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NEWSLETTER - February 11, 2016

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Calgary Construction Association News
Partnering With Industry Symposium Recap
CCA Member Scholarships - Apply Today!
OAEC IV - Registration Open
CCA's Annual General Meeting - Registration Open
Young Construction Leaders Committee Application
10th Annual Construction Career Expo
CCA Education Listings
Alberta's Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
CCA Weekly - February 9, 2016
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Partnering With Industry Symposium Recap
For the past 16 years the Partnering with Industry Symposium has brought City of Calgary representatives together with construction industry affiliates, as well as public partners such as Alberta Health Services, Alberta Infrastructure, Alberta Transportation, and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. On January 28, nearly 600 attendees including members of the Calgary Construction Association, the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, the Consulting Architects of Alberta, and the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association gathered in the Telus Convention Centre to learn about last year’s successes, this year’s upcoming projects, and how the industry can work closely together.

“A lot has changed since last year,” said Jeff Fielding, Calgary’s City Manager. “We’re in an economic downturn, and there are new Federal and Provincial Governments. In these uncertain times, we’re going to go ahead knowing we can’t do things the same.”

Despite the major changes, Fielding’s message was very optimistic as he highlighted factors such as “exceptional” capital to invest, and confidence that Calgary will get its share of Federal funding. This sentiment was echoed by Deputy City Manager Brad Stevens who highlighted a shift in thinking when it comes to finding infrastructure projects; not only will the projects be “shovel ready” and able to start as soon as possible, but they will be “shovel-worthy,” meaning they will be long-term and sustainable projects to keep Calgarians working.

CCA Member Scholarships
Your chances of being selected are high! Don't miss this great opportunity.

This year the Calgary Construction Association (CCA) is awarding six $2,000 scholarships to CCA member employees, part-time employees, or dependents. All applications must be pursuing advanced education in a business or construction related field to be eligible.

Take 30 minutes to complete the application and it might be the biggest return on your investment of time you'll make this year.

Deadline to Apply: February 19, 2016.

Successful applicants will be awarded the scholarships at the CCA's Annual General Meeting, which will take place on March 22, 2016

OAEC IV: Success Through Collaboration
Wednesday, February 24
BMO Centre
8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

This event will consist of four How-To Sessions, which are set in a round table environment to foster discussions leading to best practices and solutions. These Sessions will be:

-How to Build a Team With Different Mindsets and Hats

-How to Determine the Right Project Delivery Method for Your Project

-How to Attract Youth to be Successors

-How to be Ethical in the Construction Industry

Check to see who is coming to OAEC! You can click the "Who's Coming" button underneath the event description to ensure you are working in industry partners to collaborate on solutions!


CCA's 71st Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport)
4:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Keynote Address: 
ATB Economist TODD HIRSCH to address Alberta's bold new path

2015 brought sweeping change to the province. With the new federal and provincial governments comes higher personal and corporate taxes, a royalty review triggering anxiety in the oil patch already facing an oil price slump, an economy wide carbon tax along with a cap on oil sands emissions, the down grade of Alberta's credit and a low Canadian dollar. Is there a need for a change of course? 

While Albertan's face economic uncertainty, well-known and respected economist Todd Hirsch will give insight as to what the future holds for Alberta and Canada. 

With the focus on the future, how long will it be before Alberta will experience once again the optimal working atmosphere? 

Young Construction Leaders Committee

The NEW Young Construction Leaders Committee (YCLC) is looking for members to serve on the committee. Applications are open to employees of CCA member companies who are 35 years or younger.

The mandate of the YCLC is to: provide Young Construction Leaders (YCL) with opportunities for mentorship and to strengthen professional relationships; enable the exchange of ideas impacting YCL; and to contribute to educational and social programs for YCL.

Those interested in being a part of the YCLC can fill out this application form.

Deadline to apply is February 12, 2016.

