August 4, 2021

How to use lean manufacturing to make your business more productive

via BDC Follow these three steps to drive long-term success by eliminating waste in your business It’s a common problem; your business is bringing in plenty of cash and revenues are growing, but you are struggling to make a decent profit. Why? And what steps can you take to turn things around? One probable answer is to tackle the “waste” and inefficiency that is lurking in your business and acting as a brake on your ability to generate profits. A leaner operation can lower costs, increase output, help eliminate quality problems, reduce space requirements and cut time to market. It can also...

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July 23, 2021

Springbank reservoir project secures up to $168.5M in federal funding

Via CBC News Required land acquisition still outstanding for Calgary flood-mitigation project. The Springbank off-stream reservoir to protect Calgary from flooding is set to go ahead and will receive up to $168.5 million in federal funding. Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson made the announcement in Calgary on Tuesday, and after he approved the project earlier this month in light of a report issued by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. It concluded the Elbow River reservoir is unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with mitigation measures in place. Wilkinson said Tuesday the funds from the Government of Canada will...

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July 20, 2021

Legacy Fund Started for the Children of the Victims of the Kelowna Crane Incident on July 12, 2021

Donations to this fund can be made on SICA’s website, https://sicabc.ca/donate/, all donors will receive a tax receipt. Alternatively, there are instructions on the website for donations made by cheque.  Kelowna, BC – July 16, 2021  Through the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Fund and in partnership with the Construction Foundation of BC, SICA is organizing the Kelowna Crane Incident Legacy Education Fund. This fund is a tribute to the individuals who tragically lost their lives from the Brooklyn Site Incident on July 12th, 2021. The funds raised through this will go towards supporting future post-secondary education for the children of the victims...

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July 20, 2021

Calgary to Banff passenger rail project on track to start early development

via On-Site The proposed rail line would have seven stops, including one at the Calgary airport. PHOTO: Adobe Stock/DGC The developers behind a passenger rail line between Calgary and Banff still have a lot of figurative track to lay before they will be able to start on installing the literal rails, but a detailed agreement between several provincial and and federal agencies has put the proposed project one step closer to construction. Invest Alberta Corp., the Alberta Ministry of Transportation and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announced a detailed memorandum of understanding (MoU) July 15 that steers the Calgary-Banff Rail...

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July 7, 2021

Calgary Green Line LRT awaits federal approval

via Government of Alberta News Room Following a thorough provincial review, Alberta’s government has approved the revised business case for the Calgary Green Line LRT. The business case for the Green Line project was submitted on June 24 and is currently awaiting federal Treasury Board approval. “Alberta’s $1.53-billion commitment toward the Green Line is a massive investment in the future of Calgary, one we are happy to make because we believe our best days are ahead of us. I’m grateful for the hard work done by the technical experts at the province and the city to make the Green Line...

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July 7, 2021

Cematrix of Calgary has become leading supplier of cellular concrete

via Calgary Herald by David Parker Congratulations to CCA Member Cematrix on its outstanding accomplishment! Cematrix is now North Americas leading supplier of cellular concrete. Jeff Kendrick, president and CEO of Calgary-based Cematrix, now North America’s largest cellular concrete company. PHOTO BY COURTESY CEMATRIX /Postmedia Founded in Calgary in the early 2000s, despite the ups and downs of our economy, Cematrix has become a North American leading manufacturer and supplier of technologically advanced cellular concrete products that today is a cash flow positive company and continues to grow rapidly. Cellular concrete is a construction material consisting of cement, water, a specialized pre-formed...

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July 5, 2021

Ryan Murphy Construction named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Prairie Finalist

Congratulations to CCA Member Ryan Murphy Construction on being named EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2021 Prairie finalist! The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program shines a spotlight on entrepreneurs across the country that are transforming our world through unbounded innovation, growth and prosperity. Find out more about the program and view all the finalists!  

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June 24, 2021

ALLiED Outreach Team Earns Support for Indigenous Apprenticeship Program

Via EllisDon ALLiED Outreach Team Earns Support for Indigenous Apprenticeship Program On National Indigenous People’s Day, EllisDon is proud to announce  ALLiED  (ALL inclusive at EllisDon) Outreach Team is focused on expanding opportunities for Indigenous people across Canada within the Construction Industry and has spent the last six months developing a model for Indigenous Apprenticeships in Alberta. The intent is that this model can be fine-tuned and launched in other areas across Canada where EllisDon can offer opportunities for the same growth and learning with their Indigenous partners. Hector Saldivida, Senior Health, Safety and Environmental Coordinator, leads the team, with...

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June 22, 2021

Alberta Government Human rights, vaccines, and medical testing

via Alberta Construction Association Taken from https://www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca/covid/Pages/vaccines.aspx Duty to accommodate If employers, service providers, and landlords are considering requiring vaccinations, they also need to consider that some people are not able to be vaccinated because of a disability, such as allergic reactions to vaccinations or immunosuppression. They will have a duty to accommodate those people to the point of undue hardship. They will also need to balance their accommodation obligations with other legal obligations. For example, will accommodating one employee place others at a real risk, especially those vulnerable to COVID-19 (such as seniors or individuals with certain disabilities). Some people may...

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June 22, 2021

CCA releases guide for members on preparing their companies for climate risks and opportunities

via Canadian Construction Association CCA has developed a companion piece to its research paper on the benefits of investing in sustainable and resilient infrastructure to help members better equip themselves to manage environmental impacts and be part of the climate change solution. The 13-page document, Strength, resilience, sustainability: A guide to implementing climate resilience in construction risk management, serves as a best practices guide for project owners, designers and contractors in developing their understanding of climate risks and incorporating that information in the way projects are conceived, proposed, designed and built. CCA recognizes that every member company is operating within a...

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