Awards winners announced for B.C. Construction Month
The industry is highlighting the best in procurement, culture and leadership.
B.C. is breaking ground on its 6th Annual Construction and Skilled Trades Month by recognizing excellence across the industry in three areas: public sector procurement, culture change, and leadership.
“The construction industry is going full steam in an extremely challenging economic environment,” said Chris Atchison, president of the BC Construction Association (BCCA). “Every day they build the housing, schools, and hospitals that British Columbians rely on. They’re dedicated, but they’re not invincible. Construction Month is how we showcase the industry and recognize its contribution to our economy and society.”
Awards for construction industry culture
The Builders Code is honouring five employers with Builders Code Champion Awards for leading the way in advancing the culture of B.C.’s industrial, commercial, and institutional construction sector. According to the BCCA, the province’s industry is 95.50% male. The association stated that since COVID-19, gender diversity has taken a backwards step, with tradeswomen dropping from 6.3% to 4.50% of the skilled workforce. The group stated that it’s crucial that employers lead the way to a contemporary culture that will attract new talent and alleviate the workforce shortage.
The 2023 Builders Code Champions are:
- Island Red Cedar Construction (Nanaimo) – Small Contractor of the Year
- Lacey Construction (Deroche) – Community Champion
- Houle Electric (Burnaby) – Contractor of the Year – and Workplace Culture Champion – (Large Company Category)
- Kinetic Construction (Victoria) – Recruiting and Hiring Champion
- RAM Consulting (Vancouver) – Workplace Culture Champion – (Medium Company Category)
Awards for public sector procurement
The association explained that procuring construction services is a highly specialized practice that requires unique experience, knowledge, and skill. It added that as the pressure to build housing and other infrastructures collide with skyrocketing costs, labour shortages, and lack of timely payment, procurement best practises are more important than ever for project success. That’s why the BC Construction Association (BCCA) has chosen to honour public owners who consistently show leadership in the procurement of construction services:
- Fraser Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, and Vancouver Coastal Health – Facilities Management Procurement Team
- City of Victoria – Supply Management Services
- BC Ministry of Citizen Services – Procurement Services
The Public Sector Procurement and Builders Code Champion Awards will be presented throughout the month of April, at events hosted by the BCCA and regional construction associations.
Awards for leadership
In Victoria on April 19, the BC Construction Association will present awards for leadership in apprenticeship and community-building at an invitation-only gala dinner. The Leadership Awards are an annual opportunity for the construction industry to acknowledge its outstanding people and the companies they represent. The 2023 Leadership Award winners are:
- Wayne Farey, Campbell Construction (Victoria)
- Ryan Thran, Knappett Projects (Comox)
- Julia Murrell, Kindred Construction (Vancouver)
- Tyler Cameron, Acadia Mechanical (Terrace)
The Leadership Awards are sponsored by the BCCA and LNG Canada as the Platinum sponsors of Construction Month 2023. For more information about the Construction Month award winners visit www.constructionmonth.ca.