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👷‍♀️ Talent Thursdays: 50k by 2050

Énska's big launch, Exoskeletons, dual credit grants in Alberta

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Good morning! 🦴Two skeletons are better than one. Masonry, concrete and scaffolding services provider Atwill-Morin plans to implement exoskeletons for its crews in Quebec. The company says the futuristic technology will prevent injuries for workers who have to repeatedly lift heavy loads.


According to a recent analysis by the Royal Bank of Canada, the country could need more than 500,000 additional construction workers on average to build all homes needed between now and 2030—and even more than that in the short term to meet peak growth in demand.


Steven Crombie has joined the Ontario Road Builders’ Association as its new senior, director, public affairs. The association said Crombie is a seasoned public affairs professional with industry association and government experience. He brings a unique blend of heavy civil construction and policy expertise.

Katie Kohlenberg has been hired as manager, project development and collaborative delivery at Bird Construction. Previously, Kohlenberg served as director of operations, senior IPD coach and senior sustainability project lead at EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting. 

Troy Glasner has started a new position at Focal Engineering as a senior energy analyst and project manager. Focal said Glasner is an industry veteran with a long history of breaking new ground in building sustainability.

Jason Thorne has joined Stantec’s Urban Places practice as a sector leader for Canada. Thorne brings over two decades of planning and community development. In the last decade, Thorne served as the City of Hamilton’s general manager of planning and economic development.


🚀 Former Chandos president Tim Coldwell has launched a new company, Énska Advisors, with ‘Dragons Den’ investor and entrepreneur Wes Hall. In an exclusive interview with SiteNews, Coldwell spoke about reconnecting with his Indigenous roots and wanting to take his ethical business ideas even further. Part of Coldwell and Hall’s goal is to bring hope and opportunity to 50,000 youth by 2050.

🎓 The Alberta government is investing more than $4.45 million into dual credit grants. The program lets high school students get credits that can count toward a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree. It’s part of the province’s efforts to entice more students to choose trades careers. 

✍🏼 Wilfrid Laurier University has named author Hilary Peach the winner of its 2023 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her book Thick Skin: Field Notes from a Sister in the Brotherhood. Peach’s book explores her experiences working as a female boilermaker across Canada. The $10,000 prize recognizes Canadian writers for a first or second work of creative non-fiction.

🖥️ The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), in collaboration with Southern Chiefs Economic Development LP (SCED), has unveiled Miikahnah Connect. The online employment application enables First Nations citizens to apply for work with SCO’s Wehwehneh Bahgahkinahgohn project to transform the former HBC building in downtown Winnipeg.


Resources for professional development


Multi-Family-Site Superintendent - Vancouver, B.C. - Orion Construction 

Project Manager - Vaughan, Ont. - City of Vaughan

Sr. Engineer - Field Maintenance, Site C - Fort St. John, B.C. - BC Hydro

Civil Project Manager - Terrace, B.C. - Allnorth Consultants

Construction Environmental Management Specialist - Vancouver, B.C. - Ecofish Research

Senior Civil Engineer/EOR - Kamloops, B.C. - TRUE Consulting

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