ALberta Construction Association Newsletter-2018-01-02

Greater market opportunities and less risk for Alberta’s construction industry

ACA 2017 Year in Review

2017 was a very busy year for ACA. Changes to major pieces of legislation including OHS, WCB, and Employment Standards were constant discussion points in meetings with cabinet, government administration, industry, and with various review committees. The government went ahead with changes which were far reaching and will have consequences going forward for our industry and we will continue to monitor them.

In January the government announced silica guidelines in concert with ACA.

ACA’s Board and the Chief Operating Officers of Alberta’s Local Construction Associations came together April 7th to fine- tune ACA’s strategic plan for the next 2 years.

ACA’s Management Committee, Chair Paul Heyens, Senior Vice Chair Chris Ambrozic, Vice Chair Ian Reid, and Past Chair Paul Verhesen led the group to refocus ACA on 2 key mandates – helping members seize market opportunities, and acting to reduce risks for members.

The group outlined strategies to:

Jonathan Williams, ACA’s Policy Analyst, successfully piloted Construction & Community Together. ACA has become increasingly concerned that the public has a limited understanding of the potentially detrimental actions of government changes to the WCB, employment standards and other legislation. The Board approved Construction & Community Together to cultivate empathy for employers by connecting with people on an emotional and personal level in communities throughout Alberta.

Jon developed video interviews and met with local newspapers in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Red Deer to bridge the gap between perception and reality of construction employers. The Board agreed this work should continue in 2018.

During the year ACA led group discussions around prompt payment and how best to govern the industry on this issue. Meetings were held in Edmonton and Calgary which were seen as very successful by all who attended.

ACA introduced a well-received quarterly Leaders Brief to provide a one-page summary of ACA key activities distributed to over 150 leaders across Alberta’s construction industry.

ACA was very pleased to welcome the Provincial Glaziers Association of Alberta as a new Associate member in 2017.




Congratulations to 2017 ACA – Thygesen Apprentice Scholarship Recipients

Thirty-two high performing individuals were the 2017 recipients of ACA – Thygesen Scholarships. The $1000 scholarships are named in memory of Jake Thygesen, a former Apprenticeship Chair and ACA Chair, a champion and generous personal donor to the scholarships program.

Lindsey Walburger Millwright
Christine Rogers Electrician
Zongze Hu Electrician
Korbinian Schauss Electrician
Philip Klein Millwright
Kyle Kluthe Millwright
Tytus Friesen Plumber
Abram Wolf Heavy Equipment Technician – Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
James Kohlen Millwright
Jeffrey Reichel Plumber
Gabor Kovacs Electrician
Mark Hanly Plumber
Michael Williams Cabinetmaker
Emmanuel De Jesus Welder
Eryn Keen Plumber
Spencer Chiu Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator – Mobile Crane
Christian Macgregor Heavy Equipment Technician – Truck and Transport Mechanic
Mark Makarewicz Automotive Service Technician
Nino Odermatt Electrician
Lance Goossen Auto Body Technician
Albert Sorensen Heavy Equipment Technician
Connor Hanrahan Electrician
Ajaypal Dhillon Electrician
Jordan VanDerKooi Plumber
David Deveau Sprinkler Systems Installer
Joseph Miller Heavy Equipment Technician – Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
Dustin Burak Electrician
Austin Porter Steamfitter-Pipefitter
Lowell Scott Carpenter
Matthew Hwong Welder
Philip Ireland Carpenter
Allan Nixon Carpenter


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