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Rural Report

MARCH 2014

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Cover President’s Message Page 2 Past President Message / Board of Directors Page 3 GM Message / Announcements

Page 4 2014 Mixed Funspiel Page 5 2014 Mixed Funspiel Page 6 New Members / Events Page 7 Member Perks Card Page 8 CSAM

President’s Message: Strategies for Continued Success Being that this is my first president’s message in my new role with the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba, I would first like to thank and congratulate Ken Hardy for his successful 2 year term as President of CARM. I would also like to thank outgoing board members Jason Thorpe, Darren McCallum, Chris Griffin and Lori Mauthe for their time and efforts over the past few years. These people well represented this organization and their contributions are appreciated. The Construction Association of Rural Manitoba provides representation, information, education, and services to promote the sustainability and integrity of the rural construction industry. CARM is the voice of the construction industry in South West Manitoba, representing its members to consumers of construction services, governments, and the community at large. This mission statement was discussed during a strategic planning session held in December of 2013 with the involvement of the CARM executive, board members and facilitated by Kathryn Graham of MNP LLP. This planning session was successful in the fact that it allowed our executive and board to identify the direction we see CARM moving towards over the next year and following years. I would like to provide you a summary of the vision for the next 5 years.

Representation, through its members, of 75%-85% of the construction workforce in South West Manitoba is something we will strive to achieve. To accomplish this, we will need to educate the construction companies that are not presently part of our membership as to the services CARM can provide such as exclusive group insurance & benefit programs, training opportunities, plan room use, career posting opportunities and more. Have real, visible influence with all levels of government on behalf of the industry. Our Government Affairs Committee presently has some very capable people in place leading it in the right direction. This committee has just recently had some involvement in bringing forth some concerns raised by our members in regards to the practices and procedures of the Manitoba Workers Compensation Board. The feedback the committee received from WCB in regards to these concerns raised has not only been positive, but we have also been reassured our voice will be heard at a high level of the organization. Have strong partnerships with other construction associations, including Canadian Construction Association (CCA), Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA) and Winnipeg Construction Association (WCA) that extend CARM’s influence and provide

additional benefits to members. Presently we are having discussions with CCA in an effort to identify the benefits CARM and it’s members would gain from becoming a member of their organization. A presentation to the executive and board of CARM by CCA executives is being planned for the early part of April 2014. Have an active, relevant and respected education program for both business and technical knowledge. For the 2014 year it is CARM’s plan to continue providing education programs for our membership.

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Board of Directors Ken Hardy, Past President Hardy Electric Ltd. Chris Johnston, President Centec Electric & Controls Ltd. Kelvin Orr, Vice President Horizon Builders Ltd. Jared Jacobson, Treasurer Jacobson & Greiner Group of Companies Chuck Judd, Secretary Jamieson-Judd Limited

Strategies for Continued Success Anywhere from 4 to 6 courses will be provided with priority to topics such as Navigating Contracts and Documents and Risk Management. Many companies recognize that an investment in training is a positive motivator and excellent retention tool. Provide an active, respected forum that supports business relationships across the industry. Our entertainment committee annually organizes a curling bonspiel, golf tournament and banquet. These events are a great opportunity for our members to collaborate with other trades, businesses and government representatives in our area to discuss the positives and negatives of our industry and the impacts they have. Events

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such as these also create a networking opportunity to expand your business contacts and develop new relationships. With the combined support of CARM’s executive, board members and staff, this newly defined direction will ensure our present members and future members see value in the services and benefits we can provide, which will in turn strengthen our organization.

Chris Johnston CARM President

Directors at Large Aaron Jackson, B.D.R. Services Ltd. Brad Dodds, B.G. Dodds Building & Contracting Ltd. Carla Milne, MNP LLP Cheryl Schwalm, Guild Insurance Brokers Ltd. Chris Fortier, Excel Design & Construction Derek Cullen, Meighan Haddad LLP Garry Kaluzniak, Allen & Bolack Excavating Ltd. Glen Newton, G.D. Newton & Associates Inc. Mike Collyer, Collyer Construction Rob Greenwood, C&R Sheetmetal Ltd. Steve McMillan, Jacobson & Greiner Group of Companies Todd Szafron, Able Eavestroughing Ltd. Zac Penner, T.L. Penner Construction Inc.

