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January 23, 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.

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:
  • January 25, 2018
  • February 22, 2018
  • March 22, 2018
  • April 26, 2018
For further information, please contact Sherry Morrell, Manager - Planroom Operations, at

Upcoming Events

Last Call! January 24, 2018 - U40 Annual General Meeting & Mixer

The U40 Annual General Meeting & Mixer will be held on Wednesday, January 24, from 3:30pm - 7:00pm, at the VRCA Office.  

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm - Meeting & Committee Elections
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm - Networking Mixer
Sponsored by:

Click here for more details and to register.

January 30, 2018 - Annual General Meeting followed by Avalanche at Canucks!

VRCA’s 52nd Annual General Meeting is happening Tuesday, January 30, from 5:00-6:15 p.m. at the BC Sports Hall of Fame (Gate A, BC Place Stadium). All VRCA members in good standing are invited to attend.

If you cannot attend the AGM in person, please click here to download a Proxy Form. Completed Proxy Forms should be emailed to before 9am on January 29.

5:00pm-5:30pm        Registration
5:30pm-6:15pm        Annual General Meeting
6:15pm-9:30pm        Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche
                                 at Rogers Arena

Click here to access the AGM Package.

Break the ice and connect with industry leaders!

After the AGM, join VRCA at Rogers Arena to network with industry peers and toast the 2018/19 Board of Directors at the Vancouver Canucks vs Colorado Avalanche game. VRCA members can join us in the lower bowl for the special rate of $66 a seat.

Limited tickets are available – secure your seats now.

Reserve Tickets

CANBIMFebruary 7-8, 2018 -  CanBIM Vancouver Conference

Sustainability has been a key aspect of the construction industry for some time now. With more projects gaining LEED accreditation, from small residential projects to large community projects, sustainability in the design of buildings is not new and is quickly becoming the norm.​

This conference will look at the broader aspects of sustainability for the AECOO industry. Hear how building operators benefit from sustainable building to contractors embracing sustainability as a business strategy. 

Click here  for more details and to register.

February 15, 2018 - VRCA Construction Leaders Breakfast at Buildex

As a Platinum sponsor at BUILDEX, VRCA is delighted to host its third annual Construction Leaders Breakfast. This year’s keynote is entitled, Building Cities in Balance with Nature; An Introduction to Ecocities.

Join us to hear Dr. Jennie Moore, Associate Dean of Building Design and Construction Technology at BC Institute of Technology, as she:
  • unpacks the relationships between the built environment and urban ecosystems in terms of their carbon and ecological footprints;
  • profiles what building and living in balance with nature looks like for Vancouver; and
  • introduces the International Ecocity Standards.
Date:          Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time:          8:00 am – 9:30 am
Location:   Level 2, Vancouver Convention Centre West, Room 211

Click here  for more details.
Reserve Tickets
BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the construction industry.

March 12-15, 2018 - CCA’s 100th Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the Canadian Construction Association’s 100th annual conference in Banff, Alberta. In addition to a well-rounded program of business sessions designed to connect you with the most relevant and up-to-date industry trends and information, the conference features ample opportunities to enjoy the region as well as to catch up with friends and make new ones.

Click here for more information and to register.

Upcoming Courses

New Season. New Course Catalogue!

Did you know 70% of our classroom courses are Gold Seal certified and 90% are CPD (HPO) certified?

Click here to access the 2017/18 Fall-Winter Course Catalogue.

What's happening in the coming weeks?

Supervisory & Management Skills
January 25-26, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Construction Industry Ethics
February 7, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Gold Seal Information Webinar
February 14, 2018 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Change Order Management
February 19, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm

NEW! Webinar: Tax Planning 101

A commonality amongst business owners is good tax planning.  Although a successful business cannot avoid paying income tax, there are tax planning strategies that can be undertaken by businesses to optimize their tax planning approach. These tax planning strategies can include, among other things, income splitting and consideration of distribution to the owner in the form of dividends versus salary. This session will discuss tax issues and related planning opportunities for various stages of the business lifecycle.

Date:  February 20, 2018
Time:  12:00-12:45

Click here to learn more and 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.
Rope Access Technician - Caulking Installer | Beckra Contracting Ltd.
Jr. Project Coodinator | Western Canadian Steel
Regional Safety Manager | ITC Management Inc.
Building Inspector | City of Campbell River
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 282 Lower Mainland PreBid projects - available to view right now – and 870 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

Jacob Bros. Construction sets up memorial endowment to honour Jordan McIldoon

In October 2017, we were shocked to learn that Jordan McIldoon, a mechanic with VRCA member Jacob Bros. Construction, was killed in the senseless Las Vegas shooting. In the period since, Jacob Bros. Construction has been working with Jordan’s parents and BCIT to establish a Memorial Endowment in Jordan’s memory. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the endowment fund so far. 

For details and to donate, please click here.

BC Floor Covering Association

The BC Floor Covering Association is hosting a course: Become a Certified Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Technician, on March 12-13, 2018. 

Click here to learn more and to register.

VRCA Featured in Business Elite Canada

VRCA was featured in the December Issue of Business Elite Canada. This article contains background on VRCA and a summary of our progressive 2017-2020 strategic direction.

Click here to view the article.

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  – December 2017

News from our National Association

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

Click here for CCA Weekly – January 16, 2018

Mark your calendar!


January 2018

Jan 24:
U40 Annual General Meeting

Jan 30:
VRCA Annual General Meeting 



February 2018

Feb 15:
Construction Leaders Breakfast at Buildex

Feb 22:
U40 Construction Site Tour



March 2018

March 7:
Awards of Excellence Info Session

March 22:
U40 Mentoring Breakfast (Panel Discussion)

Welcome New Members

BTM Lawyers LLP
Evolve Accounting Group
Got-Bins Group
Industra Construction Corp.
Optimum Talent
Randstad Engineering
Rylan Business Consulting Inc.
Tikal Construction Ltd
Become a VRCA Member

Construction In Vancouver - January Edition

Click here to read the latest issue of CIV that showcases VRCA members and stories of interest to those involved in industrial, commercial and institutional construction across BC.

Gerry Enns Contracting joins Emil Anderson Construction Group of Companies

In December 2017, Chilliwack based Gerry Enns Contracting joined the Emil Anderson Construction Group of Companies. 

Click here to read the full announcement.

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