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👷‍♀️ Talent Thursdays: Level up

A lifesaving app, free training in Ontario and digital twins for safety

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Good morning! 😊 Happiness has a massive impact on global wealth. According to a recent study of more than 128,000 workers, low employee engagement could cost the world economy $8.9 trillion, or 9% of global GDP. Researchers found that one of the biggest factors impacting employee happiness was enthusiastic engagement from managers.


Manitoba is seeing its biggest population loss to other provinces since the early 1980s. In 2022-23, the province saw a net loss of 10,246 people to interprovincial migration. Officials say they want to lean in to the province’s affordable housing market. In May they announced Developers looking to build affordable housing in downtown Winnipeg could be eligible for up to $60,000 through a new proposed grant program.


Christian Nielsen has joined Low Tide Properties as its new head of property technology and innovation. He is a business technologist with over 15 years of hands-on experience helping clients achieve their goals through the strategic use of technology.

Ryan Hall is Calgary’s newest senior planner. Previously, Hall served as housing manager for Siksika Nation. Hall has extensive experience in policy development, housing initiatives, and Indigenous community engagement.

Landon Aldridge has announced a new role as chief operating officer at SkyFire Energy.

Stan Hussey and Mark Bemister are the latest inductees into the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia’s Hall of Fame.

Rob Caldwell is now general manager for Anthem Properties. Part of his duties will be overseeing the operations of Ottawa’s Carlingwood Shopping Centre


Premier Tim Houston speaks at the skilled trades announcement at Glace Bay High School. (Communications Nova Scotia)

🎒 Nova Scotia is launching a pilot program allowing high school graduates to start skilled trades programs at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in February. This lets them enter the workforce faster and fills in-demand skilled trade jobs. The program starts with 34 students in plumbing and electrical programs and will take nine months to complete.

📱 A new free app called Level Up aims to assist construction and other labour workers impacted by the opioid crisis. It anonymously educates them about opioid risks and connects them to resources. The app offers self-assessments, mental health support links, and specific resources for construction workers like pain management tips and drug testing services. With initial positive results, Level Up’s goal is to reach men who may avoid traditional channels.

🛠️ The Ontario government is investing $3.6 million to provide free skills training for up to 3,800 people in Hamilton and surrounding areas. This initiative focuses on in-demand skilled trades like millwright, welding, and electrical work. The funding will support training for unemployed or underemployed individuals, apprentices, and journeypersons, with a specific focus on helping women, Indigenous peoples, and youth. The investment also includes an expansion of a training center to increase capacity for future programs.

👬 The Ontario government is investing $5 million to test digital twins, which are virtual replicas of real-world infrastructure, on major construction projects. This technology can identify potential problems with underground utilities before construction begins, saving time, money, and improving worker safety. 


Resources for professional development


VDC Coordinator - Mississauga, Ont. - Bird Construction

Coordinator, Construction Services - Courcelette, Quebec - Defence Construction Canada

Senior Project Manager - Vancouver, B.C. - Scott Construction Group

Senior Environmental Manager - Richmond, B.C. - Flatiron Construction

Lead Planner - Vancouver, B.C. - TransLink

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