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Annual Conference

Annual Conference

2024 CCRA Conference - Windsor, ON

Welcome to the 2024 CCRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

We are thrilled that you are considering attending the 2024 Annual Conference and AGM of the Canadian Crane Rental Association. We will be meeting in the beautiful Caesar Windsor Hotel. The Caesar Windsor, offers perfect balance in breathtaking surroundings. You may review the hotel and it’s amenities  Caesar-Windsor hotel. 

This event is exclusive to members. If you would like to join this important crane industry network, please visit our Membership page.

All Presentations are in the Augustus rooms 3&4. All main meals, Breakfast and Lunch, will be in the Mezzanine Level.

Finally, if you’re planning on flying into Detroit, the trip across the border by bridge or tunnel is fairly straight forward. Please click on link for many of your options Canada – US Border Crossing Information 

Arrival Monday, June 10, 2024

Our Conference Office is in the JOVIS Boardroom. Come to meet the team, confirm your event registration, receive your name badge (to be worn at all events) and ask any questions you may have.

The daily “Spreader Bar” our hospitality lounge, will be in The VU Bar and opens at 8 p.m. 

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Networking activities are at the heart of our conference. We live by the principle that we do business with people we know, like and trust and what a better way to get to know you than spending quality time on the golf course or on a discovery tour of Windsor.

During your registration process, you will be invited to select the golf or the tour, or being one of the 30 people for a special J.P. Wiser’s distillery tour (included in your registration) . These are optional activities at extra cost and well attended by our membership.

Golf Event

Our Golf Event will be held at the beautiful Ambassador Golf Club. (see golf course layout)

Ambassador Golf Club has been regarded as the venue of choice for Public Golf in Windsor & Essex County, Ontario.  Since it opened for business in 2005, Ambassador has been nominated as the “Best New Course” in Canada (Golf Digest) and in Ontario (OG Magazine).

Designed by world-renowned architect Thomas McBroom, this more than 7,000-yard gem is conveniently located 5 minutes from the Ambassador Bridge and 10 minutes from the Windsor/Detroit Tunnel  and 15 minutes from the Caesar Windsor Casino.

Transportation will leave from the Hotel at 7:45 am Tuesday morning. Grab and Go Breakfast will be ready in the Hotel Lobby by 7 am. If you require golf cub rentals, book early as there is a limited number available this year.

The $275 fee includes: golf fees, golf cart, practice balls, water, Grab & Go Breakfast ( Mezzanine), lunch, and transportation. 

Windsor City and Wine Tour

Embark on a captivating journey through Windsor and its surrounding areas, where you’ll encounter iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Our tour begins with the majestic Ambassador Bridge, a testament to human ingenuity and a symbol of international friendship.

Next, we’ll step back in time as we explore Olde Sandwich Towne, considered one of the oldest and most historically significant settlements in Ontario’s history. Our journey out of Sandwich Towne will lead us into the future to see the awe-inspiring sight of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, a marvel of modern engineering.

We then make our way back to visit historic Walkerville, the cradle of Canada’s distillery and auto industry to include a visit to Willistead Manor, built in 1906 for Edward Walker, one of the sons of Hiram Walker.

After immersing ourselves in the area’s history and culture, we’ll retreat to the serene landscapes of wine country with lunch at North 42 Winery, complemented by a curated wine tasting experience. A final stop at Oakley Estates Winery, will conclude our tour with a wine tasting before returning to the comfort of the Caesars Hotel. This discovery tour promises an unforgettable blend of history, culture, and culinary delights.”

The return to the hotel is expected around 3:30 pm

Wrap up the evening by joining old and new friends at the “Spreader Bar – The VU” which opens at 8:00 pm

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 12, 2024

7:00 a.m.    Networking Breakfast – Mezzanine Level (Photo Booth 7:30-8:45)

8:30 a.m.     First timers’  Welcome

9:00 a.m.     Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.      Opening Keynote – Gordie Howe International Bridge 

10:15 a.m.    Networking Break – Outside Augustus Rooms 3&4

10:30 a.m.   Supplier Presentations

  • Jose Perez – Broderson Manufacturing –New Technologies in the RT-400-B and IC-400-C
  • Jimmy Hodges – Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, Inc. – 2024 Kobelco Crane Update

11:00 a.m.  Wire Rope and Construction Cranes  – Panel Discussion

  • Justin Brown – Unirope   
  • Chase Richter – WireCo
  • Richard Marcotte –Bruce Power

12 Noon      Networking Lunch – Mezzanine Level

1:00 p.m.   Richard McAuliffe & Tanner House – Siemens Financial Ltd.

