The Alberta Construction association has added three new ways to interact with us online. Social media’s reach has never been larger and our industry like many others  are increasingly using it to raise awareness.

The ACA has added a new presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as part of our goal to help members and the public to communicate with us and be a part of the conversation. We hope if you use social media you will follow us and allow everyone to work together to build interest and understanding of our industry.


Twitter - @ACA_social



With the appointment of a new Premier and Cabinet the ACA presented MLAs in all parties our 2014 capital budget recommendations. These recommendations go to the heart of the concerns our members want us to present to government.

The ACA looks forward to meeting with all MLAs soon to collaborate on initiatives and help inform them on our work in the past and present.

To read the letter please click the link.



The announcement of the new cabinet means that the ACA has an opportunity to continue our advocacy with the new and existing ministers of the government. The ACA has reached out to ministers in an effort to discuss our issues in light of the new mandate given to the ministers by the Premier.

In the coming weeks the ACA looks to meet with ministers to discuss how we can work together and what we offer as an association with members across the province.

To read the letters please click on the appropriate ministry:


Finance and the Treasury Board


Innovation and Advanced Education

Jobs, Skills, Training, and Labour

Municipal Affairs



ACA is undertaking an Operations Review this October to ensure that we are providing the services required by members, and that sufficient resources are allocated to the highest priority initiatives. We want to hear from you, our member firms, to better understand what trends you are dealing with, areas you wish ACA to focus on, and your views on ACA’s current performance.

Please take a few minutes to complete the member survey so that we can do a better job serving you.  Your individual responses remain anonymous and only aggregate results will be published.  Please complete the survey no later than Friday October 3rd.

Thanks for your continuing support!

Access the Survey here.

Sep 162014

On Monday September 15, 2014 Jim Prentice was sworn in as Alberta’s 16th Premier. He also named his new cabinet. The new cabinet has less ministries and a number of new faces including two members who have yet to be elected in former Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel and former board chairman of the Calgary Board of Education Gordon Dirks.

Minister/Associate Minister Ministry, Responsible for
Jim Prentice Premier, President of Executive Council,
Chair of Agenda and Priorities
International and Intergovernmental Relations
Aboriginal Relations
Robin Campbell Finance, President of Treasury Board
Stephen Mandel Health
Diana McQueen Municipal Affairs, Government House Leader
Frank Oberle Energy, Deputy Government House Leader
Gordon Dirks Education
Manmeet Bhullar Infrastructure
Verlyn Olson Agriculture and Rural Development
Heather Klimchuk Human Services
Kyle Fawcett Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Jonathan Denis Justice and Solicitor General,
Deputy Government House Leader
Jeff Johnson Seniors
Don Scott Innovation and Advanced Education,
Deputy Government House Leader
Maureen Kubinec Culture and Tourism
Wayne Drysdale Transportation
Stephen Khan Service Alberta
Ric McIver Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
Teresa Woo-Paw Associate Minister of Asia Pacific Relations
(Reporting to the Premier)
Naresh Bhardwaj Associate Minister of Persons with Disabilities (Reporting to the Minister of Human Services)
David Dorward Associate Minister of Aboriginal Relations
(Reporting to the Premier)


Government Whip and Caucus Chair (non-Cabinet position):
George VanderBurg

Legislative Secretaries (non-Cabinet positions):
Sohail Quadri, Legislative Secretary to the Premier (Reporting to the Premier)

Pearl Calahasen, Legislative Secretary, First Nations Education and Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour (Reporting to the Premier and the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour)

Rick Fraser, Legislative Secretary, Ambulance Services (Reporting to the Minister of Health)

Cal Dallas, Legislative Secretary, Intergovernmental Relations (Reporting to the Premier) Senior Advisor (non-Cabinet position)

Doug Horner, Senior Advisor to the Premier on Internal Trade and Federal and Provincial Relations


The Executive of the 2 associations meet annually to exchange information on issues and priorities.  Shared issues include:

- advocacy for predictable, consistent levels of infrastructure investment

- promotion of private sector solutions to efficient procurement and delivery of public sector infrastructure projects

- promotion of industry standard documents

- opposition to reverse auctions

- exploring prompt payment legislation

-promoting integrated project delivery methods

- strengthening our ties with the heavy resource industry owners

- promoting careers in the architecture / engineering / contracting industry


ACA’s report commissioned from the College of Alberta School Superintendents is now complete. ACA is proud to partner with CASS to develop Inspiring Partnerships as a guide to best practices for relationships between industry and education.  The report accessible from ACA’s website will be promoted to educators, industry and government.  See report here.

Inspiring Education is a compelling vision that Alberta’s education system prepares every student to be an ethical citizen, an engaged thinker embracing life-long learning, with an entrepreneurial spirit.  All Albertans, individuals, communities, and industry can embrace and support this vision. In a skills short world in which Canadians increasingly experience “jobs without people and people without jobs” greater emphasis on career focused education is essential.

Inspiring Partnerships documents best practices such as try a trade and dual credit already employed by your local construction associations. The report also provides templates for successful engagement and partnership.  To assist in moving from ideas to action, ACA and CASS will be seeking to partner with your local construction association to hold regional roundtables later this year.  These roundtables are intended to expand and inspire partners in education, industry, community and government to help enrich the learning experiences of our students and the prosperity of our great Province of Alberta.

The report will be valuable information to ACA’s proposed Education Committee to help ensure ACA adds value to local leadership, where the real work of associations, members, and schools takes place.  As always, please contact ACA should you have any questions or if you wish assistance in forging connections with the educational community.



ACA’s Board met September 15 and approved a number of actions:

- Strategic Operations Review for mid-October (an online survey for member input will be distributed separately).

- Received the CASS Research report Inspiring Partnerships and agreed to pilot regional roundtables to bring together industry and school boards to promote careers in construction (see separate article this newsletter).

- Discussed advocacy strategies with the new government.

- Reviewed progress in promoting industry standard practices with public owners including Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Health Services.



ACA is pleased to welcome Jonathan to the ACA team.  Jonathan brings a wealth of policy experience at the provincial and municipal levels. Jonathan will bring his expertise in policy and social media to support ACA’s mission in serving members.


Post-summer holidays, ACA advocacy is in full swing.  Meetings this past week include:

Industry Liaison Committee – a new committee with senior leadership of Alberta Infrastructure and industry associations to identify issues and seek resolution

Alberta Health Services – ACA appreciates the thorough response from AHS to ACA recommendations to clarify and amend AHS contracts.  AHS has committed to sharing drafts of revised contracts with ACA and other industry partners prior to implementing a refresh of the existing contracts.  AHS is also contemplating development of short form versions of selected contracts

Consulting Engineers Buildings Committee – ACA thanks CEA for the opportunity to participate and share perspectives on industry issues

ACA also is meeting with provincial politicians to reinforce the need for adequate, sustainable, and predictable investment in provincial and municipal infrastructure.


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