May 2021 - ICBA

ICBA MEMBER PROFILE: Duke Fire Services Inc

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Duke Fire Services Inc is an Indigenously owned business that is passionate about protecting the people, the land and the environment. They believe that strong partnerships with First Nation Communities will provide economic prosperity, social well-being, and respect for the people and land that they work on.

Duke Fire Services strives to be an industry leader for fire suppression. They will evolve and grow to meet the demands of different industries. Their revolutionary equipment provides fire suppression solutions for Drilling, Completions, Facilities, Pipeline, Forestry, Camps, Emergency Response and Disaster Relief.

image0Duke Fire Services does one thing and they do it well. They are the leaders, the experts, the innovators and their goal is to Ensure Peace of Mind for Your Most Valuable Resources.

Duke Fire Services Inc has designed and manufactured the industry leading fire fighting technology. Their CSA certified, turn key fire suppression system offers a high level of fire fighting protection to any project.

The Duke Hellfighter® foam fire suppression unit is user friendly and extremely effective when fighting fire, protecting your people, resources and equipment.

The Duke Hellfighter® is an industry leader, and can help your project by:

  • 50%-90% cost savings to the client compared to conventional fire fighting (fire truck)
  • 60 minutes of continuous fire suppression with the ability to refill water and foam on site for additional fire fighting capabilities.
  • The ability to reach over 325’ with a 250’ hose and 50-100’ spray distance.
  • Equipped with a 3000W in tank heater, an 1800W space heater and 3” Polyurethane walls with an insulation value of R22 to prevent freeze up.
  • Uses an environmentally friendly Foam solution.
  • Duke provides on-site orientation training and certificate.
  • Duke has successfully completed a Scientific Research and Experimental Development Audit (SR&ED).
  • Duke has produced 6 prototypes perfecting the Hellfighter®.
  • Has the ability to operate with or without personnel
  • Comes equipped with a 25’ mast light tower
  • CSA Approved
  • Intrinsically Safe

To learn more about Duke Fire Services, visit or call 1-844-GET-DUKE.

ICBA MEMBER NEWS: Hall, Jacob Bros & Tybo Support Abbotsford HEO Program

Kudos to ICBA members Hall Constructors, Jacob Bros Construction & Tybo Contracting for loaning vital equipment to Abbotsford School District’s Heavy Equipment Operator career program. You’re making a real difference in young people’s lives — and drawing more quality people into the trades!

Over the past 13 years, Abbotsford Career Programs has delivered the Road Builders Foundation and Heavy Equipment foundation course to high school students. This is the only Heavy Equipment Operator high school program in Canada.

In 2020-21, the program partnered with Thompson Rivers University for instructor and curricular support. Their qualified staff is ITA certified and experienced in the delivery of this course throughout BC. Companies donated equipment for training purposes over two weeks of pit operation.

ITA requires the following equipment:

  • 2 Excavators
  • 2 Dozers
  • 2 Loaders
  • 2 Articulated Rock trucks
  • Skid Steer
  • Backhoe (If possible)

The cohort consisted of 16 high school aged students, both male and female. Each student rotated through the various equipment over the 2-week period in the gravel pit. Students obtained up to 8 hours on each piece.

Career programs provide:

  • All required insurance coverage, up to $2,000,000 for commercial liability and $5,000,000 for equipment coverage.
  • Low Bed transportation
  • Fuel
  • Daily grease
  • ITA Certified Instructor
  • 2nd Pit Boss: Tech Teacher with 10 yrs HEO experience.

All students are in grade 12 and look for work placements at the conclusion of the program.

With the support of our local businesses, Abbotsford has been able to provide young adults this training opportunity so they are prepared to safely enter the workforce as future Heavy Equipment operators.

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TRAINING THURSDAY: Painting Red Seal Challenge & ICBA Workplace Wellness

Kerry and Jordan talk about two of ICBA’s signature programs: our Painting & Decorating Red Seal Challenge course ( and our ICBA Workplace Wellness Program (

Painting Red Seal Challenge

The Red Seal Challenge Program for Painter and Decorators is designed to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge of experienced Painter and Decorators to prepare them to successfully challenge the Red Seal exam and build their understanding of the trade.

Thanks Concord Painting & Wallcovering, Corrcoat Services, Lincor Enterprises, M&L Painting, Sherwin Williams and Cloverdale Paint for your incredible support of this program!

Over 14 weeks, participants will work through the course content of Levels 1, 2, and 3, with online courses, virtual classroom sessions, video demonstrations and other activities to ensure that all learning styles are supported. Participants will not need to take time off work for this program. Participants will not need to take time off work for this program.

