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ICBA NEWS: ICBA Up for 7 Reed Awards, Including Trade Association of the Year and Best Web Video (Overall)

JUST IN: ICBA is a finalist for 7 prestigious U.S. Reed Awards, which honour excellence in political campaigning, campaign management, advocacy, political consulting and political design.

In 2018, ICBA won 3 Reeds for our Site C/pink slip campaign (Best Canadian Online Ad Campaign, Best Canadian Use of Outdoor Advertising, and Best International Use of Outdoor Advertising). This year, we are finalists for 7 awards – including two of the biggest ones they hand out:

  • Trade Association of the Year (a category which includes U.S. and international associations)
  • Best Web Video – Overall (a category which includes U.S. and international campaigns, including all the US mid-terms), for our Big Gas ad

Being a finalist for Trade Association of the Year is an especially significant compliment to all of us at ICBA/ICBA Benefits/CIBP. What we have at ICBA is very special and it’s exciting to be recognized for it.

We are also finalists for:

  • Best International Web Video (a category which includes all international campaigns outside the U.S.) for our Big Gas ad
  • Best Canadian Web Video for our Big Gas ad
  • Best International Outdoor Advertising (a category which includes all international campaigns outside the U.S.) for our Big Gas movie poster
  • Best Canadian Outdoor Advertising for our Big Gas movie poster
  • Best Canadian Website for our Stop Prop Rep pre-campaign website

The awards are handed out Feb. 21 in Austin, Texas. We will be crossing our fingers for some Big Gas Trophies!

TRAINING THURSDAY: Time Management Workshop

How’s your time management? Are you a procrastinator? Don’t put it off for another day; register now for our Time Management Workshop on January 28 in Burnaby or February 20 in Victoria!

You will gain a new mindset, skillset and toolset that will optimize your personal productivity, and learn how to produce greater results in less time. Improved time management skills mean increased productivity, met deadlines, and a positive impact on all aspects of your business.

Here are some of the benefits of attending:

  • Participants learn how to gain and keep control of competing priorities, concurrent projects and critical deadlines.
  • Participants will learn powerful lessons about themselves, enhancing self-understanding so they can leverage their personal strengths and develop strategies to minimize the impact of their weakness.
  • The focus on practicality means that people walk out with ideas and techniques they can apply the next day.

Plus, you’ll earn 1 Gold Seal Credit and 7 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing! Register now for this or any of our other upcoming courses at

TRAINING THURSDAY: Construction, Excavation and Demolition Involving Hazardous Building Materials

Do you have plans for breakfast on January 10? Check out our Construction, Excavation and Demolition Involving Hazardous Building Materials breakfast session in Burnaby. 

The process of sampling building materials to test for hazardous substances may seem straight forward, but it is often done incorrectly producing misleading or false results.

This breakfast session will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the new changes to the OHS Regulation Section 20.112, which requires additional information during hazardous materials surveys. You’ll also learn how these changes can impact your scope of work under renovation and demolition projects involving these materials.

In addition, this session will also provide a refresher on regulatory sampling requirements for submitting suspect bulk materials to a laboratory for determination of asbestos content, and a limited discussion of lead and silica bulk sampling protocols. This session will provide you with the fundamentals of interpreting hazardous material surveys and their associated analytical reports.

Plus, you’ll earn 2 Group A CPD Points from BC Housing! You can learn more about this breakfast session and register at

And while you’re there, subscribe to our biweekly training newsletter at for the latest updates on courses in your area.

NEWS RELEASE: ICBA Vindicated by Voters’ Rejection of Prop Rep

Today’s announcement by Elections BC that proportional representation has been rejected by voters is good news for British Columbia, according to the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA).

“The entire process was rigged by the NDP Government in favour of proportional representation,” said Chris Gardner, ICBA President. “Gone was any real consultation with British Columbians or specific information on how these systems would work. Instead, the government developed a confusing question, rushed the process, lowered the threshold for approval, cut off any meaningful debate, and used the full weight of the government to get to the answer they wanted. It was rigged, unfair and a betrayal of our strong democratic values. The good news is that voters saw through the deception and the unfairness and ultimately rejected a questionable set of alternatives put before them by the government.”

In 2005’s electoral reform referendum, 61% of eligible voters turned out. In 2009, turnout was 55%. In ICBA’s view, the fact that barely 41% of B.C. voters made their choice known in this referendum reinforced that the government had no mandate to fundamentally change our democracy.

“No one knew how any of this was going to work,” said Gardner. “Premier Horgan and Attorney General Eby accomplished what they set out to do: suppress voter participation and rig the process to favour the system they wanted. What we were witnessing was the hijacking of our voting system by an activist government committed to radically changing our democracy. Fortunately, voters saw through all of this and voted to retain the system that for generations has fairly, and simply, delivered stable governments in B.C.” Read more

TRAINING THURSDAY: Online Courses and 2019

Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t learn a few things! ICBA offers more than a dozen online courses that you can take on your own time and at your own pace. Plus, most of them offer Gold Seal Credits and BC Housing CPD Points!

Whether you’re looking for safety courses such as Confined Spaces Safety Awareness or Pipeline Construction Safety Training, or supervisory skills courses such as First Level Supervisor Training, we’re here to help. 

This year we added several more online courses to our lineup, including Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace, Bear Awareness, and TDG Transportation of Dangerous Goods. We also have courses such as Construction Project Management, Construction Law, and Introduction to Construction Estimating.

Are you going for your Gold Seal Certification in 2019? It’s mandatory to take both the online and in-class portions, so get a head start and take the online course over the holidays!

When it comes to classroom courses, in 2019 we will continue to offer some of our most popular sessions, including Responsibilities of Joint Health & Safety Committees, Occupational First Aid Level 1, Supervisory and Management Skills, and many, many more. The training department adds new courses nearly every week all over BC; check out for the latest updates and to register for any of our upcoming courses.

The training department wishes you a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you at one of our courses in 2019!