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Winter 2023

14 Message from Derek Ciezki, ECA Board Chair

20 Message from David Johnson, ECA President

22 Your ECA team

26 A look at the future of infrastructure: A Q&A with Infrastructure Minister Pete Guthrie

34 Building community for the trades: ECA spearheads TradesLink platform



From left to right: Derek Ciezki, SMP Engineering, ECA Board Chair; Jen Hancock, Chandos Construction, ECA Vice Chair; Peter Guthrie, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of Alberta; Leah Marchon, Lloyd Sadd, ECA Government Relationship Committee Chair.

ECA advocacy update for fall 2023

46 CCA addressing resilient infrastructure and workplace capacity through collective advocacy



All hands on deck: Taking an integrated

Breaking barriers: ECA’s WomenBuild

approach to health care

brings together and inspires women in


50 ACA advocacy update


Bringing leaders together: The Canadian


Leadership Institute 2023 took place in

Versus: On breaking barriers

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BuildWorks Canada: Where the work is


92 Leaving a legacy: Andrew Sharman’s

Geothermal and solar energy power new net-zero fire station


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98 Encouraging construction careers: The

Overcoming barriers: Providing a supportive pathway for Indigenous

ECA is forging a new path

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A decade of connecting builders in the first half of their careers: Ed Talks

74 Building strong foundations: Mental Health Foundation partners with the ECA



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Message from Derek Ciezki, ECA Board Chair Our summer and fall have come and gone as we enter our winter construction season, full of opportunity, engaging with industry, and re-establishing connections while trying to forecast and predict what the next six months will hold… it’s a balance of positivity and uncertainty. Our industry has become resilient through the pandemic and is nimble to shift through uncertain times, providing support to one another and being more collaborative. We are stronger together to face some of the challenges that lie ahead. CELEBRATING THE PAST YEAR Some of the key successes of the association over the last year that we should acknowledge and celebrate are: • Government Relations Committee formation, which gives us a new edge on how we advocate for our membership and the construction industry. • Working through supply chain challenges with education and sharing with all stakeholders the risks early on in design and planning. • Career Pathways Committee, who are taking some creative actions and giving back initiatives, such as Tools for Schools and Skills Canada.

• WomenBuild was really successful and has great momentum. • We have appointed new board members representing the public and private owner side of the industry, as well as a marketing and communications specialist. This demonstrates growth of the board and rounds out our bench strength and diversity. • The Owners Forum is having really good conversations and had its largest forum ever this spring. • Seven golf tournaments which sold out in 12 minutes! • We fully executed our three-year plan. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN CONSTRUCTION? We need to find ways to overcome and mitigate risks and be more innovative in both design and construction, as well as being able to attract top talent across Canada and other industries. With the change in our political landscape, we have a great opportunity to influence change. Staffing levels and labour shortage are still some of the most common issues our industry is facing. Access to skilled labour and talent, as well as retention and engagement within companies is

challenging while having to balance new hybrid workplaces, establishing lost connections, and being competitive. Supply chain logistics and impacts on schedule and costs are paramount in managing project schedules and risks. Identifying this early on in the project is key for all stakeholders to understand the impacts. Costing of material and commitment to projects is becoming a growing concern with inflation rates and interest rates. This also includes uncertainty in project funding, long tender periods, and firms not bidding on various projects where there is unforeseen risk. Contract clauses push risk onto industry and conversations need to continue with owner groups to establish better ways to share and mitigate risk. Mental health is a common thread and concern that we are all facing. Having gone through the last three years of COVID, reality has sunk in for many firms in figuring out a new way to do business, how to work together, how to communicate when you are burnt out, and accepting being vulnerable. Emissions reduction and sustainability and future-ready buildings are putting tremendous pressures on design and construction, as well as owner groups


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and funding models. Available grants for systems to combat the energy transition and offset capital costs on a project are becoming more of the norm. New technologies with renewable, electrifying buildings, and consideration of hydrogen as a fuel source are exciting and new initiatives that the industry is ready to tackle. DEMONSTRATING MEMBER VALUE • The ECA is the Hub of Construction that brings together general contractors, trades, manufacturers and suppliers, architects and engineers, owners, and professional support service firms. • Advocacy and partnerships with industry associations including the ACA, NAIOP, UDI, CAA, and CEA, and owner groups has been a strong demonstration of collaboration with industry. • Monthly discussions with the City of Edmonton and Alberta Infrastructure on procurement and contract reviews,


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discussions with the owners and speaking to red tape reduction and permitting as a priority since waiting is a cost to industry and consumers. • Prompt payment, including advocacy at the provincial level with the Alberta Construction Association (ACA) and Service Alberta with Minister Glubish, as well as trade contractors, architects, and engineers. We also work with private and public sector clients to provide feedback from industry for the impacts of the new legislation and impacts to the accounting processes. • A Government Relations Committee that is building better relationships with government and ministries to better advocate for member concerns and opportunities so we have a voice at the table. • The ECA is one of the largest associations in Canada and the most progressive with our YBG, WomenBuild, PEG, Owners Forum, and Government Relations Committee.

BOARD STRATEGY AND FOCUS The board is looking to do a reset of our three-year strategic plan next year. Some of the current priorities include: • Developing a relevant value proposition for member firms in the design and construction industry. • BuildWorks is continuing to evolve to better serve members, provide timely bidding information, and posting results to continue to provide member value. • Education and courses for membership and industry to develop modern skills will always be a key focus for the ECA to support its members and advance the industry. Project Management, Soft Skill Development, Mental Health Training, Construction 101 for Gold Seal Certification, Social Procurement, and ESG Training are just some of the key courses offered. Career Pathways has been established through the Education Committee to focus on attracting new talent to the industry by focusing on K-12 schools and post-secondary and

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capstone projects, as well as Tools for Schools. • Stakeholder Engagement: Advocacy efforts have been set in motion over the last several years in collaboration with the ACA, CEA, CAA, and CCA to discuss issues and opportunities around fair procurement, contract clauses, and advocating on industry challenges. • Government relations and advocacy efforts for the board in collaboration with the ACA and other associations will be a board focus for the next few years. OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS • A new Political Advocacy platform and Government Relations Committee will continue to meet with ministries and local government and municipalities to advocate for our industry the priorities we have in relation to labour, ensuring sustainable funding, fair procurement practices, and project delivery methods

while mitigating the risk on industry. • The TradesLink development and platform, which will create member value and add another platform for financial support to the association with outreach to other associations while serving local member firms surrounding trades and building a network for support and career connections. An advisory committee has been developed to ensure the communication plan to members and financial stability is reviewed during the launch and implementation. • Creating a new operational plan stemming from our new strategic plan developed this fall which will include the following: – Prioritize and enhance member services so that we can continue to advance the construction industry. • Key elements will include enhancing education and better understand members’ needs and

industry trends to better provide education services. • Networking opportunities and to increase member engagement (engage the unengaged). – Identify and tackle industry challenges so that we can advance the construction industry. • We are actively (not just passively) mining industry challenges. • We are able to confidently/ assuredly speak publicly on behalf of our members. • We are recognized as an influencer by our membership and those we seek to influence. – Become more sustainable as an association and look for other opportunities so that we are not as reliant on membership dues. • Some ideas may include a review of the reserve fund and find investments for growth. • TradesLink, which will be shared with community and other associations as an opportunity. • Bundling of education offerings for certifications. As we ride into the holiday season, I wish you all the best of luck, good mental health, and a successful new year! Derek Ciezki, P.Eng. 2022-23 ECA Board Chair


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REFLECTING ON ACHIEVEMENTS AND ANTICIPATING SUCCESS IN 2024 As we embark on the next chapter of growth and

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to-date knowledge and skills, but also play a pivotal role in

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propelling the collective progress of our industry. Notably, our

construction sector and providing unparalleled member value

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remains unwavering, and I am pleased to share with you the

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progress we have made over the past year.

growth and increased participation.

One of our key accomplishments has been the successful

A milestone achievement for us this year was the

completion of our new three-year strategic plan, meticulously

inauguration of the Hub of Construction Expo. This

crafted to guide us toward sustained excellence. This roadmap

event brought together industry leaders, innovators, and

not only underscores our dedication to meeting the evolving

professionals under one roof, fostering collaboration and

needs of our members, but also positions us as trailblazers in

knowledge exchange. This two-day event included keynote

the ever-changing landscape of the construction industry.

speakers, breakout sessions, a tradeshow, and networking

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impact of such new events. Looking ahead to 2024, we’re

for the trades. This strategic acquisition not only broadens

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Our Government Relations Committee has been diligently advocating for policies that support the growth of the construction industry. Your association has been at the forefront of shaping the regulatory environment, ensuring a beneficial landscape for our members to operate in. I am happy to report that our 2023 events calendar has been nothing short of spectacular. Seven sold-out golf tournaments stand testament to the camaraderie and engagement within our association. Additionally, we have hosted a multitude of other networking events such as our Meet the GC series, ED Talks, and numerous other events hosted by our sub-groups: Young Builders Group (YBG), Professional Estimators Group (PEG), WomenBuild, and our Owners Infrastructure Forum. Aligned with our commitment to offer state-of-the-art

As we bid farewell to 2023, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each and every member who contributed to the success of these endeavours. Your support and dedication have been the driving force behind our accomplishments. Looking ahead to 2024, I am filled with optimism and anticipation. May the coming year bring unprecedented success, growth, and prosperity to our members and the construction industry as a whole. Together, let us continue to build a future that is not only structurally sound, but also socially and economically vibrant. Thank you for your trust and commitment to the Edmonton Construction Association. Wishing you all a prosperous and fulfilling new year. Sincerely,

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A LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF INFRASTRUCTURE A Q&A with Infrastructure Minister Pete Guthrie By Brookes Merritt

Alberta’s provincial infrastructure department is responsible for building, renewing and maintaining critical assets across the province, including roads, bridges, schools, universities, hospitals and housing facilities, recreational facilities and wastewater treatment centres. Infrastructure Minister Pete Guthrie participated in a Q&A interview with Breaking Ground to discuss his government’s priorities, and the challenges and opportunities ahead for the province. Minister Guthrie was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Airdrie-Cochrane on April 16, 2019 and was re-elected on May 29, 2023. He

previously served as Minister of Energy. Before being elected, he was a private

competitive construction industry? Minister Guthrie: I am committed to

business owner in the ranching and

continuing to work with construction

retail industries for nearly 20 years. He

industry members, like the ECA, to ensure

has a background in the chemical and

Albertans get the new, modernized, and

manufacturing industries and holds a

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facilities they need.