Welcome to the Board! Congratulations to our newest board members: Chris Fortier, Excel Design & Construction Garry Kaluzniak, Allen & Bolack Excavating Ltd. Steve McMillan, Jacobson & Greiner Group of Companies Todd Szafron, Able Eavestroughing Ltd.

You don’t have to be on the board to be involved.

Join a committee! • Government Affairs/ Standards and Practices • Education and Training

Message from CARM Past-President Greetings fellow CARM members! As my two year term as President of CARM comes to a close this month, I look back on the obstacles we faced, and the goals we have accomplished. I do feel honored to have had this experience, it was both challenging, and rewarding. I started my term with a freshly hired general manager, and soon after a new staff. Along with many new faces on our board. Among other changes, the board re-wrote our by-laws this year. We, through our Community Services, Promotion & Communication committee, had the pleasure of donating to both the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex and the Brandon Optimist Soccer Park, honoring all our members by giving back to our community. As president, I had the responsibility on behalf of CARM to address the Brandon City Council to successfully oppose bill 7. I also had the pleasure of being president during our 100th year celebrations, capped off with a very successful annual dinner evening. Our building committee had a busy, yet rewarding year, organizing our office and board room renovations. Our Government Affairs committee developed, with the city of Brandon officials, the Development Task force committee, to assist both the city and our developers to move this city forward. May I take this opportunity to thank our board of directors for giving their time so generously to grow and improve our organization. And thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to sit on our committees. Thank You. I will serve another two years as Past President, while welcoming in our new President, Chris Johnston. Congratulations Chris, I know you are going to do a great job furthering our objectives through your term. Thank you to all our members, for the opportunity, to serve as your president.

• Entertainment • Membership & Member Services • Community Marketing & Promotion

Ken Hardy CARM Past-President 2

General Manager Report:

Promoting Careers in Construction BuildForce Canada recently released the 2014 version of its Construction Looking Forward Report. This report is a forecast of the labour market’s requirements for the next 10 years in each trade. The Manitoba report shows slowdown in the industry for 2014 and 2015, which should allow employers to catch up and focus some of their efforts on training their existing workforce. A copy of the report is available on our website at http://www.carm. ca/media/2014/03/2014-Manitoba-Construction-Maintenance-Looking-Forward.pdf CARM continues to promote careers in construction trades through our involvement with the Manitoba Construction Sector Council, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Committee and activity in career fairs.

Through our position on the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC), construction trades careers are promoted at various career fairs, symposiums, and school presentations throughout the province. The Trade Up Manitoba website, which is aimed at attracting youth to construction trades careers, has recently been redeveloped and includes information about the various construction trades careers including a description of the type of work, how much money the trade makes and where to get started. Check out the new website at Also in an effort to connect with youth, a Facebook page called Trade Up Manitoba has been created. The posts here are short bits of information intended to attract the attention of youth and engage them in a conversation about trades careers. The Brandon Chamber of Commerce has started a committee on workforce development intended to bring together major employers in the area to discuss potential solutions for the skilled labour shortage. CARM has a representative on this committee to bring the construction industry perspective to the table. A planning session to determine a plan of action for the year will happen in the next few weeks. CARM participated in the Brandon Career Symposium March 3-5, 2014 where we shared

a booth with Apprenticeship Manitoba and the Manitoba Construction Sector Council. We were pleased to receive donations from Rona, the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba and Safety Chicks to be able to draw the students to our booth with a nail driving competition. The first one to hammer two nails into a board won a prize. This gave us a great way to bring the students into our booth area so we could begin a conversation with them about construction trades careers.

Brandon Career Symposium 2014 - Keystone Centre

As our industry continues to see labour shortages, CARM will continue to promote construction trades careers in various ways for our members.

