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October 25, 2016
Last month, the BTA hosted our annual conference. This year, the theme was “Re-Defining Our Workplace: The Diversification of our People, Resources and Economy”. We had guests and speakers from across the country come to talk about the importance of diversification and the importance of participating in, or even leading, the diversification of our industry. For all the details, as well as downloadable copies of many of the presentations, visit here (http://bta.ca/index.php/news/38-2016-bta-conference-highlights).
As our industry grapples with reduced prices for our products and limited availability for work, it is more essential than ever to ensure that we are as nimble and as prepared as possible for whatever the future may hold.
That means not just responding to opportunities as they come up, but creating those opportunities and showing everyone how it is done, as demonstrated by our brothers who presented on sustainable and renewable energy initiatives.
That means taking the time that the current situation offers to re-evaluate how we are getting the work done, focusing on ways to improve the work we do, whether through additional training or paying closer attention to the mentoring that we provide and that our apprentices should expect.
That means examining how we support and lift each other up, whether through increased attention to safety and mental health or by committing to providing respectful workplaces for all current and future brothers and sisters.
Information on how your brothers and sisters are taking advantage of the opportunities that come with diversification is found in the conference summary, but that isn’t the only place to look. Look around where you are now, talk to your local, get involved – help lead the way.