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Staying on top: Attracting and retaining talent has never been tougher – or more integral to success

June 12, 2019 Saul Chernos

Construction activity continues to fire on all cylinders in Canadian urban centres and is faring well in most other areas of the country. Canada’s Top Contractors are hitting fresh heights as well, but the success masks a steep challenge for

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Grant Beck, president and CEO of Graham Group, dies suddenly

June 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—A veteran member of Canada’s construction industry and the president and CEO of Graham Group, died suddenly last week, according to a statement from the company’s executive team and board of directors. “With heavy hearts, the employees and leadership team

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After big April gain, construction employment slips in May

June 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The construction labour market rallied in April after four straight months of losses, but it slipped back to its losing ways in May, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The industry shed approximately 8,600 jobs in May, seasonally

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Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy  

June 11, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may

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Ontario construction industry prepares for new prompt payment, adjudication rules expected to bring ‘profound’ change

June 11, 2019 David Kennedy

TORONTO—Contractors, subcontractors, owners, construction lawyers and a wide range of other stakeholders in Ontario’s construction industry have four final months to prepare for one of the most significant changes to the province’s building industry in years. After a long series

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Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites

June 11, 2019 Katherine Ayre and Adrienne Ho

Drones can be valuable, cost-effective tools on construction sites. Typically used to conduct aerial surveys or collect data, they can also carry bitumen printers and transport payloads across long distances. As of June 1, 2019, however, drones will be subject

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OPG relocating headquarters east of Toronto, planning construction of new campus for 2,000 workers

June 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

CLARINGTON—Ontario Power Generation is planning to consolidate its workforce in Clarington, Ont., drawing staff from 15 locations across southern Ontario. The crown-owned generating company, which produces about half of Ontario’s power, said June 10 it expects to start construction on

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SNC-Lavalin CEO steps aside as board eyes new direction for ailing firm

June 11, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Neil Bruce’s tenure as CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. came to an end June 11, capping off a near four-year stint marked by a 42 per cent plunge in share price and a political controversy tied to an ongoing corruption

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Windsor, Ont. contractor Rosati Group edges its way to the top of On-Site’s Top Five Under 50

June 10, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Staying true to its roots in southwestern Ontario, Rosati Group has grown to new heights. Carving out its legacy since 1969, the family-owned contractor has secured the top spot in On-Site’s Top Five Under 50 category for the third time

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It’s not easy going green: For contractors, embracing the sustainable building ‘paradigm shift’ isn’t optional

June 10, 2019 David Kennedy

With exposed concrete on all sides and piping from mechanical systems overhead, a compact drilling rig bores slowly into the ground beneath the Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto. The rig takes about a day to drill a 13-centimetre (five-inch) borehole

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On-Site reveals Canada’s 2019 Top Contractors

June 10, 2019 by David Kennedy

Our annual report highlighting the 40 largest construction companies in the country

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Industry 4.0: Embracing technology for asset performance certainty

June 10, 2019 David Bowcott

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and like every new iteration born out of the technology sector it has been given a future-forward moniker: Industry 4.0. Some believe the impact from this industrial revolution could be greater than the

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SNC-Lavalin delays decision on whether to opt for judge or jury in corruption trial until June 28

June 7, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pushing back its decision on whether to opt for a trial by jury or by judge alone in a corruption case that has tripped up the engineering giant and ensnared it in a political controversy for

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Edmonton shortlists three construction teams for $2.6B Valley Line West LRT

June 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The procurement battle for one of the largest transit infrastructure projects in the country is down to three consortia. The City of Edmonton released a three-team shortlist for the approximately $2.6 billion Valley Line West LRT project June 5. The

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Rival all-Alberta Indigenous coalition sets sights on Trans Mountain pipeline

June 6, 2019 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Indigenous competition for the right to buy an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline system is heating up, with an Alberta group announcing June 5 it intends to assemble a province-wide coalition of supporters. Iron Coalition said it has

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SNC-Lavalin encouraged to overhaul business model, sell off Canadian construction operations

June 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Faced with steep legal challenges, one financial analyst says the company should divest its Infrastructure unit and refocus entirely on engineering and other services

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Bird Construction shuffles top leadership, McKibbon to take over as president and CEO

June 5, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Bird Construction Inc. is shaking up its top leadership, appointing industry veteran Terrance McKibbon as its next president and CEO. McKibbon, who spent more than 20 years at Aecon Group Inc. before joining Bird as chief operating officer in 2017,

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Canada’s Top 40 Contractors by revenue

June 5, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

On-Site’s 2019 Top Contractors by revenue. To see how this year’s list stacks up against previous top performers, click here. Or, to read through the entire 2019 Top Contractors issue, click here.

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Ottawa, Quebec announce $500M for reconstruction of Canada’s longest highway tunnel

June 4, 2019 Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada’s longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs. “We’re bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century,” said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe

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Liberals postpone policy update that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid ban from federal business

June 3, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government has postponed a long-awaited update to Canada’s corporate-misconduct provisions, including changes that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid being barred from lucrative federal contracts. The government wants more time to study how it will modernize its so-called “integrity regime”