Connecting People, Creating Opportunities
View this email in your browser
May 15, 2018

Welcome to The Connector, VRCA's weekly

Issued every Tuesday, The Connector is designed to help members and prospective members stay up-to-date with industry news, events, programs and promotions offered by VRCA and its industry partners.

Upcoming Events

May 24 - U40 Construction Site Tour

The second U40 Construction Site Tour is sold out! We look forward to seeing you at the Vancouver House project on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

June 1 - Annual VRCA Golf Tournament

This event is sold out! However, you can still register to be placed on the waitlist. We look forward to seeing you on the golf course!

June 9 – Whitecaps vs. Orlando City SC

The Vancouver Whitecaps are offering VRCA members discounted tickets for the Saturday, June 9 match against Orlando City SC. Kickoff time is 4:00pm.

Click here to access the special ticket offer using promo code VRCA2018.

Watch for more Whitecaps’ discounts throughout the season.

June 12 - President's Club Dinner

You are invited to our next President’s Club Dinner, a member-only event designed specifically to facilitate high-quality networking across a small industry group. By popular demand, we're heading back to el Santo restaurant in New Westminster. The dinner will include:

  • Networking cocktail reception
  • Three-course plated dinner, including a tequila tasting
    (Click to view menu)
Thank you to MNP, Presenting Sponsor of the President's Club Dinner series.

Click here for more information and to register.

June 21 - U40 Baseball at the Nat

Enjoy one of summer's greatest pastimes with the VRCA U40s!  Join the U40 Network at Nat Bailey Stadium on June 21 for a BBQ dinner and Vancouver Canadians baseball game. Your ticket includes: admission, BBQ, and donation to help send some very deserving KidStart kids and their volunteer ‘kidcoaches’ to the game.  

Click here for more information and to register.

Upcoming Courses

What's happening in the coming weeks?

Gold Seal Information Webinar
May 16, 2018 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Train the Safety Trainer
May 18, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Managing Financial Risk for Small Business
May 25, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
In From the Site: Office Computer Programs Simplified
May 28-29, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Microsoft Excel for Construction - Novice
May 30, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Microsoft Excel for Construction - Advanced
May 31, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm

May 24-25 - Green Professional (GPRO) Building Skills: Mechanical & HVAC-R

Green Professional Building Skills Training is a series of courses and certificate exams offered by Canada Green Building Council that teach those who build, renovate and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge.
This course is ideal for a range of professionals in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries, including subcontractors, installers, technicians and estimators. 
Date:       May 24-25, 2018  
Time:       8:30am - 4:00pm 
Location: Hastings Conference Room
               1035 W Pender Street 
The first 15 registrants will receive 50 per cent off their registration. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Enjoy the flexibility of learning online!

Designed to enhance business development, leadership & management, productivity, computer and safety skills, our online courses can be taken anywhere you have access to the internet.
View a complete list of online courses
In today’s candidate-short market, our Construction Job Centre is the perfect way for employers to promote job opportunities to thousands of job seekers from entry level to experienced professionals. Job postings on the Construction Job Centre are also posted on social media for increased exposure.
Crew Member | Terracana Foundation Solutions Inc.
Senior Estimator | Island Floor Centre Ltd.
Director of Construction & Property Renewal | Archdiocese of Vancouver
Painter - Apprentice | Greater Victoria School District
Gas Fitters / Steamfitters / Pipefitters / Plumbers | All-Pro Services
Cabinet Maker | Richmond School District
Painters | School District 62 (Sooke)
Facilities Project Planner | Vancouver Board of Education
Click here for the complete list of current job postings.

Click here to promote your job posting now.
BidCentral is our online Planroom that provides members with exclusive access to project opportunities, including project descriptions, planholder lists and listings of specifications, addenda, and blueprints, in the ICI construction industry across BC.

With your BidCentral login and password you can access the BidCentral Bulletin 24/7. Click here to learn more.

Click here for the Bid & Post with this month's Featured Projects on BidCentral.
Click here to access the BidCentral Bulletin

Take advantage of the new BidCentral PreBid service!

VRCA has expanded its PreBid projects folder! The expansion currently includes 305 Lower Mainland PreBid projects – available to view right now – and 972 PreBid projects from across the province. New local and provincial PreBid opportunities are added on a regular basis.

To learn more about PreBid, visit the FAQ or contact Sherry Morrell, Manager - Planroom Operations, at

Industry News

Axiom-built Audain Art Museum receives 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence

The Audain Art Museum in Whistler is among 20 exceptional new buildings in 16 countries to receive the 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence.

Click here to read more on our blog.

Researchers looking at the use of BIM in the context of DfMA of mass-timber construction

Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) has partnered with the BIM TOPiCS Lab at the University of British Columbia to undertake a research project to investigate the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the context of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) of mass-timber construction in British Columbia.

VRCA members are asked to complete the research survey to provide a better understanding of the current state of BIM and DfMA adoption in the industry and the barriers and challenges to its uptake.
Take survey

VRCA in the news

Journal of Commerce reporter Warren Frey reported on the 2018 Construction Leadership Forum May 4-5 in Whistler. You can read his stories on the JOC website:

Commissioner of Oath Services - New Location!

Are you located in the Fraser Valley? We will be providing Commissioner of Oath services (in respect of construction statutory declarations), at the STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) Office: F-2309 McCallum Road, Abbotsford, from 8:00am to 4:00pm on the following dates:
  • May 24, 2018
  • June 20, 2018
For further information, please contact Sherry Morrell, Manager - Planroom Operations, at

News from our National Association

The CCA Weekly, issued by the Canadian Construction Association, contains articles and information that are relevant to all those involved in the ICI construction industry.

Click here for CCA Weekly – May 8, 2018.

News from our Provincial Association

The BCCA Briefing, issued by the British Columbia Construction Association, contains articles and information that are relevant to all those involved in the ICI construction industry.

Click here for BCCA Briefing – April 2018.

VRCA School Outreach Program

Eleven people from four VRCA member companies participated in  a School Outreach presentation at Sherwood Park last week. Thank you to the volunteers from Graham Infrastructure LP, Ledcor Construction Ltd., Mott Electric GP and Ocean Concrete.

Click here to view pictures and read more.

Mark your calendar!






July 19:
Boat Cruise






December 13:
Christmas Luncheon
Do you know a VRCA member that has made a significant impact or contribution to the industry? Consider nominating them for an Outstanding Achievement Award!

Learn More

Available now:
2018 Spring-Summer Course Catalogue

Click here to access our Spring-Summer Course Catalogue!

Welcome New Members

Belco Electric Company Ltd
Clayton Blaney Mortgage Professional
Coast Appliances
Construction Labour Solutions Ltd
Global Rope Access
Manifest Construction Management Inc.
Quantum Properties Inc.
Single Source Rentals
Steel City Construction Ltd.
THT Properties Ltd
Vancouver Airport Authority
Become a VRCA Member

Member Update

Gary Hamata named VP Construction for JJM Construction

JJM Construction Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of G.C. (Gary) Hamata, MSC, PMP, PEng, FEC to the position of Vice President, Construction.  

Gary has more than 40 years of experience in heavy civil, deep foundation, marine construction and JV mega design-build energy and infrastructure projects. As a member of the Senior Management team, he will be responsible for executing the construction business strategy; advancing business development and marketing initiatives; ensuring successful delivery of projects; and managing operational resources to achieve JJM’s ongoing success.

Gary started the new role May 1, 2018.
Leave us a review on Google
VRCA Facebook Page
VRCA Linkedin Page
VRCA on YouTube
Copyright © 2018 Vancouver Regional Construction Association, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences