Author Archive | Dana Taylor

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Community Benefits Agreements: Are they the scourge some would have us believe?

I recently attended a one-day conference hosted by the BC Building Trades on Community Benefit Agreements. Before it began, this event was criticized by Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) president Chris Gardner in a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed.  His criticisms were rife with opinions and assumptions with little or no evidence to support them. This […]

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Lower Dues

New Horizons – Lower Dues & Do More!

Big news: MCABC has lowered most Voting Contractor dues. In 78 years of operation, MCABC has been funded by various methods: individual membership dues, to grants from union contractors’ collective agreements, to the current structure where dues are based on company payroll. But this is the first time – to my knowledge – that dues […]

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Disruption

Futureproofing: Organizational Response to Disruptive Trends

Attending my association’s annual conference in late October, I glimpsed MCABC’s future, at least what it could be through the eyes of Canada’s association leaders. The conference theme was “Associations: Future Proof,” and it provided numerous presentations and workshops on existing trends in association management and operations, and some guidance of how to lead, manage […]

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Whistler in the fall

Transitions – Fall Upon Us

There was no clearer reminder of the new season for me than the week of September 17th spent in Whistler at MCA Canada’s convention.  Apart from a sport-blessed Wednesday in the cool and sunshine on the golf course, the rest of the visit was a deluge of rainfall and single digit temperatures.  Fall had arrived. […]

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The Latest Community Benefit Agreement

They’ve been the buzz since mid-July: Community Benefits Agreements. The current BC provincial government spent its first year in office addressing key public issues, some of which were required in their Confidence and Supply Agreement with the BC Green Party. Other issues, like housing affordability and superheated real estate markets, arose from campaign promises and […]

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Political Waves in an Ocean of Ideas

Politics in Western democracies is most noticeable just before, during and immediately after public elections.  But whether we love politics, hate them or refuse to acknowledge them, politics are everywhere.  They manifest in the office, on the job site, at the grocery store, and even at home. Political views are personal but when several people […]

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MCABC’s Purpose – Why join? Why participate?

I recently attended the meeting of a committee created by MCABC and ECABC – mechanical and electrical contractors. Most of you will know of the Risky Clauses project, a shared effort of the two associations to collect, review and provide legal interpretations of contracts to help our trades’ contractors administer their contract documents. This committee […]

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Our window of opportunity is closing

Over the past several issues of the Informer and other places I have been giving you news of progress in advancing Prompt Payment legislation here in British Columbia. With passage of Ontario’s Construction and Lien Act, the federal government’s review to bring legislation forward in Canadian parliament, recent news of progress in Manitoba, and soon-to-be […]

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