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TRAINING THURSDAY: Municipal Map Reading & Utility Safety Workshop

Our training department is hard at work organizing brand-new courses for 2018! The latest addition is our Municipal Map Reading & Utility Safety Workshop. The first session takes place March 21st in Burnaby! 

This course is designed to give participants an understanding on how to interpret and read documentation that relates to the Municipal Infrastructure.

Participants will learn the related Regulations, Acts and Master Municipal Construction Documents as well as blueprint reading symbols, legend and design specifications for local cities, municipalities and townships.

They will also review BC One Call documentation, utility owner’s roles and responsibilities, ground disturbers’ roles and responsibilities, and safe utility locating practices.

After completing this course students will get a better understanding of how to read and interpret municipal Construction Drawings.

You can register for this workshop and any of our other training courses at www.icba.ca/training. And don’t miss out on any of our new courses by subscribing to our training newsletter at www.icba.ca/trainignnewsletter. You don’t want to miss the latest updates!

ICBA JOB POSTING: Membership Services Coordinator

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) is the voice of B.C.’s construction industry and the single largest sponsor of construction apprentices in B.C. ICBA’s insurance company, ICBA Benefits, is one of the largest providers of group health and retirement benefits in British Columbia. Representing more than 2,000 companies and clients, ICBA members and their skilled workers are involved in virtually all major capital and infrastructure projects built in British Columbia.

With a combined staff of more than 40 professionals, ICBA and ICBA Benefits offer a wide range of member and client services including public policy research and advocacy, group health and retirement benefit programs, training and apprenticeship programs, and conferences and forums. ICBA and ICBA Benefits’ head office is in Burnaby’s Metrotown, with regional offices in Prince George and Fort St. John.

 

The Opportunity

Membership Services Coordinator

ICBA members are amazing. They are incredible, growing companies that are literally building British Columbia. From small owner-operator operations to some of B.C.’s largest companies, they have diverse needs: benefit plans, advocacy, training, apprenticeship management, and more.

ICBA can help – but we need a point person, a first point-of-contact to deliver that help. That’s you, our Membership Services Coordinator. We need you to triage calls and emails from members, connecting them to the services ICBA and ICBA Benefits offers. You won’t always have all the answers, but if you don’t, you know who will – and will connect the member and the solution.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Answer and/or route our general emails and take member phone and email inquiries as appropriate, along with being proactive in reaching out to members who we have not had much contact with.
  • Work with the Communications department and be the point person on getting member mail out, including annual invoices and reports.
  • Discern and offer insight into member needs and questions as we redesign and enhance our membership communication tactics such as monthly e-mail newsletters and welcome packages.
  • Develop a membership life cycle plan, that includes initial contact, invoicing, welcome packages, promoting training and insurance, and (most importantly) relationship-building.
  • Provide the senior leadership team with reports on members who have gone untouched by ICBA, and coordinate events with them. You’ll be proactive in reaching out to members who we can help.
  • Assume responsibility for our affinity program, working with vendors to get even better deals for ICBA members, and promoting the program to our membership. You will also help members with log-ins and other details needed for ICBA.ca.
  • Periodic coverage for reception, covering breaks and holidays as needed.
  • Event coordinating and support for events including trade shows and our four major ICBA events – our AGM Gala Dinner, our ICBA Open golf tournament (you’ll take a lead role organizing the tournament), our BUILDEX CEO Breakfast, and our Outlook Industry Forum.
  • Meeting with members in our office or, better yet, at their workplace.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • At least 5 years of experience in client care, membership services or sales coordinator roles
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Ability to strategically develop professional relationships and recognize member needs
  • Strong office and administrative skills
  • Proficient with MS Office, including Word, Excel (especially mail merge functions) and Outlook, familiarity with Windows environment
  • WordPress and social media experience
  • Capable, self-motivated, able to work well alone and as part of a team
  • Interpersonal skills: organized, resourceful, strong communicator, tactful, flexible, works well with others
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment

ICBA has a lot of moving parts, so you’ll need to be a quick learner. We’ll teach you the basics of our training, insurance, and public policy advocacy, so you’ll be able to communicate effectively with members.

Our members are the lifeblood of ICBA. We want someone who understands and values that. If that’s you, please apply – we’re looking forward to having you on our team.

 

Additional Comments

  • Growth-oriented office with many opportunities to learn and develop new skills.
  • This role reports to the Director of Communications and Marketing.
  • ICBA offers a progressive training, benefits and compensation package.
  • This role is full-time, based out of our Metrotower III office in Burnaby.
  • Some flexibility will be necessary, as some events are outside of regular business hours.

 

Contact Information

To apply, please send a cover letter (sell us on why you are the one for this job!) and resume with the subject line, “Membership Services Coordinator”.