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Our government is investing $23

Alberta. He lives in Cochrane with his wife

billion over the next three years through

and two children. The Edmonton Construction Association’s (ECA) provincial advocacy priorities focus on sustainable investment and predictable procurement. What are your priorities as Minister of Infrastructure, and how will they support the development and growth of a prosperous and

the 2023 Capital Plan to build, renew, or maintain infrastructure assets across the province. Infrastructure is responsible for delivering about one quarter of the Capital Plan investment, or $5.4 billion, over three years. This investment and these capital projects create opportunities for private sector participation and support thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout the province each year through to 2025-2026. ECA’s Tools for Schools program nurtures interest in the construction industry for junior high and high school students. What is the Government of Alberta doing to drive interest in construction industry careers and attract labour to Alberta? Attracting labour to the province

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to create an Infrastructure-specific job

arena. What are some of your government’s infrastructure priorities for Edmonton and the Edmonton metro region? Through the 2023 Capital Plan, Alberta’s

holds just as much merit and worth as

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government is investing $1.2 billion over

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discussing approaches to meeting these

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goals with industry partners. The Government of Alberta is investing $39 million to support construction around a new Calgary

region infrastructure projects. This amount

Getting that message out to students in junior high and high school, as well as their parents, is certainly on the priority

is equivalent to the overall investment into Calgary and region. In Edmonton and area, Infrastructure is busy working with industry on dozens of projects that are currently in the planning, design, or construction phases. These projects include new and modernized schools, health facilities, and courthouses. In addition, more than 300 capital maintenance and renewal projects are





underway on other public facilities. Improving the capital funding framework is part of your new mandate. What can the ECA do to continue developing its relationship with the





province and ensure the new funding model reflects our members’ input? Infrastructure is working with Transportation and Economic Corridors and Treasury Board and Finance on the development of a funding formula to





guide the amount of capital funding that should be budgeted each year. The formula will ensure greater predictability for industry in the longer term while ensuring the effective





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that has been seen with expanded power

Despite some challenges, the ECA

the federal government and industry to

transmission, but these routes might

maintains an optimistic view of the

support reductions in emissions through

house linear infrastructure related to

opportunities ahead. What are the

our infrastructure.

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biggest challenges and opportunities

future. Your office has committed to revisiting prompt payment legislation that currently exempts the Government of Alberta from having to pay construction suppliers within 28 days.

you see on the horizon?

Energy savings is one of several considerations when prioritizing Capital Maintenance and Renewal projects, which replace old equipment with new energy efficient equipment. As such, the energy intensity of Government of Alberta buildings has continued to decrease over the last several years, as reported in the performance measure in Infrastructure’s Business Plan.

How far along is that process? Infrastructure is continually exploring ways to ensure that subcontractors receive payments from contractors fairly and promptly.

At Infrastructure, we protect and

Service Alberta and Red Tape

I’d say our biggest challenge is that Alberta’s government only has finite funds to invest in provincial priorities including infrastructure, but this also provides us with our biggest opportunity…to look for alternative ways to deliver the infrastructure Albertans need and provide value for Alberta taxpayers. Through our public-private

promote the Edmonton and Calgary

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program we prioritize attracting private

means of finding linear utility routes

to government projects and is in the

sector investment to help build public

in and through our largest urban

process of consulting with industry

infrastructure, create jobs, and stimulate

environments. For decades, Alberta

partners and Infrastructure on potentially

the economy all while ensuring the best

protected these routes because a need

extending prompt payment legislation to

value for taxpayers.

would arise for energy expansion, and

government projects.

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BUILDING COMMUNITY FOR THE TRADES ECA spearheads TradesLink platform By Jenny Turner

Every person has a desire to connect. These days, the ways to connect are endless; whether online, virtually, over the phone, or in-person, making connections and staying connected has never been more convenient. Connections based on common interests or goals lead to communities—places and spaces where people can share their experiences and learn from each other. For tradespeople, school and the construction sites serve as the primary place of connection. But after graduation or once a job is complete and the tools are put away, workers and students go 34

their separate ways. There’s no specific space for tradespeople to come together outside of school or a jobsite. David Johnson, president of the Edmonton Construction Association (ECA), views this lack of community as a major gap in the industry. “You have LinkedIn, which may appeal more to white-collar workers,” said Johnson. “The platform is not generally overly utilized by tradespeople. They need their own space to make connections in the industry and with each other.” Johnson was hired in 2021 around

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the same time the ECA released their 2021-23 strategic plan. The plan contains four strategic priorities, which Johnson views as his marching orders. One of the priorities is to critically reassess and reimagine the role of information platforms used in the ECA business model. The ECA currently utilizes BuildWorks Canada to connect their membership to projects. BuildWorks, though, is a procurement and business development platform for the construction industry first and foremost. Its primary users are owners, general contractors, subtrades,

suppliers, and service providers, and focuses information on the life of a project, from procurement to completion. While projects are undeniably important for the industry, the platform does not service the individual tradesperson who might be looking to connect to other industry professionals for reasons outside of work. SMALL BEGINNINGS COVID-19 and public health restrictions put the importance of connections to find work in perspective for two Edmonton-based construction workers. Rob Bartko and Sam Beaudoin, a framer and carpenter by trade, took it upon themselves to help tradespeople fill breaks in their schedules by connecting them with each other online. In December 2021, Bartko and Beaudoin launched TradesLink— a social media platform created by tradespeople for tradespeople, to help connect workers to job opportunities. TradesLink saw modest success and gained the interest of several companies, including SMS Equipment and Synergy Projects. However, the two construction workers turned entrepreneurs were unable to break through the marketing place due to resourcing issues. The app held promise that had not been realized, according to Johnson. So, following numerous negotiations and a lengthy due-diligence process, the ECA purchased TradesLink in March 2023 with the intention to overhaul and relaunch the platform as a community for tradespeople to find work, connect with others in their industry, and share their accomplishments. Shortly following the purchase, Alex Stieda was hired as the manager of TradesLink operations, to reimagine and publicly relaunch TradesLink. Since being hired, Stieda has connected with industry members, students, and schools to understand how TradesLink can better serve the community. “TradesLink is first and foremost a social media and networking app,” said Stieda. “The industry is really

fragmented. Everyone we’ve talked to, from tradespeople, to students and construction companies, said ‘this is what we really need to build community amongst the trades’.” HOW IT WORKS Setting up TradesLink on a phone or device is fairly simple. After downloading the app, users are asked to create a profile and indicate their primary reason for using the platform: to find work, to

search and connect with quality trades, to share past projects and see others’ work, to improve skills, construction humour, or to hire tradespeople. According to Johnson, allowing workers to set their hiring status is important to help personalize the user experience and to ensure users aren’t being approached by companies unless they are actively looking for new work. “There are two primary groups of TradesLink users: tradespeople and

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employers,” said Johnson. “If users are looking for work, they can state so on their profile. While an important aspect of TradesLink is to be used as a job or employee search tool, it also serves as an important place of connection for tradespeople, a place to network and build community within the industry.” After creating a profile, users can easily add their trade tickets, certifications, diplomas, and other qualifications by clicking the “Add” button, filling out the

relevant information, and uploading a photo to authenticate. Also, the app features a push notification to inform users if and when a certificate may expire. From there, users can choose to add up to 10 skills that define them as a tradesperson, and to show where they are strongest. As users search and follow fellow tradespeople they know, their network grows. Users can vouch for each others’ skills and validate their work.


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These features are akin to an online resume, but what makes TradesLink different is its capacity to support an online photo and video portfolio so users can share projects they’ve worked on. “TradesLink lets you brag about your work,” said Stieda. “You can post a video or a photo of your work with a description. Then, you can share your online portfolio with your fellow tradespeople and with prospective employers.” Steida adds that although it’s a social media network first and foremost, the ability to look for work is intrinsic to the app. Unlike other platforms or agencies, TradesLink puts the user in the driver’s seat, letting them set their availability and the type of work they’re looking for. The app also allows users to indicate when they are available in the future, so users can schedule their work ahead of time rather than constantly chasing projects. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE TradesLink has been live since it was first launched in 2021. It’s available for download, but its current iteration is a sort of beta version, according to Stieda, who adds that there are about 1,700 people using TradesLink now and about 80 per cent are from Alberta. Current platform features will remain with the relaunch, but there will be some adjustments and additions to look forward to. The ECA believes that, if curated, launched, and marketed properly, TradesLink could have a tremendous impact on the trades ecosystem. “Thousands of people enter the trades each year, from across Canada and the United States,” said Steida. “There’s no shortage of potential users and no reason the app shouldn’t see huge success.” According to Johnson, the industry faces very complex problems, some of which are compounded because there is no community for tradespeople to share skills and find work. “One of the biggest concerns we face as an industry today is a labour shortage

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amongst the trades” said Johnson. “While TradesLink does not create labour, it does create a common marketplace for tradespeople and employers. This will assist in creating essential efficiencies for Our commitment to building better is ingrained in everything we do—whether it’s growing stronger relationships, implementing the highest safety standards, or providing outstanding service, quality and solutions. We look forward to working with you on your construction and building requirements, and showing your organization what it means to build better.

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both tradespeople or employers when it comes time to finding work or workers for that next project.” Tradespeople will be able to download and use TradesLink free of charge, but employers will be required to pay a


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Before the election, the ECA hosted its inaugural Advocacy Day at the Legislature, to which we also invited representatives of the Calgary Construction Association. Left to right (back row): Derek Ciezki, Chair – ECA Board of Directors; David Johnson, President – ECA; Matt Schellenberger, Director of Corporate Development – ECA; John Manes, Immediate Past Chair – Calgary Construction Association Left to right (front row): Jen Hancock, Vice-Chair – ECA Board of Directors; Leah Marchon, GR Chair – ECA Board of Directors; Bill Black, President – Calgary Construction Association; Frano Cavar, Director of Government Relations – Calgary Construction Association.

Over the last several months, the Edmonton Construction Association (ECA) has made significant progress moving its advocacy initiatives forward, following a commitment from our board last year to formalize our approach to government relations and lobbying on behalf of the construction industry in the Edmonton metropolitan region. Through the spring and provincial election season, our efforts were focused on raising awareness of the ECA and its value proposition. With the two major political parties vying for office in one of Alberta’s closest elections in history – the United Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party – including provincial 42

audiences in our advocacy initiatives has been a deliberate decision that builds on our strengths in civic advocacy with municipal governments. The provincial government is a direct funder of municipalities and publiclyowned capital projects and a material influencer of the private construction industry. This is done through funding, legislation, and regulations that impact labour supply, health and safety, and the investment climate. These initiatives align with and complement the work of the Alberta Construction Association while ensuring Edmonton has a voice at the provincial table.

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Before the election, the ECA hosted its inaugural Advocacy Day at the Legislature, to which we also invited representatives of the Calgary Construction Association. The day included meetings with several provincial ministers and deputy ministers in charge of infrastructure, jobs, economic development, transportation, municipal affairs and other portfolios, representatives from the Office of the Premier, and a formal introduction in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as guests of the provincial government. Our delegation of board representatives and executives spent an equal amount of time with the official

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Leaders from the Edmonton Construction Association and Calgary Construction Association at the Alberta Legislature, March 2023. Left to right: Matt Schellenberger, John Manes, Bill Black, Derek Ciezki, David Johnson, Frano Cavar, Leah Marchon, Jen Hancock, Brookes Merritt.

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Since the campaign, we’ve seen several announcements of capital funding for municipalities – including the Edmonton metropolitan region – and we can expect to see more.