Heather Dodds General Manager

Workforce solutions built by industry BuildForce Canada has recently released the 2014 version of Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward which forecasts whether the labour market needs will be met for various trades in the province. See the latest Manitoba report on the CARM website at: On February 27th, newly elected CARM president Chris Johnston proudly accepted a certificate of recognition from Assiniboine Community College Foundation Past President Dennis Hunt for CARM’s continued support of ACC and it’s students. CARM reached a higher level of support this year and was moved into the President’s Circle group of donors.



Centec Electric! February 22, 2014 Riverview Curling Club

Major Sponsor:

The 2014 CARM Mixed Funspiel came down to Rob Greenwood, curling for Centec Electric and Brent Skinner, curling for C&R Sheetmetal, heading out on the ice to throw skips rock for the win. After a couple of draws, Rob was able to beat out his opponent to win the bonspiel for Centec Electric. Congratulations to Rob Greenwood, John Dannis, Ryan Clark and Kristen Nickel for your first place finish to win a $100 Blu Kitchen & Bar gift certificate for each player.

1st place team – Centec Electric

(missing John Dannis and Kristen Nickel), Rob Greenwood and Ryan Clark with Chris Johnston, CARM President

In traditional CARM fashion, we had over 40 people toss a real frozen turkey down the ice in the annual CARM Turkey Shoot. Winners of this year were Rob Margettes of Westoba Credit Union for the men and Heather Osterbeck of Cumming & Dobbie 3 for the women. They each took home $50 and their turkey! $105 was added to the CARM Community Projects fund from the remainder of the proceeds from the turkey shoot. Two attendance prizes of $100 gift certificates for Obermaiers Sausage & Meats, sponsored by Livingstone Landscaping were won by Remi Decosse of Horizon Builders and Mike Jones of CSAM. Raffle ticket sales added $272 to the CARM Community Projects fund. Adam Nychuk of CSAM was the winner of raffle draw #1 of an Asus Memo Pad tablet courtesy of Juggernaut Computers and Mary Hardy of Hardy Electric won raffle draw #2 of an autographed Brandon Wheat Kings hockey stick and a $25 Tim Horton’s gift card courtesy of BDR Services.


Chris Johnston, CARM President, Rob Greenwood skip for Centec Electric and Brent Skinner skip for C&R Sheetmetal with the winning skip’s rock

Turkey Shoot Winners

Attendance Prize Winners Congratulations to Remi Decosse (not shown) and Mike Jones of CSAM (photo) who were each winners of a $100 gift certificate for Obermaiers Sausage & Meats courtesy of Livingstone Landscaping Ltd.

Rob Margettes of Westoba Credit Union, winner of men’s turkey shoot with Chris Johnston, CARM President

Women’s turkey shoot winning toss by Heather Osterbeck of Cumming & Dobbie 3 with Chris Johnston, CARM President

Raffle Prize Winners Congratulations to Adam Nychuck of CSAM (not shown) winner of Raffle Prize #1 Asus Memo Pad Tablet courtesy of Juggernaut Computers and Mary Hardy, Hardy Electric (photo) winner of Raffle Prize #2 Autographed Hockey Stick courtesy of the Brandon Wheat Kings with a $25.00 Tim Horton’s gift card courtesy of BDR Services Ltd.

Thank you to all of our sponsors: Major Sponsor – Lehigh Cement Event Sponsors – Horizon Builders, C&R Sheetmetal and Flynn Canada Snack Table Sponsor – Construction Safety Association of Manitoba Attendance Prize Sponsor – Livingstone Landscaping Raffle Prize Sponsors – Juggernaut Computers and Brandon Wheat Kings

Curler Prize Donations: Alternative Landscaping Ltd. Brandon Shoppers Mall BDR Services Ben Wiebe Construction Centec Electric & Controls Contractor’s Corner

Brandon Heating & Plumbing Collyer Construction Cumming & Dobbie Hamilton Iron Guild Insurance Hardy Electric 5

Leech Printing The Keg Jamieson-Judd Rivers Big Way Foods Safety Chicks Westoba Credit Union

CARM is pleased to present the NEW Member Perks Card which entitles all Members and their staff to receive special rates and pricing from these participating businesses. We encourage you to use and enjoy the benefits of these offers whenever you can.

