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November 21, 2017

Welcome to The Connector, the 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.
We're getting a new look! Watch for next week's edition of the redesigned Connector.
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:
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
For further information, please contact Sherry Morrell, Manager - Planroom Operations, at sherrym@vrca.bc.ca.
TODAY! November 21 – Tri-Council Meeting – It’s All About BIM!
 
Want to cast your vote at the 2018/19 Divisional Council elections?  Want to learn about the practical benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) from experts from the BIM Academy in the UK, where use of BIM Level 2 has been mandatory on public sector projects since April 4, 2016?  All members are invited to attend the Tri-Council meeting to learn more!
 
Click here to access the meeting agenda and to register.
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. 
Buy Christmas Luncheon Tickets
NEW THIS YEAR! Profile your company to over 1,400 industry professionals! 
Christmas Luncheon Sponsorship Opportunities
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 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:
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?
LAST CALL! BIM Virtual Project
November 22-23, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Project Management
December 4-5, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Builders Lien Act
December 7, 2017 - 8:00am - 11:00pm
Construction Law
December 11-12, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm

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

Join us for this complimentary webinar for regional construction association members about 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.
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 Director, Construction and Development | First Nations Health Authority
Project Estimator/Project Manager | Dryco Systems Inc.
Director of Sales and Business Development | Durward Jones Barkwell & Company
Senior Property Maintenance Technician | CMHC
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 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 sherrym@vrca.bc.ca.

 
Download New CCA Guide on Corporate Social Responsibility

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has published a new resource, Corporate Social Responsibility in the Construction Sector: A Practical Guide to CSR, for its members. Tailored for the construction industry, the guide explains the importance of CSR and offers practical advice on how to prepare or enhance a CSR strategy. The guide was created through a collaborative process and is available as a free download from the CCA website’s Member Login section.

Click here to access this guide (must log in to access)
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  – October 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 14, 2017.

 
Become a VRCA Member today!


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.

Mark your calendar!

VRCA EVENT CALENDAR

November

Nov 21:
Tri-Council Meeting

December

Dec 14:
VRCA Christmas Luncheon

January 2018

Jan 18:
U40 AGM


Jan 30:
VRCA Annual General Meeting

Now Available! 2017/18 Fall-Winter Catalogue
It's that time of year again, to ring in the holiday season with the Canadian Construction Women Winter Social!
Click here for more details and to register.


































 
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