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May 22, 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.

VRCA's Life Members luncheon and AGM

On May 17, VRCA's Life Members enjoyed a luncheon and their Annual General Meeting at the Vancouver Club. 

In addition to the formal business of the AGM -- conducted by Life Members Committee Chair, Pat Dennett -- the guests enjoyed a lively discussion on current industry topics, received an update from the Life Members on VRCA's Awards of Excellence Committee judging panel who are about to embark on an intense five-week-period of adjudication, acknowledged the Life Members unable to attend the luncheon, and remembered those who have passed away in the last 12 months. 

We appreciate all our Life Members and thank them for the roles they have played and continue to play at VRCA!

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 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

June 1 - Annual VRCA Golf Tournament

This event is sold out! 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?

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
Constructon Law
June 7-8, 2018 - 8:30am - 4:30pm

June 12-13 - Unlocking Integrated Project Delivery Bootcamp

Get a look into the working reality of an IPD project! This two-day, five-section bootcamp offered by the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA) will give you hands-on knowledge of the tools, techniques and culture that harness the potential of collaborative teams. IPDA has enlisted experts who will take you through real-life examples from IPD projects that are happening across Canada.
Date:       June 12-13, 2018  
Time:       9:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: Fairmont Waterfront
IPDA is offering VRCA members a discounted registration rate. To take advantage of the savings, please email for the discount code before registering. 

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.
Engineer - Electrical Estimator | Houle Electric
Manager, Electrical Department | School District 36
Installers | Lindahl Aluminum
Commercial Site Foreman | Robertson Walls & Ceillings
Crew Member | Terracana Foundation Solutions Inc.
Senior Estimator | Island Floor Centre Ltd.
Director of Construction & Property Renewal | Archdiocese of Vancouver
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

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

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 15, 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. (Most recent)

Mark your calendar!






July 19:
Boat Cruise






December 13:
Christmas Luncheon
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2018 Spring-Summer Course Catalogue

Click here to access our Spring-Summer Course Catalogue!

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