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NEWSLETTER - March 2, 2017

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Calgary Construction Association News
CCA Career Opportunity as President
YCL Connects: Extreme Networking
CCA 72nd Annual General Meeting
OAEC V Recap - OAEC V Hits the Mark
YCL "Team Building" Mini Olympics
Gold Seal Success Story, Thompson Agbo
City of Calgary Construction Procurement Documents Session

CCA Education:
CoP Marshmallow Challenge
Implementing Lean on the Construction Site

Alberta Construction Association News
ACA Weekly - March 1, 2017
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Career Opportunity with the Calgary Construction Association 

CCA's current president, Dave Smith will be retiring in June 2017. With that, CCA has a new employment opportunity available.


  YCL Connects: Extreme Networking & Harnessing the Power of People

YCL Connects!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Markin MacPhail Centre - Winsport

Video message from Speaker Denise Baril

$20 (including GST) to attend.

Following the session, YCL encourages all participants to take in the CCA's Annual General Meeting from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm which is followed by a cocktail reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. CCA's AGM Dinner follows at 6:30 pm (optional to attend for an additional $80+GST)
To register for the dinner, click here

Calgary Construction Association 72nd Annual General Meeting

ONLY 7 DAYS AWAY! Don't miss the CCA's AGM on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Markin MacPhail Centre (Winsport)

4:45 PM
AGM Meeting

5:45 PM
Cocktails - Cash Bar

6:30 PM
Dinner (Ballroom)

This night will include award presentations, Gold Seal Certification presentations, scholarships, and more!

No charge to attend Meeting Only
Dinner - $80+GST


OAEC V Hits the Mark

Thanks to all the OAEC Partners (Owners, Architects, Engineers and Contractors) as the OAEC V Workshop received glowing reviews! Many are saying the best one yet………but under our guiding Lean principle of continuous improvement, in all likelihood delegates will say the same thing next year!

The OAEC community in Calgary should be proud of this event that includes collaborative breakout sessions which is unprecedented in the construction industry. All industry partners played significant roles in the organization, preparation and presentations; truly a collaborative effort!

It was noted that this years event had more women and young leaders in the audience and also participating than in the past, which are both great things for our industry’s sustainability.   

The registration of 183 attendees surpassed last year’s attendance by 3%, but the real winners of the registration challenge are the Architects with 32% increase in attendance! 
Having all four OAEC partners in the room, listening and collaborating, the OAEC
continues to lay the foundation for greater successes.

This quote from The City of Calgary sums it up:

“We are all talking about what an awesome day it was! All agree it was really worth coming out! Learned a lot, networked, broke down the silos between the industries, and were also entertained!”

Pictured: Bill Black of Brxton Construction facilitating a “How-To” Collaborate Across the Generations session.


YCL "Team Building" Mini Olympics

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for the ultimate team building experience event that made Schanks famous. The spirit of Olympic style competition will help bring any group together as you compete for the gold.

ONLY $25 per person. - Includes appetizers, games, and a chance to network with other young professionals in the industry.

Gold Seal Success Story, Thompson Agbo

On behalf of Calgary Construction Association, congratulations to Thompson Agbo who is this month’s Gold Seal Success Story. Thompson has been in the Health and Safety Industry for a little over eight years, working in both Ghana and Canada. 
Today, Thompson is proudly employed in Canada working as a Health and Safety Officer in the Construction Industry with All Weather Windows Commercial.
Thompson has always been interested in pursuing higher levels of career advancement opportunities. “Before I had gotten my Gold Seal Certification I had seen a few supervisors obtain theirs. It interested me. It naturally sets you apart from the competition. I had already earned my National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) designation and wanted more.” That’s when he decided to register to the Gold Seal Intern Program. In October 2016, Thompson received his Gold Seal Certification.
When asked what he would say to others considering earning their Gold Seal Certification, he replied: “Out of all the main designations we have in Canada, this is an excellent certification to get. It sets you apart. I would advise you all, as I advise my safety colleagues already, get your Gold Seal Certification. It prepares you for fantastic Health and Safety Careers in construction.”
Well done Thompson!