NDP, and policy experts in government and opposition caucuses. Our message focused on four priorities: more investment in capital projects, more predictability in project planning, better procurement, and more support for labour attraction, retention, training, and education. Our advocacy was successful. During the election campaign, the UCP and NDP platforms featured several commitments on these fronts. Since the campaign, we’ve seen several announcements of capital funding for municipalities – including the Edmonton metropolitan region – and we can expect to see more. Throughout the campaign, the ECA kept members apprised of our activities and the various commitments made by both parties through a new weekly political newsletter produced by our government relations consulting firm,

Our delegation of board representatives and executives spent an equal amount of time with the official opposition, MLAs from both the UCP and NDP, and policy experts in government and opposition caucuses.


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Loyalton Strategies. By monitoring the promises made by both parties – and

specifically the UCP, now that it has formed government – the ECA will be able to hold policymakers accountable for their pledges to continue building Alberta’s economy through investments in construction and labour initiatives. This summer, ECA members, our colleagues with the Calgary Construction Association and Alberta Construction Association, and Loyalton Strategies attended the Calgary Stampede to continue drawing the attention of elected officials to the positive impacts of sustainable, predictable investment in capital projects in and around Edmonton. Our advocacy efforts were again recognized this fall when the ECA was invited to participate in provincial consultations on an exemption to prompt payment legislation. The exemption has since passed, although details have yet to be finalized. The ECA diplomatically opposed changes that could negatively impact members while protecting its

position at the negotiating table to ensure members maintain a mitigating voice. This winter, the ECA turns its attention to the provincial budgeting process and back to Edmonton’s City Council, which is struggling to control property taxes. We are committed to continuing to play a pivotal role in shaping municipal and provincial policies that impact the construction sector. We continue to hold regular discussions with officials from the Ministries of Infrastructure and Jobs, Economy and Trade. In the year ahead, we will renew our focus on civic affairs with planned meetings with members of Edmonton City Council and discussions with other regional leaders, during which we will continue to present collaborative solutions to address the inflationary and labour challenges facing our industry while ensuring municipalities continue to focus on building sustainable, livable

cities that offer a high quality of life to a rapidly growing population. We will also continue advancing our provincial initiatives to ensure the provincial treasury gives Edmonton and the capital region fair consideration for capital investments and making compelling submissions for the upcoming provincial budget, urging ongoing commitments to infrastructure investment, sustainable practices, workforce development, regulatory reform, safety standards, and economic growth. Through collaboration with government agencies, industry partners, and stakeholders, the ECA is ensuring that its members’ needs and concerns are not only heard, but also acted upon. Our commitment to advocacy and the betterment of the construction industry continues to make a significant impact, helping shape a brighter future for both members and the communities we serve.u


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Representing 18,000+ member firms, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is proud of our mission to inspire a progressive, innovative, and sustainable construction industry. The key to our collective success is working with valued partner associations like the Edmonton Construction Association. Together, we are driving impactful change on key issues, benefitting not just our industry, but Edmonton and all Canadians. The extreme weather events happening all over Canada, from wildfires to extreme heat and rainfall, underscore the urgent need for increased investment in resilient infrastructure, a capable and sufficient workforce to rebuild sustainably, and a place for them to live and contribute to their communities. A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR A STRONGER CANADA With many Canadians distressed about the housing crisis, high cost of living, and economic uncertainty impacting their daily lives, the CCA launched an industry call to action urging the federal government to partner with the construction industry on building a strong foundation for a stronger Canada. Housing isn’t just about building houses and making them affordable. The government needs to consider the infrastructure necessary to connect housing to sewers, clean water, roads, and accompanying social infrastructure, such as schools, clinics, fire stations, etc. 46

Through the CCA’s online advocacy platform, the Construction Action Network, hundreds of letters have been sent to local MPs reminding them of the urgency to partner with the Canadian construction industry on a comprehensive infrastructure plan, workforce development, and procurement modernization. This campaign was supplemented by our annual Hill Day event on November 7, where industry leaders met with parliamentarians to discuss the construction sector’s essential role in creating and maintaining the infrastructure Canadians use daily. This includes the foundational infrastructure at the heart of new homes and communities.

earned. They also called on the federal government to convene a First Ministers' meeting dedicated to discussing the priorities of a strategic trade corridor infrastructure federal program and its link to Canada's economic growth and competitiveness. Alberta is a leading exporter and stands to benefit from this strategy. The CCA thanks our coalition partners, which include the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada West Foundation, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Civil Infrastructure Council Corporation, and Western Canada Roadbuilders, for this important step towards achieving a Canadian Trade Infrastructure Plan.

ADVANCING A CANADIAN TRADE INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN The industry is gaining traction in its pursuit of more investment in key trade gateways and corridors across the country. Canada’s declining reputation as a global trade partner was a top concern at a meeting of premiers and territorial leaders in Winnipeg where I, along with two other coalition partners, made a breakfast presentation on July 12 advocating for a Canadian Trade Infrastructure Plan. Canada's premiers recognized that trade-enabling infrastructure are an indispensable part of Canada's economic profile – supporting supply chains and the growth of businesses while also helping to fund vital social services and public infrastructure from the revenue

WORKFORCE REMAINS AN URGENT PRIORITY We achieved some headway with the federal government on our collective cornerstone issue to rebuild Canada’s workforce through immigration reform. The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced a new process under the Express Entry program to welcome skilled newcomers with work experience in occupations considered a priority in Canada. Ten occupations in construction, including carpenters, plumbers, welders and electricians, are included in the list of nearly 83 jobs. Our collective efforts to make the workforce shortage issue a priority for the Government of Canada, bringing the message locally, provincially, and federally through our Hill Day and semi-annual

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ensure better skills matching. The urgent need for skilled trade workers is also receiving nationwide attention as we work to build the number of apprentices, through our partnership with the Canadian Apprenticeship Service (CAS), and turn construction into a first-choice career, through our industry-wide Talent Fits Here campaign. Within the first six months of the CAS program, millions in funds have been dispersed to eligible employers and 47

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per cent of the apprentices self-identified as being from an equity-deserving group. FAIR PROCUREMENT The value of involving contractors earlier in the project is gaining steam. The CCA obtained a commitment from government leaders at its semi-annual Meech Lake meeting to establish a working group on procurement and project delivery methods. To build the infrastructure needed across the country and recruit the workforce of the future, federal procurement strategies need to adapt to encourage innovation, include contractors earlier in the process, account for longterm value and sustainability, promote the use of alternative delivery models, and support shared risk. The CCA continued its summer Standard Practices Tour to learn first-hand from members about their challenges with current procurement practices. With stops at the CCA Annual Conference, Kelowna and Prince Edward Island so far, we learned a lot and will be reporting our findings. CCA’s Best Practices Services is delivering new resources – some of which are being developed through the work of our National Advisory Councils. Take a few minutes to watch one of our Read Your Construction Contract webinars and keep an eye open for our November webinar on construction management best practices. We are also increasing our outreach to buyers of construction so we can educate them on the benefits of sharing risk and involving contractors early in the project. STAY IN TOUCH! You can count on the CCA to be a collaborative partner to the Edmonton Construction Association, providing helpful tools, sharing best practices across the country, and being your voice with the federal government. Stay in the loop by subscribing to the CCA’s newsletter at, by following @ConstructionCAN on Twitter, or by looking up Canadian Construction Association on LinkedIn. u















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associations across the nation. As Ken moves into the next

has been a strategic, trusted, and effective voice of the

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associations across the province of Alberta in a unanimous

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voice to the provincial government and other stakeholder

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trade pathways and long-term sustainable government

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BuildWorks Canada connects over 2,000 Alberta local construction association members with the virtual plans of over 500 owners, creating visibility on over 3,000 virtual plans per year within Alberta. This centralized service is a one-stop shop, reducing the need for members to source plans from multiple bid platforms, and providing access to an extensive directory of construction and consulting companies.

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Sarah Aspinall, a certified supply chain management professional with over 25 years of experience. She has

Civil Projects 58%

worked internationally in both private


and public organizations and most recently founded BGSD Consulting Corporation with a focus on strategic

ICI Projects 42%


supply chain advisory services that align values, achieve outcomes, and elevate performance. BGSD Consulting conducted a comprehensive business review of BuildWorks in 2022, which underscored the need for action to ensure the sustainability, improvement, and growth of the BuildWorks platform. In July 2023, BGSD Consulting was contracted to deliver the BuildWorks service and the recommendations of the business review. Delivering the BuildWorks service can only be done with the


CLASSIFICATION OF WORK Civil Pathways/Trails 2%

Civil Supply/Service/Maintenance 24%

ICI Renovation 19%

Civil Water Treatment Plant 1%


Civil Culverts/Drains 2%

dedicated support of the eight local Playgrounds/Parks/Athletic construction associations across Alberta BreakingCivilGround Fields/Gardens Article

that diligently source and post projects to the BuildWorks platform. At the core of the BuildWorks member experience lies the digital

ICI Demolition 2%

ICI Supply/Service/Maintenance 14%


3% Prepared by: Sarah Aspinall, BuildWorks Canada Consultant Civil Wastewater Version: Oct 11, 2023 Treatment Plant 2%

ICI New Construction 5%

Civil Sewers/Watermains 3% Civil Sidewalks/Gutters/Curbs 1%

platform and the BuildWorks Canada

Civil Bridges 5%

Civil Roads 14% Civil Parking Lots 1%

ICI Addition 1%

website. Posting project opportunities remains the priority service of


BuildWorks, connecting members to


procurements across the province. So far in 2023, we have posted over 2,750 projects, spanning both Civil and ICI

Schools 7%

classifications of work, from over 480

Provincial Government 14%

different owners across 13 different owner types (see charts for more details). Compared to last year, we are down approximately 20 per cent

Other 2%

Crown Corporations 2%

be attributed to the Alberta election

Religious Institutions 0%

projects put on hold or postponed. So, we are anticipating a very active spring


Indigenous 2%

in the number of projects, which may earlier in the year that had many public

Community Housing 4%

Municipal Government 61%


Residential 0% Commercial/Office/Retail 1% Healthcare Facilities 1%


Federal Government 3%

College/Universities 3%

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Prepared by: Sarah Aspinall, BuildWorks Canada Consultant Version: Oct 11, 2023

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In parallel, we plan to enhance the

We are currently in discussions with partners and stakeholders to explore a website redesign that will foster deeper engagement with our existing members and attract new ones by showcasing the services BuildWorks offers, such as the directory, myPlanRoom, Substantial Completion Certificates, and of course the aggregation of millions of dollars of projects.

BuildWorks Canada website, which serves as the gateway to our platform. We are currently in discussions with partners and stakeholders to explore a website redesign that will foster deeper engagement with our existing members and attract new ones by showcasing the services BuildWorks offers, such as the directory, myPlanRoom, Substantial Completion Certificates, and of course the aggregation of millions of dollars of projects. We are working diligently to upgrade the daily functionality of BuildWorks, keying in on a streamlined login process, improvements to the keyword search, and a smoother delivery of daily emails. In Q4 2023, we plan to engage directly with our members to identify and prioritize the services that matter most. Our partnerships, particularly those with our contracted service providers and our national association colleagues who operate on the same platform (i.e. British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island), hold great value. Collaboration is a cornerstone of our efforts to sustain and improve the BuildWorks platform, and we are committed to nurturing these relationships. In summary, BuildWorks remains dedicated in its commitment to resolving the issues that have been experienced by members since the introduction of the new platform, and overall enhance the member experience. The initiatives we are undertaking demonstrate our commitment to effectively serve our members. By confronting challenges head-on, refining tools and functionality, and optimizing our partnerships, BuildWorks is determined to deliver a seamless and valuable experience for all association members. u


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Windermere Fire Station 31, which has been operational since July 2023, sets a strong precedent for new construction in the age of climate change.

