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  • KPMG Report on Construction Cost Drivers Released

    Over the summer the SCA partnered with the Ministry of Economy to study the driving forces behind recent cost increases for the non-residential construction sector. We contracted KPMG to undertake this research. SCA and the government wanted to undertake this study because of concerns that non-residential construction was becoming unaffordable and would begin driving business away. We're glad to say the results indicate that isn't the case.

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  • President's Blog - Turning Talk to Action on Procurement

    There is a lot of chatter these days in provincial government circles about the political pressure they're facing to improve procurement practices, in particular when it comes to construction procurement. This is a result of a months-long effort by leaders in the industry, and in particular leaders in the steel fabrication business - most notably Ross Fraser from Supreme Steel - to raise the issue of subsidized companies from other provinces distorting the competitive marketplace in Saskatchewan. All of this effort led to an announcement in June from the Premier that the government was creating Priority Saskatchewan as an initiative designed to ensure that Saskatchewan based companies had fair access to opportunities to pursue procurement in the province.

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  • President's Blog - Part Three - The Plan and What it Means for You

    In Part One of this blog I outlined the work we've done to ensure the SCA mission can deliver real value to you. In Part Two I outlined the specifics of how this revised mission can eventually be achieved. In Part Three, I will discuss the plan for executing the mission and what this plans means for you, and for your business. Let's take one more look at the revised SCA mission statement we considered in Part One of this blog.

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  • President's Blog - Part Two - From Purpose to Impact

    Purpose without action is pointless. The best vision or mission statement is useless unless someone is doing the work to achieve it. The SCA can want to create value for members all we want...but if we don't do it... Of course we're not just trying to create value, we're trying to create value you want. Value you want to invest in. Value that generates real return for your company. Let's start with the revised SCA mission I presented in Part One: A Clear Purpose:

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  • President's Blog - Part One: A Clear Purpose

    Everything begins with purpose. Mark Twain said, "The two most important days of your life are the day you're born, and the day you realize why". He was referring of course to the idea that life truly begins when you understand your real purpose. This is true for individuals, but it is also true for companies. The SCA has a clear purpose. It is articulated in the mission statement. The SCA exists to create value for members. That's why we're here.

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  • President's Blog - A Valuable Investment

    At its meeting in June, the SCA Board of Directors decided to increase the fee members pay to belong to this association. The fee, currently at $300, will increase to $425 in this coming year, and then to $500 in the following year. The increase will be the first most members have seen in more than a decade. The increase is necessary to ensure the SCA can fulfill its role and meet the growing expectations of members.

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  • SCA 50th Anniversary and Member Awards Gala Banquet

    Tickets are now on sale and Nominations are now open! This year the SCA turns 50, and we want to celebrate. On October 23, we are hosting a commemorative 50th Anniversary and Member Awards Gala Banquet at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, and you are all invited. This exciting event will allow our members to network, recognize those members who are contributing to our industry, and look forward to the future successes of the industry and the province. Join us for a great meal and a chance to celebrate how far we have come as an industry in the last 50 years, our members' successes, and to enjoy the camaraderie of your peers.

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