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Newsletter - March 3, 2016

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Calgary Construction Association News
CCA's 71st Annual General Meeting
Construction Career Expo - Volunteers Needed
B.Sc. Construction Project Management Intern Students
Chinook Room Update
Young Construction Leaders
Statistics Canada January 2016 Labour Force Survey Report
CCA Education: 
    - Importance of Knowing your Banker, Broker & Insurance Maker
    - Construction 101
Alberta Construction Association News
ACA Weekly - March 2, 2016
Canadian Construction Association News
CCA Weekly - March 1, 2016
  Calendar of Events
Alberta Construction Association News
Canadian Construction Association News


CCA's 71st Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport)
4:30 P.M. - Meeting
5:45 P.M. - Cocktail Reception
6:30 P.M. - Dinner

Don't miss the CCA's AGM. 
This night will include award presentations, Gold Seal Certification presentations, scholarships, and more!

 Register Now!


The fourth annual Owners, Architects, Engineers, and Contractors (OAEC) Workshop was held on February 24 at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park.The workshop brought 170 people from the four groups of construction professionals together to discuss four "How To" topics in small groups and in a collaborative environment.

The four topics were "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 as Successors," and "How to Be Ethical in the Construction Industry."

Efforts were made to ensure the groups had representation from each part of the OAEC community, to enable meaningful and diverse conversations.

The day also included two speakers. The Open General Session was presented by Art Winslow of Graham Construction and Engineering LP. His presentation “Lean Up Your Life” was about applying lean construction principles to our everyday lives and on the job site by recognizing and reducing inherent wastes. By adopting a lean lifestyle, Art has been able to save time and money by eliminating waste in his everyday activities.

Luncheon Speaker Matt Luik from MMM Group Limited spoke about “The Importance of Personality in Driving Team Success.” He stated team success results from strong leaders assembling the right team, understanding individual motivators and strengths, and managing a cohesive team. He touched on personality theory and provided takeaways to improve the success of a team such as “focus on their strengths, not on their weaknesses.”

The results of the four "How To" topics will be compiled and turned into “Best Practices.” Stay tuned for the results of OAEC IV!

Construction Project Management Intern Students

It’s that time of year again! The Calgary Construction Association is once again working with SAIT’s B.Sc. Construction Project Management (4 year degree) program to assist students in finding summer internships.

These students are completing their third year in this program and must complete a summer internship (15 weeks between May and August). There are 35 students this year looking for placements with CCA member firms!

If you are interested in hiring one of these students or wish to receive resumes and cover letters for review, please contact Craig (403-291-3350 or email

The students are looking to secure their internships by the end of March.

Click here for more information on the program.

Chinook Room Update

The Calgary Construction Association is pleased to announce the Chinook Room in the Construction Centre has a new look. The room received a face lift from top to bottom. Members have commented on enjoying the newly renovated space including new furniture (tables and chairs).

Thank you to Cathy Orr, from RGO for her time in providing her expertise on the interior design and the complimentary window coverings. These changes have modernized the CCA’s boardroom and enhanced the professional image of the association.

Young Construction Leaders Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Young Construction Leaders Committee (YCLC). The CCA received 35 applications and they are currently under review. Please note that  selected committee members will be announced at the CCA’s Annual General Meeting on March 22, 2016. 

Thank you again for your interest in this group as we work to grow the YCL community.

Statistics Canada January 2016 Labour Force Survey Report

The Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey reports Canadian employers removed 5,700 jobs, resulting in a minimal increase in the unemployment rate from 7.1 per cent in December 2015 to 7.2 per cent in January 2016. Over the last 12 months 126,000 jobs were added. Read more.

For more insight on the article, contact Amie Benedict of Accountemps by phone at 403-476-0376 or by email at

10th Annual
April 20, 2016
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
BMO Centre, Stampede Park

CCA is looking for Volunteers to help out at the expo, if you are interested in being a part of this exciting event, please contact Craig Palmer at or phone 403-291-3350. 

We are currently looking for volunteers including: Certified Lift Operators, Bus Greeters, Registration, Traffic Directors, Door Counters, Lunch Crew, Move In/Out Crew, and Participation Enthusiasts.

If you aren't familiar with the Expo, check out this YouTube video featuring highlights from last year.

Thank You Expo Sponsors!

CCA Education
The Importance of Knowing the Banker, the Broker, and the Insurance Maker!
March 16, 7:15 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

In an economy heavily influenced by the price of oil, the current uncertainty within the Alberta economy and real estate market has caused many business owners sleepless nights. A keen understanding of the financial decision-making processes, risks and the banking tools available to the construction industry will help you manage through today’s uncertain economy and position your business for continued success.

Now is the time to know your broker, your banker and your insurer!

Two Day Construction 101 "Putting the Construction Industry Pieces Together
March 22-23, 7:15 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Entering the construction industry and trying to learn a piece here and a piece there isn’t effective. Now there is a course designed to put the pieces of the construction industry puzzle together. Don’t let the name “101” fool you! The course is attended by new and long time employees who all find value in understanding the “why” in “what” we do.

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.

ACA Board Finalized

At the 2016 ACA Annual General Meeting the board of directors were nominated. The finalized board is listed here.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for their commitment and hard work!

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 the CCA members and those involved in the construction industry.

Construction’s First Ethics Course

Construction’s first ethics course- which will become a mandatory component of Gold Seal certification- is expected to go live this spring. Read more

Public-private Partnership Can Be an Effective Model for Renewing Critical Water Infrastructure Despite Challenges

There is widespread consensus that Canada’s water systems are in urgent need of investment, replacement, and renewal. For many cities and communities, however, the upfront costs are prohibitive. Public-private partnerships (P3s) are gaining ground as a means for governments to achieve their infrastructure renewal goals; yet when it comes to water, there is still limited adoption of this asset procurement model. Despite perceptual and structural challenges inherent to the sector, P3s can be a viable and desirable model for water and wastewater projects. Read more

Calendar of Events

March 8 - 31 | Blueprint Reading I - Multiple Day Program
March 16 | The Importance of Knowing the Banker, the Broker, and the Insurance Maker!
March 22 - 23 | Construction 101
March 22 | Calgary Construction Association 71st Annual General Meeting
March 29 | Don't be a Statistic: Transition Your Company for Success and Ensure Its Legacy
April 5 - 6 | Two Day Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers' Seminar
April 5 - 29 | Blueprint Reading II - Multiple Day Program
April 6 | Lean Construction Institute Canada (LCI-C) Conference and Training Plan
April 7 | Profitable Contracting Seminar
April 12 | Building a Cohesive Leadership Team
April 14 | Hone Your Skills to be a "Super" Superintendent
April 20 | 10th Annual Construction Career Expo
May 2 - 3 | Two Day Microsoft Project for Construction
May 4 | Microsoft Excel (Novice) for Construction
May 10 | Strategic Thinking: Achieve Extraordinary Results
June 20 | Microsoft Excel (Advanced) for Construction
June 21 - 22 | Two Day ADVANCED Microsoft Project for Construction

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