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Welcome to the CLR’s Speaker Series!

We are excited to introduce the CLR’s brand new initiative – a series of speaker events, where we will be bringing in subject matter experts to discuss the construction industry opportunities, challenges, long-term trends and immediate concerns – a variety of topics that matter the most to you as a construction employer.

We are opening the series with a virtual town hall that we called “ROAD TO RECOVERY”. We will host a panel discussion of our partner speakers and in-house experts, who will be sharing their perspectives on COVID-recovery-related questions, faced by the employers.

Join us to discuss:

  • Employers’ questions on mandatory vaccination
  • Rapid testing program options are available
  • WorkSafeBC changes in regard to the current stage of the pandemic and more
  • Q&A session: your questions will be taken in the online chat function and responded to by the panel.

Mark your calendar for November 25th, 10:00-11:00 AM.

The invitation has been sent to the CLR Members – the registration is FREE.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Speaker Series and to having engaging conversations as we host this and further events within our discussion forum.

Dr. (Dave) Baspaly, COCA, President

Dr. Dave Baspaly is an experienced corporate leader and a Certified Management Consultant with a remarkable ability to bring diverse interests together to achieve collaboration and cooperation. Dave has a Doctorate in Business Administration from the International School of Management (ISM). In addition to his Doctorate, he has obtained a master’s degree from Royal Roads University specializing in dispute resolution, and an Undergraduate Degree in history and political science from Simon Fraser University. Dave is the current President of COCA BC – The Council of Construction Associations that represents all major construction associations in British Columbia and acts on behalf of the construction industry in all WorkSafeBC matters.

Grant McMillan, COCA, Strategic Advisor

Grant has worked as a university professor in Alberta and as the Vice President of Administration Services for WorkSafeBC before being asked to start up the Council of Construction Associations (COCA) as its President in 1992. CLR was one of the founding members of COCA. Grant retired from the President’s role in 2013 and now works as Strategic Advisor to COCA.

Ken McCormack, CLR, President and CEO

Ken joined CLR as President and CEO in April 2019. A strategic professional and seasoned 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.

Paul Strangway, CLR, Senior Labour Relations Director

Paul has been Senior Director, Labour Relations since August 2019 and initially joined CLR as Director, Labour Relations in August 2012. Prior to CLR he worked as a Senior Negotiator at Metro Vancouver supporting collective bargaining and labour relations in the municipal sector.