Both the president and chair of the Canadian Construction Association made a stop in Lloydminster on June 24, as part of their Local Construction Association tour of Alberta. The annual tour gives the higher-ups in the association a chance to connect with their local partners and get feedback on any problems that may have arisen then come up with ideas on how to address them.
Anibal Valente, who was just appointed as chair of the CCA in March, says they have been busy trying to get out to the many partner associations throughout the country.
“We have over 70 partner associations in the cities, local and provincial associations, and we want to connect with the local members and hear from the contractors in the community and see what issues they’re dealing with, what’s keeping them up at night, and try to see if we can find some trends across the country and act on them.”
Valente says these tours are important because CCA membership stretches across Canada and they want to make sure they hear what the issues are at the local level. This way, as a national association, they can note problematic trends they find in multiple jurisdictions around the country and try to address them.
The visits also gives them a chance to explain to people in the local memberships what the CCA is doing for them in a more personal environment.
“We don’t have as much of a face obviously in the local community because we’re the national body, so we take the opportunity to come out and meet with the members and have them hear from us as well as well as us hearing from them.”
Some of the things they discuss while meeting with the local members involve labour supply, apprenticeships, cash flow and payment issues in the industry. Valente says they also talk about some of the new technological trends like building information modelling software and integrated project design.
“They are some of the new trends in technologies that are happening around the country. We try to see and make sure people are working on those,” he said.
“Some training initiatives, we have a gold seal program that is meant to improve the level of education in our industry, so we see how many of those people in the local associations are working on that. So all sorts of issues.
“And also, we want to hear from them on what kinds of things they want us to advocate and work with the federal government to bring more funding to the communities.”