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2018 Annual Event Calendar

Jan - 9-Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting

Feb - 6-BOD M

Mar - 6-BOD

Apr - BOD  / Industry Dinner Meeting

May - 8-BOD

   25 - Mesothelioma Golf Tournament

June -12-BOD  

July - 10-BOD

Aug - No Meetings

Sept - 4 BOD

 7-10-TIAC Conference 

Oct - 9-BOD / AGM 

Nov - 13-BOD

Dec - 8 - Christmas Dinner at River Rock Casino

Dec - BOD Luncheon

 

Thursday
Sep252014

A QAC Lunch and Learn for WSP Engineers

Mechanical Engineers employed by WSP Canada Inc. where treated to a unique "lunch and learn" in Victoria following the TIAC Convention. Mr. Steve Clayman, TIAC Director of Energy Initiatives, Mr. Neil Munro of BC Insulators Local 118 and Mr. Brian Hofler of BCICA joined ranks to present timely information on mechanical insulation.

Mr. Clayman delivered a power point presentation that extolled the value of mechanical insulation and the importance that work done to specification means for energy conservation. He expressed the importance of the work done by mechanical insulation associations across Canada and included reference to BCICA and the QAC program in his presentation.

Mr. Munro porvided needed technical support and clearly outlined the initiatives and investment that BC Insulators Local 118 has made in promoting awareness of mechanical insulation as a cost effective investment in energy conservation. 

Mr. Hofler provided materials that introduced the engineers to BCICA and how the association developed the QAC. The Quality Standards for Mechanical Insulation manual, copied to USP drives sporting the BCICA logo, were provided to every participant. Mr. Hofler facilitated a power point presentation outlining the BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate program and fielded questions regarding the finer points of the program. The engineers were particularly intrigued by the commitment of BCICA to developing a program that focussed on labour, materials, and independent inspection at a modest cost. Upon hearing the potential cost of the QAC for a paticular job, one engineer exclaimed, "what are we waiting for?"

BCICA intends to deliver "lunch and learns" to specifiers throughout BC during the fall of 2014. If you or your business colleagues wish to have a BCICA Quality Assurance Certificate program presentaion at your office, please contact Mr. Hofler at brian.bcica@ telus.net. and partner with BCICA in "saving energy for the future"

Thursday
Sep252014

BCICA Members attend TIAC Convention in Victoria

Members of BCICA took the time to attend the Thermal Insulation Association of Canada (TIAC) convention held recently in Victoria, B.C. Judging from the variety of the program, and the enthusiasm of the conference delegates, the 2014 Conference was a resounding success.

Featured speakers included Dr, Martin Collis - a renowned speaker on Workplace Wellness , Mr. George Hedley, who spoke about Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Mr. Amos Avitan, speaker and author of : Attitude - The Most Powerful Tool you possess. All the presenters stressed the importance of a healthy and qualified workforce as key components for profitable and successful mechanical insulation companies. "Mens sana in copore sano" (a sound mind in a sound body) as the Romans used to say. 

Delegates were also updated on TIAC / NIA activities by Mr. Steve Clayman and, Mr. Lee Loftus of Local 118 provided and overview of CanAm Meetings. Other items on the agenda included breakout sessions for Manufacturers, Distributors, Contractors, a meeting of Presidents and Managers, and of course the Annual General Meeting. 

Successful conferences have one thing in common - successful social events. TIAC pulled out all stops to make sure that delegates and their significant others had several opportunities to an meet and greet their colleagues from across the country. Whether it was golf, whale watching or the unique dinner held at the Royal BC Museum and featuring food representative of a variety of cultures in the capital city, the convention had something for everyone. 

BCICA was mentioned on several occasions for it's progressive Quality Assurance Certificate (QAC) Program. The QAC, the centre of the BCICA marketing campaign that highlights quality workmanship, materials that meet nationals standards, and inspection by independent and purposely trained  inspectors, is raising the consciousness of specifiers throughout BC.  

BCICA - Saving Energy for the Future or "Salva Virtute in Posterum" as the Romans would say. 

Wednesday
Sep242014

Mechanical Insulation / BCICA highlighted in Green Space Magazine

 

 

 

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Thursday
Jul242014

MI News - Summer 2014 Issue Released

The MI News Summer 2014 Edition is here. Click the image above to get reading.

Check out previous issues here.

Thursday
Jul242014

COCTA hires Executive Director to help facilitate integration of trades training

“Improved dialogue with provincial government and Industry Training Authority a top priority"                     

July 14, 2014

VICTORIA, BC: Spurred on by the growing demand for skilled trades workers, the BC Council of Construction Trades Associations (COCTA) today announced the hiring of an Executive Director to help facilitate the integration of trades training.

"The provincial government has been undertaking an extensive review of trades training, but unfortunately they have not been talking to our association even though it is our membership that does the majority of trades training or provide direction to training facilities here in BC," stated COCTA Chair Dana Taylor.

"Through our twelve associations, COCTA represents over 1000 trade contractors throughout the province of British Columbia," noted Mr. Taylor.  "We support the provincial government's goal of a seamless outcome orientated apprenticeship training system, but as government has not approached us directly to discuss how to achieve that, we recognize that it is now time for us to talk to government if that dream is ever to be achieved."

To that end COCTA announced it was hiring long time political consultant and a past President and CEO of the BC Construction Association, Michael Geoghegan, as its Executive Director.

As a consultant for COCTA Michael Geoghegan played a key role in convincing the provincial government to implement an Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit a program which continues to this day.

"The BC Council of Construction Trade Associations (COCTA) was formed over 35 years ago to represent the joint interest of the construction trades to the public, the rest of the construction industry and to all levels of government," noted Mike Geoghegan.  "As COCTA's new Executive Director, improved dialogue with the provincial government and the Industry Training Authority will be my top priority," he added.

"Skilled trades in both the construction and resource sector represent one of the few career paths left in our society where a young person can hope to get a job which pays enough to support themselves and a family without being buried under a mountain of student loan debt.  It is for this reason that we will also be working closely with government officials to ensure that anyone interested in becoming a skilled trades person has the opportunity to do so," concluded Geoghegan

 

For more information please contact:

Dana Taylor Chair                  Michael Geoghegan Executive Director

cell 604-318-2275                   cell 250-881-0969