• Thank You - and Merry Christmas!

    December 5, 2019

    Thank you - and Merry Christmas!

    As the calendar turned to December, my wife Kim and I were decorating our home for Christmas, and my thoughts wandered to the many things for which I am grateful this holiday season. I thought I would share these with you in my closing blog post for 2019, along with my wish for 2020.

    I am grateful for every man, woman, and company that works in the construction industry in Canada. Your work, every day, literally builds our province. 

    I am particularly mindful of the contributions you make to our province during the holiday season, as we all shift from work to family mode. As people in Saskatchewan travel to see their families, they drive on roads that you built. As they buy gifts for their loved ones, they visit malls and stores that you built. When they’re buying groceries, they’re visiting supermarkets you built. When they spend time in worship or celebration, they’re visiting churches, mosques, and temples that you built. Finally, when they visit their families, they’re staying in homes and hotels that you built.

    You, the construction industry, make our human connections happen in the same way that you enable our economic connections. So, thank you for all that you do, and all you’ve done in 2019. I hope that 2020 will see a significant increase in activity for the construction industry. If any industry deserves a great 2020, you do.

    I am also grateful for the nearly 1,000 companies that chose to be members of the SCA and our network of local associations in 2019. 

    In tough economic times, every company has many choices in terms of where to allocate your shrinking discretionary revenue. When you choose to invest in a membership in the network of construction associations of Saskatchewan, you’re choosing to invest in something bigger than your individual company.

    It’s a noble choice, and you should be applauded for the foresight that it takes to know that building a better future in Saskatchewan takes industry players coming together and advancing shared priorities through associations.

    Some of this work has come to fruition thanks to you; the unanimous passage of Prompt Payment legislation, or seeing the province to establish a goal of a maximum two-week approval period for commercial building permits, were only made possible because of your membership. Your membership is a clear sign of your commitment to leadership within the industry.

    Thank you for being a leader, even when times are tough. My wish for you, our members, is that in 2020 we see more Saskatchewan construction opportunities flow to you, the companies that are committed to the success of the industry in this province. We are committed to facilitating an environment that fosters this.
    Finally, I am grateful for the volunteers from our member companies who have stepped up to invest even more time by serving on the Board of the SCA in this past year.

    Typically, the men and women who serve on the SCA Board are not only running their own companies and juggling significant family commitments, but also serving on several other Boards or committees. They invest this time because they believe in the importance of helping build the future of the industry, and they’re willing to put their time and money where their priorities are.

    As we move in to 2020, there are several members of the SCA Board that will be retiring from their Board positions. I want to take a moment to express specific gratitude for each of them – a big thank you to:

    • Chris Doka (Wright Construction);
    • Jason Duke (CertaPro Painters);
    • Nick Friesen (Westridge Construction);
    • Mike Lawton (ConTech General Contractors); and
    • Ryan Leech (Brxton Masonry).

    The SCA is a stronger organization for having each of you on the Board, and you will all be missed. My wish for each of you is that you’re able to enjoy some of the free time that you will have now that you don’t have to read the SCA Board briefing packages! Hopefully, instead of filling this time with more commitments, you can fill it with family and friends. You each deserve that.

    With 2020 right around the corner, my wish for all of you who read this is for great happiness, success, and fulfillment in your lives. Thank you for everything you do for Saskatchewan. Thank you for your leadership. May 2020 bring you true joy.
    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

    Mark Cooper, MBA, PMP

    President and CEO
    Saskatchewan Construction Association