• Celebrating Construction, Celebrating You

    April 5, 2018

    Celebrating Construction, Celebrating You

    This month, from April 11th to April 17th, we will celebrate the second annual Saskatchewan Construction Week. This week, a partnership between the SCA and many other industry associations, is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the many incredible contributions that the construction industry makes to our great province. I am very proud of this initiative and I’m pleased to see it taking off in other jurisdictions in Canada too.

    British Columbia will be celebrating Construction and Skilled Trades month this month, an initiative that the BC Construction Association attributes to the example set by Saskatchewan last year. Other provinces are also interested in doing something similar. I look forward to a day when every province has a Construction Week or Month, and we can point to the fact that it all started here, in Saskatchewan.

    During Construction Week this year, there are a number of events happening across the province. For a full list, you can visit, but I thought I would highlight a few of our Signature events here:

    • Youth in Construction Events – This year, in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert, the construction industry will be holding “Think Construction” events to introduce young people to the world of construction and the trades. This is the first time that events will be happening in all four centres during the same week, and it will bring great attention to the importance of attracting the next generation of the construction workforce;
    • Inclusive Day – This day, scheduled to coincide with the 2018 Provincial Skills Competition, will focus on under-represented segments of the population. Specifically, we’ll be providing information to young Indigenous students and young women about opportunities within construction. Teaming them with mentors, they will hear first-hand how construction can be a great place to start and grow a career;
    • Dinner with the Deputy Ministers and Crown Presidents – Construction industry leaders will be sitting down with 20 or so provincial Deputy Ministers and Presidents of Crown Corporations. We’ll be having dinner together and talking about how the provincial government and the construction industry can work collaboratively to build Saskatchewan. This is one event where a limited number of tickets are available for members to purchase. If you’re interested in doing so, you can contact our office at 306-525-0171. The dinner is being held at the Hotel Saskatchewan, in Regina, on Monday, April 16th;
    • Construction Day at the Legislature – On Tuesday, April 17th, we will wrap up Construction Week with a day of lobbying MLAs and Ministers at the Legislative Assembly. More than 20 industry leaders will assemble to communicate to government the priorities of our industry, and in particular how construction is a vital element in growing the provincial economy. The day will include meetings with Ministers, MLAs, the Opposition, and government officials, and will end with a reception for everyone in the Legislature. It will be a great way to wrap up Construction Week!

    As well as these signature events, there are events for members in Moose Jaw and Prince Albert where they can connect with their local City Mayors and Council, and several other events throughout the province. As mentioned earlier, you can find all the details on our website:

    In the end, Construction Week is about raising the profile of the construction industry and celebrating the contributions that your industry makes to Saskatchewan. There are approximately 11,000 construction companies in the province, with about 56,000 employees. Every day, these companies and these employees, are literally doing the work that builds Saskatchewan. Nothings gets done without construction.

    I’m fortunate enough to work in a role where I am in service to you, and to this industry, so I am humbled every day by the contributions you make to keep Saskatchewan growing. My hope is that through initiatives like Construction Week, the rest of the people who live in Saskatchewan can see what I do, and can share in the gratitude that I have for your incredible work.

    Thank you for everything you do for our province. I invite you to join us in celebrating Saskatchewan Construction Week, and in so doing, to acknowledge and celebrate what you do for Saskatchewan.

    Mark Cooper, MBA, PMP

    President and CEO
    Saskatchewan Construction Association