GEOTHERMAL AND SOLAR ENERGY POWER NEW NET-ZERO FIRE STATION This impressive project is the City of Edmonton’s first net-zero energy facility The City of Edmonton is continuously

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square feet), Fire Station 31 serves

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“As a net-zero energy building, the

with it, in addition to its environmental

corporation by 2040. One project on the

total amount of energy used annually

credentials, the promise of greater safety

journey to meeting that commitment

is equal to the amount of renewable

and security for people in the event of an

is the new Windermere Fire Station 31,

energy created on site,” says Devin


which was built with sustainability and

Richards, project manager with the City

climate resilience top of mind.

The project team included S2

of Edmonton. “This involves features

Architecture and gh3* as the

Windermere Fire Station 31, which has

such as solar panels, which generate on-

architectural team and PCL Construction

been operational since July 2023, sets a

site energy, and a geothermal system,

as the general contractor. The building

strong precedent for new construction in

which efficiently heats and cools the

design received the Canadian Architect

the age of climate change. This net-zero


2018 Award of Excellence and is

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At 1,520 square metres (16,400

projected to achieve LEED Silver

Along with improving the fire department’s response time throughout Edmonton’s southwest, Windermere Fire Station 31 will be a community centre in the event of an emergency.

certification. PCL Construction’s in-house

The building shape is designed to

experts engaged with the City, architects,

maximize the generation of solar energy

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and consultants early on to enhance

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Calgary or any other location with the

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“The subtle swoop of the roof is

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overstated. Any failure of the envelope can lead to moisture damage, air leakage, poor indoor air quality, and costly repairs. “The challenges start if any of a building’s four control layers — the air, moisture, vapour, and thermal barriers — are not properly designed or built,” says Lori O’Malley, PCL’s building envelope engineering specialist. “That’s when the potential for issues to arise increases.” The R-value, measuring how well building insulation can prevent the flow of heat into and out of a building, was The striking south-facing roof, featuring 382 panels with a rated capacity of 143 kilowatts, is gently sloped to capture the sun’s rays most effectively.

a key aspect of this project. PCL built an envelope featuring walls with an R-value of 35 (compared with a typical house wall of R-20). The roof insulation, consisting of a combination of semi-rigid mineral wool insulation on the metal roof and rigid polyisocyanurate insulation on the flat roof, has an R-value of 50. The underslab insulation consists of high-compression rigid insulation for an R-value of 20. “We have virtually no thermal bridging, which is when metal goes from the warm side into the cold side,” says Murphy. “We’ve reduced the glazing down to about 14 per cent of the building, which is really phenomenal.”

One of the building’s key sustainability features is the bi-folding doors that allow the trucks in and out.

Accessing that energy to heat and

contractor team — Special Projects —

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which delivered the project. “This had to

sustainability goal for this landmark

be closely coordinated and verified with

project. A team that included

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architectural, civil, construction, and

The geothermal field was designed

geothermal experts came together to

in an L-shape outside the perimeter of

design and build a geothermal field that

the building itself, with the header pipes

would meet the project’s goals. “We had a lot of back and forth in terms of the environmental numbers that are produced from this building,

feeding into the station. It features 35 75-metre-deep boreholes which provide energy for heating and cooling. IT’S ALL IN THE ENVELOPE

One of the building’s key sustainability features is the bi-folding doors that allow the trucks in and out. “These side-folding doors open twoand-three-quarter seconds faster than an overhead door goes up,” says Murphy. “That may sound miniscule, but when those doors are opening 4,000 times per year, that adds up to time that the doors are closed rather than open, conserving energy and reducing response times.” Other sustainability and occupantcomfort measures include: • LED lighting and occupancy sensors to

from the solar installation and from the

The importance of a well-designed

geothermal,” says Andrew Brennan, a

and well-built building envelope in the

not in use;

superintendent with PCL’s specialized

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a bioswale aids in the removal of

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shifting to renewable energy sources.” While this facility is the City’s first net-


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practices as we build and rehabilitate

Station 31 will be a community centre in

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OVERCOMING BARRIERS Providing a supportive pathway for Indigenous people to enter the construction industry By Daniela Cohen

Formally launched in 2015, the Alberta

appointments or walk ins. Built into

Indigenous Construction Career Centre

the process is a check-in a month after

(AICCC) at NorQuest College is uniquely

people leave the centre to see how

positioned to help Indigenous people

they are doing and provide any needed

find pathways to employment in the


construction industry. “We meet people where they’re at as

Bell said that an important aspect of AICCC’s role is helping to overcome

they come in the door,” said Jonathan

barriers Indigenous learners may face

Robb, VP of College Life Portfolio at

in the workforce. This could include

NorQuest. Robb is one of the initial

providing support with referrals to tackle

advocates for the creation of the

homelessness, mental health challenges

AICCC and has been involved in various

and food insecurity, as well as access to

capacities since its inception.

additional training such as obtaining a

Funded by a provincial grant, including

driver’s license.

money from the Government of Alberta

One of the learners, M. Donovan,

and the Ministry of Jobs, Economy and

shared the importance of this training

Trade (JET), a key aspect of the centre is

with the centre.

the partnership between post-secondary,

“Completing my driver test is a huge

industry, and government sectors as

milestone in my life and a step towards

they work together to help connect

obtaining my Class 5 Drivers. I strive to

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people to

be responsible and independent, and

construction-related employment.

this achievement is a stepping stone for

“We don’t do a cohort model,” said

me,” said Donovan. “Throughout the past

Donna Bell, manager of Indigenous

year, I have been struggling with my own

relations and supports at NorQuest.

mindset about my future and what this

“Because cohort models typically would

will look like. Feelings of uncertainty were

mean that you’re waiting until you get

very intense throughout this time. After

a certain number and then you do the

joining the AICCC and achieving such a

training. And then we lose people.”

milestone for me, I can confidently say

Located across the street from the

that I have a clear mind of what I want

college, the centre has eight computers

my future to look like and I no longer feel

available to help learners with online

uncertain about it.”

training, resume development, job search,

Bell adds that each learner has their

and applications. Career advisors also

own learner mapping. So, they map that

offer career coaching through virtual

journey with their career coach, and they


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One of the learners at AICCC with their driver’s training certificate in August 2023.

work towards determining what their goals are and where they want to go. “So, this piece is just the [job] search, short-term piece, but how do we get you walking your learner pathway where you really want to end up longer term?” AICCC has served over 6,000 Indigenous learners in Alberta from the time it began, said Robb. This includes providing 712 Indigenous clients with 1,859 trainings and certifications over the last fiscal year. Of these clients, Bell said 85 per cent found jobs during this period. The range of learners accessing AICCC’s service is wide, said Robb, from people with no idea what they want to do in the field to engineers. “I’ll never forget this story,” Robb said. “Two engineers [father and son] drove

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they had no idea where to even start to gain employment. They talked to career coaches and within 24 to 48 hours, they were saying they managed to find jobs. They were wildly successful. They were so glad they found the centre and they made the trip down to Edmonton.” Allan Beaver is the owner of Beaver Safety Consulting, a company helping to connect Indigenous people to work

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them. There are so many success stories with the change that these individuals have made. It’s like a 360-degree

turnaround for them.” According to Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, a community agency serving Indigenous families in Edmonton


since 1994, AICCC plays an integral role in helping meet the need of the labour shortage while increasing the presence of the Indigenous population in this area. The society told Bell that the centre’s inherent value is enabling the linkage and meeting place for two important stakeholders in the Alberta economy: the construction industry and prospective


Indigenous job seekers. Bell said the centre has exceeded the funder’s definition of success – having 70 per cent of clients employed within 30


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after year, including during COVID.” In early September, as the next phase


of its evolution, AICCC launched an employer partnership framework where an employer advisor helps prospective employers properly and safely match Indigenous employees according to the four principles of respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and relationship, said Bell. “We’re starting all our partners in a pipe ceremony…[which] is what cements our relationship in an Indigenous way

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BUILDING STRONGER FOUNDATIONS Mental Health Foundation partners with the Edmonton Construction Association By Deborah McKinnon, CEO, Mental Health Foundation

We are very excited to announce a ground-breaking partnership between the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and the Edmonton Construction Association (ECA). This alliance is designed to bring us closer to our goal of creating an accessible, integrated, and easy-tonavigate mental health system in Alberta. The construction industry is not just about building structures; it’s about building lives, families, and communities. We understand that the health of those who work tirelessly on our construction sites is paramount. Therefore, we are eager to extend our supportive mental health resources to the dedicated members of the ECA. The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is driven by a clear and powerful purpose: to build a society where mental health is prioritized and everyone can access the care they need. Our vision is of a world free from the stigma of mental health issues, where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential. Upholding the values of empathy, inclusivity, integrity, and innovation, we are committed to fostering understanding, raising awareness, and providing resources for mental health. Through research, education, and direct services, we aim to revolutionize mental health care. Our partnership with the Edmonton Construction Association is a testament to our dedication to extend mental health support to all sectors of society. 74

Our mission is to enhance mental health and addiction recovery through research and innovation, education, and care. BENEFITS TO ECA MEMBERS But how do we translate this mission into action? Here are some ways: 1. Lunch and Learn Series We understand that learning is a continuous process. That’s why we host a series of free lunch and learn webinars, facilitated by accredited mental health professionals. These sessions provide ECA members with valuable skills and resources to manage stress, improve resilience, and maintain overall mental wellbeing.

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2. Annual fundraising breakfast Our annual fundraising breakfast is the signature event close to our hearts. It serves as a platform for us to connect with our supporters, share our achievements, and hear from inspiring minds in the mental health and addiction spheres. Learn more about dates, guest speakers, and how you can participate by visiting our website. We are continually updating our website with new resources and content dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant information in the field of mental health. Visit the site to learn more: mental-health-resources. But that’s not all! In future issues, we will share stories highlighting the profound impact of these accessible tools and resources on individuals’ lives. These narratives will not only inspire but also serve as a beacon of hope for those

struggling with mental health issues. Mental health is central to all health, and like the common cold or a broken bone, it is treatable. The work we do at MHF goes beyond advocacy – it’s about creating a society that values and prioritizes mental health. We believe knowledge is power, and with these resources at their fingertips, ECA members will be better equipped to take charge of their mental health.

