October 2017 BCCA Briefing

 
 
October 26, 2017
 
Your October Briefing
 
 
  • 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. 
 


Sincerely,
The Team at BCCA 
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May 17, 2017

New Construction Industry Report Shows Procurement Drives Innovation

VICTORIA, BC – The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has published a follow-up to its Innovation Report (February 2016), which revealed BC’s construction sector lags behind other jurisdictions when it comes to innovation. The new report is called “Procuring Innovation” and lays out the case for the sector to recognize the procurement process as the key for driving innovative projects and sector development.
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January 06, 2017

Tribunal Rules on US Gypsum Board Imports

An inquiry has made a series of recommendations about import duties after hearing about the injury caused to Canada’s industry by the pricing regime for gypsum board brought in from the USA.
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December 14, 2016

NRCA's New Website Launches

We are happy to announce that our new website is live! We are excited for our members to take advantage of all the new features available to them.
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November 30, 2016

Proactive Release of Project Information for the Construction Industry

Over the last decade new people, processes and procurement protocols have led to a loss in some fundamental practices in regard to accessing information that is paramount to fair, open and transparent bidding. This has been a significant challenge for the construction industry, and recently the BC Government has taken an important step in restoring standards for accessing information through the release of “Guidance for the Release of Information &/or Documents Related to Competitive Procurement Opportunities”.
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October 26, 2016

The Construction Management Project Delivery Method

CCA has introduced the new CCA 26 A Guide to the Construction Management (CM) Project Delivery Method (2016). Along with the Guide these are some other considerations which are very important in insuring a successful delivery of a project using Construction Management.
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April 27, 2016

CCA Quality of Documents Report Issued

In 2015, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) embarked on a series of “Quality of Documents” workshops across Canada. In BC workshops were sponsored by NRCA in Prince George and VRCA in Vancouver with participants invited from across the Province. It was an opportunity to discuss the issue of poor quality documentation in the Canadian building industry.
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