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TRAINING THURSDAY: Back to School, Back to Training

Kids aren’t the only ones heading back to school this fall; you can head back to class too at one of our upcoming training sessions and fulfill any professional development requirements you might have.

Our training team is gearing up for a busy fall, with courses taking place nearly every day throughout September and October. Name a course you’re interested in; we probably have it. If not – email us at with your suggestions.

Looking for safety courses? We have Occupational First Aid Level 1 and Fall Protection coming up, or check out our online Construction Safety Training System (CSTS-09), Confined Spaces Awareness, or National Construction Safety Awareness Training.

Going for your Gold Seal Certification in 2017/2018? Make sure to take the online and classroom Construction Industry Ethics courses; they’re mandatory as of January 1 this year.

Need management training? We have courses in Effective Management Skills, and Leading and Managing Organizational Change on our calendar, as well as Negotiation Skills, Time Management, and Incident Investigations.

We’ve brought our Arc Flash Safety Workshop back; we’ve also added Introduction to Electrical Quality Management Systems (QA/QC) to our course list.

Our full course list can be found at, or feel free to email our training department at for more information on any of our courses. We also offer courses online; visit for more.

You don’t have to be a member to take our courses, but it will save you money on your registration fees! If you’re interested in becoming a member of ICBA, visit for more information.

IN THE NEWS: ICBA on Trump’s NAFTA Posturing

In a Journal of Commerce piece today, ICBA president Chris Gardner made the case for the North American Free Trade Agreement:

U.S. President Donald Trump has recently indicated he may “blow up” NAFTA, though Canadian and Mexican leaders are playing down his threat.

At the industry level, construction leaders see room for improvement and cause for concern.

“The issue goes to whether Canada has benefited from NAFTA and the reviews are compelling; Canada has long benefited from secure access to our largest market,” said Independent Contractors and Businesses Association president Chris Gardner.

“Renegotiating the agreement is of tremendous importance to Canada and to our economy. If we went back to the old regime, the U.S. picking and choosing would have a significant negative impact on the economy. Protectionism is not the way to go.”

NEWS RELEASE: Site C Must Be Completed, ICBA Tells BCUC

BURNABY, B.C. – The message in the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) submission to the B.C. Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) Site C review panel is very simple: Finish the job building Site C.

“The Site C dam has been the subject of a robust, nearly three-year, independent review and its business case is solid – we cannot produce this kind of high-quality, reasonably-priced, clean energy anywhere,” said ICBA President Chris Gardner. “For the next century, Site C will act as the foundation for the solar, wind and other clean sources of energy that comes on stream, ensuring B.C. can meet its climate goals and power its economy with renewable energy.”

In response to the BCUC’s terms of reference, the ICBA submission made five key points:

  • Site C is on time and on budget
  • Ratepayers cannot be expected to spend billions of dollars and get nothing in return – the result of cancelling or postponing the project
  • Site C provides the best value and an all-important backbone for other renewable energy sources as we transition from fossil fuels to the clean renewable energy provided by Site C
  • Energy demand will continue to grow in B.C., as more people move here and the economy expands
  • Site C, the subject of more than 150 legally binding environmental and technical conditions, will be one of the most sustainable energy projects ever built in any country

“Claims by Site C opponents that electricity demand is flat are false. They forget that the once-in-a-generation recession of 2008/09 artificially held down the demand for energy for two years,” said ICBA Communications Director Jordan Bateman. “That recession crippled our economy, but unless we’re going to have a major recession every single decade, energy demand will grow substantially over the next 50 years as it has for the past 50 years.  We need Site C to meet the demand of a growing population, more electric vehicles, an expanding economy and to help meet our commitments under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.”

ICBA, the voice of B.C.’s construction industry, has been fighting hard to keep Site C workers on the job. Today, more than 2,400 men and women are working on Site C.

“The stakes of the outcome of the BCUC review are significant,” said Gardner. “It affects real people and real families who are counting on the jobs at Site C to pay the bills. To shut it down now would hurt BC Hydro’s finances, cost B.C. taxpayers dearly, cripple the Peace River economy, and send a chilling message to investors looking to build a business and create opportunities – B.C. is not open for business.”

In recent weeks, ICBA has fought for Site C through its pink slip campaign and a poster campaign in Fort St. John, that generated nearly 4,000 emails supporting Site C through

Click HERE for the full ICBA submission to the BCUC and here for a list of cities in B.C. where Site C workers live.