1:30 p.m.   Bridge Formula Research Project – Dr. Shay Abtahi, Ph.D.

                    Dept. Of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Alberta 

2:00 p.m.   Networking Break – Outside Augustus Rooms 3&4

2:15 p.m.    Canadian Lift of the Year Under 20T Presentations

Competing companies will each have 15 minutes to present their company’s lift of the year. One company took both awards home last year and this year, we look forward to see a variety of quality lifts, engineering excellence and best practices.  

3:00 p.m.   Canadian Lift of the Year Over 20T Presentations 

Competing companies will each have 15 minutes to present their company’s lift of the year. One company took both awards home last year and this year, we look forward to see a variety of quality lifts, engineering excellence and best practices.  

4:00 p.m.   End of Day 1 Presentations – Free time until 6:30 pm


5:30 p.m.   Early departure for J.P. Wiser’s Distillery Tour

6:30 p.m.   Shuttles will leave in front of the lobby of Caesar Windsor Casino

Our Traditional Get Together will be hosted at the J.P. Wiser’s Distillery, where you can enjoy the rich history and flavour of Canadian whisky. You will have a chance to network with crane industry professionals, sample delicious food, and taste some of the best whiskies in the country.

If you are a whisky lover, you can also sign up for a guided tour of the distillery and learn how they have been making whisky for over 165 years. The tour will start before the main event, and an early departure (5:30 pm) will be reserved for a limited number of participants, so make sure you register early.

Casual and comfortable wear.

Wrap up the evening by joining old and new friends at the “Spreader Bar – The VU” after our return from The Get Together.

Day 3 – Thursday, June 13, 2024 

7:00 a.m.     Networking Breakfast – Mezzanine Level (Photo Booth 7:30-8:45)

9:00 a.m.     Opening Keynote  – Ryan Jenkins, Closing the Generational Gap

10:00 a.m.  Apprenticeship Panel Discussion : Heather MacCallum, Moderator

  • Lorna Harnum IUOE Apprenticeships Training for the Future
  • Shannon Moir- Riendeau, Moir Crane
  • Shanna Hodgins, Apprentice
  • Risa Abella, Skilled Trades Ontario                             

11:00 a.m.  Networking Break – Outside Augustus Rooms 3&4

11:15 a.m.   Annual General Meeting

12:15 p.m.   Networking Lunch  – Mezzanine Level

                     Longevity Awards Photo Opportunity – Photo Booth

1:15 p.m.     Wright Plan – Randa Fernandes

                      Easy-to-Use Software for the Multi-Generational Workforce

1:45 p.m.     Provincial updates

  • Maritimes – Ryan Long
  • Crane Rental Association of Ontario (CRAO)
  • Association des propriétaires de grues du Québec (APGQ)
  • BC Crane Safety – Clinton Connell, Doug Younger,Roberta Sheng-Taylor

2:15 p.m.     Networking Break – Outside Augustus Rooms 3&4

2:30 p.m.    Safety Awards

3:00 p.m.   Technical Committee Report on  CSA-Z150/Z248

                     Paul Walchuk, Darin Richards, Jason Brown – Kova Engineering

3:45 p.m.    Closing Remarks

4:00 p.m.    Free time until 6:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.   Cocktail – Augustus 27

The Closing Banquet & Canadian Lift of the Year Awards Ceremony will be hosted in Augustus 27, a premium event location situated on the top floor of the Caesars Windsor Hotel, offering spectacular views of the Detroit skyline and waterfront. To celebrate the end of the conference, we invite you to dress up in your best Roaring Twenties outfits and enjoy the Spreader Bar at the end of the evening. It’s time to have some fun and unleash your inner Gatsby!

On our final night the “Spreader Bar” will be in the Augustus 27 room