Jim Mutrie – In Memoriam

Jim Mutrie, a long-time member of the CSA A23.3 Design of Concrete Structures Technical Committee, passed away on December 23, 2019. Jim was a tower of strength on the Committee for nearly 40 years where, for over 20 years, he capably chaired the Seismic Design Subcommittee. As a managing partner of Jones Kwong Kishi, Jim…

Concrete best long-term choice for pavement -- Opinion piece submitted to and published by the Winnipeg Free Press

November 15, 2019 Op-Ed Submission to the Winnipeg Free Press   Concrete still best-in-class value for taxpayers, roads and the environment By Linton Mounk, P. Eng., President, Concrete Manitoba, and Michael McSweeney, President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada   We commend the City of Winnipeg’s commitment to find the best value for money for…

Government policies are misdirecting efforts to reduce GHGs from buildings – Opinion by Michael MCSweeney, President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada, April 2019

The construction, operation and decommissioning of our buildings and infrastructure account for approximately 40% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. For those involved in climate policy, it is self-evident that building practices need to change – our buildings must become lower carbon and more resilient to our changing climate. Governments and many in the building…

Canada’s Cement and Concrete Industry Applauds Recommendations from International Environmental Think Tank

Statement by Michael McSweeney, President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada, in response to a new study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) that identifies serious gaps in the way carbon is being measured. April 3, 2019 – In communities across the country, the buildings where we live and work are responsible for…

New IISD Study: Tool for Tracking GHGs in Canada’s Buildings has “Built In“ Errors - Carbon Accounting Practices Need Improvement, May Misdirect Efforts to Reduce Emissions

Construction practices, policies, building and energy codes and other regulations need to change if Canada is to meaningfully reduce GHGs from the building sector, a new report finds. Emission Omissions: Carbon accounting gaps in the built environment, a new peer-reviewed study conducted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), examines Life-cycle Assessments (LCA) –…