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About David Weir

As the Manager, Industry and Government Relations, David ensures that VRCA members are informed and engaged on the current issues that impact their businesses. With a professional background focused on educating and informing the public through journalism and communications, David strives to engage with policy and decision-makers in government in order to influence positive change within the construction industry and enhance member value.
25 11, 2019

Construction innovation = cash back

By |November 25th, 2019|In The News|

Did you know that most Canadian construction businesses are eligible for Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) investment tax credits? SR&ED tax credits are offered by the federal government to offset the cost of innovation and problem-solving in the construction industry. As presented at last week’s Division meetings, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), Canadian [...]

25 11, 2019

Celebrate Canada’s first National Construction Day

By |November 25th, 2019|Advocacy, Events, In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association joins the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and construction associations across the country to mark the first annual National Construction Day on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The objective of the day is to recognize and celebrate the dedicated, hard-working men and women who are instrumental in building and connecting our communities [...]

22 11, 2019

VRCA attends rally demanding government stops the CBA roll-out

By |November 22nd, 2019|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) joined industry representatives and progressive labour unions at the B.C. legislature on November 19 to demand the provincial government stop the roll-out of its prescriptive and regressive Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), introduced in July 2018. “Our industry is deeply offended at the lack of industry engagement that took [...]

21 10, 2019

Community Benefits Agreement and regional advocacy the focus at November Division meetings

By |October 21st, 2019|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, General Contractors, Manufacturers & Suppliers, Trade Contractors|

The provincial government policy requiring key infrastructure projects to be built using the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) framework continues to be one of the top issues worrying B.C.’s construction industry. Join us at Division meetings in November to get an update on: The legal challenge to the CBA brought by VRCA and its industry [...]

4 10, 2019

BCLI seeks feedback on proposed changes to Builders Lien Act

By |October 4th, 2019|Advocacy|

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) has issued a Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act and is seeking feedback from all sectors of the B.C. construction industry and other stakeholders to detailed proposals for changes to the Act. Read more about the Builders Lien Act Reform Project. BCLI wishes to hear from all [...]

16 09, 2019

Registration open for Broadway Subway Project B2B networking session

By |September 16th, 2019|Events|

VRCA members are invited to attend a business-to-business networking session on October 1 for the Broadway Subway Project where they will meet the three preferred proponent teams bidding on the project. The Province of B.C. has selected three pre-qualified bidding teams to participate in the competitive selection process to design and construct the 5.7km [...]

16 09, 2019

CCA launches federal election advocacy website

By |September 16th, 2019|In The News, Member News, Membership|

In anticipation of the upcoming federal election, the Canadian Construction Association developed an election advocacy website designed to express the construction industry’s issues directly to government by empowering members to easily send a pre-written letter to their local Member of Parliament or election candidate. The website lists CCA’s 2019 advocacy priorities, what CCA is [...]

30 08, 2019

VRCA launches new “Resources” section on its website

By |August 30th, 2019|Membership|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association has launched a new “Resources” section on its website. As the Lower Mainland construction industry’s business hub, VRCA prides itself on providing the resources you need to be informed, productive, competitive and, most importantly, profitable over the long term. The new section features curated lists of the tools and [...]

19 07, 2019

Wylie-Crump Limited supports youth in the community

By |July 19th, 2019|In The News, Member News, Membership|

The Wylie-Crump Limited team held their annual Kids Help Phone Dinner Dance this past May, where they raised over $17k in one night with the help and generosity of their clients, colleagues and close friends. This money went to a well-deserving cause which provides Canadian kids and youth with 24/7 professional counselling support through [...]

10 06, 2019

VRCA launches new Infrastructure Series

By |June 10th, 2019|Events, Membership|

The Lower Mainland is on the verge of a construction boom that will see the upgrade and replacement of major transportation infrastructure including bridges, tunnels and rapid transit; hospitals; Kindergarten-Grade 12 schools; port facilities; and 75 major projects at YVR over the next 20 years. VRCA is therefore partnering with the region’s largest procurers [...]

