Mary Van Buren, a bilingual marketing, strategy, and digital expert, has officially taken over as president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).
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, Mary led a team of 60 to grow its premier services, REALTOR.ca and WEBForms in the double digits.
“It’s an exciting time to join CCA and the construction industry. 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,” said Van Buren.
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 Chris McNally, CCA chair.
Van Buren takes the reigns from Michael Atkinson, who first joined CCA in 1981, and has held CCA president’s position since 1993. “Michael has been absolutely instrumental to CCA’s success for several decades,” said McNally. “We all wish him happy retirement.”