Busy week for us at ICBA, as we are at the 2024 BUILDEX Vancouver tradeshow today and tomorrow. Besides our trade show floor booth, we host a sold-out kickoff breakfast (featuring guests Bob Rennie, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim, Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke, and Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley) and our ICBA Chief Economist Jock Finlayson giving a keynote speech on current economic conditions.

At our booth, we’ll be talking a lot about ICBA Wellness. Perhaps fittingly for Valentine’s Day, this is a program that flows from our deep admiration for the construction professionals we represent. We know the stats and the demographics – tradespeople are more likely than the average Canadian to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and to die by suicide. ICBA Wellness is our daily commitment to push back against those numbers, but breaking the stigma around mental health on job sites.

We love builders, and the work they do to build the homes, infrastructure and communities we all rely on. Keep up the amazing work!

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.