Kickstand & Kickstand Connect ( The Mental Health Foundation is proud to extend its support to Kickstand and Kickstand Connect. These platforms embody our mission to provide easily accessible mental health resources for all, but with a specific focus on the younger

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hosts materials and an all-in-one model of health care encompassing a breadth of mental health professionals and support services. For caregivers and parents, Kickstand and Kickstand Connect serve as trusted sources of information and a platform for acquiring the necessary skills to support their young people better. It provides easy access to a network of professionals and community support, enabling them to also find help when required. ALBERTA HOSPITAL EDMONTON (AHE) The Mental Health Foundation is deeply dedicated to its partnership with Alberta Hospital Edmonton (AHE), a leading centre for mental health and addictions care. The resources and support we offer are channeled towards improving the services provided by the campus, ensuring patients receive

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ALL HANDS ON DECK Taking an integrated approach to health care By Jenny Turner

The three-storey Covenant wellness community will be approximately 200,000 square feet with a two-level underground parkade.

Health care and community aren’t often considered interdependent. The term “health care” often evokes images of physicians’ offices, hospitals, ambulances, and waiting rooms. But in the heart of Mill Woods, blocks from the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Covenant Health and Rohit are working to bring the two concepts together and reimagine the future of health care in Alberta. Plans for the Covenant wellness community were announced in 2022. As a public-private partnership (P3), the joint initiative leverages private investment to support needed public health infrastructure. In total, the wellness community is projected to cost $250 million over five phases of construction. The first phase is the community health 80

centre and is expected to be complete in 2025, three years after the project was first unveiled. The project has been in the works for a while. Back in 2017, Covenant Health purchased the old Grant MacEwan Southeast Campus, intending to retrofit the building to support ambulatory care services and help relieve capacity pressures at Grey Nuns. “The Grey Nuns was originally built to see 25,000 emergency visits per year,” said Karen Macmillan, senior operating officer of acute services at Covenant Health Canada. “It currently sees 75,000 a year. The hospital’s emergency room space is not big enough to accommodate all those people, to provide them privacy and excellent care in a dignified way.”

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Further complicating capacity concerns, the Grey Nun’s outpatient care department is contiguous to the emergency room, limiting the potential expansion of the acute care space. “We wanted to move the non-urgent ambulatory services and outpatients out of acute care because it is expensive real estate and not the best place to serve outpatients,” said Macmillan. “Doing so would give us the ability to expand our emergency department and better serve patients according to their needs.” Converting a purpose-built postsecondary building to support health clinics presented problems, though. Rather than moving forward with the project based on Grey Nun’s capacity concerns, Covenant Health zoomed out and looked

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The CLI, which was held from October 3-5, 2023, provides participants with the opportunity to receive experiential learning through three intensive days of simulations, instructional time, assessments, and one-on-one coaching.

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those areas where they can grow, as

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strengths they currently possess in order

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Being able to live and breathe the principles of leadership for three solid days at CLI helps to create new habits that take leadership to the next level.

in some significant takeaways. In

principles of leadership for three solid

“I was very impressed with the

addition, there is a follow-up component

days at CLI helps to create new habits

quality of the program, engaging

to the event to help ensure that these

that take leadership to the next level,

instructors, and the frequent

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which can then be taken and put into

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sustainable once the participants return

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to understand, and they resonated with

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my worldview on how the world works.

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I’ve never been in an environment like

“There was none of that here at CLI,

was no different in this regard.

this before, where we got to learn the

which is an excellent program that has

theoretical concept and then put it into

contextual relevance for our industry.

was overwhelmingly positive, with

practice immediately – and often – in

Good leadership needs to be coached,

participants routinely mentioning that

order to develop stronger leadership

learned, and developed. This program

CLI helped them better understand


is foundational – our industry needs the

their behaviours, something that will not

next generation of leaders, and this is

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with the degree of openness this

how we get them.”

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to their day-to-day commitments. A POSITIVE RESPONSE Every CLI event is an opportunity to

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careers, but within all their relationships. Being able to live and breathe the

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CLI with. FMI has a strong belief that vulnerability can be a leader’s greatest strength, and this was on full display in Kananaskis.

The CLI, which was held from October 3-5, 2023, provides participants with the opportunity to receive experiential learning through three intensive days of simulations, instructional time, assessments, and one-on-one coaching.

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LEAVING A LEGACY Andrew Sharman’s impact on the Owners Forum group By Kalina Broda

Andrew Sharman has chaired the Owners Forum and served on the Edmonton Construction Association board for the last six years.

The Owners Forum represents over 25 Alberta public and private construction owners, more than 50 construction service vendors and six partner organizations, including architect, engineering, and contracting industry professionals.

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the only group of its kind in Canada,

private construction owners, more than

noticed a gap in the construction

where diverse stakeholders unite their

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issues together.

industry professionals from the architect,

“In talking with industry members, it appeared there was a lack of opportunity to connect with construction owners, public or private,” says Sharman, who, at the time, was the assistant deputy minister of Alberta Infrastructure. “I thought, what’s stopping us from getting construction owners in a room with industry to work together and solve

BRINGING MORE VOICES TO THE TABLE The group began as an open, honest conversation in a boardroom where a handful of public construction owners and ECA members explored how a more collaborative approach could benefit stakeholders from across the board.

challenges the entire end-to-end industry

“We first wanted to identify what

engineering, and contracting sectors. “It’s not just owners—public or private—at the table anymore,” says Sharman. “It’s a mixture of industry members working together to overcome challenges that face us all.” The group hosts bi-annual meetings centred around its strategic priorities, providing relevant updates for attendees,

people wanted to get out of the group:

and sharing the sector’s latest best

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what they expected, what they could

practices where industry members are

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contribute,” says Sharman, who has

often invited to present.

(ECA) later, and the Owners Forum was

chaired the group since its inception.

born in early 2017. Since the beginning,

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innovation by fostering collaboration

willingness to further expand the group.”

industry is facing. Over the years, the

and shared understanding across the

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the impacts of sustainability on

collaborative procurement can look like.”

each other, and the best results come

Neil McFarlane, a previous co-chair of

when we support one another to reach

infrastructure, the total cost of ownership, and more. According to Sharman, the group’s goal is collaboration, not consensus.

the Owners Forum, agrees, underpinning how collaboration can result in shared benefits. “Without owners, projects don’t

“It’s a place for people to understand positions of different groups,” says

exist. Without designers, a plan to meet

Sharman. “Do we always agree? No. Will

the owner’s requirements doesn’t get

everyone always agree? No. But we’ve

developed. Without contractors, nothing

our individual and shared goals.” A ROUND OF APPLAUSE After six years of chairing the Owners Forum Group and serving on the ECA board, Sharman is stepping down. “I want to thank the Edmonton Construction Association,” says Sharman. “They had the confidence and foresight to bring diverse owners and industry members to the table. It’s something to be admired across Canada—and it shows how visionary Edmonton can be.” Sharman’s commitment, leadership, and contributions have been widely recognized by ECA members, former colleagues, and life-long friends. He will remain in his current role at the University of Alberta as the vice-president of facilities and operations.

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“ Emerging challenges and timely topics of conversation will continue to be central to our efforts, with areas such as innovative project delivery, sustainability, and vendor performance underpinning our future presentations and discussions.”

Ciezki says with new leadership comes new approaches. “Both private and public owners have a lot to share when it comes to challenges around sustainable funding, procurement,

“Andrew will be greatly missed,” says Ciezki. “He’s leaving a legacy

WHAT’S NEXT In the interim, Chris Wright,

in the Owners Forum and has been

managing director of infrastructure with

instrumental in representing owners’

the Edmonton Public School Division,

perspectives on the Edmonton

will be chairing the group—and has his

Construction Association board over the

sights set on the future.

last six years.” As the construction industry continues

“The Owners Forum remains focused on ensuring excellent leadership

risk allocation, project delivery, methodologies, and capital and renewal budgets,” he says. “I believe the group will continue to evolve as new leadership looks to take different approaches to these shared issues.” Ciezki adds that the group’s diversity will keep it moving forward.

to evolve, Sharman is excited to see

in public infrastructure, he says.

“Having a cross-section of industry

collaboration unfold in new ways.

“Emerging challenges and timely

members from across Alberta is what

topics of conversation will continue

makes the Owners Forum so strong

a new perspective to things,” he says.

to be central to our efforts, with areas

and sustainable for years to come,” he

“There will always be things to discuss

such as innovative project delivery,

says. “I’m excited to see what the future

and solve, but I think it’s important to

sustainability, and vendor performance


keep the end-to-end industry together—

underpinning our future presentations

and evolve together.”

and discussions.”

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ENCOURAGING CONSTRUCTION CAREERS The ECA is forging a new path By Paul Adair

Like many trade organizations, the

“The ECA had recognized that its

really make a difference in getting youth more engaged in construction.”

Edmonton Construction Association (ECA)

members wanted to get more involved

have long been concerned about the

with encouraging construction careers, but

growing shortage of skilled tradespeople

the question was how to best accomplish

and labour in the workforce. In response

this,” says Brad Mielke, instructor,

to this concern, the ECA Career Pathways

Construction Engineering Technology

committee was formed in 2021 to foster

at the Northern Alberta Institute of

and develop a greater interest in the

Technology (NAIT). “And, while we were

construction industry among Alberta’s

already doing a few things here and there,

the committee’s efforts, however, is the

youth, as well as to become more involved

those efforts were somewhat scattered

Tools for Schools program, which puts

in promoting construction as a viable and

and unfocused. So, the decision was made

tools in the hands of junior high students

versatile career option for those youth to

to form the Career Pathways committee to

in the hopes of igniting a spark for the


really explore the opportunities that could



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TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS The Career Pathways committee does this by holding events aimed at a multitude of demographics, including high school, trade apprentices, and postsecondary students. The cornerstone to

This year, Tools For Schools delivered tools to 21 schools in the Edmonton region.

“At NAIT, we’ve always done a lot of outreach to high schools in the Edmonton region, but when we were asked what we did for junior highs, the answer used to be, ‘nothing’,” says Mielke. “That was kind of a lightbulb moment for us to say, ‘here’s a little demographic that nobody’s noticed before.’ Junior high is essentially the gateway for students who will eventually end up in the betterequipped high school shops. But if nobody is directly supporting this age group, they may never even consider the trades before it’s too late.” This year, Tools for Schools delivered tools to 21 schools in the Edmonton region – a far cry from its first year, where only five schools received tools. What’s more, in the next cycle, the ECA will add another six schools and reach out to

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2023 was a year of firsts for Career Pathways and there were several new initiatives brought into the fold.

