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Pre-Construction Webinar Recap and Important Links

The City of London's Megan Fontaine kicked off the Pre-Construction Webinar on Apr. 23

The City of London held a Pre-Construction Webinar on Thursday April 23 to present information on the upcoming Dundas Construction Phase 1. This meeting would have typically been in person featuring guest speaks, presentations, and the distribution of informational materials. Of course, the restrictions in place due to COVID-19 forced the meeting to take place online. However, that didn’t stop several guest speakers and panellists, along with 50 businesses, property owners, and community members from attending.

Speakers during the Pre-Construction Webinar included:

  • Ed Holder - Mayor, City of London

  • Jesse Helmer - Deputy Mayor and Ward 4 Councillor, City of London

  • Jim Yanchula - Downtown Projects and Business Relations Manager, City of London

  • Jonny Ngai - Construction Project Manager, City of London

  • Curtis Brekelmans - Lead Contractor, Bre-Ex Construction

  • Jeff Scarrow - Dillon Consulting

  • Sgt. Michael Pottruff - London Police Foot Patrol

  • Brian Nourse - Environmental Service Engineer, City of London

  • Melanie Stone - Accessibility Specialist, City of London

  • Stephen Miller - Municipal Law Enforcement, Parking Services Manager, City of London

  • Megan Fontaine - Public Engagement Manager, Transportation and Construction, City of London

  • Mitch Taylor - Founder, Claim Your Leisure Media Inc.

  • Jen Pastorius - Manager, Old East Village BIA

As the list of speakers indicates, there was a wide variety of subjects covered. Some of the key topics included:

  • Key dates and logistics for the project’s start date (May 4, 2020)

  • Lessons learned from previous core construction projects and how those learnings will be implemented in OEV

  • Important contacts for businesses and the community affected by construction

  • Construction site safety, area security, and cleanliness

  • London Police presence and patrols

  • Pedestrian and traffic signage

  • Accessibility concerns and measures to be taken in the construction zone

  • Parking availability and a new free parking promotion through Honk Mobile

  • Communications strategies and promotional materials

The webinar was recorded and can be accessed in full right here by using the password digoev123!

Following the panelist speakers, the floor was open to all attendees in which many questions were asked and answered. You can access the full list of questions and answers right here.

We encourage you to sign up for the City of London Construction Email Updates to receive weekly information on construction related issues from the City. Access the signup link right here.

Lastly, stay tuned for your copy of the City of London’s Construction Toolkit as well as a list of important contacts (both digital and, eventually, in print) that will clearly communicate who to contact for any particular issue, question or concern as the project progresses.

Again, Dundas Construction Phase 1 starts May 4, 2020 in OEV and the construction zone will encompass Dundas Street from English to Ontario Streets.

Stay up to date on all construction related matters by visiting for an ongoing resource list from both the City of London and the Old East Village BIA.

If you have any questions at this time, please reach out to the Old East Village BIA at 519-645-7662 or

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