All year Canadians have been celebrating the nation's 150th anniversary and we recognize this sesquicentennial today with the publication of The Leaders 2017, our signature magazine.
This year's The Leaders 2017 is a commemorative edition packed with the most significant stories we generated during Building Canada 150, our five-part, year-long series, that looked at the integral role Canada's construction industry has played in building the country. From iconic projects to those that transformed Canada's massive landscape, linking communities, cities and natural wonders, this series was a milestone initiative created by ConstructConnect's two premier heritage construction industry publications, the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce (JOC).
In fact, the last instalment of Building Canada 150 has also been published today and is included in this current issue of the JOC.
On this year's Leaders cover you will see a CP train rolling along a track in a maple leaf. Our top story from the series is about building the CPR railroad, Canada's first true megaproject, which not only physically linked a young nation but also transformed its prospects for growth and success.
The first of our western section stories in this year's Leaders is about construction of the Trans-Canada Highway, another transformational megaproject that linked communities and stretches across Canada's varied and challenging landscape.
The second story in this section explores the sacrifice and hard work of thousands of Chinese labourers in helping build the CPR railroad. The story of these migrant workers during construction of this first vital nationwide link is one well worth commemorating.
Our eastern section in this year's Leaders is dominated by the two most iconic projects, according to our reader polls, that have been built in Canada — the CN Tower in Toronto and Ottawa's Parliament Buildings.
The CN Tower, standing at its majestic, sky-piercing 1,815 feet, becomes commonplace when you are in downtown Toronto long enough. We decided to look at it closely and consider the engineering and construction marvel it is. Ottawa's Parliament Buildings and surrounding government precinct is an everlasting symbol of national pride. These buildings are a Victorian gothic revival gem that easily stand up against other worldwide national capital buildings.
Once again, this year's Leaders also delivers our national, eastern and western construction industry forecasts powered by CanaData. These forecasts provide the pivotal intelligence industry stakeholders need in order to operate in Canada's evolving construction industry landscape.
In closing, when you look at Canada from a strictly bricks and mortar perspective, the vision, determination and skill to make this nation a reality is impressive. Our Leaders 2017 stories are not just about the legacy these projects left for Canadians to celebrate, they are also emblematic of determined construction, engineering excellence and nation building. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed creating them.