Executive Director’s Perspective – April, 2012

Spring: the sun begins to shine, the weather warms, and the days get longer. It’s a time for gearing up for hard work—at least for some. 

Those of us in construction know, however, that the work doesn’t start in the spring; it just gets busier. This is certainly the case for PCA. Our hard work over the winter and in the first quarter of 2012 has placed our association in a position to accomplish a great deal for our membership this year.

Part of this can be attributed to significant growth in the last few months. Our membership grew by 25% in 2011 and the steady stream of new members in recent months shows that contractors continue to find value in our work and see the importance of a strong progressive voice for construction in Canada.

One of the most valuable aspects of PCA’s work is its involvement in broader public debate. Succeeding in Canada’s construction industry requires deft government advocacy, persistent public comment in media and in committee on issues that matter to our contractors, and strong relationships and strategic partnerships. As you will see in our provincial reports, this work is being done, and done well, across the country on many levels.

Our members also know that success requires a strong team. We were happy to welcome Lorne Kramer of Canadian Utility Construction Corporation (CUCC) to PCA’s board of directors.  This addition will result in two members from Ontario, one from BC, and the balance from Alberta. We welcome his contribution to the organization and its direction. We’re also pleased to note that our Director of Operations, Merron Pearce, continues to develop and strengthen PCA’s internal processes.

But perhaps most importantly the overall fiscal and social climate in Canada—and especially in the provinces—is ripe for PCA’s message. With the combined challenges of government red ink, a continuing resource boom, and a nation-wide infrastructure deficit, PCA’s message of a fair and open construction industry, cooperative labour relations, and a robust, inclusive and highly-capable workforce needs to be heard. It’s a message that’s good for business, good for our employees and good for our country.