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This week on TCR Express digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson about some of the stories he’s working on including the government of British Columbia expanding a program to prevent overdose deaths in the construction industry and the continued impact of recent B.C. floods and ongoing disputes w…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) vice president of oil sands and fiscal and economic policy Ben Brunnen about the oil and gas industry as we enter 2022. Brunnen looked at how 2020 was a down year for the industry but 2021 showed signs of…
 
This week on TCR Express digital media editor Warren Frey and Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson take a look at what’s coming in the new year. Russell’s got his eye on developments with prompt payment in B.C. as well as how COVID-19 will affect the construction industry and society in general in 2022. Warren goes into detail on a story…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with British Columbia ministry of transportation and infrastructure chief engineer of highway services Ian Pilkington. Pilkington discussed the province’s rapid response to the November flooding and subsequent infrastructure damage and highlighted the coordination…
 
Want results? At a certain point you need to forget about setting goals. There’s something else you should focus on instead. In this episode we’ll talk about Right to Left Goal setting, and the right time to forget about setting goals. Resources mentioned in this construction podcast episode: Builder Mastermind Group - https://buildermastermindgrou…
 
This week on TCR Express digital media editor Warren Frey talks about a recent story he worked on centred around a new 2022 economic outlook from Deloitte about the U.S. construction industry along with the outlook for the Canadian construction industry with insights from BDC and HUB international economic outlooks. Daily Commercial News staff writ…
 
The past year has seen tumultuous change with the pandemic in its second year, supply chain disruption, economic uncertainty and tumultuous climate change events. At the same time, new and innovative projects are still going forward and technology, design and new materials are reshaping the construction industry in new ways. This episode of the Con…
 
In this episode of the Five Pods of Xmas Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce national managing editor Vince Versace looks at the biggest stories of 2021 and what sees as the big stories going into 2022. Vince focused on COVID-19, both in terms of the industry working with new restrictions and challenges and the other effects of the pandem…
 
In this episode of the Five Pods of Xmas Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce daily editor Lindsey Cole looks at the biggest stories that crossed her desk in 2021 and what she expects to see as we go into 2022. COVID-19 dominated the headlines for another year. The construction industry has found ways to adapt to the pandemic including vac…
 
In this episode of the Five Pods of Xmas, Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson looks at some of the biggest western Canadian construction stories of 2021 and makes a few predictions about what the future holds in 2022. Russell looked at the results of the legal clash between the family and supporters of Sam Fitzpatrick and Kiewit as both…
 
It’s the first of Five Pods of Xmas and our inaugural guest is Daily Commercial News staff writer Don Wall who joins digital media editor Warren Frey to talk about some of the most important construction stories in Ontario in 2021 as well as predictions for the upcoming year. Don pointed to increasing cooperation between the Ontario government and …
 
Hiring high level talent required overcoming a few limiting beliefs, and it's been a key to growing revenue 26% in a year. What else has Michael Moore done to grow his business and why does he say "success and failure aren't too far apart"? What you'll take away from this construction podcast episode with Michael Moore, owner of Waterton Constructi…
 
In this episode of the Five Pods of Xmas, Daily Commercial News staff writer Angela Gismondi gives us her take on the significant stories of 2021 in eastern Canada and her 2022 predictions. For the second year running COVID-19 dominated both the headlines and the issues the construction industry dealt with throughout the year, Angela said, ranging …
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Jason Falovo, the general manager and vice-president of Cradlepoint’s Canadian division about how 5G networks can bring high-speed computational power to worksites. Falovo said the low latency and high speed of 5G networks means job sites in remote locations c…
 
On the third and final special podcast in partnership with ReNew Canada Magazine, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with ReNew editor John Tenpenny about the publication’s Top100 Infrastructure Projects list as well as current Canadian infrastructure trends. In this episode, Tenpenny looks at some of the major projects in Eastern Canada espec…
 
Figuring out the 20% of activities that will yield 80% of results is good. Figuring out the 5% that will give you 95% is even better, which is what these 5 Big Levers will do for you. What you'll learn about in this construction podcast episode: The 5 Biggest Levers you can pull to get 95/5 results in your business. Painful problems don't necessari…
 
On this week’s episode of the Construction Record podcast, Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson speaks with BC Trucking Association president and CEO Dave Earle about supply chain challenges including transporting construction material to worksites. Earle said eighty per cent of capacity was lost when Highways 1, 3, and 5 were damaged du…
 
On the second of three special podcasts in partnership with ReNew Canada Magazine, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with ReNew editor John Tenpenny about the publication’s Top100 Infrastructure Projects list with a focus on Western Canadian infrastructure trends. In this episode, Tenpenny looks at some of the major projects in Western Canada…
 
