January 12, 2022

Establishing the goals for your profit-sharing plan

Many business owners have approached us for assistance in improving their bonus plan, with an eye on immediately learning about the options available to them. But when it comes to something as significant as employee management, you need to zoom out and clarify your goals and objectives before you can determine what the right solution is. As part of our SMARTshare philosophy, we start by spending time with you and asking questions so we can understand your true needs. This approach helps owners transition from feeling they have general needs (e.g. “I want to motivate my team”) to being able...

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December 21, 2021

4 Last Planner System Roadblocks

The Last Planner System has become one of the most recognizable and popular Lean Construction tools that attempts to solve the problem of production management on construction sites.  The system has been implemented by construction companies around the world and, when implemented well, has improved outcomes on a wide variety of sizes and types of projects.  Unfortunately, many organizations struggle to use Last Planner and therefore don’t enjoy the benefits that the system provides.  The following are 4 primary roadblocks to a successful Last Planner System implementation. Education: It has become a common sight to see a group of General...

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December 1, 2021

Update on our advocacy efforts

Update on our advocacy efforts: I’ve been very fortunate to join the CCA as the Director of Government Relations at a time when our local municipal political environment has been going through new leadership and change following the October election. Indeed, my hiring coincided with the largest Council-shift in Calgary’s history. With that in mind, we’ve already begun advocating on behalf of our membership while fostering strong and productive relationships with City Council and Administration. Earlier this month, we sent each City Councillor and the Mayor a welcome package that explained the role of the Association, who we are, and...

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December 1, 2021

Business Acquisitions: A Strategy That Drives Growth

via BDC Outlook on the Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions Market The Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market has rebounded rapidly following its dip in the early days of the pandemic. Looking ahead, the volume of transactions will likely remain high for the next five years. In that time, 9% of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to come up for sale externally, representing 116,000 businesses. This positive outlook for M&A could be good news for the Canadian economy. After surveying more than 1,500 entrepreneurs, BDC found that acquisitions are an exceptional driver of growth. Its advantages include getting new talent and accessing new...

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November 26, 2021

Social Procurement Overview

Last week (Nov 23rd) 17 industry folks attended our inaugural Social Procurement Overview session hosted by Sarah Aspinall of BgSD Consulting . Social Procurement is well established in other parts of the world and is gaining momentum so it will continue to be a more common practice. Just like sustainability has evolved to become more common practice since the formative days of LEED in the early 2000’s this is likely to become a common practice and those who understand it first have an advantage. During the session we discussed many of the myths or misconceptions that can often lead to...

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November 3, 2021

About Contract Mirroring or Back – To – Back Contracts in The Construction Industry

Arianna Carlotti, Goodfellow & Schuettlaw Call it contract mirroring or back – to – back contracts, at the end of the day the essence is the same: it finds its origin in the subcontracting chain and it boils it down to cascading liability for the work executed or subcontracted. Depending on the kind of project, general contractors hire one or more subcontractors, who, in turn, hire sub-subcontractors to complete parts of the project. The general contractor stays liable to the owner of the project for the full extent of the project, even for the portion of the work subcontracted to...

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September 27, 2021

Three tips to keep your business insurance effective

Three tips to keep your business insurance effective It’s a well-known adage that the worst time to review your insurance policy is when you need it. Here are three tips to make sure your coverage – and your premiums – perform the best for you now, during and after an event. Tip #1: Review your existing insurance policy The biggest step you can take to reduce your losses and get back to business after an interruption is to have an up-to-date insurance policy. It is important to get help analyzing your coverage for specific loss scenarios, review limits and co-insurance...

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September 16, 2021

CCA Stampede Postponement

    To our CCA members, Since July and the lifting of restrictions many of us got a welcome taste of the life, activities and connections that we had all been missing since COVID lockdowns began and none were happier to be able to take these steps back into life as we knew it, than all of us all here at CCA. We always knew that in planning events once again there was a chance that circumstances would change but our belief was that we needed to make attempts to move forward, albeit carefully and as we feared, this has...

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September 8, 2021

High-impact ways to boost efficiency in your business

via BDC What is operational efficiency? Businesses in any industry can take surprisingly simple steps to reduce waste and make customers and employees happier, all while improving profits Imagine everything runs smoothly in your business. Your products and services are always top quality and on time. Your customers love you, and your employees are motivated and engaged. Sounds amazing, right? Such a utopia is within reach with the help of operational efficiency. What is operational efficiency? Operating efficiently means using resources like time, people, equipment, inventory and money in an optimized way to serve the business. Efficient companies are leaner,...

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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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