The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has appointed Zey Emir as chair of the 2018 board of directors at its annual general meeting. Emir takes over the position from Chris McNally, director of C & M McNally Engineering Corp.
Emir is president of Revay and Associates Limited, a dispute resolution and project management provider to the construction industry in Canada and internationally. She is a professional engineer and holds an MBA from McGill University.
Emir joined the CCA board in 2009 and has chaired the CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Council and been the vice-chair of the CCA Standard Practices Committee. She joined the CCA executive in 2010 and is a past board member of the Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI).
In her address to the annual general meeting, Emir discussed her priorities for her term at CCA’s helm. CCA turns 100 this year.
“In the coming year, we will be reviewing the governance of the CCA in order to improve our effectiveness and maximize our efficiency leading into the next 100 years,” she said. “This includes being open to diversity and representation that reflects our industry. I believe that having more women, more diversity, provides fresh ideas, different insight and points of view that will strengthen our association.”
Emir has more than 25 years of experience specializing in construction claims and dispute resolution as well as contracting strategies. She has been recognized as an expert witness in court, by arbitration panels and dispute resolution boards in the areas of delay, productivity and the quantification of damages. Emir has also developed and presented training programs for the construction industry and is a frequent lecturer at several universities.