18 04, 2019

Maierle, Everett receive BCCA Construction Leadership Awards

By |April 18th, 2019|In The News|

Mike Maierle and Tony Everett have been recognized for their exceptional achievements in the construction industry as part of Construction Month in B.C., receiving 2019 Construction Leadership Awards presented by the BC Construction Association earlier this month. Maierle received his award April 9, while Everett was honoured April 15 at a Construction Month Breakfast [...]

18 04, 2019

VRCA launches 90th anniversary celebration

By |April 18th, 2019|In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association has a rich history dating back to 1929, making 2019 its 90th anniversary! From now through the 2020 Annual General Meeting, we will celebrate the history of the association by introducing elements of our anniversary celebrations to a number of events, starting with the annual golf tournament June 7. [...]

15 04, 2019

VRCA welcomes trade tribunal’s recommendation to end safeguards on five of seven types of steel

By |April 15th, 2019|Advocacy, In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) joins the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in welcoming the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recommendations to terminate preliminary safeguards imposed on five of seven categories of steel products. “We’re pleased that CITT is recommending an end to safeguards on five categories of steel products,” said Fiona Famulak, VRCA [...]

25 03, 2019

PrivacyRight: online privacy education for B.C. businesses

By |March 25th, 2019|In The News|

B.C. businesses looking to understand their obligations around protecting individual privacy will want to check out a new program developed by the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for B.C. PrivacyRight offers a variety of free online tools such as videos, webinars and podcasts about B.C.’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). These tools [...]

18 03, 2019

VRCA launches skilled labour shortage advocacy page

By |March 18th, 2019|In The News|

Our members have told us that the skilled labour shortage is the No. 1 issue that keeps them awake at night. With the most-recent BuildForce Canada forecast suggesting the Lower Mainland will experience a skilled labour shortage of approximately 12,100 positions over the next three years, we understand our members’ concern. For that reason, [...]

18 03, 2019

Book today to advertise in the April edition of Construction in Vancouver

By |March 18th, 2019|In The News|

VRCA partners with Business in Vancouver Media Group to produce a quarterly supplement to its weekly Business in Vancouver newspaper called Construction in Vancouver. The supplement allows VRCA to feature thought leaders, showcase construction innovation and share industry best practices. With a reach of more than 153,000 readers, the publication is an effective way [...]

11 03, 2019

B.C. construction industry introduces worksite conduct standards to improve worker retention

By |March 11th, 2019|In The News|

The Province of B.C. and the BC Construction Association (BCCA) marked International Women’s Day on March 8 with the launch of the Builders Code, a comprehensive program that aims to address B.C.’s skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying and hazing on construction worksites. The Builders Code defines an acceptable worksite and provides employers [...]

11 03, 2019

VRCA creates new advertising opportunities that won’t break the bank

By |March 11th, 2019|Member Deals, Member News, Membership|

VRCA is making it easier for members to promote their products and services to the construction industry by introducing new advertising opportunities. Members can now advertise in two locations on the VRCA website: the homepage and the VRCA Voice blog. Advertising is now also available in the online Course Descriptions booklet. VRCA’s homepage is [...]

4 03, 2019

CCDC releases updated documents

By |March 4th, 2019|In The News|

Mandated to improve Canadian standard construction documents, the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) periodically releases updated documents to ensure they meet the needs of the evolving construction industry. CCDC 40 - Rules for Mediation and Arbitration of Construction Disputes includes information to be used in the dispute resolution process and included into standard contracts [...]

11 02, 2019

Mental health and construction seminar offers strategies to manage industry concerns

By |February 11th, 2019|Events|

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in men in the construction industry, with the highest rates occurring between ages 40 and 59. The good news is, suicides are preventable. Vancouver Regional Construction Association partnered with the B.C. Construction Safety Alliance to host a breakfast seminar on Feb. 6 exploring mental health in the [...]