Watch for the cards in your 2014 member renewal package! Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding rates and services. Ph: (204) 727-4567 or email:

MARKS WORK WEARHOUSE Present an lmageWear discount card before your purchase to receive 10% off specified items. (Cards available at the CARM office)

ANYTIME FITNESS (Brandon) Free 7-day pass and CARM Corporate Wellness rates CANAD INNS (Brandon and Winnipeg) Ask for the CARM corporate room rate upon booking your room

PETRO CANADA Contact CARM to set up a fuel account to receive discount pricing.

CHRISTIE’S OFFICE PLUS Contact Christie’s to set up a business account to receive discounted pricing

QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL (Brandon) Buy one entree, get the second entree for 50% off. (Promo: 110)

COMFORT INN (Brandon and Winnipeg) Ask for the CARM corporate room rate upon booking your room

ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS CARM member plan pricing, hardware credits. Contact Kim Bedona-Padua at 204-228-1981 or kim

DEER RIDGE GOLF COURSE $5.00 off regular priced green fees (not valid for league play or tournaments)

ROYAL OAK INN Ask for the CARM corporate room rate upon booking your room

EXECUTIVE AIRPARK INC. (Winnipeg) 10% off parking and 10% off car washes (cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions, coupons or discounts)

SHILO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB $5 green fee discount (not valid on any other specials or offers)

LEECH PRINTING Discounted print orders and promotional items

VICTORIA INN (Winnipeg) Ask for the CARM corporate room rate upon booking your room


New Member Spotlight

We extend our warmest welcome to the following Members who are new to CARM and thank all of our members for your continued support!

Welcome to CARM! Total Welding Services

1701 Moreland Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A6 Jackie Hall P (204) 728-3821

Donald Legal Services 22 6th Street Brandon, MB R7A 3N1 Lawrence Donald P (204) 729-4900

DVD Construction

Box 1695 Russell, MB R0J 1W0 Darcy Van Damme C (204) 773-8960 darcyvandammeconstruction@

Events Calendar Save the Date! CARM 32nd Golf Tournament OurAnnual members are to submit a proposal Ourinvited members are invited to submit

a proposal on ofdinner a community that would benefit on behalf ofgroup a community group that would benefit Wheat Citybehalf Golf Course with to follow at Houston’s Country Roadhouse the citizens of Rural Manitoba for years to come. the citizens of Rural Manitoba for years to come. Event details to follow in the coming months. Community projects previously supported Community projects previously supported include Hanbury Hill, the battingHill, cages include Hanbury the at batting cages at Simplot Millennium Park, Optimist Park, Soccer Park, Soccer Park, Simplot Millennium Optimist OurComplex. membersSoftball are invited toComplex. submit a proposal and the Ashleyand Neufeld Softball the Ashley Neufeld Thursday, June 19th, 2014

on behalf of a community group that would benefit the citizens of Rural Manitoba for years to come. Community previouslyour supported For more information, please contact ourprojects office For more information, please contact office include Hanbury Hill, the batting cages at by phone at 204-727-4567, by phone at 204-727-4567, Simplot Millennium Park, Optimist Soccer Park, andour the Ashley Neufeld Softball by email at or visit website by email at or visitat our Complex. website at For more information, please contact our office for an application form. for an application form.

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by phone at 204-727-4567, by email at or visit our website at submissions March 31, 2014. Deadline forissubmissions is for March 31, 2014. an application form. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.

Our members are invited to submit a proposal on behalf of a community group that would benefit the citizens of Rural Manitoba for years to come. Community projects previously supported include Hanbury Hill, the batting cages at Simplot Millennium Park, Optimist Soccer Park, and the Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex. For more information, please contact our office








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THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CSAM ARE TO: Provide information regarding accident prevention methods and changes to health and safety regulations. Develop information, resources, tools and training programs to enable contractors to meet their legislated responsibilities. Provide guidance with respect to establishing comprehensive safety programs tailored to meet the needs of individual companies both large and small. Act as an Authority Having Jurisdiction to grant COR™ Certification and Small Employer COR™ Certification.






Rural Report March 2014