On June 24th, Construction Labour Relations Association of BC held its 12th Annual Ben Backman Memorial Industry Leaders Golf Tournament, benefiting the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. Seen here is CLR’s President and CEO, Ken McCormack, presenting Donna McIntosh with a cheque in the amount of $21,000. Thanks to all who came out and supported this great event!
CLR’s 50th AGM and Conference will be held September 12 – 14, 2019 at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, British Columbia. Registration is now open and is available online. Please click here for all of the details and online registration: 50th AGM and Conference Information.
UPDATE AUG. 15, 2019 – The room block at both the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler are both closed. There is room availability at the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, a short walk to the Upper Village. For reservations call 604-905-2999, however there is no CLR room block.
March 22, 2019
Eric Akelaitis, Chair of CLR’s Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that on April 8, 2019, Ken McCormack will join the Construction Labour Relations Association of BC as President and CEO, replacing Clyde Scollan, who will be retiring this September.
Ken McCormack most recently provided services as President and CEO of the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA of BC). A strategic professional and seasoned executive leader with more than 25 years of management experience at the highest levels, Ken has worked in the government, consulting, agriculture and automotive sectors, representing associations similar in size and scope to CLR.
A strategic professional, Ken will work with the Board and staff to establish a vision and develop sound strategies to address the future needs and expectations of CLR and its membership. Opportunities will be explored both within the organization and the industry with a view to turning those opportunities into advantages for CLR members. Among other things, Ken strives to inspire people and teams, to form strong relationships and partnerships, to be a credible voice in decision making, to advance the needs of CLR and its membership, and to effectively support the Board of Directors.
In addition to a degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, Ken has invested further in his own passion of being an effective negotiator and mediator through advanced training and education from the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (the equivalent of the BC Justice Institute). After announcing that he was leaving his position with the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA of BC) to assume his new role with CLR, he was asked to remain on the Board of Directors of the foundation started by ARA under Ken’s leadership to offer scholarships and bursary awards to people entering into automotive careers. That invitation is a testament to the respect and credibility Ken has earned from his employer and peers.
Ken is excited for the opportunity to bring his experience and dedication to bear on the needs of CLR and its members, and to be working with the CLR staff, Board and partners in growing the value and engagement of the unionized construction sector in BC. He sees his new role as President and CEO as a great challenge and opportunity to apply his experience and knowledge to advance the needs of the Association and its membership.
The Executive Committee and the Board are confident Ken McCormack has the skills, experience, knowledge and keen interest and enthusiasm to quickly learn about our industry and our Association, and to help guide us to the next level. We hope you will join us in welcoming Ken when he comes on board April 8, 2019.
The Board would also like to take this time to thank Clyde Scollan, the current President and CEO for his 30 years of service and dedication to the Association. Clyde and Ken will be working together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition as Ken assumes leadership.
CLR is proud to sponsor the 2019 Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum! We look forward to seeing you there. January 22 to 24th, 2019 at the Prince George Civic Centre. For more information about the Forum, visit http://www.bcnaturalresourcesforum.com/
CLR will be celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary next year in beautiful Whistler, BC – September 13th & 14th, 2019 at the fabulous Four Seasons Resort and Residences.
Mark your calendars!!
CLR’s 49th AGM was held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Center in Penticton, BC, September 14-15, 2018. From all accounts it was a great success.
From the Friday information sessions, touching on Aboriginal Reconciliation, Workforce Development and Mental Health & Substance Use, to dancing the night away to the Ten Souljers party band.
Guests enjoyed the Saturday golfing, kayaking, cycling the Kettle Valley Railway and the always popular wine tours. The event ended with a Southern BBQ and a night of yard and indoor games.
We are pleased to welcome our newest Board members, Shawn Boyd of Houle Electric Ltd. and Troy Halverson of Done Right Painting and Sandblasting Ltd.
CLR’s 49th AGM this year will be September 14 – 15 at the beautiful Penticton Lakeside Resort. Information on our upcoming AGM is now available. Click here for details and online registration. We look forward to seeing you all there!
UPDATE AUGUST 23 – Our room block at the Penticton Lakeside Resort is full. As of today the hotel is sold out for Thursday and Friday night although, of course, their availability may vary if they receive some cancellations. Please contact Joleen (email@example.com) for assistance in finding alternate accommodations.
On March 1st, 2018 2 new talents joined the Association. Please help us welcome the following new staff:
Steve Clark, Director, Labour Relations
Mr. Clark will be assuming responsibility for the Industrial/Mechanical contracts, currently assigned to Clyde Scollan and Mike Zaine. With over 20 years of LR/HR and general management experience, Mr. Clark has negotiated agreements in both the private and public sector, in industries such as hazardous materials abatement, demolition, consumer packaged goods and waste management. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and holds the Certified Professional in Human Resources designation.
Chris Mydske, Director, Labour Relations
Chris comes to CLR with an extensive background in Labour Relations. He spent the last 11 years working for Loblaws in multiple, progressively senior Labour Relations roles. Over his tenure with Loblaws he has developed extensive experience in Collective Bargaining, representing the Employer in numerous sets of negotiations with multiple unions in the retail industry. Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC in 2003. He received a Diploma in Human Resource Management from BC in 2006 before beginning his career in Labour Relations.
CLR’s 48th AGM which was held at the Westin Bear Mountain in Victoria, BC from September 22-23, 2017 was a great success.
An enjoyable Friday night of entertainment featured SWAY, a Tribute to Michael Bublé and a fun and engaging Casino Royale Night followed on the Saturday. The weather cooperated beautifully for the golfers while the whale watching tour experienced the best tour of the tour operator’s season. The Galloping Goose bike riders and those who toured the Butchart Gardens also enjoyed the beautiful weather along with gorgeous scenery.
We are pleased to announce our new Chairman of the Board, Eric Akelaitis of CIMS Limited Partnership and to welcome our newest Board member, Sarah Clark of Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc.
Welcome to our newly-launched website! And a huge thank you to those CLR members who shared their worksite photos – you are all amazing!