ACA Talks With Advanced Education Minister

ACA Vice-Chair Paul Verhesen and Executive Director Ken Gibson met with Advanced Education Minister Don Scott on Monday. Once again the ACA was able to reach out to the government minister in a cordial atmosphere.

As part of their discussion the pair brought up the past partnerships with the Alberta government and advocated for continued success.  The ACA also reiterated its advice to the Minister as outlined in the letter sent to him last fall.

Please see attached letter.

In Memoriam: Larry Kehoe 1935 – 2015


ACA Past Chair – 1994

William Lawrence KEHOE


March 17, 1935 – January 12, 2015

It is with great sadness the family announces Larry’s passing.

Larry passed away from complications of lung cancer, he died peacefully in his bed and on his own terms.  Larry is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joan; his two daughters, Lana Gelineau and Patti Kehoe (John Wheelwright); six grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way. He was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Ardis Kehoe; only son, David Kehoe and his parents.

While we are broken hearted, we are very grateful for the time we did have with him.

Larry’s life was a full one lived with intention and gusto. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and soon to have been a great-grandfather. Larry’s gifts and contributions were many – the first being character, he was honest, ethical and committed to the construction industry.

He served on many boards – ECA, ACA, CCA, ASHRAE, and was recognized as a true professional and mentor to many. He was well and warmly regarded within the industry. He was known as the “Silver Fox”, Fossil and many other terms of endearment.

Larry’s passing leaves a vast absence in our lives, he was the patriarch full of wisdom, kindness and honour. We grieve his loss but cherish his memory.

Memorial Service Friday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church, 6110 Fulton Road, Edmonton with Reverend Jonathan Crane officiating. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of other tributes, donations may

be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Note: Larry served on the ACA Executive 1992 – 1995 and as ACA Chair in 1994

New Year Means Elections on the Horizon

2015 could turn into the year of the election.  As the price of oil continues to fall and budgets start to tighten Premier Prentice is rumoured to be considering a spring election campaign which could come as early as March.  If Alberta does have a spring election this will mean that there will be an abbreviated sitting of the legislature.

Upper most on the minds of some of our members will be meeting the demands for school construction which were announced in the last year and how the province will afford them under tighter budget constraints.

On the Federal scene the set election date is scheduled for October 19, 2015. In both cases the ACA will work with our partners, including local construction associations, to ensure the politicians know the concerns of our members going forward. Specific to our interest is how the changes to the immigration and education programs will fill the skills gap in our workforce. The ACA and others are working toward a common front on these items.