ORBA announces James McVeety to serve as 2020 president 

James McVeety

The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) has elected James McVeety, director of pre-construction, P3 and Major Projects at Black and McDonald, as its president for 2020.

ORBA made the announcement during its 93rd annual general meeting on Feb. 3 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

McVeety is taking the over helm of the association’s board from Steve Smith, who served as ORBA’s president from Feb. 4, 2019, through to Feb. 3, 2020. 

“It is an honour and privilege to have been elected as ORBA’s president as we enter the association’s 93rd year,” McVeety said. “ORBA has made great strides over the past few years in not only growing the association’s membership, but building a solid foundation as a unified voice for the road building industry and promoting excellence in Ontario’s transportation infrastructure sector. With this positive momentum, we are in a better position to be proactive in addressing industry challenges.” 

Originally from North Bay, Ontario, McVeety is now a resident of Hannon. He is a licensed professional engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Ryerson University. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business and a Gold Seal Certificate for Road Building and Heavy Construction from the Canadian Construction Association.

He began his career in the roadbuilding industry about 30 years ago as an engineering student working on construction projects in northern Ontario. McVeety’s career progressed from working for a smaller family-owned paving contractor in the GTA to larger domestic and multi-national firms where he led and managed some of the largest and most complex civil infrastructure projects in the province.

You may also like:

In his current position at Black and McDonald, he is involved in large-scale North American infrastructure projects and is responsible for partnering and teaming relationships, construction joint ventures and infrastructure finance from the initial stages of project pursuit through to project execution. 

McVeety first became active in the association in 1999 and joined the ORBA board of directors in 2013.

Alongside his work with the ORBA board, he is the chair of ORBA’s Alternative Financing & Procurement Committee, serves on ORBA’s Audit, Contracts and Documents and Executive Committees and is Chair of the Metrolinx Transit Contractors Council. 

“I am very pleased to pass the president’s gavel on to James,” Smith said. “He has a significant depth of knowledge and passion for the industry and I am very confident that he will continue to lead the charge of all our initiatives for the continued pursuit of excellence in the road building industry.”