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Save the Date for IOSC 8

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Merit Canada is going truly international for the next International Open Shop Conference – for  the first time ever, the IOSC will be held in Maui, Hawaii. IOSC Eight runs from February 11-13 at the Grand Wailea Hotel.

Merit Canada and its U.S. counterpart, the Associated Builders and Contractors, have teamed up on a joint IOSC and ABC BizCon conference. They’ve been working together to book speakers, panels and delegates from both sides of the border to offer Open Shop contractors a great conference experience.

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Plug into Hydro contract information

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Southern Vancouver Island contractors can tap into what’s happening with contracts at B.C. Hydro at a special session being held June 25 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria.

Over the past year BC Hydro has been working closely with the construction industry to implement initiatives in response to industry feedback. A key initiative for Hydro has been the review and revision of the construction contract.  An industry working group was formed, and the contract reviewed and revised. The focus of this work is to make it easier for BC Hydro stakeholders to work with the construction document, and to make it easier for contractors to bid on opportunities. The new construction contract was implemented on January 2, 2013.

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ICBA’s Open Shop Open Around the Corner


Summer is almost here and that means ICBA’s 24th Annual Open Shop Golf Tournament is just around the corner.  The tournament is slated to return to Surrey Golf Club on August 15 and we want to see you and your company there. Registration details are here.

We’ve held the line on the price at $185. That fee includes dinner, green fees, a power cart, and a $25 charity donation. It also includes great networking opportunities, the chance to connect with Open Shop colleagues, and a shot at besting them in some friendly competition.

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Union Financial Disclosure Bill Constitutional

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Merit Canada, the national organization representing open shop contractors across the country, got a boost in its efforts to see Bill C-377 passed into law to  require labour organizations coast to coast to disclose certain financial information.

Merit Canada today released an opinion by a former Supreme Justice concluding the legislation being considered is in fact constitutional.

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Training Tuesday – Helping Foremen Succeed


Many great tradespeople take a foreman position and fail. Not for lack of skills or drive but simply for lack of guidance on how to be a great foreman.

That’s why ICBA is criss-crossing the province with its one-day course for foremen to get a handle on the fundamentals of field leadership, organization, crew morale, efficiency, and productivity.

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Math course targets trades


Measure twice and cut once is a mantra in the construction business. You have to make sure everything is right before you take action. And you have to know your numbers to get it right.

That’s what makes Sprott Shaw College’s new Math for Trades course so valuable for construction companies. The course is a basic math refresher targeting the essential numeracy skills required for a construction electrician, as well as preparing other students for other construction or trades apprentice programs.

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