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Stepping Forward

Date: November 2, 2005

Time: 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: The Fairmont Palliser

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The symposium provided a forum in which key parties from various perspectives could discuss the challenges facing the construction industry.

Major attendees included: Building Trades and Construction Council; Canadian Construction Association; Progressive Contractors Association of Canada; Merit Contractors Association; Canadian Coalition of Open Shop Construction Associations; National Construction Labour Relations Association; Christian Labour Association of Canada. 

Wednesday Night Keynote
Labour Market Information: What we Know?  What we Don’t Know?  Who’s Doing What About it?
George Gritziotis, Executive Director of the Construction Sector Council


Susan Williams
Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Human Resources and Employment

Brian Bickley
Industrial Relations Manager, Syncrude Canada Ltd

Terry Burton
Manager of Construction Labour Resources, Shell Canada Ltd

Thursday Morning Keynote: Ray Pennings VP Research WRF

Morning and Afternoon Panel Discussions
1. Where will the Workers Come From?

Wally Semkowich
General Superintendent and Labour Relations,
Kellogg Brown & Root (Canada) Co.

Wayne Olmstead
Human Resource Manager,
Flint Energy Services Ltd

2. Connecting Construction with Communities

Terry Boudreau

JudyLynn Archer
Executive Director, Women Building Futures

Gord Weiland
Regional Sales Director,
ESS Compass Group

3. Innovations for Tomorrow

Shirley Westeinde, Past President
Canadian Construction Association / Westeinde Construction Ltd

Robert Blakely
Director of Canadian Affairs, Building and Construction Trades Council

Dick Heinen
Alberta Director, Christian Labour Association of Canada

Stephen Kushner
President, Merit Contractors Association

Neil Tidsbury
President, Construction Labour Relations —Alberta

Brent Rathgeber
Executive Director, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada