13 08, 2018

BCCA launches letter campaign to fight Community Benefits Agreement

By |August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

The BC Construction Association (BCCA), on behalf of the four regional construction associations, has launched a letter-writing campaign against the Community Benefits Agreement for key infrastructure projects in B.C. Trades people and owners of construction companies are encouraged to sign a pre-drafted letter that will be sent to B.C. Premier John Horgan explaining why [...]

3 08, 2018

A final look back at last year’s Outstanding Achievement winners

By |August 3rd, 2018|Awards of Excellence, Events|

With the nomination deadline for the 2018 VRCA Awards of Excellence – Outstanding Achievement categories just days away, we’re taking a last look back at the winners from 2017 to help inspire nominations for the award’s 30th anniversary. Nominations are due August 10. Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation - Graham Infrastructure LP In 2015, [...]

16 07, 2018

Pitt Meadows Plumbing prepares to celebrate anniversary

By |July 16th, 2018|Member News, Member Project Showcase, Membership, On Site with VRCA, Trade Contractors|

Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Ltd. hosted an open house last month to kick off its year-long celebration leading up to its 40th anniversary. Pitt Meadows Plumbing (PMP) is a family-owned business, having been founded by twin brothers Steve and Stewart Robinson. Over the years, PMP has seen its share of challenges that [...]

18 06, 2018

BCCA announces appointment of Sue Connors to the position of BidCentral CEO

By |June 18th, 2018|In The News|

VICTORIA, BC June 14, 2018 – Chris Atchison, President and CEO of the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) today announced the appointment of Sue Connors to the position of BidCentral CEO, effective immediately. Connors has a deep background in developing and implementing growth strategies for global ecommerce marketplaces and B2B platforms. Prior to her appointment [...]

16 04, 2018

Shopping made easier at VRCA store

By |April 16th, 2018|Member News, Membership, VRCA Store|

VRCA has rolled out an improvement to its online store that makes it easier for anyone shopping for construction industry documents, including CCDC guides, contracts and stickers. The change allows customers to add an item to their shopping cart with one click and stay on the page so they can easily select additional items [...]

9 04, 2018

CCDC seminars introduce new and updated contracts

By |April 9th, 2018|CCDC, In The News|

VRCA, in partnership with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee, will be hosting a set of CCDC seminars on May 11 at Douglas College in New Westminster to introduce new and updated contract forms and guides. The seminars, split into a morning and afternoon session, are conducted by those same CCDC members who have worked [...]

12 03, 2018

Prompt Payment BC advocates for provincial legislation

By |March 12th, 2018|Advocacy|

Nationwide, $46 billion in construction invoices remained unpaid beyond a 30-day period, an amount representing approximately 16 per cent of the estimated $285 billion in annual construction activity in Canada. Worse yet, between 2007 and 2012, the average duration of receivables increased by more than 13 per cent, rising from 62.8 days to 71.1 [...]

12 03, 2018

Judges offer their Top 5 tips for Awards of Excellence presentations

By |March 12th, 2018|Awards of Excellence, Events|

Do you worry about what’s the best way to present your Awards of Excellence submission to our judges? Well, there’s no need to – our judges are here to offer a few words of advice. VRCA hosted an Awards of Excellence information session on March 7 featuring awards chair Tony Everett and awards [...]

12 03, 2018

BCCA tapped to develop supports for women building a career in the trades

By |March 12th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News, Women In Construction|

The BC Construction Association has been selected as one of two groups that will develop a a range of programs designed to help women working or entering a career in the building trades through improved workplace supports, services and practices. BC Premier John Horgan made the announcement on International Women’s Day following a speech [...]

14 02, 2018

Performance Benchmarking – How Do We Improve What We Don’t Measure?

By |February 14th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

What is Benchmarking and Why is it Important? The term "benchmarking" was originally coined by land surveyors, who used the term to identify a fixed point from which all other measurements are made. In the late 1970's it took on a broader meaning when applied to industry. Businesses such as AT&T, Motorola, and Xerox [...]

15 01, 2018

Westbank’s Kensington Gardens

By |January 15th, 2018|Member News, Member Project Showcase, Membership|

Awesome progress continues at Westbank Corp's massive Kensington Garden's project on Kingsway. Designed by Henriquez Partners Architects, it's being built by VRCA - Vancouver Regional Construction Association member Icon West Construction Corp. The project consists of three distinct 14 storey buildings linked by an elevated landscaped courtyard. When completed this year the project will [...]

22 12, 2017

Industry Consultation, Public Opinion and Credible Policy Making

By |December 22nd, 2017|Advocacy|

Industry Consultation and Public Opinion Trust is the foundational ingredient upon which the sustainability and legitimacy of political systems are constructed. Shifting paradigms of public sector management are promoting an emphasis on accountability. Organizations and individuals depend on and expect credible policy-making. Industry consultation and public opinion can have various effects on how policy [...]

18 12, 2017

VRCA Featured in Business Elite Canada Magazine

By |December 18th, 2017|In The News|

Here is a link to the December edition of Business Elite Canada magazine, where you’ll find a profile of VRCA and it’s 2017-2020 strategic plan. The magazine is a national publication aimed at professionals e.g. lawyers, accountants, insurers etc. Click here to view.

13 12, 2017

Advocacy Series – The Connected Environment

By |December 13th, 2017|Advocacy, In The News|

Radical Transparency – A New Playbook for a Connected Environment In his best-selling book "The Tipping Point", Malcolm Gladwell used the term “connector” to describe individuals who have multiple ties to different social worlds. It’s not the number of people we know that makes connections significant. It is our ability to link people, ideas, [...]

30 11, 2017

Advocacy Series – Communication and Collaboration

By |November 30th, 2017|Advocacy, In The News|

Infrastructure Masterclass The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw The word communication comes from the Latin word "communis", which means common. When we communicate, we are trying to establish “commonness”, share information, an idea, or an attitude among the team involved in that [...]