Conference Agenda

Renowned for his accuracy as a strategist, Brian is travelling from New York City to share his mid-year market outlook with conference delegates in Whistler. Reinforcing the conference theme of Forward Thinking, Brian’s knowledge of the US and Canadian markets will illuminate what businesses need to consider moving forward:  

  • Are we in or on the verge of a recession?
  • Is confidence growing in the investment markets?
  • What is the impact of the geopolitical environment on businesses?
  • Are supply chain issues here for the long term?
  • Is the US the barometer for Canada’s outlook? What’s next?

Mechanical contractors are the single largest representative trades group on new construction sites, and they are responsible for the retrofitting, service, and maintenance of mechanical systems in BC’s existing infrastructure. Altogether, mechanical contractors make a significant contribution to the provinces GDP, 9.3% of which is accountable to the construction industry. We need to pay attention!

If there’s one thing we can all count on right now, it’s that something is about to change. It is our response to ongoing change that dictates our success. So how do we as leaders inspire the kind of mindset and build the kind of teams that drive our organizations to Adapt, Overcome and Win as ONE in the face of times of extreme challenge and change? Robyn will share the Essential Elements of World Class Performance that allowed her team to be the most prolific and consistent World Champions in the sport, and that are easily applied to the adventures in our business lives.

Conference Education Session focuses on the transition in to and out of business ownership

Last year, BuildForce Canada reported as part of its Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward Report for 2022-2027 that 156,000 individuals in the construction industry in Canada are expected to retire. It’s time for our industry to act on that data!

Perhaps you’re considering retirement, taking a less active role in the business, or wondering how to realize the best valuation for your company. Or maybe you’re an employee considering company ownership or purchasing shares in the company you’re currently helping to build but don’t know how to start the conversation or what needs to be considered. Regardless of where you are in your career journey, this session will provide the guidance you may need to start thinking about real and potential opportunities for your future

Our lead for the Focus on Business Transition Planning session is The Petticrew Group of BMO Nesbitt Burns. Delivering a customized and formative educational session for the mechanical contracting industry in BC, this expert panel will answer your relevant and important questions. You will leave the session with ideas and concepts that enable you to envision your future with optimism and confidence.

As an added bonus for MCABC members only, we have secured a limited number of private sessions during the conference with The Petticrew Group to help you explore next steps. These sessions will be capped at 15 minutes each.

Addressing the feelings of others in the workplace can be a terrifying proposition. After all, few of us know how to handle our own emotions, let alone those of others. However, once we learn to deal with them head-on, that’s when trust, buy-in, and deeper connections are built. 

It’s time for an emotional revolution. Emotions matter and your emotional well-being is impacting how you perform, connect, and engage with the people around you. It’s never too early or late to develop your EI, and the good news is that emotional intelligence can be learned, developed, and enhanced.

Research has shown that emotional intelligence is a critical skill to get the best results. Tuning into emotions is the key to effectively navigating today’s multi-generational, diverse and virtual workforce, and incorporating EI into your repertoire will take your leadership and interpersonal skills to new heights. Quite simply, EI is today’s superpower that managers and employees at all levels need to engage in more meaningful relationships.

In this session, you will learn the emotional skills and mental strategies needed to be stronger and more intelligent than your feelings to deepen your relationships. Emotions should not be feared but celebrated. A wealth of amazing possibilities are available if we learn to harness the superpower of our emotions.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the systemic problems with ignoring emotions in the workplace.
  • Learn why emotions matter in deepening connections, building trust and gaining buy-in.
  • Identify the emotional skills and mental strategies to be stronger than your feelings in today’s workforce.
  • Gain a deeper awareness of your emotional makeup and how that helps and hurts your relationships.

Kate Campbell’s story is a compelling one. After she graduated high school, Kate realized the university path wasn’t for her. When she took a “Woman in Skilled Trades” course, she knew she had found her calling. Her skills and passion led her to appearing in several shows on HGTV. Kate has unique perspective and offers input on how to attract women into the trades and how to change the perspective of parents.

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We know the importance of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job, but when it comes to equipping your female employees there’s an elephant in the room that shouldn’t be ignored.

To ensure a safer, healthier, stronger Canadian labour force it’s important to consider why sizing of PPE is based on male standards and look at how that impacts your female team members and the strength of your organization. Are you measuring up?

In this eye-opening session engineer-turned-advocate Jodi Huettner shares insights gleaned from a 10-year-long study of women’s PPE in the workplace, why it doesn’t work, and how your organization can benefit from changing your standards. 

Whether you are a woman or an ally in the field, a foreperson, an H&S professional, a JOSH team member, or an executive who cares about your employees, this session will arm you with tools to do better for your female team members, and ultimately improve workplace safety, health and performance across the board. 

Bill Ferreira has played a leading role in Canada’s construction industry for nearly a decade and is the Executive Director at BuildForce Canada.

His session will offer valuable insight into the labour market and the shortage of skilled trades workers and provide solutions to filling the labour gap. He’ll approach the industry with an eye to different opportunities and future thinking.

Learn how professional leaders can perform in their roles more effectively by elevating how they think, learn and act. Create a culture that cultivates a growth mindset for your organization and better understand the relationship between your growth mindset and success at the office, on the jobsite and even at home.