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payment-due

BC stalls while others in the country move ahead with Prompt Payment

For more than a dozen years, MCABC, myself and the Council of Construction Trades Associations (COCTA) have presented governments – both Liberal and NDP – with solid arguments as to why Prompt Payment legislation is good for workers, trades, general contractors, suppliers and the provincial economy in general.  Yet no sitting government has embraced, championed […]

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Risky Contract

Be vigilant: If you’re not, someone else is going to be

Last summer I wrote an article about the value of association membership. My point was that associations support you, your business and its bottom line. The main example I gave was the Risky Clauses program, a joint endeavor of MCABC and ECABC (Electrical Contractors Association of BC).  I wrote of the program’s purpose: To provide […]

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Pattullo Bridge

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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