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NEWSLETTER - DECEMber 15, 2016

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Calgary Construction Association News
Someone's Future is Hanging in your Closet
Women in Construction Luncheon February 1, 2017
Introducing John Volponi
Success in Action - Lane Smith
2017 CCA Executive Election
CCA Holiday Closure Dates
2017 Partnering with Industry Symposium
Gold Seal Changes Effective January 1, 2017
Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference

CCA Education:
Bluebeam Revu: Basic
Collecting Your Money in Small Claims Court

Alberta Construction Association News
ACA Weekly - December 14, 2016
Canadian Construction Association News
  Calendar of Events
Alberta Construction Association News
Canadian Construction Association News



Someone's Future is Hanging in your Closet

The CCA team had the pleasure of making a clothing donation to the Making Changes Association. This wonderful organization provides women with employment and life skills programs along with other relevant resources to empower women who may be transitioning into the workplace.Women who may be experiencing financial barriers are referred to this program which provides women in need with work appropriate clothing. 
On Monday CCA members dropped off clothing donations to the Walk-In Closet
In addition to the Walk-In Closet, Making Changes also has a program called My Best Friend's Closet that provides teenage girls between the ages of 12 to 18 with a variety of clothing for school, recreation and special events such as prom.
Donations can be dropped off for the Walk-In Closet and My Best Friend's Closet at Making Changes, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 4 pm, an appointment is not required.
We encourage CCA members to gather women's clothing and accessories that are no longer needed and make a donation. You will be making a difference in a woman's life! Please note that cash donations are also accepted which will assist in continuing to provide such programs and services to women in transition.

Pictured L - R: Amy Smith (CCA), Simpie Gill (Making Changes), Lorna Bratt (CCA) and Toni Casamassima (CCA)



Hosted by CCA’s Women in Construction (WIC)

Influencing Change, Transformation and Positive Disruption with LEAN

With special keynote speaker
Carla Ciepliski

Wednesday, February 1st
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

$47.62 + GST

 Three-course plated lunch included


Introducing John Volponi

CCA would like to welcome John Volponi of West Air Sheet Metal Ltd as the new Chair for the Construction Career Development Committee. John brings his passion, leadership and industry knowledge to the committee with some new and exciting initiatives to be rolled out in 2017.

John has already put on his chair hat while representing CCA at the Youth Employment Consortium - Calgary Economic Development on November 17th. In addition, John attended the Prospecting Calgary's GoldMind presentation at the Telus Convention Center on December 7th. 
The GoldMind Project is a movement inspired by professionals willing to accept responsibility to be the change for a renewed and prosperous future of work. 
The Re-engage Program is led by Calgary Economic Development and Alberta Human Services, designed to support laid off professionals and skilled trades as they re-engage for future work opportunities.
Welcome aboard John!



Success In Action

One of CCA’s initiatives is to assist students who are interested in building a career in the construction industry by providing various scholarships. This is just one of the inspiring stories of a student who is reaching his full potential. Lane Smith received a $1000 Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AAIT) scholarship. Congrats Lane!

“Thank you so much for selecting me as the recipient of the AAIT scholarship for 2016. I greatly appreciate the recognition for the hard work I put in during my 3rd period of training for electrician. I have now completed my 4th period training at SAIT and passed both of the exams, so I am thrilled to have completed my electrician journeyman ticket. Thank you so much again, it really means a lot”.

Sincerely, Lane Smith
Wind Turbine Technician
TransAlta Corporation


2017 CCA Executive Election

Five Days Left to Vote!

The ballot link to vote in the 2017 CCA Executive election has been sent out by email, giving each member company the opportunity to elect up to three candidates as Vice Chair. All volunteers on the ballot are committed to the betterment of the construction industry, so cast your vote today!

If you did not receive the CCA Ballot email, please make sure to check your Junk folder.

Should you have any questions, please contact Lorna Bratt at 403-291-3350 or

Voting closes at 12:00 P.M. noon on December 19, 2016.


Please take note that the CCA office will be closed from December 26, 2016 to 
January 2, 2017 inclusive.

The CCA wishes you a very Happy Holiday!


2017 Partnering with Industry Symposium

This event brings together public partners and local industry to share information on future capital program budgets, upcoming projects, emerging trends and issues.

Event Information:
Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 7:30 am to 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 am to 11:30 am – Presentations
Location: TELUS Convention Centre, Macleod Hall, South Building
Cost: Early Bird cost: $75.00
After December 31 $90

View the agenda and register here


Changes Taking Place in January
Mandatory Construction Industry Ethics Course

All future Gold Seal applicants will have to take the Construction Industry Ethics course (both online and classroom portions). Gold Seal has allocated a total of 3 credits to this course (2 for the online portion and 1 for the classroom portion). The classroom component will be available at Calgary Construction Association. You may also register for the online portion via CCA website.

Reduced Fees for Gold Seal Interns

As of January 1, the Gold Seal Intern application fee will be reduced from $500 to $100. Once an Intern has met the Gold Seal exam requirements, they will need to pay the examination fee.


Will You Be Attending the Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference 2017?

If you are attending please contact Lorna who will be coordinating a Gold Seal initiative for the Calgary delegates.

Contact Lorna at (403)291-3350 or by email

Canadian Construction Association’s conference will take place March 20 to 23, 2017 in beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico. This is the Canadian construction industry’s #1 event. Aside from the breathtaking location, this conference will provide attendees with valuable information regarding the construction industry and is an excellent opportunity to network and build relationships with construction leaders and peers. 

For more information and to register

CCA Education

Bluebeam Revu: Basic

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Member $400 plus GST   
 Non-Member $550 plus GST

Buyers of Construction Services (Owners), Architects, Engineers $400 plus GST

“I have to say the class was very informative. I learned a lot of what Bluebeam and how easy it is to use it. Morgan was a great teacher and taught us a lot. He answered any questions that we had and made the class enjoyable.” — Tammy DeGrace, Rampart Steel

For information and registration 



Collecting Your Money in Small Claims Court

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
8:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Member $179 plus GST   

Buyers of Construction Services (Owners), Architects and Engineers $179 plus GST

Non-Member $260 plus GST

In this time of economic challenges, not collecting the money owed to you can be devastating!

For information and registration 


Calendar of Events

Jan 12-13 | Construction 101


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Alberta Construction Association News

On December 5, 2016 the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) made a final determination of dumping
with respect to certain gypsum board originating in or exported from the United States of America (US),
imported into Canada for use or consumption in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) is continuing its inquiry into the question of injury to
the Western Canadian industry and will make an order or a finding by January 4, 2017.
Provisional duties will continue to apply on imports of subject goods from US until the date of the CITT’s
order or finding. They were increased from the initial provisional ruling in September.
You can read the final decision here.

December 14, 2016

Canadian Construction Association News
Building Information Modeling

Call to Action Video
A clear transformation is needed for the Canadian architecture, engineering, construction, owners and operations (AECOO) community to improve its performance and contribute more effectively to the societal, environmental and economic development of Canada. The Canadian chapter (bSC) of buildingSMART International (bSI), a council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), firmly believes that this transformation should be supported by more collaborative approaches to project delivery based on building information modeling (BIM) tools, technologies and processes that are aligned with other similar initiatives currently under way around the globe. In light of this, bSC has developed a roadmap to prompt, guide and sustain this transformation. Watch video

December 13, 2016

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