28 schools across four different school boards: Edmonton Catholic School Division, Edmonton Public Schools, Elk Island Public Schools, and the Parkland School Division. The tool drop offs are also now better coordinated with the individual schools in order to benefit the needs of the ECA, as well as to ensure that the tool deliveries are made directly with the students, giving them a more interactive experience with industry professionals. “In the first years of the program, we would often show up to the classroom and make the delivery to a janitor who

let us into an empty shop or classroom, and we wouldn’t get the chance to meet with the students,” says Brittaney Down, ECA education and corporate services coordinator. “Now we ask the schools to let our Career Pathways team deliver to a roomful of students and give them that ‘Christmas morning’ kind of experience, where we help them unpack the tools and show them where these can be used. It gives us the opportunity to share our experiences in construction and help reduce the stigma of a career in the trades.” The response to the program today is tremendous, and the tools have been

greatly appreciated by the students and schools that have received them. When Tools for Schools was first launched, the schools were a little hesitant about the program, having heard big claims and promises before. But – as they say – the ‘proof is in the pudding’ and the response to the program today is tremendously positive. “In the beginning, the school boards wondered ‘what was in it for us?’ and we told them that we were doing it for the good story, to take some pictures, and to show ECA members that they could get involved in developing the future of

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“ Junior high is essentially the gateway for students who will eventually end up in the better-equipped high school shops. But if nobody is directly supporting this age group, they may never even consider the trades before it’s too late.” – Brad Mielke, NAIT

2023 was a year of firsts for Career Pathways and there were several new initiatives brought into the fold, such as participating in Skills Canada Alberta. Skills Canada saw the ECA engage in their tradeshow event, which hosted over 10,000 students from across the province

the industry if they chose to,” says Mielke.

many of which have no connection to the

“In the years since, the word has grown.

construction industry except for the fact

Edmonton Catholic has heard from their

that they’re running their school’s shop

counterparts in Edmonton Public about


how great this program is, and they are very excited about the opportunity to

“We desperately need these teachers

over two days. The ECA volunteers set up an interactive floor display and hosted an event booth to chat with the students and let them know about our industry’s exciting future. The ECA was also honoured to partner

to love the idea of working with their

with Junior Achievement Canada and

hands and pass that enthusiasm onto

participated in two World of Choices

their students,” says Mielke. “Tools

events, which brought students together

for Schools is a way for them to feel

with career mentors to talk about a

like they’re part of our construction

variety of professions that might not

takeaways for the Career Pathways

community, and if we continue to make

otherwise be considered. In this regard,

committee has been that the Tools for

them feel this way, they will be able to

the ECA provided construction mentors

Schools program is an important way to

engage with their students on a deeper

who engaged with students about

recognize and support the shop teachers,


participate. We even have school boards like Elk Island approaching us to find out how to get involved.” As great as the program has been for the schools, one of the most significant

their backgrounds, career paths, and experience within the construction industry. “The face-to-face interactions that our volunteers have seen during events such as Skills Canada and World of Choices has been quite rewarding,” says Daniel McAllister, commercial account executive at HUB International Insurance Brokers and ECA board member. It gives us the chance to educate young people on all that construction has to offer – not only in the trades, but in a wide variety of other professions.” Career Pathways programming is constantly evolving and the ECA is looking to further hone the initiative into 2024. As part of this, the Tools for School program will be expanded to include more schools and will be refining the ECA’s collaboration with Skills Canada Alberta events to better engage with students and teachers. “We’re still in the process of finalizing our expanded school participant list for 2024 and we are expanding our involvement in other initiatives, such as new ECA-hosted events,” says McAllister.


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“We are also expanding our post-

show that construction is a great and

the program to younger age groups at

secondary scholarship offerings for new

rewarding career whether you’re female

the elementary school level.

students, as well as increasing the scope

or from any walk of life. Construction is

of our current event slate.”

for everyone.”

SEE IT TO BE IT The work done by the Career Pathways committee is important, not just to build a future workforce for construction, but to also build a future workforce that is

“Construction is one of Canada’s backbone industries and it’s very

The ECA and the Career Pathways

important that we continue to invest in

committee have also begun to partner

the future of our industry for all members

with other programs like the Alberta

within the hub of construction through

Indigenous Construction Career Centre

programs like Career Pathways,” says

(AICCC). The AICCC is a partnership with


NorQuest College, Bow River College,

more diverse and representative. By

Mielke agrees, adding that Career

and the Government of Alberta, as well

sending a Career Pathways team that

as First Nation communities and industry

includes women and trades professionals

organizations, and provides a unique

from underrepresented groups – like

service designed to connect prospective

Indigenous workers or newcomers to

Indigenous workers with employers

Canada – into the schools, the ECA

many people this is the first time they’ve heard about the Edmonton Construction “This program is a great opportunity for the ECA to get out there and carry


old stereotypes of what a career in

recognition for the ECA because, for


recruiting construction-related careers.

has the ability to demonstrate that the

Pathways is also about growing

construction is like are woefully outdated.

Looking ahead, the Career Pathways

this message that we support the people

“We need to show that you don’t have

program will continue to try and move

who build our communities,” says Mielke.

to be male or look a certain way to find

the needle when it comes to encouraging

“We can’t start early enough letting

success in this industry,” says Down.

more youth into the construction

people know that this is a very fulfilling

“When we show representation, we also

industry, including potentially opening up

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The ECA’s Young Builders Group (YBG)

corporate development at the ECA,

event, said the YBG was originated from

recently hosted the Ed Talk “Then and

said the event was a celebration of “the

the concept of enabling our future in

Now” on October 25th. The event took

careers of those people as examples of

construction. It was about creating an

place in the Supreme Steel Building and

what can be when you join a group like

environment to share ideas, to help

served as a joyous celebration of the


people learn, develop, and build critical

The YBG was initiated in 2014 by

group’s impending 10-year anniversary,

and lasting relationships. In addition to the focus on forging

featuring a diverse panel of speakers,

Andrew Ross, now CEO of Clark Builders,

including members of the original

and John McNicholl, former executive

relationships, he highlighted the

leadership team.

director of the ECA. Ross, who served

emphasis on giving back to the

as the moderator for the October 25


Matt Schellenberger, director of 106

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“It always tied back to how do we make our community better? How do we build stronger communities? How do we build a stronger construction industry,” said Ross. Shannon Fitzsimmons was one of the 10 people invited to be part of the YBG’s initial leadership team. She said that until that point, many construction organizations tended to be led by more senior people. “This was an opportunity to provide

YBG Ed Talk - Then and Now at the Supreme Steel Building on October 25th.

culture, that can be diversity.”

For Travis Blake, owner of R3

According to Lakevold, the YBG’s initial

that onramp earlier on in the career

Deconstruction & Abatement Inc., the

for people to gain the benefits of

invitation to join the YBG leadership team

focus was on engaging people through

networking, education, sharing, just

at age 40 immediately resonated.

networking events.

getting out there outside of the daily

“I saw the opportunity to help

“Let’s get people involved. Let’s invite

duties and the daily relationships that we

maybe leave my mark and help that

them. Let’s make it inclusive. Let’s target

have contractually, to build that network

conversation about ‘how do we build this

them. Just let’s be really intentional about

and support systems throughout the

thing and make it attractive’,” he said.

bringing young people in,” said Lakevold.

industry,” she said.

“What I wanted to make sure was that

“What would be fun for them? What

the construction industry was attracting

would make it available and accessible

project manager at Clark Builders at the

the best people and that we’re able to

to come? What might they be interested

time and she said that one of the first

promote it as such.”


Fitzsimmons was working as a

This led to the creation of the initial Ed

conversations that they had around the

Blake adds that he observed criticism

table was that this wasn’t about age.

of the younger generation in the industry.

Talk event, as something that would be

“We found a lot of the wrong things that

more attractive to younger people than

not be constrained by ‘you must be a

millennials brought to the table instead of

a career-specific training, as well as other

certain age’. But instead focus on those

waking up and saying, ‘how is this group

tailored events, like a less competitive

who may be new in the construction

going to add value to our companies?’

golf tournament. The team also created

industry or in the first half of their career,”

And that can be profitability, that can be

the Ambassador Program for YBG

“We were very careful from the onset

said Fitzsimmons. Jillene Lakevold, then general manager of the commercial division of All Weather Windows (now co-CEO), was invited to join the YBG by former executive director of the ECA, John McNicholl. “I think what we were looking for was really people who had enough construction experience to understand the industry a bit, but also understand some of the challenges of being in that


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The YBG was initiated in 2014 by Andrew Ross, now CEO of Clark Builders, and John McNicholl, former executive director of the ECA.

members to help encourage others in the industry to participate. Blake emphasized the need for intentionality around the practice of

The YBG has grown to over a thousand members over the years.

Fitzsimmons said the achievements of the YBG were facilitated by extensive support from the ECA and member companies across industries.


“Everybody who participates in

“A network is something that needs to

construction I would say in the Edmonton

be taught,” said Blake. “We just can’t tell

area has been incredibly supportive. And

people, ‘go out and build your network

the size and the spirit of the group is sort

or you have to go networking,’ because

of a testament to that,” said Fitzsimmons.

what I always taught my team was you

Schellenberger adds that the YBG has

have to create long-lasting relationships

grown to over a thousand members over

in any environment that you belong to.

the years.

And so, the YBG became this really great

For Lakevold, one of the benefits

platform for establishing friendships

of being on the YBG leadership team

within your work. It’s way easier to do

was the exposure to challenges and

business with people and act cordially to

innovations at a more senior level as the

each other if you have a relationship on

group did activities in collaboration with

the table.”

the ECA board.


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“It would give sort of cross pollination, if you will,” she said. “We got to learn from people who have had maybe 30 or 40 years in the construction industry, people who served on the board for many years and vice-versa. They got to ask questions or get insights from people who were a little newer to the industry and bounce ideas about what would be relevant or attractive to the next generation of the workforce.” Now the director of facility planning and design at the City of Edmonton, Fitzsimmons said the YBG is a very important community that she has both celebrated with and reached out to in challenging times. Lakevold agrees. “Those are lifelong connections, where you can pick up the phone and say, ‘I’m struggling with something. I need somebody who’s got expertise in this.’ And certainly, I’ve done that countless times when I don’t know where to go,” said Lakevold. “Everybody needs those people in their lives, and sometimes you can do it internally. But sometimes you can’t.” For Ross, the learning from people he’s had the opportunity to connect and collaborate with through the YBG has helped him be better at his job. In his view, the YBG has helped enrich the construction industry. “It’s helped us become stronger, more united together,” said Ross. “It’s helped forge relationships to deal with challenging situations. And it’s helped build a stronger community.” u

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BREAKING BARRIERS ECA’s WomenBuild brings together and inspires women in construction By Shayna Wiwierski

One of WomenBuild’s most compelling offerings is the myriad of opportunities it provides for professional development and networking.

In the male-dominated construction industry, organizations like the Edmonton Construction Association’s (ECA) WomenBuild group are catalysts for change, fostering diversity, inclusion, and empowering women to play vital roles in the field. This group’s importance to the industry and its members extends far beyond the realm of bricks and mortar and is making waves in the construction sector in Edmonton. ECA’s WomenBuild is on a mission to create an environment where women in construction can flourish, collaborate, and infuse their unique perspectives into the sector. Since its inception in 2020, the group has been promising on its commitment to inspire, support, encourage, connect, and celebrate women in the industry. In Alberta, women make up 45 per cent of the overall workforce, but within the construction industry, their representation dwindles to a mere 14 per cent, with just five per cent in the skilled trades. 110

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At a recent WomenBuild Fall Mix n Mingle event held on October 12, 2023, Tania Bosch, owner of Bouwen Construction Inc., spoke about her inspiring journey in the construction industry spanning over two decades.