 

ICBA
#700 – 4730 Kingsway
Burnaby BC V5H 0C6
jordan@icba.ca
Website:  www.icba.ca

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The last day to apply for this position is Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

#GET2YES: Make Your Voice Heard: Tell John Horgan He’s Wrong to Stall the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Last week, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his government would stall the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project indefinitely by convening yet another panel to do yet another study. Many experts believe the B.C. Government is violating the Canadian constitution by exceeding its jurisdiction over this federally-approved project.

Indeed, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, a member of the same NDP as John Horgan, has strongly rebuked her B.C. counterpart, rightly pointing out that B.C. is just trying to stall the pipeline project until it is cancelled.

We can’t sit idly by – today, we launched a new email campaign at get2yes.icba.ca/projects/trans-mountain-pipeline to demand the B.C. Government abide by the federal government’s approval of this $7.4 billion job-creating investment.

The B.C. Government’s position is seriously flawed. Here are the facts:

  • The federal government has already announced it will spend $1.5 billion to protect our coastline
  • The science is already settled on diluted bitumen in marine environments – there are no questions left to answer by this B.C. panel
  • Trans Mountain must meet 194 federal and provincial conditions, many of which relate to the environment
  • Green leader Andrew Weaver, whose support is the sole reason why John Horgan is in power today, has said the BC Government should choke out the pipeline project with unfair permit conditions
  • This project spent 29 months under intense review and consultation. There is nothing new for B.C. to add
  • The Conference Board of Canada says this pipeline would generate 678,000 person-years of employment and $18.5 billion in government revenue. B.C. would get 80% of the construction jobs and 12% of the revenue

We need to stand up for this pipeline project, for responsible resource development, and for the construction jobs they create.

Please go to http://get2yes.icba.ca/projects/trans-mountain-pipeline now, and send the email (right side of the page) to John Horgan asking him to scrap this latest delay for this much-needed project. Every email matters!

OP/ED: The NDP’s first budget – Prosperity must be built before it can be shared

This op/ed, by ICBA President Chris Gardner, first appeared in The Province newspaper on Feb. 6, 2018. It is now available for all media outlets to use.

It’s provincial budget time again – the first full-fledged NDP effort in 17 years.

It’s show time for the NDP government, and the scene is set. They assumed office in an enviable fiscal situation: five consecutive balanced budgets, a $2.7 billion surplus, a triple-A credit rating, and a debt-to-GDP ratio hovering just over 16 percent. This legacy of fiscal prudence will be hard to match given the challenges ahead.

First, B.C.’s overall competitiveness. As the Business Council of B.C. notes, B.C. has the sixth highest marginal effective tax rate for business when compared to 34 OECD jurisdictions and the 10 Canadian provinces.

While other jurisdictions are working to make their tax regimes more competitive, B.C. is heading in the opposite direction. The top marginal personal income tax rate for those earning more than $150,000 annually in B.C. now stands at 50 percent, up from 43 percent a mere 18 months ago.

Add to this the provincial government’s $5 increase to the carbon tax last fall while ending its revenue neutrality by cancelling offsetting tax cuts and tax credits.

Unfortunately, the list goes on – corporate tax increases, CPP hikes starting in 2019 (a federal measure), and a host of one-off increases to government fees and levies.

Further, the recent moves by the United States to significantly cut taxes will make it more difficult for Canadian companies to compete in the US, unless our federal government and the provinces coordinate more effectively.

Second, the new NDP government is also reviewing a wide-range of government programs and policies, such as environmental assessment rules, WorkSafe B.C. regulations, labour and employment policy, and more – creating a sense of uncertainty and sending negative signals to investors here and abroad about B.C.’s suitability as a place to invest.

Against this rather ominous backdrop, what should Premier Horgan and Minister of Finance James be thinking about as they finalize the provincial budget documents?

Early indications suggest the theme of the budget is affordability, framed largely around housing. So far, talk has centered largely on demand-side measures, such as expanding the foreign buyers tax. However, what really is required are measures to increase supply quickly – freeing up land for development, speeding up permitting and approvals at municipal halls, and taking action to truly increase density around key transit nodes, colleges and universities, and along major traffic corridors.

The NDP government, working with federal and municipal partners, must also get shovels in the ground for new rapid transit projects and value-destroying road bottlenecks.

To help pay for this, the provincial budget must deliver an overarching commitment to grow the economic pie through responsible resource development. Focus is needed to advance LNG projects to successful final investment decisions this year. While the economic reasons are very compelling, so too are the environmental benefits. B.C.’s LNG can help reduce global GHG emissions from more carbon-intensive fossil fuels being used in rapidly growing Asian markets.

The NDP government should also walk back its ill-advised, illegal and reckless attempt to delay construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. This $7.4 billion project is in the national interest, and was the subject of an exhaustive review process that stretched nearly three years. Nearly two years ago it was approved by the Trudeau Government with 194 conditions and a commitment to spend $1.5 billion to protect our coastline. The consultation is over, the approval has been granted, it’s time to start building.

At risk is billions in investment, thousands of family-supporting jobs for construction and energy services-related companies, and contract opportunities for Indigenous Nations and communities across the province.

