OTTAWA—The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has a new president.
Mary Van Buren, a bilingual marketing, strategy and digital expert, officially took over the role Oct. 16.
Van Buren has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading associations and not-for-profits, including the Canadian Medical Association's subsidiary, MD Financial Management and Export Development Canada.
In her most recent role as vice-president of marketing and IT at the Canadian Real Estate Association, Van Buren led a team of 60 to grow its premier services in the double digits, states a release issued by CCA.
"It's an exciting time to join CCA and the construction industry," said Van Buren in a statement. "I'm thrilled and honoured to work with our executive committee, CCA board and our partner associations to improve the value of the association and to advance the interests of the construction industry, a cornerstone of the Canadian economy."
Van Buren holds an MBA in international business from McGill and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa. She is also a Certified Association Executive.
The CCA is celebrating its centennial in 2018 and currently going through a strategic planning exercise.
"Mary's background in strategy and marketing will be an asset shaping the plan for the next five years and communicating our new priorities and initiatives to our partner associations and members," said CCA chair Chris McNally. "Having a bilingual president will further strengthen our capabilities and ties with the Quebec-based partner associations."
Most construction associations in Quebec are now CCA partner associations, according to the release, and CCA's materials and newsletters are published in both official languages.
Van Buren takes over the position from Michael Atkinson, who first joined the CCA in 1981 and has held the CCA president's position since 1993.
"Michael has been absolutely instrumental to CCA's success for several decades," added McNally. "We all wish him happy retirement."