One of the group’s most compelling offerings is the myriad of opportunities it provides for professional development and networking. Through a rich tapestry of events, workshops, and educational programs, WomenBuild offers its members a platform to expand their knowledge, get insights from industry leaders, and foster invaluable connections. At a recent WomenBuild Fall Mix n Mingle event held on October 12, 2023, Tania Bosch, owner of Bouwen Construction Inc., spoke about her inspiring journey in the construction industry spanning over two decades. Bosch’s affinity for construction was ignited by her childhood dream of becoming an architect. After working both in large construction companies and independently, she established Bouwen Construction Inc. in 2020. “The [event] was very inspiring and I was super grateful to have had the

opportunity to share my story with other people in the industry. I was really quite taken back, but in a positive way, on the impact that my story made,” says Bosch. “My story resonated with [the audience] and they could relate to my experiences and challenges I faced… What was so fantastic about the event was it really opened my eyes up to how many women there really are [in construction].” These WomenBuild events serve as beacons guiding women in their careers and ensure that they stay at the forefront of industry trends. Since networking is the lifeblood of professional growth, WomenBuild plays a pivotal role in fostering connections among women at different career stages and roles, promoting mentorship, collaboration, and new career avenues. These events become critical networking opportunities for advancing careers. Bosch mentions the vital importance of this network for women in a

Since networking is the lifeblood of professional growth, WomenBuild plays a pivotal role in fostering connections among women at different career stages and roles, promoting mentorship, collaboration, and new career avenues.

predominantly male-dominated industry. “I think we are under-represented, so I think this gives the structure for connection and networking for education for growth opportunities,” says Bosch. “Women offer a very unique skillset that is really – and I don’t want to say lacking in construction – but the industry definitely benefits from our unique skillset. It’s the attention to detail, it’s a different style of communication… women are often very nurturing and empathetic and I have found these skills have served me very well in the industry.” Like Bosch, many members of WomenBuild are trailblazers, consistently breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes within the construction industry. Their stories inspire the next generation of women to defy the glass ceiling. Lindsay MonesStratton, vice-president at Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services (Edmonton) Inc., is a recent member of the group who joined for the networking opportunities. Mones-Stratton also mentions the diverse experiences and backgrounds within the group, which serve as a treasure trove of knowledge. Moreover, she highlights the significance of WomenBuild in providing a comfortable environment for forging connections that often result in valuable business opportunities. Recognizing the pivotal role of networking in establishing

By advocating for diversity and inclusion, offering unwavering support, and challenging entrenched norms, WomenBuild stands as a source of inspiration for women in the construction sector, propelling the industry forward.

connections within the insurance industry,

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creating invaluable professional alliances.

ECA. By advocating for diversity and

“I think WomenBuild is important

inclusion, offering unwavering support,

on a few levels. It’s great for women to

and challenging entrenched norms,

collaborate and share their experiences.

WomenBuild stands as a source of

There are women who have been in

inspiration for women in the construction

the industry for a long time and have

sector, propelling the industry forward.

important roles and they can use [the

“Construction is male-dominated

group] to collaborate [with other women]

historically, not to say that there haven’t

on a project that they might not otherwise

been leaps and bounds to change that,

get connected with,” says Mones-Stratton.

but it’s nice to have other women to

“[As well,] being an insurance broker,

collaborate with,” says Mones-Stratton.

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Versus is a special Breaking Ground series that brings together the ideas and perspectives of those involved in land development – the developers, builders, tradespeople, constructors, architects, engineers, planners, dreamers, and city builders who want to see the Edmonton Metropolitan Region grow and thrive. They’re hedging big bets on the city and the communities we know and love, and have a hot-take or two on what’s needed to accelerate change. A battle of the minds – where all of us, and our region, win. WHAT BARRIERS AND OPPORTUNITIES DO WOMEN FACE IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY? A conversation between Eleni Shaver, Leanne Ure, Kellie Cockle, and Caroline Bowen explored the barriers and opportunities facing women in the development and construction industry.

“Women come from diverse backgrounds and can provide holistic perspectives on our city’s most complex issues.” Eleni Shaver, co-owner, Avillia Developments


“Things are changing in the industry – women are creating spaces for one another to connect, to exchange knowledge.” Leanne Ure, senior project manager, Rohit Group of Companies

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“As more women enter the industry, we will inevitably identify more issues to solve, but naming them is the first step towards action.” Kellie Cockle, structural engineer, Oak Forensic Engineering Ltd.

“We need to create pathways for young women and girls to see trades and the industry as professions inclusive to them.” Caroline Bowen, director of membership engagement, Edmonton Construction Association

Prior to developing neighbourhoods with Rohit Group of Companies, Ure was an engineer at Stantec, designing the plans and inventing the spaces and places within those communities. Inspired by her mom, a civil engineer, Ure has made it her personal mission to create opportunities for women in the industry to connect and support one another. “My mom was the only female student in her engineering class,” said Ure. “And in the industry, women have tried to forge for space.” She says that a variety of barriers prevent women from participating fully in the industry – from a lack of leadership and mentorship opportunities to gender stigma. “When women are firm and confident in the workplace, that can be seen as too aggressive, or when we show emotions, we are seen as weak,” she elaborated. She created YEG WILD (Women In Land Development) as a platform for those in the land development industry to build relationships, to exchange insights, and to foster a safe space for connection. “The advocacy undertaken by those before us means that women were once climbing up a large mountain, but now we’re pushing up a small hill,” she said. “It is important that we continue to push for a seat at the table, and to pass down knowledge to those who come after us.”

That sentiment is shared by Eleni Shaver, co-owner of Avillia Developments. “The ground has been prepared, and we get to reap the benefits,” said Shaver. “But we need to keep paving the way for others.” Shaver, who started her company in 2005 with her husband, said that perceptions and behaviours are changing. “Before, people used to see women as caregivers, with a lot of emotion – but now, employers are seeing how women come from diverse backgrounds and bring a holistic perspective to problems and issues,” said Shaver. For women to participate fully in this way, Shaver adds that companies need to create opportunities and safe spaces for women to learn and support one another. “We need more women as mentors – as they can relate to the balancing act that often have to play, and the pressures we face in the industry.” Kellie Cockle, a forensic structural engineer with Oak Forensic Engineering Ltd., said that if there had been spaces to learn from other women earlier in her career, that would have tremendously impacted her self-confidence and her experience in the workplace. “Supporting people makes our projects better,” said Cockle, adding that while mentorship is important, it cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. Having helped

introduce diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives with her prior workplace of 700 employees, she knows that every person needs to be supported in different ways. “Employers should explore small-scale mentorship, one-on-one opportunities,” she added. “It needs to be nuanced and customized.” Caroline Bowen, director of membership engagement with the Edmonton Construction Association, created WomenBuild, a group that creates opportunities for women in the industry to gain access to mentorship, education, and connection – as well as a platform to advocate for continuous change. “What we are seeing is women who want to help and change things,” said Bowen. “And we are also seeing employers who want to recruit and train women to get into the industry.” She adds that groups like the Edmonton Construction Association are playing a small role in exposing the work of trades to young girls. “It is all about creating pathways, and it is encouraging to see how our industry is trying to engage the next generation of women in the industry.” To learn more about the various initiatives led by and for women in the industry, contact u



• Women face greater criticisms in the workplace based on their identity •L imited networks and social habitats for connection and learning •L ack of mentorship opportunities •L ack of representation of women in the industry •M any companies are not well-equipped to address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues

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A CENTURY OF BUILDING VIBRANT COMMUNITIES Melcor, a full-cycle real estate developer, has reached an historic milestone – 100 years of building communities where people live, work, shop, and play. From its humble beginnings to its current stature as a leading real estate developer in western Canada, Melcor’s journey is one of vision, resilience, and unwavering commitment to its core values. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS It all began with a man scanning Edmonton’s west horizon, exploring opportunities and achieving his dream Melcor’s journey began as the Stanley Investment Company, selling lots for $100 with a $5 down payment. This model continued until 1932 when the company was renamed L.T. Melton Realty to better reflect the core business.

of helping young families purchase a home of their own. That man was Louis Timothy (LT) Melton, and it was 1923. LT was travelling west and when the train stopped in Edmonton, he decided this was the place to establish his business. A century later, LT’s vision has been realized, and Melcor has brought homeownership to tens of thousands of families while shaping the urban landscape of Alberta. Melcor’s journey began as the Stanley Investment Company, selling lots for $100 with a $5 down payment. This model continued until 1932 when the company was renamed L.T. Melton Realty to better reflect the core business. A FAMILY LEGACY GROWS In 1947, LT’s son Stanley took over the company. Stan was a war hero, receiving a bravery medal from King George VI for saving a comrade’s life during the Second

Melcor’s 100-year journey is a testament to the enduring values of family, integrity, and community.


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World War. His leadership saw the expansion of Melton to over 350 people,

with branch offices in multiple cities across western Canada. He also played a significant role in real estate associations and philanthropic activities. Tragedy struck in 1973 when Stan Melton suffered a heart attack while attending an Edmonton Eskimos football game and passed away. Garry Holmes succeeded him as company president. Stan’s son Tim had been working in the family business for a few years at the time of Stan’s passing. The board encouraged him to step into leadership

Melcor has brought homeownership to tens of thousands of families while shaping the urban landscape of Alberta.

roles, eventually appointing Tim as the company’s president in 1975. In 1976, Melton Real Estate had a major turning


point as the brokerage division was sold

Throughout the decades, Melcor has

success according to Tim. Melcor’s ability to operate in multiple markets across

to A.E. LePage, and the company name

evolved, but its commitment to real

Alberta and beyond has also proven vital

was changed to Melcor Developments.

estate and helping young families achieve

for long-term survival, as diversifying

Still, Melton family core values persisted.

homeownership has remained constant.

geographically helped the company to

Timothy Melton, LT’s grandson and the

overcome several negative economic

company’s CEO and executive chair,

influences over the years.

MELCOR’S EVOLUTION The evolution of Melcor can be divided into two significant periods: the first roughly 50 years as a real estate brokerage, and the next 50 years where land development became more prominent. Much of Melcor’s early land development was designing and building residential communities and

emphasizes the importance of values

Looking ahead, Tim acknowledges

passed from generation to generation,

the challenges posed by inflation,

including integrity and the belief that

increasing input costs, and economic

relationships are the cornerstone of their

uncertainties. As the real estate industry


faces these challenges, Melcor remains committed to easing the burden on


homebuyers and making a positive

As Tim reflects on Melcor’s 100-year

impact on communities. Melcor’s

this continues to play an important role

journey, he recognizes the industry’s

in the company’s business. In the ‘70s

significant changes, including rising home

and ‘80s, the company also started

prices and advancements in technology.

building commercial and multi-family

Another notable transformation is the

assets, including several award winners

increased representation of women in

for innovation in architecture and design.

the company, with roughly 50 per cent of

As the company’s commercial portfolio

staff being female and over 50 per cent

Melcor’s 100-year journey is a

grew, so did its role as asset manager.

of the management committee being

testament to the enduring values of

Today the company manages 4.7 million


family, integrity, and community. From its

square feet of commercial property. Despite starting business at a time

philanthropy focuses on the core pillars of strong communities: education, health, youth, sports, public spaces, and social programs.

