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BRITISH COLUMBIA CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
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October 26, 2017
Your October Briefing
Good afternoon RCA Teams,
 
Here’s what you need to know.
  • The Infrastructure Masterclass is in Demand 
The highly successful Infrastructure Masterclass is now Gold Seal certified!  The PG course sold out to rave reviews, and the December 7 VICA date has moved to a larger venue to accommodate demand. Next up: VRCA November 17 and SICA November 20.  Hear what participants are saying. See the ads in the Business Examiner Construction Special November Issue.
  • Project Delivery Guide Now Online
This valuable summary guide was created for the Infrastructure Masterclass and is an excellent free resource for staff and members looking for info on methods of project delivery. Questions or suggestions, please contact Warren Perks at BCCA.
  • BidCentral Labs has Launched
BidCentral user groups will be active in the newly formed BidCentral Labs providing useful feedback to shape messaging, customer service, and product development. Customers interested in participating should get in touch. ​
  • Procurement Community of Practice Conference (PCoP)
BCCA President Chris Atchison hosted a panel on best practises at the first #PCoP2017 . This standing-room-only event was exclusively for public servants. On the panel: Warren Perks (BCCA), and procurement professionals from UVIC, the City of Vancouver, and the Ministry of Citizen’s Services.
  • #WhatTheFactFriday Premiers Online
BCCA’s newest campaign to draw attention to the key stats is #WhatTheFactFriday. Get and share a new stat every Friday via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • CCA’s Annual Conference - Are You Going?
Registration is now open for the Canadian Construction Association’s 100th annual conference on March 12th in Banff, Alberta. Register here.
  • Concrete BC Annual Conference - Victoria 
BCCA President Chris Atchison will participate on a panel called “Weathering the Storm” with Chris Gardner of the ICBA at Concrete BC’s 55th Annual Convention in November.
  • Canadian Concrete Expo 2018
BCCA has secured a special deal for RCA members at The Canadian Concrete Expo in Toronto from Feb. 7 – 8, 2018. Contact Rod Mahler for more information and registration.
  • STEP at Women Build Nations Chicago 2017
Members of the STEP team attended Women Build Nations with over 1500 women from the USA, Canada, South America, and India to share best practises and tactics for engaging women in the trades.
  • Indigenous Populations and BC’s Construction Industry
The BCCA prepared this overview for the Deputy Minister’s Industry Infrastructure Forum to highlight the construction sector’s policies and actions in regard to indigenous engagement, skilled workforce, and set-asides.  ​
  • STEP is in the House!
STEP encourages BC youth to enter the trades and often takes part in career and education fairs around the province. This month STEP introduced students from L.A. Matheson Secondary School in Surrey, BC to PPE and had some fun with trades-specific quizzes.
Calling all apprentice employers – there’s over $300,000 in funding still available from the $1.5M private fund. Employers looking to support apprenticeship training simply complete this application form. Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2017 for a February 2018 (or later) school start.
  • New Partnership for BCCA Integrating Newcomers Program
BCCA-IN has partnered with SOPA to provide complimentary pre-arrival services to even more people coming from abroad and looking for job leads in construction. The BCCA-IN team was featured in a post on SOPA’s site here.
Stephen Richter from BCCA is on the road with Fortis, Rio Tinto, Schneider Electric and others in the BCIC Growth Opportunities Tour to brainstorm on tech opportunities in BC’s construction sector. Two more stops to go! Tomorrow, October 27th, Stephen will be in Kelowna and then Kamloops on November 3rd. 
  • Block Chain Day at Vancouver Start Up Week
BCCA presented to block chain experts from around the province to discuss possible technology solutions for the construction industry’s prompt payment problem
  • BCCA In The News
  • Industry Issues In The News
Media and Health Authorities have been stating without statistical evidence that workers in the construction trades suffer a higher rate of opioid abuse and addiction than any other group.  BCCA is working closely with medical professionals to ensure that we are partners in the messaging and that our industry is not unfairly stigmatized. Share the facts, not the fiction.
  • BidCentral Advertising 
Welcome to VRCA member Wylie Crump, the first BidCentral advertising champion. Wylie will receive a full year of cover in BidCentral, the Bid & Post, and on BidCentral and BCCA social media channels. There are three more advertiser slots available. Contact is Lindsay Groves at BCCA. 
Thank you for passing this information on to your members through your RCA website, newsletters, social media, presentations, and other communication channels.

You’re free to use any of the content that we provide. If there’s anything else you need, or if you have suggestions that will make the BCCA Briefing more valuable, please let us know by emailing Stephen Richter or Lindsay Groves.

Sincerely,

The Team at BCCA
 
      

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