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Powering Up: Preparing Canada’s Skilled Trades for a Post-Pandemic Economy

The report by the thought leadership group at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Technological change, accelerated by the pandemic, has transformed not only the tools available to tradespeople, but the skills needed to operate them. Today’s industrial mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators must have the…

In Memory of our Colleague and Friend, Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith – In Memory of our Colleague and Friend

1958 – 2020

Bruce Smith, Special Project Manager at CIMS Limited Partnership and past Vice-President and General Manager of Brymark Installations Group, joined the CLR Board of Directors in September 2014.

During the six years that…

Message from the CLR President

CLR Members,

Welcome to the November edition of the CLR CONNECTOR.

In this publication, we are glad to announce our most recent initiative – the CLR’s Speaker Series. We envision this to be a discussion forum for our members, where we will facilitate industry-relevant conversations. The…

CLR Speaker Series: Episode 1 – “Road To Recovery”

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…

Changing Workplace Culture by Being More than a Bystander

By Karen Dearlove, Executive Director of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT)

Developed in 2011 by the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) and the BC Lions, the Be More Than a Bystander program recognizes that most men care deeply about…

More Women Needed in Skilled Trades, but Barriers Remain

As the economy accelerates, Canada faces a massive shortage in skilled labour over the next decade as workers retire and demand for talent grows.

One of the ways to fill that gap is to attract — and retain — more women, who while occupying half…