Fundamental Leaders of Industrial Construction

This committee is on the search for the industry’s best & brightest leaders in their early to mid-careers with the drive and energy to make change.


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Fundamental Leaders of Industrial Construction (FLIC) was initiated in 2018 by the COAA Board as a key element of their strategic goal to assure the sustainability of COAA.

It was deemed vital to engage younger members, thus attracting contemporary perspectives, new ideas and renewed energy into the organization.  It is envisaged that FLIC will serve the needs of individuals with approximately 10 to 15 years of industry experience following graduation from post-secondary training or completion of apprenticeship training. The mission of FLIC is to strengthen COAA and our industry by facilitating the development and continual renewal of a network of early to mid-career individuals who are proud of the work they do and the results they deliver; who are passionate about improving our industry and interested in driving progress collaboratively through COAA. This will be accomplished by:

  • Fostering the development of long-term relationships through the shared goals of committee work, industry advocacy, and networking and peer interaction
  • Creating an environment for learning and leadership development, via formal programming, informal non-proprietary knowledge exchange, and peer to peer mentoring
  • Participating with other COAA members, thus broadening industry perspectives, through committees, events and other initiatives
  • Advocating for our industry and championing important initiatives, particularly where the contemporary perspectives of FLIC members are most relevant
  • Showcasing the initiatives and accomplishments of FLIC at the Best Practices Conference and other events



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AWP Community of Practice’s intent is to help lead and enable cross boarder collaborative learning or sharing webinars within the AWP community of practice group. This is a pre-existing LinkedIn group originally set up by Group ASI

Health & Wellness, Mental Health and Coping Mechanisms will be reviewed within the construction community with a special focus on issues unique to our industry. To change the workplace culture regarding mental health by increasing awareness, providing coping mechanisms, and reducing stigmas around accessing resources.

The development of a web-based platform that provides the user a simple approach to capturing and searching Lessons Learned for Continuous Improvement. The platform will also have the capability of generating reports and exporting to common formats such as excel and pdf to allow for further information distribution.

Passing of Knowledge from Previous Generations is critical as the majority of our working population is aging, retired or on the verge of retiring. Our industry faces the daunting challenge of losing the experienced work force. The major risk we face is losing the wealth of knowledge that experience brings to the table. This knowledge is often critical when solving problems and making quality decisions. We rely on this experience to plan and execute safe and efficient work.

As an industry that has struggled with productivity and is lagging in the innovation space, a change is required. Collecting and sharing Success Stories and Innovative Practices is a great teaching tool. At the same time, people are changing and an environmentally conscious approach to growth is necessary. This initiative should be tied to the Lessons Learned initiative that will be developing a platform that we can leverage.

Millennials have been perceived to “tick” in a different way than previous generations in industry. They constantly challenge the norms, look for enhancements and want a more balanced lifestyle. Understanding the Trends Amongst Millennials can be beneficial to industry. With these individuals being the future of the industry, how do they integrate and build upon the successes of previous decades of development.


Board Sponsor

  • Kyle Keith, TC Energy
  • Steve Owens, Capital Power

Team Leads

  • Ashley Mathew, TC Energy
  • Robin Kudding, Cenovus


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Other Committees

Canadian Model Committee

Mandated by COAA and with support from Energy Safety Canada, this Committee stewards the updating and evolution of the Canadian Model (alcohol and drug guidelines and work rule) for the heavy industrial construction and turnaround sector, plus the energy operating and maintenance sectors.

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Construction Performance

Developing the next-generation of tools for improving productivity

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Enhancing contracting strategies and tools to improve efficiency and performance for all parties

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Developing leading philosophies, practices and tools to improve safety performance

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Workforce Development

Building a workforce with the right skills, at the right time, in the right numbers

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COAA members are the companies and organizations in the heavy industrial construction industry. Membership has its benefits:

  • Network with industry peers
  • Contribute to committees and best practices for the industry
  • Annual General Meeting and other events and workshops offered through the COAA
  • Attend the annual Best Practices Conference
  • Access COAA initiatives


We welcome members from outside Alberta. The best practices we develop are tailored to Alberta construction, but the principles are universally applicable.  Any company that believes in and wishes to contribute to excellence in heavy industrial construction is welcome.

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