BUILD THE NORTH CONFERENCE & AGM

Workforce Development and Leadership: Nurturing Talent for the Future of Construction

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  • April 3-4th, 2024
  • Schedule Coming 2024
  • Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, Prince George BC

Get Ready For Build The North 2024!

Get ready for an incredible event on April 3-4th, 2024, at the Civic Centre in Prince George! Experience the power of Workforce Development and Leadership: Nurturing Talent for the Future of Construction. Please follow this page as we continue to update the schedule and line up! Whether you’re actively working in or supporting the construction industry, you won’t want to miss this conference! Register early and secure your place.

In 2023, we brought together over 100 attendees from across the Northern BC and the province to discuss the latest trends, innovations, and strategies for building resiliency in your business and skilled for the construction industry. Our keynote speaker was former BC Lions player, Angus Reid and other speakers included experts in areas like technology in the industry, social media, safety and more.​

Ticket Pricing:

  • 2023 Early Bird Tickets: $249.00 (Member) / $299.00 (Non-Member)
  • 2024 Early Bird Tickets: $269.00 (Member) / $319.00 (Non-Member) – Starting January 1, 2024
  • 2024 Tickets: $329.00 (Member) / $369.00 (Non-Member) – Starting February 12, 2024

Tickets Include:

  • Full conference attendance
  • Access to awards gala dinner on April 3rd
  • Access to networking and pre-conference events
  • Your choice of two (2) breakout sessions
  • Access to tradeshow with industry professionals
  • Meals & refreshments throughout the conference

Groups of 6 individuals or more will receive a 15% discount on ticket purchases. Please contact our team for more information at office@nrca.ca.

Please see the #BTN2024 schedule and speaker lineup below! Session titles will be updated when available. For more information, please contact our team at office@nrca.ca.


April 3rd | Day One

1:30pm | Registration, Networking & Tradeshow Opens

2:30pm | Opening Remarks

  • Mary Van Buren, Outgoing President, Canadian Construction Association
  • Chris Atchison, President, British Columbia Construction Association
  • Nicole Bryant, CEO, Northern Regional Construction Association

3:30pm | Annual General Meeting

4:30pm | Keynote: Managing Your Mental Wealth – Sponsored By Equity Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

  • Bob Wilkie; Former NHL Hockey Player, Mental Health and Peak Performance Expert

5:30pm | Cocktail Reception

6:30pm | Conference Gala Dinner – Sponsorship Opportunity Available

7:30pm | NRCA Constructing Excellence Awards Presentation – Sponsorship Opportunity Available

April 4th | Day Two

7:30am | Morning Check-In

7:45am | Breakfast & Opening Remarks – Sponsorship Opportunity Available

8:15am | MNP Presentation – Title Coming Soon

9:00am | BCCA Workforce Development Panel – Moderated by Chris Atchison

10:00am | BCCA Program Discussions

  • Attendees will have the opportunity to visit program leads of their choice to learn about the programs and the services they offer.

10:30am | Break – Sponsorship Opportunity Available

11:00am | Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Fostering Professional Development with Gold Seal Certification – Presented By Chanel Roberts | Manager, Education and Gold Seal Certification Program, Canadian Construction Association
  • How to Give and Receive Feedback – Presented By Bob Wilkie | President of I Got Mind
  • Skilled Trades BC – Topic Coming Soon
  • Ready To Become a Mentor? – Presented By Joy Magnell | Community Engagement Manager, Building Builders
  • Fortis BC – Topic Coming Soon

12:00pm | Lunch – Sponsored By Acera Insurance

1:00pm | Contracts Presentation – Title Coming Soon

  • Presented by Katy Fairley | Industry Standard Practices Consultant, British Columbia Construction Association

2:00pm | Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Fostering Professional Development with Gold Seal Certification – Presented By Chanel Roberts | Manager, Education and Gold Seal Certification Program, Canadian Construction Association
  • How to Give and Receive Feedback – Presented By Bob Wilkie | President of I Got Mind
  • Ready To Become a Mentor? – Presented By Joy Magnell | Community Engagement Manager, Building Builders
  • Fortis BC – Topic Coming Soon
  • You Deserve the Right Tools: Addressing Substance Use in Construction – Presented By Kayla Cardinal | Harm Reduction Coordinator, Tailgate Toolkit

3:00pm | Break – Sponsorship Opportunity Available

3:30pm | Closing Keynote – Title & Sponsor Coming Soon

Tradeshow Booth Information

Member Pricing: $750.00 | Non-Member Pricing: $850.00

  • 8′ x 10′ Pipe and Drape Booth with Table & Linen Provided
  • 2 Exhibitor Passes
    • Includes Attendance to Conference Sessions, Lunch & Networking Events. Gala access is NOT included.
  • Additional Exhibitor Pass – $100.00
  • Awards Gala Pass – $75.00

For more information, contact our team at office@nrca.ca.

