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Industry Perspectives: Lead with your heart in the company of hard hats

Industry Perspectives: Lead with your heart in the company of hard hats

The construction industry is under extreme pressure to deliver high-quality projects on time and within budget. In this high-stakes sector, there isn’t much time or inclination to talk about matters of the heart. But in Part 2 of this five-part leadership series, I want to explore the “L” in my leadership model: LEA…

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CanaData East speaker bullish on construction growth

Peter Hall at CanaData East conference 2017.

Construction stakeholders attending the recent CanadaData East conference in Toronto were alerted to growth possibilities for their sector emerging from several different global sources. Export Development Canada vice-president and chief economist Peter Hall told delegates in a presentation billed The World, U.S. and…

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Industry Perspectives: Transcend mere management and watch your bottom line soar

Industry Perspectives: Transcend mere management and watch your bottom line soar

Effective leadership is crucial to the success of any business. But construction, with its web of interdependent activities, has some unique difficulties uncommon in other industries. Some of these challenges include seasonal work, unforeseen conditions, delays, design errors and the uniqueness of each project. W…

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Grush addresses uncertainty around automated vehicles at CanaData East

Tesla Model S Autopilot system.

While fully automated vehicles seem like a futuristic concept, they could become reality in the not too distant future, but more planning is needed before these vehicles hit the road in Ontario. In his presentation, the Challenges for Construction in a World of Unprecedented Technological Change at the CanaData East …

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Fenn report calls for expansion of IO’s AFP model

The Hudson Yards project in New York City is using AFP model.

A new report on the future of large-scale infrastructure planning and delivery penned by one of Ontario’s most respected project delivery consultants recommends an expansion of the Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) system pioneered by Infrastructure Ontario (IO). A former deputy minister in several provin…

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Our future prosperity depends on more automation, not less

It seems that almost every announcement of a major technological innovation that involves the automation of a production process is accompanied by a chorus of voices from those who fear that thousands of workers will be replaced by “robots” that can operate 24-7 and don’t need coffee breaks. The spectre of this…

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Cultivating the Next Generation of E&C Technical Talent

Cultivating the Next Generation of E&C Technical Talent

The E&C industry is undergoing a technology revolution that is impacting how firms find, train and retain top technical talent. With information system innovation at an all-time high, the engineering and construction (E&C) industry is experiencing dramatic changes right now. New technological advancements, …

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Future of education could impact construction

Future of education could impact construction

Before considering the multitude of implications for the design professions and building product manufacturers from the revolution in education that is currently underway, let’s first breeze through the mundane demographic details. In the U.S., the number of individuals in the 4-to-17-year-old age cohort that is specifi…

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INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES: OAA study reveals inefficiencies in project planning

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES: OAA study reveals inefficiencies in project planning

The design and construction industry in Ontario is a major player in the health of the provincial economy, providing employment to more than half a million Ontarians and generating more than six per cent of the province’s GDP. It is carried out by a range of players from large national organizations who have internation…

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