Construction industry gets a boost with new organization BuildForce Canada

Construction industry gets a boost with new organization BuildForce Canada 
OTTAWA, April 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Construction industry leaders from across the 
country have formed a new national organization to help keep a steady flow of 
highly skilled workers available to the growing industry. 
BuildForce Canada opened its doors on April 1, 2013, replacing the 
Construction Sector Council (CSC) after 10 years of operations working with 
industry to provide credible, well-respected labour market forecasting and 
other resources and services. 
"In the wake of the end of the federal government's Sector Council Program, 
industry leaders have stepped up to the plate," says Executive Director 
Rosemary Sparks. "We have a new brand, a new Board of Directors, a new funding 
model and a new governance structure," she says. "But our mandate will 
continue to address the need for a skilled workforce in the construction 
"The products and services that have helped the industry thrive over the past 
decade, such as the annual labour market forecasts, will continue to be a 
priority," says board member Mark Arnone, Vice President of Refurbishment 
Execution, Ontario Power Generation, noting that the Construction Looking 
Forward reports, which look ahead nine years, have been key in helping 
businesses across the country plan for and manage workforce requirements. 
"As we continue to experience strong construction markets and growing demand 
for skilled labour, the industry clearly requires comprehensive labour market 
information," says board chair Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs 
for the Building and Construction Trades Department AFL CIO. "We will build on 
the model we have set up to deliver that information, which includes 
consultation with many diverse stakeholders." 
"BuildForce Canada is an innovative organization and we will be unveiling 
other exciting projects as we determine priorities over the coming months," 
adds Blakely. 
Board member John Schubert, President of McCaine Electric Ltd., stressed that 
priorities will continue to be decided based on research: "We will continue to 
determine what is needed by looking at human resource issues in a thoughtful, 
planned and scientific way." 
"Experience with the CSC has also shown that the consensus approach to 
solutions works best. By working together we can and have accomplished more 
than any one organization ever could," adds Schubert. 
The new BuildForce Canada Board of Directors has broad representation from the 
construction industry and its members include contractors, labour groups and 
owner/client companies. 
"Construction is the backbone of the Canadian economy, and a highly skilled 
workforce is the backbone of the industry," concludes Sparks. "The mandate and 
structure of BuildForce Canada reflect that." 
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, BuildForce Canada ( is a 
national industry-led organization committed to working directly with the 
construction industry to provide information and resources to assist with the 
management of its workforce requirements. 
Board of Directors: 

    --  Arnone, Mark, Vice President, Refurbishment Execution, Ontario
        Power Generation
    --  Blakely, Robert, Director of Canadian Affairs, Building and
        Construction Trades Department AFL CIO
    --  Cochrane, Bob, Executive Liaison to Government and Industry, JV
        Driver Projects
    --  Dillon, Patrick, Business Manager / Secretary Treasurer,
        Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
    --  Flood, J. Timothy, President, John Flood and Sons (1961) Ltd.
    --  Heinen, Dick, Executive Director, Christian Labour Association
        of Canada
    --  Kucheran, Robert, General Vice President - Canadian Region,
        International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
    --  Miller, Dean, General Manager, Business Services Oil Sands
        Project Development and Execution, Nexen Inc.
    --  Oakey, Terrance, President, Merit Canada
    --  Ringrose, Barry, General Manager, Major Projects Construction,
        Suncor Energy
    --  Schubert, John, President, McCaine Electric Ltd.
    --  Taylor, Christina, Manager, Labour Relations and Workforce
        Development, Irving Oil

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

Rosemary Sparks Executive Director BuildForce Canada 905-852-9186

SOURCE: BuildForce Canada

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