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2019 Annual Event Calendar

Jan - 15 - Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting

Feb - 12 - BOD 

Mar - 12 - BOD

Mar - 27 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

Apr - 16 - BOD  

Apr - 24 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

May - 14 - BOD

May - 29 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

May - 28-31- EFMA Conterence in Penticton

May - 31 - Mesothelioma Golf Tournament at North View (REGISTER EARLY)

June - 04 - BOD  

June - 26 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

July - 09 - BOD

July - 31 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

Aug - 24 -  TIAC Conference (Montreal)

Sept - 10 - BOD 

Sept - 25 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

Oct - 15 - BOD 

Oct - 30 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

       Nov - 12 - BOD / AGM

       Nov - 27 - Contractor's Breakfast Meeting / ABC Resturant Coquitlam

Dec - 7 - Christmas Dinner at River Rock Casino (LIMITED SEATING - REGISTER EARLY)

Dec - 10 - BOD Meeting / BOD Luncheon


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Mesothelioma Golf Tournament 2015 - A Tremendous Success


Thank you!


The BC Insulation Contractors Association and the BC Cancer Agency, would like to thank you for your support of the 8th  Annual BCICA Mesothelioma Golf Fundraiser on May 29th, 2015.


We are proud to announce our best year to date fundraising $69,107.75.   This brings our eight year total to an amazing $351,088.75 for the Western Canadian Mesothelioma Fund.


Without our sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and generous contributors this event would not have been as successful.  We thank you for continuing to be part of this important fundraiser for Mesothelioma.  We couldn’t have done this without any of you.


Please take the time to acknowledge our list of sponsors on the following program as they were a vital part of the success of the tournament.



The golf tournament was sold out with 160 golfers who enjoyed blue skies and a sunny day.


Tournament  Highlights:
  • Winning Team $400 in Pro Shop Gift Certificates: Aarc-­‐ West Mechanical Insulation Inc. – Chris Ceraldi, John Weisgerber, Mike Ohlmann, Bernie Antchak

  • Most Honest Team: Rob Marchiori, Jim Robinson, Rod Shumyla, Bruce Wiebe

  • Wine Draw Winner:  101 bottles awarded to Derek Knox, B.C. LeaderBoard Corp.

  • Grand Prize Winner of a Trip for Two to Las Vegas & $500 Spending Money  (Donated by BC Insulators -­‐ Local 118):  Doug Campbell, Crossroads C & I

  • Live Auction – a Westcoast Fishing Trip donated by Westcoast Fishing Resorts. The winning bidder –Chris Ceraldi, Aarc-­‐West Mechanical Insulation Inc.


We look forward to seeing you next year on May 27, 2016 and hope you register early to be part of a great  tournament.


The BCICA Fundraiser Golf Committee




BCICA 2015 Mesothelioma Golf Tournament Sponsors

$4000 Platinum Level Tee Box Sponsors

C&G Insulation

BC Insulation Contractors Association

Heat & Frost Insulators Local 110- Alberta


$3000 Gold Level Sponsor

Aarc-West Mechanical Insulation (2013) Inc.

Johns Manville


$2500 Silver Level Corporate Sponsors

BC Building Trades C&G Insulation

BC Insulators Local 118 Frost Insulation Supplies

New Central Mechanical Insulation Heat & Frost Insulators Local 95

 Worksafe BC


$1500 Bronze Level Hole Sponsors

Allied Hydro Counsil D.A. Townley & Associates Ltd

All Therm Services Crossroads C&I Distributors

Altac Services Combined Mechanical Contractors

Coquitlam Insulation Hastings Labour Law Office

Finishing Trades Institute of BC LiUNA CSWU Local 1611

Leith Wheeler Investments SMWIA Local 280/SMACNA BC

Pacific Rim Industrial Insulation Ltd

Thermal Insulation Association of Alberta

Shur-Fit Products Westcor Services

Winroc SPI


$1000 Donation

George Pachon

Thermal Insulation Association of Canada

Tight 5 Contracting


$500 Lunch Sponsor $500 Beat the Pro Hole Sponsor

Carmike Insulation Brock White


$500 Hole Sign Sponsors

Advantage Thermal Insulation Armacell

Construction Labour Relations Assn. of BC

Columbia Thermal Concert Properties

Crest Insulation Heat & Frost Insulators Local 110

ITW Insulation Systems Canada

International Union of Operating

Engineers Local 115

Isolation Val-Mers Ltee MCABC

Owens Corning Printcraft Solutions

UA Local 516 West Coast Industrial Insulation


$250 Hole Sign Sponsors

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

Local 2-BC Insulation

Heat & Frost Insulators Local 99

Central OK Mechanical

Dr. Lam, BC Cancer Agency

Heat & Frost Insulators Local 119

Insulation Industry Health Hazard Fund


RPR Products Inc.

