May 15 2017 Blog

The Low-Down on Construction – May 15

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Open Shop Leaders Forum in Whistler. This event brings construction professionals from all over Canada together for a two-day insightful conference.

This year, the Leaders Forum focused on key industry issues like our construction economic outlook, successful bidding practices, building the Aboriginal connection and the impact of legalized marijuana in the workplace.

I always find this event is very good to renew acquaintances with colleagues from across the country. Contractors are down to earth, genuine people that connect easily with each other and having open shop as our common thread is a powerful bond.

I was completely impressed with our key note speaker, Rex Murphy.  He’s an invigorating, entertaining speaker. He provided great insight and perspective told in an engaging and humorous way. (I will use these teachings in a future blog.)  It was truly an excellent way to kick off the learning part of our conference.

Day two of the conference opened up with an excellent panel discussion on how to enhance the aboriginal connection. More excellent information for our contractors to take home to build their businesses!

The conference ended up on a high note with the Merit Olympics entertainment. Like the Olympics, contractors love to compete but at the end of the day, we enjoy connecting much more than competing.

From an organizing perspective, it was so rewarding to see the overwhelming level of energy, collaboration and comradery in the room.

It re-energized my enthusiasm the work I do and for serving the open shop sector.  I hope it did the same for all the delegates!