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👷‍♀️ Talent Thursdays: Menstruation legislation

Ontario's proposed laws, incendiary devices on site, New Brunswick has a new brand

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Good morning! 😞 Feeling down? A new survey shows Canadians under 30 are among the least happy group in the country and one of the most discontented in the developed world. Some are beginning to argue trades careers offer young adults higher standards of living and financial security that could help reverse this trend.


Admissions of permanent residents with trades skills rose 29% from January through March from the average quarterly rate in 2023, according to government data. If this rate continues, Canada is projected to grant residency to roughly 17,800 skilled construction workers in 2024.


EllisDon has announced leadership appointments in Eastern Canada: Wayne Ferguson (senior vice president, construction, buildings), Mike Armstrong (vice president and area manager for Ottawa) and Brad Cyr (vice president and area manager for Quebec). 

Brianne Mahon has been promoted to community relations director, North America, at GFL Environmental. Mahon also recently celebrated nine years at the company. 

After seven years away, Austin Vlooswyk is returning to WSP Canada as senior director, business development - energy, resources and industry, west. 

Annette Cooper, director of data & analytics for Graham, was one of the winners for the Top 100 Data & Analytics Professional Awards at the 2024 OnConferences Icon Awards. Winners were voted on by their peers. 

James Fisher has retired from Kinetic Construction after 13 years of service. The company noted that Fisher was instrumental in mentoring multiple superintendents, forement, carpenters, project managers and project coordinators.  

Jill Truscott is now senior director of global marketing at CarbonCure Technologies


👷🏻‍♀️ Ontario is starting a conversation about periods. The government of Ontario has introduced historic legislation that would require menstrual products be provided for workers on large construction sites. The changes would also clean bathroom requirements and expand the definition of workplace harassment to include digital spaces. 

⚒️ New Brunswick has a new brand. Officials have launched Skilled Trades NB, the province’s rebranded vision for the future of skilled trades and apprenticeship. The new approach aims to raise the profile of the apprenticeship program among employers and potential participants, and to build on recent growth of the program.

🔥 Incendiary devices were discovered under heavy equipment at a $7-billion Northvolt electric vehicle battery plant under construction near Montreal. The devices, which were designed to catch fire after a delay, failed to go off and nobody was injured. Officials believe the incident could be related to groups that oppose the project.


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Don’t miss one of the best networking opportunities of 2024.

Time is running out to join us in celebrating Construction’s Most Influential People face to face. Construction leaders and winners will gather for an evening of drinks, food and networking in Calgary next week.

While we wish all of our readers could come, we only have a few tickets remaining. The good news is that if you follow the link below and use discount code “ICBACALGARY” you can still get 30% off your tickets.

When: May 15th, 2024

Time: 5:30pm-9pm

Where: charbar, Simmons Building

Dress Code: Business Casual


Resources for professional development


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Director, Governance and Strategy - Montreal, Que. - Pomerleau

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Senior Cost Estimator - Saskatoon, Sask. - Engcomp

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