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Article InfrastructureSkills Development

From the editor: Oh Canada, eh?

June 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

It’s done. The surveys are in. The results have been tallied. And our annual Top Contractors report is complete. Thank you so much to all that participated in this year’s survey. It’s your willingness to share information with us that

Article Software / Hardware

Edgy E-Newsletters: Best practices for commercial contractors

April 1, 2013 By Joe Dysart

Despite all the buzz over social media, email newsletters still remain extremely cost-effective tools for commercial contractors–tools that can create strong, emotional bonds with customers that are not easily severed. “It’s a key element of how we communicate not only

Article Law

Terminating Employees for Cause

April 1, 2013 Matthew Swanson and Brandon Hillis

Terminating employees can be difficult, stressful and, if not done properly, expensive. This is particularly true when an employee has been terminated for cause. In such situations, the employee and the employer will often have substantially different views as to

Article Risk Management

Celebrating failure to manage risk

April 1, 2013 David Bowcott

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that

Article Software / Hardware

Managing the risks of BYOD

April 1, 2013 Jacob Stoller

Life used to be simple. When a supervisor logged into the corporate network from a jobsite, it was on a company-owned mobile device, protected by the company’s IT security mechanisms. Today, thanks to the rapid rise of the bring-your-own device

Article AsphaltRoads

The road ahead for foamed asphalt

April 1, 2013 Jim Barnes

Asphalt roadbuilding costs are under pressure and pretty much everyone – from owners to contractors – agrees on the need to get them under control. Foamed asphalt, first developed in the U.S. about 50 years ago, holds potential to keep

Article Infrastructure

How global warming will impact your business

April 1, 2013 Jim Barnes

“There’s no question that the world’s climate is changing. It doesn’t matter why… It’s going to change, and that means we have to change with it,” says Clive Thurston, president, Ontario General Contractors Association, Mississauga, Ont. Everyone in this industry

Article Skills Development

From the editor: Industry steps up

April 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

On April 1, BuildForce Canada opened its doors, replacing the Construction Sector Council (CSC) after a decade of providing labour market forecasting to the construction industry. Recognizing the importance of this type of forecasting, the construction community intervened. “In the

Article Heavy Equipment

NHES 2013 on track to be largest show ever

March 1, 2013 Staff Report

Excitement is growing for the country’s largest heavy equipment event, the National Heavy Equipment Show (NHES), which will be held at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. April 18-19, 2013. “We are very excited to return to Mississauga for the

Article Risk Management

The problem with insurance

March 1, 2013 David Bowcott

Some of you may think there are several problems with insurance, but for the purposes of this article I’m going to focus on one problem that relates to construction projects and the operations of those projects after substantial completion. What

Article FinancingSkills Development

Constructing the sale of your business

March 1, 2013 Contributed by MNP

Most contractors have built their businesses from the ground up, on their own terms and on their own timelines. When it comes time to think about selling, or executing a succession plan, having a strategy in place ensures you’re in

Article Concrete

Concrete faces increasing environmental demands

March 1, 2013 Canadian Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Materials supply companies are facing a new reality in obtaining access to markets and meeting the demands of the environmental consumer. Recent history has seen limitations on the construction of buildings and sites unless environmental assessments are conducted in order

Article Roads

8 innovations in road surface products and techniques

March 1, 2013 Tricia Radison

To the untrained eye, a road surface is just a layer of asphalt or concrete. But there is an abundance of products, techniques and treatments that can do everything from preventing pavement from cracking to lessening traffic noise to helping

Article ConcreteRoads

A concrete future for road repair

March 1, 2013 Staff Report

Road-maintenance projects are certainly not an uncommon site around the Greater Toronto Area, so the work that was done in September 2012 to repair the intersection of Courtney Park and Kennedy Road in Mississauga, Ont. would not seem unique to

Article Skills Development

From the editor: Strength in numbers

March 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

What a whirlwind 2013 has been so far. In January, I was invited to a Pre-Bauma Media Dialog in Munich, where I got an international perspective on the equipment and technology coming down the pipe (see Sneak Peek on pg.

Article Demolition

Master blasters

February 1, 2013 DAVID GODKIN

Demolition experts a rare breed in construction industry

Article Financing

David Bowcott on transparency, construction and risk

February 1, 2013 David Bowcott

The world is becoming more transparent. Facebook hit over one billion users in 2012 (that is one in seven people willing to post much of their personal information online). Twitter means any set of eyes can report via their mobile

Article Law

Law Column: Tender with care

February 1, 2013 Matthew Swanson and Bill Woodhead

Tendering is often a complex and hurried process, and sometimes mistakes are made. These errors can be costly, as contractors are generally required to submit an irrevocable bid along with bid security, which may be lost if the contractor attempts

Article Infrastructure

Editorial: Sunny Forecast

February 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

Fresh back from my annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for World of Concrete (WOC), I’m optimistic about what 2013 holds for Canada’s construction industry. For the past four years, I have walked the show floor chatting with our American colleagues,

Article Machine Control

Machine control: Getting good grades is faster and easier

February 1, 2013 David Godkin

Forty-five years ago it was my first job; a skinny 17-year-old kid working on a 50-km stretch of dirt, soon to be Highway 103 East from Hubbards to Halifax. A simple job, too: Place a small stone on a stake