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November 28, 2017

Welcome to The Connector, VRCA's weekly e-newsletter!

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.

 Our NEW Website is Almost Here!

We're excited to announce that we will launch our new website on Thursday, November 30!

And … it’s all about you!  We can’t wait to unveil our sleek new look and share the new member-centric features that have been designed specifically to:
  • Showcase our member companies, their projects and community support
  • Help our members:
    • Manage their account/profile via an enhanced Member Dashboard/Directory Listing 
    • Register and pay for programs and services in record time
    • Access what they need more quickly through streamlined menus and content
  • Ensure our members can navigate the site easily from desktop or mobile devices
On Thursday, our members will receive an email that confirms the new website is live and highlights the new features in more detail.  While we anticipate a smooth transition, our VRCA team members will be on hand to assist as needed.

Only 2 more days!

NEW! 2017/18 Member Directory

In collaboration with our media partner, Construction Business Magazine, we have developed VRCA’s brand new 2017/18 Member Directory that will be delivered directly to members this week!
Please take a moment to check out:
  • The category-specific member listing
  • The suite of member benefits that you can access as a member of VRCA, including the ability to influence provincial and national industry conversations through our partnerships with the BC and Canadian construction associations
  • Our 2017/18 Fall-Winter Course Catalogue, and
  • A complete list of CCA/CCDC contract documents that facilitate standardization and risk management across the industry
Thank you to Dan Gnocato and his team at Construction Business Magazine and to the companies that chose to advertise in the Directory, which will be distributed to 3,000+ buyers of construction services across the Lower Mainland.

Call for 2018/19 Board of Directors Nominations

The governance of the VRCA is vested in a Board of 14 directors elected by the membership. The 2018/19 Board of Directors will be elected at the Annual General Meeting on January 30, 2018.  There are 2 vacancies on the Board of Directors to be filled by members from the Manufacturers and Suppliers Division.

Interested in running for a position on the 2018/19 Board of Directors? Review the 2018/19 Board of Directors Nomination Package, complete the required details and submit to no later than Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 5pm.

Upcoming Events

December 14 - VRCA Christmas Luncheon

The VRCA Christmas Luncheon is iconic … and now better than ever before! We’ve taken members’ feedback and are excited to unveil a refreshed Luncheon format that doubles down on networking, giving back to our communities and having fun with colleagues, trade partners and clients.

Enjoy a seasonal lunch, kick back in a comfortable lounge setting then connect at the Blackjack table … it’s all possible! This year’s event will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Only a few more seats left!
Buy Christmas Luncheon Tickets

Upcoming Industry Events & Conferences

Our industry is busy at the front lines and also behind the scenes, accessing a range of training and education opportunities that promote industry best practice.  Check out the following industry-specific learning opportunities offered by our partners:

Upcoming Courses & Seminars

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 next 3 weeks?

November 30 - What Do Federal Tax Changes Mean for You and Your Business?

Hosted by MNP, this complimentary webinar will address the new federal tax rules, how they will impact your business and tax planning strategies to consider.

Click here for more information and to register.
Project Management
December 4-5, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Builders Lien Act
December 7, 2017 - 8:00am - 11:00am
Construction Law
December 11, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Gold Seal Information Webinar
December 13, 2017 - 9:00am - 10:00am

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.
Project Manager | ITC Management Inc.
Carpenters, Labourers & Foreman | Casman Projects
Project Director, Construction & Development | First Nations Health Authority
Project Estimator | Dryco Systems Inc.
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 Pre Bid Service!

VRCA has expanded its Pre Bid projects folder! The expansion currently includes 282 Lower Mainland Pre Bid projects - available to view right now – and 870 Pre Bid projects from across the province. New local and provincial Pre Bid opportunities are added on a regular basis.

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

Industry News

News from our Provincial Association

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

Click here for BCCA Briefing  – November 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 – November 21, 2017

Welcome New Members!

Apex Granite and Tile
Bel-Par Industries Ltd. Blomberg Building Group Ltd.
Build x Quality Workforce Solutions Ltd.
BuildingPoint Canada Inc.
CustomWorks and TLD Computers, a Division of London Drugs Ltd
Dixon Networks Corporation
Dorken Systems Inc.
Engineered Pipe Group
Holburn Holdings Ltd.
Linear Design and Construction Ltd.
Manulift EMI
Metro49 Construction Ltd. Sitka West Projects Inc.
Trimen Food Service Equipment Ltd.

Become a VRCA Member today!

Mark your calendar!



Dec 14:
VRCA Christmas Luncheon

January 2018

Jan 18:
U40 Annual General Meeting

Jan 30:
VRCA Annual General Meeting

Now Available! 2017/18 Fall-Winter Catalogue
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