Through all the changes over the years,


origins as a small real estate business to

what has remained constant at Melcor

its current position as a major player in

when the real estate industry faced

has been consistency in ownership.

western Canada, Melcor’s commitment

overwhelming challenges, Melcor thrived.

The Melton family has remained the

to creating vibrant communities

Timothy Melton attributes Melcor’s long-

controlling shareholder since the

continues to shape the future. As the

term success to the hardwork, integrity,

company went public in 1968. This

next generation takes the reins, Melcor’s

and relationships that have been at the

consistency of ownership, with a long-

legacy of excellence and community-

forefront through four generations of the

term view and financial conservatism

building is set to endure for years to


have been key factors in the company’s

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A REACH CSG COMPANY, CELEBRATES 45 YEARS IN BUSINESS With its corporate office in Acheson, Alta., the company has been servicing Edmonton and the surrounding areas for decades By Lisa Kopochinski

A&B Concrete Pumping is celebrating a

“We currently operate 49 truck-

special anniversary this year—45 years in

mounted concrete pumps across all of


our operating brands, along with several

Founded by Bruce and Marilyn Dika

specialized pieces like placing booms for

in 1978 in Edmonton, the couple retired

high-rise work and mobile spider booms

in 2007 and passed the torch to their

on skid-tracks for very unique and

children, Lisa and Daryl. The company

specific job requirements,” says Daryl

has grown to become one of the largest

Dika, REACH Construction president,

custom concrete pumping companies in

and second generation of the Dika family

Western Canada.

involved in the business.


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“Under our REACH banner of companies, we employ nearly 60 personnel from highly skilled operators to our experienced staff consisting of office administration, safety, maintenance, sales, dispatch, operations supervisors, and managers.” With its corporate office in Acheson, Alta., the company has been servicing Edmonton and the surrounding areas for nearly half a century.

where he was managing Combined

Action Concrete Pumping, Combined

Combined Concrete Pumping, which has

Concrete Pumping and took on the role

Concrete Pumping, and P-Ban Concrete

an office and services Fort McMurray and

initially of operations manager. Within

Pumping, in 2022. His sister Lisa chose

surrounding areas. It has been integral

the next couple of years, they grew by

to pursue other interests and raise a

in the oil sands and heavy industrial

way of acquisition and Dika transitioned

family, but remains a stakeholder in

construction for several years since 1993.

to the role of corporate equipment

the company, along with partners the

manager for the group.

Hutchinson Family and the Dulie Group.

The company also owns and manages

Action Concrete Pumping was also acquired in 2021, which has facilities in

Dika became president of REACH

Salmon Arm, and locations in Kamloops

Construction Service Groups (CSG),

in Western Canada, with our brands

and Vernon servicing the entire interior

which manages A&B Concrete Pumping,

located in Edmonton, Fort McMurray,

“We are the largest pump company

of British Columbia. Additionally, there is P-Ban Concrete Pumping, which was acquired in 2014, that services all remote locations and projects in Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. In 2007 the company went through a secession transition and acquired a strategic partner, the Hutchinson Family, which owns Hutchinson Acquisitions, better known as TACAD. It was this addition of Hutchinson Acquisitions and their business prowess that really pushed A&B Concrete Pumping to the next level, expanding across all of Western Canada and acquiring three other pump companies along the way. “This allowed for the next group of leaders and young entrepreneurs to drive the business forward.” Dika says this has been a very successful partnership allowing for organic growth from within, and consolidating its strengths as families, partners, and business acronym.

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“I started my career in 1997 with the company as an operator and grew into various roles within the company expanding my knowledge base and understanding of the business and operations,” says Dika. “My sister, Lisa, joined in 2000 and assisted in the office in an administrative role, moving up to corporate office manager until 2016.” Casey Hutchinson joined the company in 2007 as general manager. Dika had

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The ICE District, construction of both the JW Marriott Tower and Stantec Tower (the largest high rise in Western Canada at 823 feet tall) supported with two separate Putzmeister 38-metre placing booms, a 56-metre truck-mounted concrete pump, and two high-pressure line pumps—a BSA 1400 and CP2010 Putzmeister.

Saskatchewan, Fort St. John, and the interior of British Columbia,” says Dika, who is also president of A&B Concrete Pumping. “This growth would not have been possible without our people. We have continually employed young, energetic, and motivated employees, all while gaining valuable experience along the way. We look to continue to define the model for custom concrete pumping and build on what the Dika Family and Hutchinson Acquisitions (TACADA) started many years ago.” MILESTONE AND LANDMARK PROJECTS When asked what projects in Alberta that the group is especially proud of, Dika is quick to respond and name the

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As demands on the construction industry increase and both efficiency and sustainability become more critical, it’s important that distribution companies continually look for ways to improve both their own operations and the services they provide to their customers. With that in mind, Convoy Supply, a premier supplier of construction materials across Canada and the U.S., has recently broken ground in Acheson, Alta. on the new location for its Edmonton branch. In attendance for the ceremony were senior, regional, and branch leadership from Convoy, as well as

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representatives from Ledcor Design Build and Camdon Construction Ltd.

Above: Convoy Supply, a premier supplier of construction materials across Canada and the U.S., has recently broken ground in Acheson, Alta. on the new location for its Edmonton branch. From left to right: Chris Arnold – branch manager, Edmonton, Convoy Supply; Martin Côté – president & CEO, Convoy Supply; Paul Mothersell – regional sales manager, Prairies, Convoy Supply; Don Pierce – director of sales, Convoy Supply; Janna Garneau – regional operations manager, Prairies, Convoy Supply.


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From left to right: Spencer Sieben, project manager, Camdon Construction Ltd.; Darcy Ennis, director, business development, Ledcor; Chris Arnold – branch manager, Edmonton, Convoy Supply; Janna Garneau – regional operations manager, Prairies, Convoy Supply; Martin Côté – president & CEO, Convoy Supply; Don Pierce – director of sales, Convoy Supply; Paul Mothersell – regional sales manager, Prairies, Convoy Supply; Chris Letto, superintendent, Ledcor; Darren Rosin, project manager, Ledcor.

The goals for this build include

“A greenfield build lets you design

Supply Edmonton is all about easy

improving customer service and product

around what matters most,” stated

accessibility, improved efficiencies, and

availability in Edmonton and across the

Convoy’s president & CEO, Martin Côté.

more on-hand product. The products and

region, introducing efficiencies into all

“For Convoy, we are always looking

building solutions we’ve chosen focus on

aspects of the branch’s operation, and

for ways to be more efficient and to

sustainability and reducing the footprint

designing the branch and workflows with

improve our customers’ experience,

of both the build and our day-to-day

sustainability in mind. The larger location

and this design and location lets us do


and improved yard layout will make

just that. This new home for Convoy

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The Edmonton branch will continue to serve all of Alberta north of Highway 13, as well as customers in the Northwest Territories and, as before, will carry Convoy’s industry-leading lines of construction products and systems from industryleading manufacturers.

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The system allows for the reuse of

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allow us to increase our service levels, not

the goal of ensuring contractors can

expansion, further reducing waste and

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Northwest Territories. I’m really looking

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forward to what the new branch will let

Supply provides other services to their

us do for our customers.”

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Collins Industries

A&B Concrete Pumping


A&H Steel Ltd.


A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd.


Custom Electric Ltd.

Abe’s Door Service Ltd.


Cutting Edge Landscaping Ltd.


Northgate Industries Ltd.


AGF Rebar – Calgary


Delnor Construction Ltd.


NovoCrete Stabilization Solutions


Ainsworth Inc.


Doka Canada Ltd.


O’Hanlon Paving Ltd.


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Donalco Western Inc.


Ogilvie LLC


Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association

Eaton Canada


Paandon Construction Ltd.



Economical Insurance


Pals Geomatics Corp.


All Type Electric


Edmonton Kubota Ltd.


Park Paving Ltd.


Allmar Inc.


EllisDon Construction Services Inc.


PCL Construction Management Inc.


An-Mar Concrete Pumping Co. Ltd.


Encore Trucking & Transport Ltd.


Andrew Sheret Limited


Penner Doors and Hardware


Ewel Electrical Wholesalers


Aplin & Martin Consultants Ltd.


Petrocom Construction Ltd.




Arcom Technical Services Ltd.


Eye Safe


Arrow Engineering


Fluor Canada Ltd.


Arthur J. Gallagher Canada


Frontier Construction Products Ltd.


Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd.


Gator Construction


ATS Traffic


Gescan Ltd.


Barricades and Signs


Goldbar Contractors Ltd.


Bartle & Gibson

67, 82

Grant Metal Products Ltd.


Beam Craft Inc.


Gravisys Inc.


Belvan Construction


HALL Shoring & Foundations


BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc.


HUB International


Bird Construction


Icon Industrial Contractors


Black & McDonald Limited


Innotech Windows + Doors


Blacktop Paving Inc.


Innova Contracting Ltd.


ITC Construction Group


Ivis Construction Inc.


Bolson Engineering and Environmental Services



Nelson Lumber Co. Ltd.


Convoy Supply




Cooper Equipment Rentals


Nichols Environmental


Northbridge Financial Corporation



Phoenix Fence Corp.

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PM Signs Corporation


Qualimet Inc.


Rapid Concrete Ltd.


RDE Group


RKT Contracting Inc.


Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited


Rocky Mountain Equipment


Sam’s Craft Iron Ltd.


Shelby Engineering Ltd.


SMP Engineering


St. Albert Parking Lot Maintenance


Standard General Inc.


Super Save Group of Companies


Superior Trenching Ltd.


Target Products Ltd.


Tri-Stad Construction Inc.




Brandt Positioning Technologies


Japa Machinery Group Ltd..


Brownlee LLP


Kamwin Electric Ltd.


BURNCO Rock Products


Kehoe Equipment Ltd.


Can Traffic Services


Koralta Construction


Valley Partitions Ltd.

49 93

Canadian Dewatering


Ledcor Group


Wallworks Acoustic Architectural Products

Canam Group


Leduc Overhead Door Inc.


WD Industrial Group


Canem Systems


Lenbeth Group of Companies


Wescor Food Equipment

88 65

Capitall Exterior Solutions


LMS Reinforcing Steel Group


West Edmonton Mall

Capsa Construction Ltd.




Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd.


Cemrock Concrete & Construction


Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd.


Western Weather Protector Ltd.


Centaur Products Inc.


McLennan Ross


Westman Steel Industries


Challenger Geomatics Ltd.


Midwest Caissons


Whissell Contracting


Christensen & McLean Roofing Co.


MKA Canada


White Cap


City of Edmonton


Modern Cladding Finishes


Witten LLP


Clark Builders


Modern Niagara


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Relationships Integrity Commitment Innovation Integrated In-House Electrical Project Management & Execution, including: Design Assist | Construction Management Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) | Building Information Management (BIM) In-House 12,000 ft2 Fabrication Facility Serving: Commercial | Industrial | Aviation | Institutional | Lab & Health Care | Justice | Retail Entertainment Centres | IPD Projects | Major Projects | Special Projects | Residential | | +1 (403) 291-3303

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