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November 26, 2020

Westcor team designs 3D Anti-fog Mask Clips

Long time CCA member Westcor has been busy addressing concerns about safety glasses fogging up when wearing a mask. This is a huge problem as we head into colder weather! As Westcor calls them, their Creative Overlords, James Smolnicky and Shaun McKenzie have possibly come up with a solution to the dreaded foggy glasses! They have printed a 3D anti-fog mask clip out of flexible rubber. The clips are now being tested out in the field. This team is constantly coming up with innovative ways to solve problems! Great job to the team at Westcor!

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November 19, 2020

CCA Connect: Meet the GC Series is a great success!

On November 17th CCA hosted its first inaugural CCA Connect: Meet the GC Series! The participating GCs included Chandos, Elan Construction, RCS, Westcor and Wright Construction. Over 30 attendees joined to share information about their companies and connect with industry peers to learn more about each other. The feedback from this event has been so great that we are hosting another Meet the GC event in December! Watch for details coming soon so you don’t miss out! Once again, thank you to all of those who attended this event. This is what community is all about! “I wanted to thank...

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November 18, 2020

Construction Tech Startup Falkbuilt Raises $14 Million CAD Series A

via Betakit  By Isabelle Kirkwood Calgary-based construction tech startup Falkbuilt, has raised $14 million CAD in Series A financing. The round has closed with $14 million CAD, with the potential for an additional $6 million based on subsequent operational milestones, which would bring the round’s total to $20 million. “With the tremendous efficiencies it delivers and a rapidly growing…client base, Falkbuilt is poised for success.” The financing was led by RET Ventures, a real estate technology-focused venture capital firm. BetaKit has reached out to Falkbuilt to confirm whether any other investors participated in the round. The new capital will be used by...

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November 18, 2020

Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau | Top 40 Under 40 2020

via Avenue Calgary  By Travis Klemp Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau. Hair by Emily Hunking, Artists Within; makeup by Jasmin Jaleel, Artists Within. Photograph by Jared Sych. Age: 33 (Delgado); 38 (Tetreau) Job titles: Co-Founders of TradeSpace Why they’re 2020 Top 40 Under 40s: Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau created the first co-working warehouse in Canada, connecting tradespeople in the city and helping grow small businesses. Co-working office spaces are commonplace these days, but Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau have created a unique take on the concept with their “co-warehousing community,” TradeSpace. The first of its kind in Canada, TradeSpace is also a collaboration hub...

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November 17, 2020

Don’t Leave Money on the Table When Exiting Your Business

  You’ve invested many years in growing a successful construction company. So how do you ensure that it continues to grow and prosper in the years to come? ​​ Simple – an exit plan. ​​ Hopefully, one day your business will be transferred to new ownership – whether a family member, an employee or an outside party. Securing the future wellbeing of your company as well as your personal financial wellbeing requires planning for this transition well in advance of when you’re actually planning to exit the business. ​​ ​​Don’t leave valuable wealth on the table when you transition out...

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November 9, 2020

Construction of Cancer Centre in Calgary on budget and on time

via Today Ville  By Duane Rolheiser   From the Province of Alberta Calgary Cancer Centre creates jobs in Calgary The Calgary Cancer Centre is creating more than 8,770 well-paying construction and construction-related jobs in the Calgary region.   This project is one of the largest job creators in Alberta and a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan to build and create jobs. Construction continues to be on budget and on time despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Thank you to the construction workers who have closely followed COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe, job sites open and this important...

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November 9, 2020

ACA Comments on New OHS & WCB Legislation

via Alberta Construction Association   View Bill 47 The Government of Alberta introduced today Bill 47: Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act. Upon initial review, Alberta Construction Association supports many of the proposals of the Bill: Occupational Health and Safety proposals Added ACA’s recommended definition of a construction worksite Increase flexibility on multi-employer work sites with more than 20 workers by requiring prime contractors to have an OHS contact on-site to liaise with workers and employers on health and safety matters in lieu of a Health and Safety Committee. Maximize flexibility in OHS programs by removing most prescriptive requirements in...

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November 9, 2020

Year End Celebration Video

There may have been a lot of negatives this year, but lets not forget to remember the good and exciting things that did happen! As we move into the holiday season CCA is asking that you share with us your stories, video clips, photos, etc. of the good and exciting things that happened in 2020. This includes not only professional, but also personal stories and celebrations.  CCA would like to compile these great moments into a 2020 video clip! The more creative, the better….you can even send us your team Christmas JibJab card! We truly look forward to hearing about...

