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December 5, 2017

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.

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.
Dec 14 – VRCA office closed for 2017 Christmas Luncheon
Dec 22 – VRCA office will close at 3.00pm
Dec 25-Jan 1 – VRCA office closed for the holidays
Jan 2 – VRCA office will re-open at 8.00am

Upcoming Events

Only 2 Days Left!
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. Ticket sales close on December 7 at 12:00pm  so get them today!
Buy Christmas Luncheon Tickets

Annual General Meeting followed by a Canucks vs. Colorado hockey game!

As a member in good standing, you are invited to attend the VRCA’s 52nd Annual General Meeting.  

When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5:00-6:15pm
Where: BC Sports Hall of Fame, BC Place Stadium, Gate A

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

The purpose of the Annual General Meeting is to: 
  • Receive the financial statements for the year ended September 30, 2017
  • Appoint the auditor
  • Receive the report of the Governance and Nominations Committee and to elect the 2018/19 Board of Directors
  • Address any new business
The AGM Package will be distributed to all members in good standing in January 2018.

Break the ice and connect with industry leaders!

Following the AGM, join us at Rogers Arena to toast the 2018/19 Board of Directors, network with industry peers and take in the Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche hockey game. 

Through VRCA’s long-standing relationship with the Canucks, we are delighted to offer AGM attendees an exclusive rate for lower bowl seats. 

Limited seats available - secure your spot now! 
Reserve Tickets

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?

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.
Director, Store Development | Save-On-Foods
Building Inspector | City of Campbell River
Project Manager | ITC Management Inc.
Carpenters, Labourers & Foreman | Casman Projects
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

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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

For further information, please contact Sherry Morrell, Manager - Planroom Operations, at

Wood Design Awards in BC - Call for Nominations:

Do you know of any exceptional wood structures completed in the last 3 years? 
  • Nominate a deserving architect, engineer or building owner for an innovative and inspiring wood project
  • Recognize projects throughout BC in 14 categories – including the new Prefabricated Structural Wood category
  • Celebrate excellence in wood building and design as winners are recognized before their peers, industry leaders and media at the much-anticipated annual awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre West on February 26, 2018
There is no fee required to nominate a project.  Nominations are accepted in up to two categories and self-nominations are encouraged.  Projects must have been completed in the past 3 years i.e. since December 2014 and may not be resubmitted to win a second time in the same category. 

Click here to submit your nomination.

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 28, 2017
The Vancouver Canucks are pleased to extend VRCA members, friends & family an exclusive ticket offer to 4 of its upcoming games:

Dec 7 vs. Philadelphia
Dec13 vs. Nashville
Dec 15 vs. San Jose
Jan 2 vs. Anaheim

Follow the link below and use the PROMO CODE: VRCA
Find Seats

Mark your calendar!



Dec 14:
VRCA Christmas Luncheon

January 2018

Jan 18:
U40 Annual General Meeting

Jan 30:
VRCA Annual General Meeting

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