This is reason enough for the premier to ignore Andrew Weaver’s anti-LNG and anti-pipeline rhetoric. B.C.’s economic future is far too important to be held hostage by the whims and policy jiggery-pokery of Weaver’s brand of politics, which seeks to undermine significant, sustainable, and shared prosperity. In just six months, Weaver has demonstrated the danger of having a government propped up by a small group of MLAs focused on a narrow agenda and willing to hold the province hostage to advance its deeply flawed goals.

As Budget 2018 approaches, it’s not too late for Premier Horgan and Finance Minister James to try and recast the NDP’s well-earned reputation in the 1990s for causing economic havoc so that this time the movie ends differently.

Taking a thoughtful, forward-looking approach to jobs and investment would show the public that the NDP government is serious about “building” economic prosperity, not just “sharing” it.

TRAINING THURSDAY: Construction Law

Do you understand contract law and how it relates to construction? Do you know how the BC Builders Lien Act works, and how to resolve construction disputes and avoid litigation? If your answer is no, our training department has the course for you!

Our Construction Law workshop takes place over two days; here’s what covered:

  • The basic concepts of contract law
  • CCA, CCDC and other contracts
  • Legal terms used in contracts
  • Bidding process and contractual obligations
  • Specifications, drawings and the contractual hierarchy
  • Contractual relationships between contractor and sub-contractor 
  • Compiling and submitting proper extras and claims
  • Defining back charges and how to avoid them
  • Avoiding construction disputes and claims from the site level
  • Writing RFIs and Change Orders 
  • The dispute resolution process
  • The Builder’s Lien Act
  • The Small Claims process
  • Environmental law
  • Safety legislation and regulations

By the end of the course, you will understand the basics of contract law, be familiar with various CCDC/CCA contracts, understand the contract responsibilities of various parties, and much more!

You’ll also earn 28 Group B CPD Points from BC Housing, and 5 Gold Seal Credits. To register for one of our upcoming sessions, visit www.icba.ca/training, or subscribe to our bi-weekly training newsletter at www.icba.ca/trainingnewsletter.

You don’t have to be a member to register for our courses, but you’ll save on your fees if you are! Learn more about becoming a member at www.icba.ca/become-a-member.

POLICY: ICBA’s Submission to the MSP Premium Task Force

The NDP Government has struck a panel to find ways to replace the Medical Services Premium tax, which the government has promised to eliminate by 2021.

ICBA has made a submission to that panel, calling for “a combined approach which would trim existing government programs and dedicate completely new anticipated revenue streams (e.g. government ‘mark-up’ and taxation revenue from cannabis) to off-set MSP premium reductions.”

See our full submission HERE.

IN THE NEWS: ICBA Stands Up For Trans Mountain Construction Jobs

Yesterday, the B.C. Government announced it would wildly exceed it jurisdictional powers and placed a moratorium on construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, using a fake committee to stall it. We’ve been busy making the case against the NDP’s reckless action. See our news release HERE.

Here’s ICBA President on last night’s Global BC News Hour:

Other clips:

Our own Jordan Bateman has also done a Facebook video explaining the ramifications of the NDP’s decision – and the cost to taxpayers. Watch it here:

And for a quick reminder of all the social good a pipeline provides, watch this:

NEWS RELEASE: ICBA Calls on Ottawa to Overturn B.C.’s Latest Pipeline Stall Tactic

BURNABY, B.C.: The B.C. Government’s latest attempt to stall the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project should be outright rejected by federal authorities, says the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association.

The provincial government announced today it has formed a committee to look at environmental impacts of pipelines – work that has already been covered during the Trans Mountain approval process, and despite millions of tax dollars already being invested in spill response. The pipeline was approved nearly two years ago with 194 environmental and legal conditions that Kinder Morgan is obligated to meet.

“It’s time to get to work on this project. This pipeline is in the national interest, which is why the federal cabinet approved it in the first place,” said ICBA president Chris Gardner. “All of the issues raised by Minster Heyman today have been previously addressed in the 29-month-long Trans Mountain approval process undertaken by the federal government, and endorsed by the provincial government. This is simply a stall tactic meant to flout the federal government’s jurisdiction. It’s time for Prime Minister Trudeau to act.”

Gardner called on the federal government and National Energy Board to reject B.C.’s stall tactics and allow construction to proceed on this vital $7.4 billion energy project.

“When it comes to attracting investment to B.C., the provincial government is speaking out of both sides of its mouth,” said Gardner. “In one breath, they’re in Asia, claiming that B.C. is open for business and is a safe, predictable place to invest. In the next, they’re putting road blocks in front of duly-approved energy projects and undermining investor confidence.”

ICBA will be launching an email campaign through its Get2Yes web platform to encourage Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr to push back against the B.C. Government’s overreach and stall tactics.

“Canada and B.C. cannot afford to have governments finding ways to use red tape to try and choke out properly approved infrastructure projects,” said Gardner. “We do not believe the province has this authority, and we call on the federal government to act again in the national interest to move this project forward without further delay.”