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The legacy practice of mistreating and degrading apprentices needs to end, and it is the contractors first — and the union second — who have to start taking a stand. This week’s Blog by noted business advisor Mark Breslin takes a hard look at how the construction industry is treating and shaping its current generation of apprentices and makes the case for change.
Friendship Can’t Matter Written by Mark Breslin Maintaining authentic and caring friendships on the jobsite has inherent challenges when you’re the leader. And without clear expectations, healthy boundaries, and fair treatment, you can invite chaos, misunderstandings and resentment. For foremen and superintendents it is a critical line to be established and adhered to. Friendships in […]
Becoming Certified B Corporation is a rigorous process that signifies a company’s commitment to meeting high standards of social and environmental accountability, public transparency, and legal responsibility. This week’s Western Exteriors Blog, examines what some B Corp companies, such as Chandos Construction, are doing to help influence the way all business is being done in Canada and around the world.
In regard to academic initiatives and supporting up-and-coming designers with easy access to design software, Vectorworks typically refers to its efforts with universities, its lab donation program, and its Design Scholarship. This week’s Western Exteriors Blog, however, takes a look at how Vectorworks is being used below the college level – at a digital design program at Mt. Douglas Secondary School in Victoria, B.C.
Clear Vision 2020 is the theme for this year’s Canadian Construction Association’s annual conference happening in San Diego, March 15-18. This week’s Western Exteriors Blog takes a look at what the conference has to offer and why you really need to book your tickets to this premier event that caters to construction industry members from across Canada.
For more than 30 years BUILDEX Vancouver has played an important role in advancing Vancouver’s building industry by providing a platform for industry dialogue, and the event this year will be no exception. This week’s Western Exteriors Blog takes a look at what BUILDEX Vancouver 2020 has to offer its participants and speaks about why you really need to attend.
Achieving a laid back atmosphere in your house takes careful planning and a meticulous balancing of all the elements already in your space, as well as the little design elements that you bring in yourself. Fortunately, star of HGTV’s Best House on the Block, Lauren Liess is here to help. This week’s Blog is a review of Liess’ beautiful new book, Down to Earth: Laid-Back Interiors for Modern Living, which showcases examples of how you can transform your space and hides the hard work it takes to make something appear casual.
Drug and alcohol use on the jobsite has become an increasingly hot issue for employers across Canada in the wake of the federal Cannabis Act being passed in 2018. And not only a topic of conversation, substance abuse has also been proven to drastically reduce productivity in the workplace, as well as have a significant impact on your company’s bottom line. This week’s Blog takes a look at the seven ways and drug and alcohol policy can save you and your company both time and money.
With roughly one in five Canadians having experienced a substance use disorder at some point in their lifetime, workplaces are finding that a little planning goes a long way in being prepared to deal with substance abuse on the job site. This week’s Blog tackles the issue of substance abuse on the jobsite and details some of the steps you can take to head off the problem before it comes to a head.
After many years of experience and a million miles of travel speaking with industry’s movers and shakers, noted business advisor Mark Breslin has a particular insight into the evolution of this business. This week’s Blog takes a look at some of hard lessons he’s learned about what it takes to become a good leader and the benefits of not being an a**hole.