September 2017 - ICBA

TRAINING THURSDAY: Effective Presentations

Does your job involve presenting to coworkers/clients or facilitating meetings? Check out our new Effective Presentations course!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to structure your presentations to tell a compelling and memorable story;
  • How to overcome feeling nervous;
  • How to anticipate and address questions and objections from your audience;
  • How to work with the crowd through effective facilitation techniques;
  • How to use effective presentation aids and materials.

The course includes group discussions and hands-on workshops; by the end of the seminar you’ll be comfortable speaking under pressure, organizing your thoughts quickly into an effective and compelling presentation, managing difficult questions, and ensuring your audience understands, and remembers, your key messages.

Interested in taking this course? The first session is in Kelowna in October; check out our upcoming course calendar for more information and to register at And while you’re there, make sure you subscribe to our bi-weekly training newsletter at!

Looking to offer this course at your office? We can do that too! Contact the training department at to discuss how ICBA can bring the trainer directly to you for this or any other course we offer.



TRAINING THURSDAY: Write winning proposals and effective reports

Are your proposals successful? Are your reports as effective as they could be? In our competitive world, your proposals need to be compelling, concise and articulate, and your reports need to be focused on exactly what your client needs.

Our new Writing Winning Proposals and Effective Reports course will teach you these skills. The two-part course will help you to develop the confidence and writing skills necessary to write effective proposals and reports.

In the Writing Winning Proposals workshop, you will:

  • Learn about different types of proposals, from formal Request for Proposals (RFP) and related requests from vendors, to less formal proposals, estimates, and quotes
  • Understand how to differentiate your proposal from others by articulating your competitive advantages
  • Apply specific techniques across the planning, drafting, and revising stages for your proposal
  • Understand what clients are looking for when they are evaluating your proposal

In the Writing Effective Reports workshop, you will:

  • Learn about different types of reports, from formal technical reports to informal short reports
  • Understand how to tailor your reports for senior management and other audience groups
  • Avoid common mistakes
  • Learn to craft a report work plan and structure your key sections and content

Both sessions take place on November 23 in Burnaby; you are able to register for just one of the seminars, or take both in one day. Visit for more information on this or any of our other upcoming courses!

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NEWS RELEASE: Nothing in BCUC Report to Stop Site C Construction

BURNABY, B.C.: The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) released its Preliminary Report regarding its Site C Inquiry and the initial findings confirm that construction on the Site C Clean Energy Project should continue.

“There is absolutely nothing in the BCUC Report that would lead anyone to conclude that construction on Site C should not continue,” said Chris Gardner, President of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA).

The findings in the Preliminary Report confirm that Site C is not only on time but is one year ahead of schedule and the project is coming in under budget.

“The BCUC’s review supports the previous work by third-party consultants reviewing the project and the independent Joint Review Panel that studied Site C for 29 months, the project makes sense and is the best way for B.C. to lock-in a source of clean power for the next 100 years,” said Gardner.

Key findings from the BCUC Preliminary Report include:

  • The Site C Project is, as of June 30, 2017, on time to start operating in November 2024.
  • BC Hydro is managing the project to a more aggressive schedule to put the dam in service in 2023, one year earlier than the 2024 date.
  • The BCUC confirmed that BC Hydro has identified cost savings in the Project that increase the amount of available contingency from the $794 million in the budget to a figure of $1.194 billion now.
  • The BCUC found that it is not yet in a position to assess the cost impact to ratepayers of continuing, suspending or terminating construction.

According to Gardner, it is not surprising that the BCUC faced challenges getting sufficient information in some areas since they were only given six weeks to prepare their Preliminary Report.

“The compressed calendar and the fact that Site C is 20% complete does raise a question regarding the real value of the government requesting the BCUC to undertake this review,” Gardner said.

ICBA launched its #Get2Yes on Site C campaign with a media event at BC Hydro’s Vancouver headquarters on June 8, using 2,252 Site C pink slips to illustrate how many people work on the Peace River dam site and who are risk of being fired.

Site C was more than a decade in the planning, has undergone extensive environmental assessments and regulatory reviews, and was signed off by both the federal and provincial governments. Both the process and project have been upheld in fourteen different judicial reviews in the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada.

“The one thing that is clear from the BCUC’s Preliminary Report is that the focus should be on completing Site C on-budget and on-time so that B.C. will benefit from this strategic investment in our long-term clean energy future,” Gardner said.

The BCUC Report can be found here:


How’s your knowledge of tendering law? Let ICBA buy you breakfast while you get an overview!

Tendering as a method of procurement can be fraught with risks as the law changes and adapts, and we want to help you. ICBA’s training department invites you to register now for our October 20 breakfast session in Burnaby, presented by a leading construction lawyer.

Here’s the course outline:

  • Introduction to the law of tendering including an overview of:
  • The difference between tenders and RFPs and other procurement methods
  • The bidder’s obligations to the tendering authority
  • The tendering authority’s obligations to the bidder
  • Tendering case law update and discussion of recent decisions
  • Practical tips and advice on key aspects of tendering

Interested? Register for this or any of our other training courses at You don’t have to be a member to take any of our courses!

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NOW OPEN: Nominations for 2017 Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association and WorkSafeBC are pleased to invite all ICBA member companies and employees involved in the construction industry sector to participate in the 2017 Award for Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation.

Download Application Form HERE

This annual award recognizes all types of health and safety innovations, including, planning for safety at the design stage of projects, engineering controls that replace personal protective equipment, as well as innovative tools and other programs such or techniques that help prevent workplace incidents, injuries and illness.

For the purpose of these awards, innovation is defined as “a new, forward-thinking or new-to-B.C. idea implemented to create a safer, healthier work environment, which is unique in nature and stands apart from what is routine in the industry.”

Innovation Award

Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award: Recognition of an innovative program, policy, tool or project that demonstrates a proven accomplishment in the area of health and safety for the construction industry sector. There is a $5,000 prize for the best submission.

Please refer to the criteria listed on the attached application form to see how your project will be judged. Judges may contact applicants for more information regarding the project.


All employees of ICBA member companies are eligible for the Annual Awards for Innovation in Workplace Health and Safety for Construction. The innovations must be in compliance with the British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Workers Compensation Act, Standards, and Building Code. Safety supply companies are excluded.

Application Process

Any person may nominate an individual who has contributed to a workplace health and safety innovation.

Applications must be made in writing to ICBA and include:

  • A completed application form (information must be provided for all criteria listed on the application form)
  • Each criterion must be addressed individually and in the same order as listed on the application form
  • Download Application Form HERE

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted before the close of business on November 1, 2017. Applications received after this date will not be eligible.


  • Submissions become the property of ICBA and will not be returned
  • The decisions of the judges are final and binding
  • ICBA reserves the right to publish submission details, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Act, and may request finalists to appear for publicity reasons, including attendance at an awards ceremony
  • ICBA’s staff and panel of judges must be allowed to visit the workplace to verify the entry
  • Finalists are to appear for publicity reasons, including attendance at an awards ceremony

If you require more information about joining the association, for help with your entry preparation, or if you are unable to enter online, please contact Sabine at 604-298-7795 or email

Download Application Form HERE