8 May 2018

Best Practices Conference 2018

Shaw Conference Centre

COAA 2018 Best Practices Conference Recap

Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive: Partnerships 2.0

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) held their 26th Annual Best Practices Conference this past May 8-9, 2018 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. This successful two-day conference had more than 400 attendees, that included government officials, COAA board of directors, industry partners, consulting firms, guests and more. With a range of workshops, high-level discussions, informational booths and networking amongst a variety of industry leaders, the conference proved once again to be a valuable and highly regarded business event of the year. Some highlights included:

  • 13 Technical Best Practice Committee Workshops
  • Don Currie Award winner, Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek
  • Nine Workforce Development Award nominations in the Large and Small Organization categories
  • “We Must Change, and We Can Change” Keynote Presentation from Mr. Peter Dumont
  • Operating System 2.0 Plenary Session brought by Dr. Stephen Mulva
  • A&D Challenges and Opportunities Panel discussion

Check out the electronic event program that highlights sponsors,
workshop descriptions, Best Practices committee updates, speaker biographies and much more!

The afternoon of Day One began as usual with a Safety and Productivity Moment that was brought by Tammy Hawkins from the Alberta Construction Safety Association, continuing with a report from the COAA Board and a discussion on the organization’s strategic direction and mention of long-standing partners. Following this, Herb Holmes of the Construction Labour Relations – Alberta, presented his 22nd fearless workforce forecast – a main event draw-in every year. After dinner, and of course more networking, it was time for the well-deserved award presentations.

The Don Currie Award, recognizing individuals whose dedicated service has contributed to the success of COAA, was awarded to its first woman to date, Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek, professional engineer and professor in the Hole School of Construction Engineering at the University of Alberta, where she has held three consecutive terms as NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery.

The  award theme this year, Workforce Development, had a great response with seven nominations for large organizations and two for small organizations (all nominations can be found in the Conference Program). With many thanks to the COAA Judge’s Panel, the following two companies were awarded:

  • Large Organization Workforce Development Award: Graham, The Builders’ Framework
  • Small Organization Workforce Development Award: Women Building Futures, Best Practice for Hiring and Retaining Tradeswomen

The evening concluded with a keynote presentation from Peter Dumont, President of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) who shared his knowledge and expertise on the OS 2.0 vision.

The second day of the conference began bright and early with another great Safety moment and leading right into the first plenary session of the day, presented by the Construction Industry Institute’s Director, Dr. Stephen Mulva on the overall topic of OS 2.0 and pragmatic things that need to change.  Up next in the day, was the anticipated A&D Panel with discussion on challenges and opportunities. The panel of medical experts, as well as the audience, were keenly engaged as the conversation was flowing. You can find a brief bio about each panelist in the Conference Program.

The 2018 Conference presentations and supplementary documents are available for download at the COAA Online Library (scroll down to see a full linkable list below)

The afternoon was occupied by a variety of workshops ranging from Recognizing Signs & Symptoms of Drug Use in the Workplace to Scalable AWP to Collaborative Contracting – Strategy, Process and Tools. All were well attended, and the feedback received was invaluable. Scroll down to see a list of workshop presentation documents.

What best practices or ideas can you implement to make your project or your company even safer and more productive? Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive is not going to happen by itself – each of us has to take the lead to drive towards that goal. The board and staff at COAA extend their sincere appreciation to everyone who attended, participated and sponsored the conference. Our continued success would not be possible without you.

List of  Presentations:

Plenary Sessions (May 8th)

Plenary Sessions (May 9th)

Workshops (Track A & B)