10th Annual
April 20, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


The CCA is excited to be hosting the 10th annual CONSTRUCTION CAREER EXPO. This event will host upwards of 2500 junior and senior high school students to try to their hands at a variety of skilled trade while exhibitors encourage them to build a career in construction.

The CCA looks forward to welcoming the exhibitors, volunteers and participants who have attended in the past back and welcome any of you who have never attended to come visit this ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPO.

We are still accepting exhibitor registrations and sponsors. If your company is interested in taking part, please submit the registration form by February 19.

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors so far! Your donations will go to ensure the 10th Anniversary Construction Career Expo will be the best yet!

Check out this YouTube video featuring highlights from last year.

CCA Education

"We are using this downturn to strengthen internally at all levels of the company. Cutting costs in other areas and making the investment in training and development because we feel it will pay off as we come out the other side!" - Kerry Brabant, Skyline Concrete Services Ltd.
The Role of Legal Counsel
March 1, 7:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

This session will focus on how to hire a lawyer and what you should expect to pay for. We will review a retainer agreement and explain how the billing and retainer works. We will discuss fixed price legal services, contingency agreements and the consequences of being unclear when instructing your lawyer. We will review the regulatory environment of your legal counsel with emphasis on his/her obligations to the client.

Deciding on the Venue for the Resolution of Disputes
March 1, 11:45 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Once you have reviewed your dispute and listened carefully to your lawyer, you will probably be presented with a choice of how you want to resolve the problem. There are a number of different alternatives and questions. In this session we will review them all and, briefly, explain the pros and cons of each course of action.


Alberta's Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
Hire a student and get a wage subsidy of $7/hour

Now is the time to start planning for summer. Hiring a student is a great way to bring energy and fresh perspectives into your organization and get short-term projects done. STEP students benefit by building transferable skills and gaining valuable work experience to prepare them for the workforce.

You can submit applications starting January 25, 2016 until February 29, 2016. To help you prepare your application, read the STEP Guidelines and:

•find out the eligibility requirements for employers, students and positions
•determine your business needs and define your summer job(s)
•know where to advertise your position to reach students
•be aware of the STEP application process and timelines

To learn more, go to

Alberta Construction Association News
The ACA leads Alberta's construction industry in government advocacy, public relations, industry practices and partnerships, and promotion of a skilled workforce. 

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Re-opening

As of January 27, 2016, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) pause on application intake is over. The AINP is now accepting new applications under all streams and categories. Read more.

Canadian Construction Association News
CCA Weekly is an electronic newsletter published each week by the Canadian Construction Association. It contains relevant articles and information for CCA members and those involved in the construction industry.

Infrastructure Bank Needs Reconsideration: Report

A recent C.D. Howe Institute report reiterates the message that all levels of government in Canada need to spend wisely to maximize infrastructure dollars, and for the feds that may include getting rid of the idea of an infrastructure bank. Read more

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February 24 | OAEC IV "Success Through Collaboration" Workshop
March 1 | The Role of Legal Counsel (AM) 
March 1 | Deciding on the Venue for the Resolution of Disputes (PM) 
March 1 | Blueprint Reading I - Multiple Day Program
March 2 | Talent Succession for Growing Businesses
March 16 | The Importance of Knowing the Banker, the Broker, and the Insurance Maker!
March 17 | How to Run Your Own Trial in Provincial Court
March 22 | CCA's 71st Annual General Meeting
March 22 & 23 | Construction 101 "Putting the Construction Pieces Together" 
March 29 | Transitioning Your Company for Success and Ensuring Its Legacy
March 31 | Cold Weather Construction
April 5 & 6 | Two Day Accounting for Non-Financial Managers' Seminar
April 5 | Blueprint Reading II - Multiple Day Program
April 7 | Profitable Contracting Seminar 
April 12 | Building a Cohesive Leadership Team
April 20 | 10th Annual Construction Career Expo
May 2 | Two Day Microsoft Project for Construction
May 10 | Strategic Thinking: Achieve Extraordinary Results

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