Strait Express

Twin River Plumbing & Heating


Prize Donations:

BCICA, BC Insulators Local 118, BC Leaderboard, BC Lions, Cascade Raider

Hanson, Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina, Co-operators,

Crossroads C&I, Don Folk Chev Olds - Kelowna, Giancarlo Italian Deli,

Hazmasters, Heat & Frost Local 110, Investors Group, Kal West

Mechanical Systems, Kelowna Delta Grand Hotel, Laurel Point Inn,

Manson Insulation, Point One Media, Preston Motors, Pusher and

Mitchell, Raider Hanson, RHH Foam Systems, RT Agencies, Sheet Metal

Local 280, Shur-Fit Products, Starbucks-Lougheed Town Centre, The

Travel Group, Tourism Kamloops-Eagle Point Golf Resort, Pineridge,

Kamloops- Double Tree by Hilton- Citrus Restaurant and Lounge,

Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club, Vancouver Stealth

Lacrosse Team, Vancouver White Caps FC, Worksafe BC


Special Thanks to:

C&G Insulation, The Co-operators, Investors Group, WestCoast Resorts



 Association (BCICA) held its most successful golf tournament yet this June, raising more than $70,000 in donations to mesothelioma research in BC. 


By / Jessica Kirby


Mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure and found most commonly in trade workers exposed to the material, plagues workers even now, 40 years after it was banned. 

 Asbestos has a long and painful history in BC, one that research, regulation, and advocacy have managed to mitigate, but there is still much work to be done. 

Possibly the most tragic of facts about asbestos is that manufacturers of asbestos products had information about the material’s ill effects as early as 1947, but urged their occupational doctors to cover up the information. 

 BC’s use of asbestos was not inconsistent with that of the rest of the world in the 60s and 70s. It was used in insulation for pipes, boilers, and industrial machinery and for fireproofing, sprayed insulation, and other finishing materials like drywall and flooring. 

 In the early 70s, Irving J. Selikoff found definitive proof that changed the world’s relationship with asbestos forever. He took 2,000 workers from across North America, gave them chest x-rays, and followed them closely for five years. He also looked at as many death reports as he could access and determined asbestos workers were ten times more likely to suffer from asbestos lung disease than the general background population of construction workers. 

 The paper he penned with E. Cuyler Hammond in the 70s was the conclusive evidence people needed and the US Environmental Protection Agency banned the substance. Regulation shortly followed, and the rest of the world followed suit with an outright ban. 

 Don Ward, an occupational hygiene officer for WorkSafeBC, said the mid-70s represented the highest consumption of asbestos in North America by tonnage. Similarly, cancer detection follows a 20-30 year later cycle, and cases are still emerging daily. 

 Dr. Stephen Lam is a professor in the Department of Medicine and a Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Integrative Oncology at the BC Cancer Research Centre. He chairs the Provincial Lung Tumor Group at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and directs the MDS-Rix Early Lung Cancer Detection and Translational Research Program at BCCA. 

Dr. Lam said the most recent early detection program saw 117 interested in the program and 115 pre-qualified for screening. Two per cent were found to have very early stages of cancer and were treated. There were also 15 screens sent through WorkSafeBC and though there were no cases from that group, each person is being closely followed. 

  The 8th Annual BCICA Mesothelioma Golf Tournament Fundraiser raises funds for Dr. Lam’s program, bringing direct and tangible results to trade workers across BC suffering from mesothelioma. The tournament went beyond success into exceptional, with 164 golfers coming out to take a crack at the incredible course at Northview Golf & Country Club. Specialty holes offered up the chance to win a new truck, fire a ball using 110 PSI of air pressure, and Beat the Resident Pro, and the days ended with a top-notch steak dinner, complete with draws and prizes. 

 The event could not have been the success it was without the generosity of its sponsors, volunteers, and the endless dedication of Judy and Andre Pachon at C&G Insulation.  

 Discover more about mesothelioma by visiting the Labour Heritage Centre, which, in partnership with WorkSafeBC, recently published a video outlining these and other facts about mesothelioma’s history in BC and beyond. It looks at the developing understanding of the risk, regulation, and mitigation of asbestos and tells the story of those impassioned to help others suffering from this disease.  

 Part of the story involves that of Dave Ford, an electrician at the Powell River pulp and paper mill who died from mesothelioma just a few short years after retiring. His story, told by his daughter Tracy, who has become a fearless advocate of asbestos awareness, is not unique, but tells the passionate and urgent tale of just how important mesothelioma research continues to be. 

 “The legacy of asbestos is fraught with loss,” says the video. “And there will be more to come.”

 To donate to mesothelioma research please visit www.areafund.ca

 View the video at labourheritagecentre.ca and see photos from the golf tournament and keep updated on next year’s event at "http://www.bcica.org/" www.bcica.org.

 Beat the Pro Winners Top Notch

 Northview Golf and Country Club teaching Pro Nate Beauchamp says the average company or association tournament with a Beat the Pro element usually conjures eight or ten players able to top his shot. The BCICA crowd proudly offered up 14 winners, which Beauchamp said was pretty amazing. The 14 stars of the Beat the Pro competition are as follows. Congratulations! See you next year to defend your titles.

 Beat the Pro winners:

 Justin Leung

Rob McHattie

Dave Nowak

Mike Ohlmann

Wayne Peppard  

Bob Sitnick

Jeff Semkowski

Rod Shumyla

Paul Smith

Bruce Sychuk

Mark Temple

Perry Teperson

Jeff Webb

John Weisgerber


This article was originally published in the summer 2015 issue of the TIAC Times www.tiactimes.com.