association representing approximately 300 member companies in all areas of transportation infrastructure. The industry builds, operates and maintains infrastructure for Ontario’s communities including the highways, bridges and roads that connect them. ORBA supports a wide range of companies, both large and small in a competitive industry. Its members include local, national and international construction organizations and associated materials and services suppliers that compete to provide services to Ontario’s construction/infrastructure projects. With a mission to promote and support the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry, ORBA serves as the collective voice on issues and perspectives of its sector. It provides valuable insights to members; staying in touch with industry developments and acting as a technical resource, educator, and advocate. ORBA is also a highly visible Association and the issues facing the industry are complex. It promotes a positive investment climate for transportation infrastructure through consultation and collaboration with legislators, policy advisors and industry constituents. In 2016 ORBA merged with the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association. The combined expertise strengthened ORBA’s position as an advocacy-based Association in an industry that plays a critical role in Ontario’s economic growth and prosperity.

The Opportunity

ORBA is looking for a new leader to ensure the Association remains a respected and prominent voice in transportation infrastructure. The COO will provide operational and strategic leadership to the Association and people within it and refine/implement the internal structures and programs required to support and grow this newly amalgamated business. The successful candidate will bring strong management competencies and leadership capability with a track record of building, developing and motivating teams. They will have a minimum of 20 years of working experience with at least 5-10 years leading, directing and managing others. A proven business manager they will bring the people skills, fiscal acumen and organizational skills required to run and manage an Association. This person will be a strategic but hands-on COO of a small Association with a staff of ten.

It will be important that the candidate has held a senior leadership role for an Association or a leadership position within an organization that directly interacts with government. They will have developed the strategy to promote an industry, understand the policies that guide it, and the spending/investment required to support it. Reporting to the Board of Directors, they will understand board governance guidelines and bring the political/business knowledge along with the confidence required to mediate and manage complex interpersonal and business/government dynamics. Industry experience is highly desired but not essential. MacLeod & Associates is working with the ORBA to identify this new Leader.

If interested in further details, please contact:

Jill MacLeod, Managing Partner, MacLeod & Associates