2024 Keynote Presenters

Keynote Description

Former NHL Hockey Player and Mental Health and Peak Performance Expert, Bob Wilkie, offers a unique and transformative perspective on mental health. He introduces a fresh outlook on the significance of mental well-being and delves into the reasons why individuals can find themselves emotionally bankrupt. Wilkie emphasizes the personal responsibility each individual has in managing their wellness and highlights the powerful narrative of navigating life’s challenges. By shedding light on the potential consequences of a lack of awareness and skill sets, the presentation aims to empower participants to proactively take charge of their mental health. Wilkie’s narrative not only explores the pitfalls of emotional bankruptcy but also provides a roadmap toward becoming mentally wealthy, underlining the importance of having a plan and seeking help when needed. Advocating for embracing life’s challenges is a necessary component for crafting a life to be proud of, making a compelling case for the commitment required to achieve mental wealth.

About Bob Wilkie; Former NHL Hockey Player, Mental Health and Peak Performance Expert

After enduring years of mental health challenges as a result of a tragedy, Bob shares the importance for all of us to double down on our commitment to improving our mental wellness every day to be able to move through and recover from such experiences. Bob speaks about the path he took to restore his own mental health after a very tragic bus accident that took the lives of four of his teammates. He shares how he built his resilience by being willing to reach out for help. By openly sharing his challenges, including alcohol and drug abuse and getting the help he needed, he was able to overcome the shame, guilt and stigma around his own mental health issues and heal them.

Closing Keynote – Description Coming Soon

Breakout Session Descriptions

Presented By Chanel Roberts | Manager, Education and Gold Seal Certification Program, Canadian Construction Association

Nationally acclaimed, the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Gold Seal Certification is a recognized standard of excellence for construction management professionals. Earned through industry experience, education and examination, Gold Seal Certification:  

  • Enhances your professional development,   
  • Improves your job mobility, and   
  • Markets your skills, competence, and experience.     

 Gold Seal Certified (GSC) construction management professionals have attained the highest standard of excellence, have proven industry experience, and are held in the highest regard. Companies that employ GSC professionals are seen as leaders for their commitment to quality through education, training, and continual skill development. 

Join a special information session presented by Chanel Roberts, Gold Seal Certification Program Manager, to learn what it takes to become certified.

Presented By Bob Wilkie | President of I Got Mind

Uncover the art of effective communication and team synergy in Bob Wilkie’s “How to Give and Receive Feedback” breakout session. Participants will explore diverse perspectives within their group, assess current feedback practices, and gain practical skills for delivering and receiving constructive feedback. Bob introduces strategies to identify and overcome communication barriers, fostering enhanced team leadership and performance. Attendees emerge with a fresh perspective on feedback, refined skills, increased leadership confidence, and improved communication methods, all contributing to elevated team success.

Presented By Joy Magnell | Community Engagement Manager, Building Builders

Join the Building Builders Mentorship Program information session to learn how you can give back to the industry by becoming a Mentor to a Mentee interested in construction. Hear from current Mentors about best practices, their experience, and how mentoring has contributed to their leadership. Mentors have access to free training and connections with potential employees, and mentoring supports industry recruitment and retention.

Learn how to make a difference in a tradesperson’s career through the BC Construction Association’s (BCCA) Building Builders program. Find out how easy it is to become a Mentor through the Building Builders program (mentorship made easy). Community Engagement Manager – Joy Magnell will provide a quick program overview, share success stories, and answer your questions.

Speaker and Description Coming Soon

Speaker and Description Coming Soon

Presented By Kayla Cardinal | Harm Reduction Coordinator, Tailgate Toolkit

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Vancouver Island Construction Association’s innovative and award-winning harm reduction initiative, the Tailgate Toolkit Project. The session will cover the project’s four components, how to implement its principles, a demonstration of a Toolbox Talk, and a naloxone demonstration. Participants will witness firsthand harm reduction outreach in action and learn from project staff about their approaches, challenges, insights, and strategies. They’ll gain valuable knowledge to apply not only in their workplaces but also within their communities, families, and personal lives.

Furthermore, this workshop will offer insights gleaned by the Tailgate Team over the past year and a half. Topics will include engaging staff in addressing the toxic drug crisis, understanding the Duty to Accommodate when employees disclose addiction, exploring Indigenous perspectives, and fostering a culture shift at job sites to destigmatize addiction and substance use.


Testimonials’ From BTN 2023 Attendees


2024 Sponsorships

Please click here to download the 2024 sponsorship guide. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact our team at office@nrca.ca.

Title Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Pattison Media Logo
CKPG Today Logo
101.3 The River Logo
99.3 Rewind Radio Logo
CKPG logo

Gold Sponsor

Fortis BC Logo

Opening Keynote Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Breakout Session Sponsors


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not listed below or if you would like clarification, please contact the office.

What is the Build The North Conference?

Build the North is an annual conference presented by the Northern Regional Construction Association that aims to address the biggest issues facing the construction industry in Northern BC. We will deliver education, information and presentations to help you make the best decisions that will impact your business.

Who Should Attend?

All members of the industry will benefit from this conference. Those in attendance will be from construction companies, tendering authorities, consultants, architects, engineers and others roles and organizations engaged in the construction industry.

Why Should I Attend?

You should attend if you are in the construction industry and interested in developing your professional skills and networking with others that are part of the Northern BC construction industry.

How Can I Register?

Register for 2024 will be available at a later date!

Is There Tradeshow Booth Opportunities?

Yes, there is! Tradeshow booth packages will be available late 2023 to early 2024.

If you are interested in having a booth, please contact the office at (250) 563-1744 or office@nrca.ca.