ACA 2018 AGM Report

The Alberta Construction Association Annual General Meeting was held on Friday January 26th, in Calgary.  The meeting brought together the board, our associate members, and local construction associations from across Alberta and government representatives.

As Chris Ambrozic regretfully had to step down Paul Heyens will continue as Chair, Paul is the CEO of Alberta Glass.  Paul Verhesen remains as Past Chair, Ian Reid is now the Senior Vice Chair, and Fredrick Vine was named Vice Chair.

We would like to congratulate Mike Nicolson of Ellis Don Construction for his tremendous work who was recognised with the ACA Chair’s Award.

 

Our Guest Speakers included:
Alberta Labour Assistant Deputy Minister Lenore Neudorf spoke at length about the changes the ministry brought out in 2018.

Neil McFarlane Alberta Infrastructure Assistant Deputy Minister spoke about the work his ministry is doing.

Canadian Construction Association Chair Chris McNally spoke about the association and its goals for the next year.

ACA Releases Capital Plan Recommendations

On Tuesday January 30, Alberta Construction Association (ACA) sent MLA’s a copy of our Capital Plan Recommendations ahead of the 2018 budget. With the development of schools, funding to various municipal public transit projects, and increasing need for expansion or construction on hospitals the province continues to have infrastructure needs that must be met regardless of economic circumstances.

ACA’s recognizes that jobs are a priority of this government and keeping Albertans employed in good paying jobs is critical to the economic engine. Dramatic swings in infrastructure investment discourage young people from choosing a career in construction, discourage existing workers from remaining in construction, disrupt training of new apprentices, contribute to higher accident rates, and lead to financial hardship for companies.

ACA members strive to provide infrastructure to meet the needs of Albertans in a cost effective, environmentally sustainable, and safe manner. Alberta’s construction industry shares a number of priorities with the Alberta Government to enhance productivity and competitiveness of the Alberta economy.

You can read a copy of the recommendations here.

The Top Trends in Construction in 2018

With the arrival of the New Year the Construction industry once again is looking at ways to use technology, risk management, and find greater opportunities in a market that continues to change. Emerging technologies continue to be something which the industry is finding ways to use effectively.

With all this in mind, what can we expect to see in 2018? We will definitely see various trends that will focus on technology creating a direct or an indirect effect on the construction industry.

To read about the top emerging trends in the industry please read the remainder of the article here.