ICBA IN THE NEWS: The UN Gets Site C Wrong

It sounds dramatic and made all the papers today: A United Nations committee condemning Site C for harming indigenous people. But there are two facts that are conveniently ignored:

  1. BC Hydro’s record of consultation with First Nations has been so strong that provincial and federal have sided with BC Hydro on indigenous consultation. And ruled for them not once, not twice, but 14 times. That’s right: Site C indigenous opponents are 0-for-14 in court.
  2. As ICBA president Chris Gardner told the Globe and Mail: “It should not be lost on anyone” that the members of the UN committee that wrote the report represent countries that include Algeria, China, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey, “all countries with records on human rights that would not meet Canadian standards.”

At ICBA, we believe all levels of government – First Nations, Municipal, Provincial and Federal – should work in good faith to ‘Get to yes’ on job-creating, environmentally-responsible resource development projects. Just like we’ve done on Site C.  

TRAINING THURSDAY: Leading and Managing Organizational Change

Change is constant in business, no matter the industry, and when it comes to changes in an organization, it can be stressful for employees and supervisors alike.

Our new Leading and Managing Organizational Change course will prepare you to manage organizational change and will teach you how to lead and mentor others through these changes.

In this seminar, you’ll:

  • Understand the impact change and transitions have on you and your employees;
  • Learn how to adapt to and be resilient to change, whether the change is from a people, process, or technology transformation;
  • Develop approaches to managing and leading change;
  • Use pragmatic tools to help you with anticipating and addressing resistance to change, engaging with stakeholders, and facilitating change.

Our first session will take place on October 11 in Burnaby; for more information and to register for this or any of our other upcoming courses, please visit

Our training team is also always here to help if you have any questions about this or any other course; email them at and they will be happy to assist you.

Don’t forget, members of ICBA save on registration fees! If you’re not already a member, check out

ICBA CAST: Lucy Sager Joins Chris & Jordan to Talk LNG, Northern Worries, #ComeOn and #BCLib18 Power Rankings

ICBA CAST! Terrace’s Lucy Sager joins Chris Gardner and Jordan Bateman to talk about the impact of the loss of Pacific Northwest LNG on northwest B.C., along with regular features #ComeOn and social media questions. And we debut our first-ever BC Liberal leadership race power rankings. Will Chris and Jordan agree on who is most likely to win the race to Christy Clark?

#GET2YES: ICBA Files in Court to Support Trans Mountain Pipeline

ICBA continues to support projects to #Get2Yes and #Stick2Yes by filing an application to intervene in the Squamish Nation’s B.C. Supreme Court case against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The issue being raised by Squamish Nation is that the Province relied on the federal government’s assessment of Trans Mountain’s proposal and its consultation and negotiations with Indigenous communities impacted by the project. In the opinion of Squamish Nation, the Province cannot cede its obligations in this regard to the federal government. The Province took this position given the federal government’s responsibility for reviewing and approving interprovincial pipelines. In recent years, Ottawa and Victoria agreed that in such cases, having one environmental review and consultation process was simpler and more efficient for all parties: proponents, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders.

ICBA is not challenging the constitutional obligations that the federal or provincial governments have vis-à-vis Indigenous communities and ICBA recognizes that in some cases, the obligations of the Crown to Indigenous communities may in fact prevent some projects from moving forward. ICBA is simply asserting that project reviews and consultations take place in a timely manner so that infrastructure and resource development projects can be approved in a fashion that allows Canada and BC to get projects built and its resources to market efficiently. ICBA’s concern is that duplicative and overlapping reviews will result in confusion and conflicting proceedings that could paralyze major projects and cost our economy jobs and investment. In this case, since the federal government has jurisdiction over the Trans Mountain pipeline project, we believe it is appropriate that the federal government lead the review and consultation process.

The Application was filed by our attorney, Peter Gall, Q.C. and we are being joined in the application by the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), the Canadian Iron, Steel and Industrial Workers’ Union (CISIWU), and the Canada West Construction Union (CWCU). Click HERE to read ICBA’s application to intervene.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Providing exceptional customer service also leads to customer retention. Companies not only need to advertise, but must have strategies to retain business.  Ask yourself: how do I or my employees serve our customers? Are all customers the same?  If you want to improve this side of your business, ICBA’s brand-new Providing Exceptional Customer Service course is for you and your employees!

In this seminar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop your customer engagement and experience strategy;
  • Apply effective listening skills;
  • Draw out what your clients really need, and how to add value;
  • Work with difficult and demanding customers; (we all have them);
  • Build strong and lasting relationships with potential and existing clients.

We’re bringing this course to Kelowna and Victoria in October, Burnaby in November, and Prince George in December. Check out for a full course description and to register. While you’re there, take a peek at our full course list!

Not a member? Not a problem! We offer courses to members and non-members, though you’ll save on registration if you become a member with us.
If you’re interested in a private course, we would be pleased to bring the trainer directly to your office. Email our training team at for more details on how we can bring this course or any of our other workshops directly to you.