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November 7, 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.
November 14 - For VRCA Members – Free Flu Shot

bcca employee benefitsWe value your membership and want you to stay healthy this winter season!  In partnership with our benefits partner, BCCA Employee Benefits, we are offering free flu shots to all VRCA members and their employees.
 
Date:                    November 14, 2017
Time:                    8:30am-4:30pm
Location:              At VRCA, 3636 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver
 
Please register here so we can plan medical support and supplies!
Last Call! November 16 - U40 Mentoring Breakfast

The U40 Mentoring Breakfasts provide young professionals with the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and to benefit from their insights as they share their experiences and lessons they've learned along the way.  

We are pleased to welcome the following mentors on November 16, 2017: Tim Coldwell, Managing Director, Chandos, Brittany Coughlin, Energy Specialist, RDH Building Science and Wim Arits, Director, Willemen Group.

Click here for more information and to register.

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. Registration is now open!
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?
Construction Estimating
November 9-10, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Gold Seal Information Webinar
November 15, 2017 - 9:00am - 10:00am
NEW! Infrastructure Masterclass
November 17, 2017 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Introduction to Construction Blueprint Reading
November 17, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
NEW! Wine 101
November 17, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
NEW! BIM Virtual Project
November 22-23, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

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.
Pipe Layer | Gravity Construction Inc.
Equipment Operator | Gravity Construction Inc.
Skilled Labourer | Gravity Construction Inc.
Project Manager | BCSPCA
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 287 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.

 
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.
City of Vancouver - HAZMAT/Waste Management Survey

The City of Vancouver has engaged Tetra Tech Canada to consult with key stakeholders across the Lower Mainland to better understand the flow of construction & demolition materials in the region, and also address hazardous residential C&D waste handling, specifically asbestos-containing gypsum. They would like to engage our membership and seek industry expertise on issues relative to managing the waste generated from construction, renovation, or demolition. 

Click here to take the survey.
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 – October 31, 2017.

 
It's Apprenticeship Week Nov 5-11. Watch our social media channels for highlights on apprenticeships and how our members are contributing!
Become a VRCA Member today!


Welcome New Members!

Apex Granite and Tile
Blomberg Building Group Ltd.
Build x Quality Workforce Solutions Ltd.
BuildingPoint Canada Inc.
Coast Cutting and Coring Ltd.
CustomWorks and TLD Computers, a Division of London Drugs Ltd
Dorken Systems Inc.
Engineered Pipe Group
Holburn Holdings Ltd.
Home Idol Building Supplies Inc.
Manulift EMI
Seaspan ULC
Sitka West Projects Inc.
Skyline Scaffold Ltd.
Titeline Industries
Torcon Ltd.
Trimen Food Service Equipment Ltd.

Mark your calendar!

VRCA EVENT CALENDAR

November

Nov 16:
U40 Mentoring Breakfast (Panel Discussion)

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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