To read more about Thompson and other Gold Seal Success Stories, please click here

City of Calgary Construction Procurement Documents Session

Over the past 18 months the OAEC communities have been reviewing various City of Calgary Procurement Documents.

The Calgary Construction Association made 74 recommendations of change to the City’s Standard General Conditions of which 62 were adopted, with two clauses currently under further review. In addition, CCA volunteers worked collaboratively on establishing new Terms and Conditions for the Request for Proposal (RFP) along with changing the contract language in the City’s Construction Management agreement. This session on Construction Procurement Documents will highlight the newly revised contract documents…. Don’t Miss it!

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Calgary Construction Centre – Chinook Room
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Please register by RSVP’ing direct to Lorna Bratt at or phone 403-291-3350.

CCA Education

CoP Marshmallow Challenge and Bring a Peer or Colleague "Lean Coffee"

Friday, April 7th, 2017
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

One of the great reasons to use a Lean Coffee is to learn and support each other in Lean endeavors.

This session is complimentary!

Register here



Implementing Lean on the Construction Site

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
7:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Explore practical techniques to support Lean behaviors on-site!

Member $299 plus GST

Buyers of Construction Services (Owners), Architects and Engineers $299 plus GST

Non-Member $449 plus GST

Register here


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Alberta Construction Association News
Alberta Government Predicts a Return to Growth

The Alberta government’s 2016-17 Third Quarter Fiscal Update and Economic Statement was released Thursday February 23. They predict Alberta’s economy will return to growth in 2017, following a prolonged downturn due to the oil price shock. While many Alberta families are still facing challenges due to the oil collapse, there continue to be green shoots in the economy:

•There were 199 rigs drilling in January 2017, the highest level since early 2015
•Alberta exports reached $8 billion in December 2016, 47 per cent above the low point in April 2016
•Employment has grown by 18,000 since bottoming out in July 2016

Alberta’s economy is expected to grow by 2.4 per cent in 2017, spurred by higher oil and manufacturing exports, a modest improvement in oil prices, continued public-sector infrastructure investment and continued reconstruction after the Fort McMurray wildfire.

However, the deficit continues to remain on track to reach 10.8 Billion.

For more information please read the government’s release here.

ACA Updates Public Policy on Warranties

ACA periodically updates its Public Policies to reflect current industry practice. ACA’s Contracts Committee recommended a change to the existing Public Policy on Warranties. In particular, the question was asked about the existing wording which spoke to the recognized warranty being 12 months after take-over of the project. The question was:

“I understand this, but the industry is changing. Why not offer a longer warranty if that is what the owner\client wants and if we have the opportunity to add it to the extra warranty price of the bid before close and all bidders understand what is required.”

In its meeting of January 27, 2017, the Board agreed to amend the existing Public Policies on Warranties to reflect this change. The new Policy now reads as follows with the addition in red font:

7.     WARRANTIES                                                    
The recognized warranty provided by a general contractor in the construction industry is 12 months after take-over of the project. Any extended warranties should be handed over to the owner at the same time. Warranties for material and labour should not exceed these limits because those providing the warranties have no control over the end use and maintenance of the project by the owner. Any extended warranties required beyond the one year warranty period shall be as specified in the tender documents prior to bidding.

March 1, 2017 NEWS

Canadian Construction Association News
Lean Construction Institute of Canada to Roll Out Certification Program

As part of its national efforts to educate and improve the Canadian building industry through the introduction of Lean principles, the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C) announced today the framework for a new Canadian Lean Construction Certification Program. Read more

Federal Infrastructure Funding Delays

The federal government has announced unprecedented investment to renew Canada’s aging public infrastructure. However, there have been delays in rolling out the funds to get the much needed projects off the ground and the deadline for Phase I is approaching fast. The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has expressed concerns regarding the March 18, 2017 deadline to several government ministers and is advocating for extension. Read more

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