Topics covered in the program are:

  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • OH&S Regulations and WorkSafeBC PPE Safety Training Overview
  • Workplace Hazards
  • Trade Math Fundamentals
  • Drawings and Specifications
  • Industry Tools and Equipment Surface Preparation
  • Paint Technology
  • Colour Theory Paint and Coating Application
  • Correction Paint and Coating Failures
  • Wood Finishes
  • Decorative/Specialty Finishes
  • Wall Covering Procedures
  • Industrial Paints and Coatings
  • Spray Application

Please note: This program is recommended for anyone wanting to challenge the Painter and Decorator Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Exam who can prove a minimum of 8,100 work hours of directly related work experience. It is recommended that participants have approval from their Apprenticeship Authority.

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ICBA Workplace Wellness Program

Offered free-of-charge to ICBA members, our new Workplace Wellness Program is designed to promote individual wellbeing and to foster healthy culture change in construction workplaces, through engaging information and resources. The program is scalable to companies of all sizes, and features ongoing client support and self-paced online courses and other delivery tools.

Materials Delivered Monthly — Theme-specific materials are delivered in digital formats:

  • Overview of theme and resources
  • Multiple short educational pieces
  • Multiple toolbox talks
  • Site posters
  • Virtual professional development courses (optional add-on)
  • Plus an engaging, self-paced online course, delivering informative multi-media content, including practical tips and links to other resources.

Thanks Canada Life for your support of ICBA Wellness!

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ICBA MEMBER PROFILE: All-West Glass Featured by

The following first appeared in the May 10, 2021, edition of the Energy Now newsletter:


Locally owned by Northerners, All-West Glass was established in 1971 with the belief that a company could have both high quality products and outstanding customer service. AWG has grown into one of the largest and most dynamic independent glass companies in Canada. Their 19 retail locations in Edmonton and throughout Northwestern Canada offer a comprehensive automotive, residential (windows, doors and custom glass) and commercial service and product inventory.

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All-West Glass is your go-to glass store in Northwest Canada. If you are looking for glass windows, doors or other glass components for your residential or commercial properties, they can help. They have an extensive range of high-quality glass products that can fit your exact requirements. When it comes to auto glass in Edmonton, Kitimat, Prince George and many other cities in British Columbia and Alberta, All-West Glass is again a leader. They can install and repair windshields and other glass parts present in your cars and RVs. With All West Glass comes 50 years’ experience and the assurance that you get the best deal and the best product.


Their service areas across Northwestern Canada are experiencing phenomenal growth, and we are thrilled to help build stronger communities. They also focus on creating growth and harmony in their workplace community: everyone at All-West Glass is committed to quality programs and safety, and they are proud to participate in a profit-sharing plan with their employees.


AWG has more than 300 employees including 175 certified glaziers and/or government certified automotive glass technicians. They are all proud to support the Northern communities in which we live and work. Many of us are very active in local charities, sports groups, sponsorships and other community events.

For more information on All-West Glass, visit their website at

CONSTRUCTION INSITES: Measuring Up or Falling Short at a Time of Crisis?

The ultimate measure of a person, as the quote goes, is not where they stand in moments of comfort but at times of challenge. The same is true of governments, and the recent and belated federal budget contains plenty of warning signs about where the current government – and consequently Canadians – stand at this extremely challenging time. Stark choices lay ahead as we look to recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In this edition of Merit Canada’s Construction InSites, we take the measure of the budget and recent government performance more broadly, and examine some of the policy implications for open shop contractors and for our long-term shared prosperity. We focus on five key areas of crucial interest to our members and to the Canadian economy, and on which Merit Canada made recommendations in its pre-budget submission.

In our view, the government has earned middling and even failing grades. The budget leaves us without a sense of focus or urgency with respect to the need for meaningful spending control, nor any tax and regulatory reform to enable and indeed super-charge a private sector-driven recovery. It also renews the fears we should all share about Canada’s debt burden – now at levels never before seen in our history – particularly since the government has committed to no more than shrinking the size of the debt relative to the economy in an undefined “medium term”.

Canada was already lagging other countries on productivity and competitiveness before COVID-19 hit – recently ranked 51st in “trading across borders” by the World Bank, and an embarrassing 64th in “dealing with construction permits” – so if ever there was a moment to measure up and boldly seize the opportunity that is embedded in a crisis, that time is now.

See the full Spring 2021 edition of Construction Insites HERE.

CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS: Sean Hodgins Shares the Century Group Success Story

Sean Hodgins grew up in the construction business and is now the president of ICBA Builders’ Circle member Century Group, a family-owned business that was started in 1957. The company is based in New Westminster, BC but has recently been doing a lot of work in Vancouver working alongside local communities and neighbourhoods to add flavour and housing as needed. The mid-sized real estate development and management company handles its own construction while also managing enough income-producing properties to balance the tables.

Over the past few years, Sean has seen a lot, but nothing compares to the past 12 months as he has watched the construction process and housing market flip-flop in terms of local government and red tape. He commented that for a bit at the beginning it was almost refreshing to work with inspectors and the government as they waived some protocols and practices due to COVID. However, now the protocols and practices are back in place, and units are roadblocked waiting on permits. Sean commented that he would “like to think there would be a better way to deal with this process” and that “expediency isn’t caught with due process” which makes it harder to survive.

Interestingly enough, Sean works constantly with local governments despite acknowledging the difficulties with regulations, with the final goal of creating purpose-driven housing communities. He strongly believes that “local government needs to lead an intelligent discussion” to get local communities more involved in the planning processes. For example, if a neighbourhood feels they want better transit options then they need to be open to denser communities, which can be a difficult but necessary evil to address. His dream would be for local governments to really sit down with their people to discuss what they want upfront instead of waiting until people disagree with building permits and turn council meetings into a “shooting match at public areas.”

In fact, one of Sean’s favourite projects while at Century Group was the construction of 3 Civic Plaza which is the largest project they created in Surrey. They worked closely with the Surrey City Development Corporation and identified a need to add sophistication to the downtown and the need for a hotel because there wasn’t much to offer in the industry-focused area.

Outside of improving government engagement, Sean reiterated the need to get more women into the construction industry stating that “we are much better, but we have to be better-er.” He explained that they need the viewpoint of women to create better projects, and the construction industry in general needs to “really embrace and make a welcoming and inclusive environment” because this should not be “an alpha-male industry.”

TRAINING THURSDAY: Introduction to Construction Delay Claims (Live Webinar)

On this episode of Training Thursday, Kerry and Jordan discuss an upcoming live online training session: Introduction to Construction Delay Claims.

This presentation is meant to advance participants’ understanding of construction delay claims. It will include multiple examples to help explain the principles of delay claims, the damages and the allocation of responsibility for delay among the project participants. There will also be a detailed review of planning schedules and as-built schedules, using different methods of presentation from actual construction projects to assist in explaining these concepts.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021: 12:00pm – 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Topics covered:
– Delay claims
– Loss of productivity claims
– Ways of presenting delay claims
– Preparation of delay claims
– Damages claimed
– How courts treat claims

Instructor: Mark Braidwood is a principal of SHK with more than 22 years experience. He is a litigation lawyer with expertise in the areas of construction, commercial and insurance law. Mark has conducted trials and appeals in all levels of British Columbia courts, and has acted as counsel in arbitrations, administrative hearings and mediations. Mark’s construction practice includes representing all parties involved in construction disputes, including owners, developers, construction managers, contractors and engineers. Mark’s broad commercial practice includes cases involving shareholder disputes, director and officer liability, contract and business disputes, product liability, leases, sale of goods, and related issues. In Mark’s insurance law practice, he acts for both insurers and insureds, defending claims and prosecuting subrogated claims. Mark lectures and provides seminars to industry and legal professionals. Mark enjoys acting as a Moot Court judge at the University of British Columbia, and he regularly provides pro bono legal services for Access Justice.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021: 12:00pm – 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

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ICBA NEWS: ICBA 2021 North American Trade Association of the Year

The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) has won the Reed Award as the 2021 North American Trade Association of the Year.

“Winning the North American Trade Association of the Year award is another indicator of the exceptional team we have at ICBA and all the hard work they do supporting our members in the area of group health benefits, workforce development and training, and advocacy,” said Chris Gardner, ICBA President. “I am very proud of what our team has been able to deliver over the past year – their commitment and hard work, particularly given the challenges related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, has been remarkable.”

The Washington, DC-based Reed Awards, named after Campaigns & Elections founder and campaign marketing pioneer Stanley Foster Reed, embody excellence in advocacy, grassroots engagement, and campaign management.

“By design, a Reed is extraordinarily difficult to win. And when you do walk away with a Reed you know it means one thing: Your work is hands down, no questions asked, the very best in the industry,” said Shane D’Aprile, Co-Publisher, Campaigns & Elections, before the ceremony.

Over the past four years, ICBA has won 12 Reed Awards for its advocacy on behalf of our open shop construction members and clients.

ICBA was previously named North American Trade Association of the Year in 2019.