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Innovation guru tells construction industry it has to change

The Canadian Construction Association is just wrapping up its 97th annual conference, held in San Antonio, Texas. Canada’s own innovation guru, Jeremy Gutsche, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and founder and CEO of, delivered the kick-off talk which was titled: Adapt & Disrupt: Capture New Business Opportunities and Stay Ahead of the Pack. Gutsche frames his main idea—business needs to constantly find new and better ways of doing things if it wants to survive in the rapidly evolving world of today—in a metaphor. There are farmers, and there are hunters. The human brain has evolved over the past 10,000 years or so in the farmer mode, which is inherently conservative. ... Read More »

Young singles prefer the city but the ‘burbs call to parents: survey

Canadians are split three ways when it comes to where they prefer to live. In virtually equal percentages, we divide between the city, the suburbs, and the small town, with a strong generational component to our choices. Younger people like the city, older people prefer the small town. For raising a family, however, more Canadians of all ages still favour the suburbs. This is what a TD survey conducted by Environics Research Group found earlier this year. TD says the results show the importance of “homefitting,” by which they mean finding the home that suits your needs at each stage of your life. It’s the Millennials and the Gen X-ers ... Read More »

First awards to be given for BIM use in Canada

The announcement that the Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) is creating the first annual national awards for BIM, which stands for Building Information Modeling, could be a sign that awareness and adoption of BIM is increasing in Canada. The announcement of the awards says that there are “many great innovators and progressive leaders” in the BIM space, which will be good news to those who have been pushing for wider use of the process in this country. To find out how wide that adoption actually was, the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) conducted a survey of architecture and engineering firms in 2013. The survey, though not large with only seventy-eight ... Read More »

Business booming in the restaurant industry

There’s a common perception that the restaurant business is very risky, and restaurants more prone to fail than other businesses. People throw numbers around—nine out of ten restaurants fail in the first year is a commonly heard “statistic”—without really knowing if that’s true (it isn’t). It makes people in the industry a little angry. The perception makes banks wary of lending to restaurants, especially start-ups, in part because they consider them high-risk. However, new numbers from Restaurants Canada, a national advocacy group, give a much sunnier view of the industry, one of profit and growth and a bright future. The industry has just come off five straight years of growth. ... Read More »

Building industry group wants more reform of apprentice ratio system


The president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON), which represents the building industry in the province, is calling for more changes to the way skilled trades apprentices are regulated. Richard Lyall wrote in the Toronto Sun that the current system puts barriers in the way of young workers at a time when youth unemployment is more than 15 per cent. Calling the apprenticeship regulations restrictive and dated, Lyall says they must be reformed. Less than one year ago, in April 2014, the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), which regulates these apprenticeship ratios, released revised standards, noting that the ratios were now being determined by independent review panels. There ... Read More »

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