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November 5, 2020

ACA Member Advisory: Prompt Payment

via Alberta Construction Association   The Government of Alberta passed November 4th amendments to Bill 37: Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020. These amendments addressed some of ACA’s concerns. Alberta Construction Association supports legislative changes which: Mandate progressive release of holdback – amendment calls for mandatory progressive release Extend the length of the period of liens protection – Bill 37 extends to 60 days Mandate a set length for payment timelines – amendment mandates 28 / 7/ 7 regime Mandate adjudication to resolve payment disputes – Bill 37 mandates adjudication ACA appreciates the opportunity to provide technical expertise to assist in drafting future regulations to implement the...

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November 4, 2020

Calgary to receive $24.6 million from federal government for affordable housing projects

via Calgary Herald  By Stephanie Babych FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tours an affordable housing unit in Calgary, on Thursday November 22, 2018. PHOTO BY LEAH HENNEL /Postmedia The City of Calgary will receive $24.6 million for affordable housing projects through the federal government’s new housing initiative announced Tuesday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced the Rapid Housing Initiative, which is meant to support communities in their goals of ending chronic homelessness across the country. The $1-billion plan is offering $500 million directly to Canada’s largest cities and another $500 million to projects that submit applications through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp....

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October 28, 2020

Buildings Week- Exclusive Offer

Special CCA Member Discount to participate in Buildings Week � Register Now! November 30 � December 4, 2020 | Virtual Event The pandemic has made it difficult for companies to connect, meet or network. This year, BUILDEX Alberta and The Buildings Show are coming together to provide a national platform that virtually connects more than 70,000 design, construction and real estate professionals across Canada at Buildings Week, November 30 – December 4, 2020. Powered by Buildings Canada and Informa Connect, Buildings Week offers high quality content, targeted networking and new business opportunities, at your convenience. The virtual event experience offers innovative features not possible from the in-person...

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October 28, 2020

Where is the TIDE?

The West Sands – St Andrews in Fife Scotland – The set for scenes from the movie Chariots of Fire Where is the TIDE? One of the many COVID analogies that I have heard over the last 7 month was shared by Shane Wallace of Culturesmith recently who painted this picture – “COVID has made the tide go out on our businesses”. This has exposed many features, both good & bad, that were previously covered up or only partially visible, and therefore has presented us all with a unique new perspective of ourselves and a new way to take stock....

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October 21, 2020

Alberta’s renowned Newcomer Entrepreneur Award of Distinction

View Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWCOMER ENTREPRENEUR AWARD OF DISTINCTION RAYNER CONSTRUCTION SERVICES INC. CALGARY, ALBERTA, October 21, 2020 – Alberta’s renowned Newcomer Entrepreneur Award of Distinction, as awarded by the Alberta Chamber of Commerce, recognizes outstanding businesses and entrepreneurial success brought to the province by individuals born outside of Canada. The award serves as acknowledgement for those who have faced and overcome unique industry and economical challenges, while continuing to pave the way for a more meaningful and prosperous Alberta. Tom Rayner, an Australian native, moved to Canada with his wife in 2013, just two years before one...

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October 21, 2020

Government of Alberta introduced Bill 37: Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020.

Yesterday afternoon the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 37: Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020. The CCA supports this legislation and we also appreciate the extent of industry consultation that was sought by Service Alberta during this process and the role we were able to play in this along with other industry associations such as ACA, ATCC etc in providing technical expertise that assisted in drafting this legislation. Full details are included in this release from the Government of Alberta https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=74519FEC5460B-DA01-9F9C-F0CD6BBF1B5F40E5

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October 21, 2020

Working outside in the winter: tips for handling the cold

Working outside in the winter comes with a number of unique risks. With temperatures dropping and snow and ice coating the ground, workers need to be extra careful. With additional risks, it’s vital to take appropriate precautions, as both a worker and a manager, to ensure you and your employees remain safe throughout the season. Below we outline some key steps to take to help ensure nothing goes wrong while working outside in the winter. Clothing for outdoor winter work Without the proper clothing, workers open themselves up to risks like frostbite, hypothermia, and freezing of exposed extremities like fingers,...

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