There's a hidden profit bleed that is killing contractors. They can feel it but can't see it because it never shows up on an invoice or a bank statement. The worst effects can last a lifetime... What you'll learn about in this construction podcast episode: - Bagpipes in Nebraska. - What is this hidden profit bleed? - How your future wealth is affec…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast Daily Commercial News staff writer Angela Gismondi interviews Natasha Ferguson, the founder and CEO of EthelFox Construct Group, which employs more than a dozen women from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds which accounts for 70 per cent of her work force. EthelFox Construct Group was recently reco…
 
Neil Sundresh has grown Glacier West Construction dramatically in recent years. How has his approach to quality control, delegation and the "fat steaks and bourbon" strategy helped him do it? Listen to my conversation with Neil to learn that...and a lot more. What you'll learn about in this construction podcast episode with Neil Sundresh, owner of …
 
On the first of three special podcasts in partnership with ReNew Canada Magazine, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with ReNew editor John Tenpenny about the publication’s Top100 Infrastructure Projects list as well as current Canadian infrastructure trends. Tenpenney looks at how building priorities have shifted with the COVID-19 pandemic as…
 
It’s the conclusion of our national Cracks in the Foundation: Mental Health, Substance Use and Construction feature series, and we’re marking it with the second of a special two-part series of Construction Record podcast episodes. In our first episode Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson talked to ironworker and project supervisor Rob Tr…
 
This week marks a special two-part series of Construction Record podcast episodes tied into our national feature series Cracks in the Foundation: Mental Health, Substance Use and Construction. In this first episode, Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson looks at the journeys of three different individuals as they entered the construction …
 
In a special edition of the Construction Record Podcast, Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson speaks with University of British Columbia department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences Brett Gilley, who is worried this may be our ‘new normal.’ Russell also spoke to University of British Columbia department of geography professor Simo…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast digital media editor Warren Frey spoke to BC Construction Safety Alliance executive director Mike McKenna and Work to Wellness founder Diana Vissers about the launch of RE-MIND, an extensive mental health resource website specific to the needs of those in the construction industry. McKenna and Vissers go…
 
What you'll hear about in this construction podcast episode with Monish Khadye: - The business case for happiness - What are "dinner date" clients and why you want them - His rule for emails that don't allow him to be a jerk - Being happy to ask foolish questions. - When your goals aren't really YOUR goals - Keys to working with your spouse in a tr…
 
This week on TCR Express digital media editor Warren Frey and Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson look at the sessions they’ve covered so far at the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships P3 2021 conference which began on Nov. 16. Russell attended the “Indigenous Leadership Towards Net-Zero” session, where four Indigenous lead…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with SWTCH Energy Inc. CEO Carter Li and IBI Group global director of innovation Deepak Darda about an innovative project in Toronto that uses blockchain technology in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 55 Clair St. West in Toronto. Li and Darda explained d…
 
This week on TCR Express digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson about the $100 million in funds going to the new Vancouver Art Gallery Building as well as a new BuildForce Canada course which helps those in a position to hire detect unconscious biases in their hiring practices. Daily Commercial …
 
This week on the Construction Record Podcast digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Association of Professional Builders co-founder Russ Stephens about the current and future state of the home-building market. Stephens points to how digital technology has impacted residential building and how now any contractor also has to become their own ma…
 
On this week’s episode of TCR Express, digital media editor Warren Frey talks to Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson about new developments regarding a meeting about the Sam Fitzpatrick case between high level British Columbia officials, BC Federation of Labour officials and friends of the Fitzpatrick family. Russell is also working on …
 
What were the benefits of starting his homebuilding business in 2008? Alex Gregg explains, and also discusses some keys to setting expectations with multi-million dollar customers and knowing when to say "No." Here's what you're going to learn about in this construction podcast episode with Alex Gregg: - The benefits of starting a homebuilding busi…
 
On this spooktacular Halloween episode of the Construction Record podcast, Daily Commercial News national managing editor Vince Versace, daily editor Lindsey Cole, digital media editor Warren Frey and freelance contributor Peter Kenter get together and look at the scarier side of construction, including Peter’s terror-tinged story about haunted con…
 
This week on TCR Express, Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson gives us an update on the company putting up two new cranes to complete a project that was beset by tragedy in the summer when a crane collapsed and killed five individuals in Kelowna, B.C. Russell’s also working on a story about the City of North Vancouver using Bitcoin mini…
 
What you're going to learn from this construction podcast episode with Tom Reber: -Your customers are always feeling something. Whose job is it to be in control of what they're feeling? - What is the Contractor Fight? The person you're fighting may surprise you. - Some of the common self-imposed struggles you may be dealing with. - Why Tom says it'…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) executive director Nadia Todorova and Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association (GTSWCA) and Ontario Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association (OSWCA) executive director Patrick…
 
On this episode of TCR Express Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson talks to Warren Frey about the recent cancellation of a wastewater treatment plant in North Vancouver, B.C. worth almost $1 billion. Russell details the back and forth between Acciona, the company contracted with building the plant and the Metro Vancouver Regional Distri…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast we’ve got part two of an interview with Trevor Botkin, who spoke to Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson about his experience with substance use while working in the construction industry. In this section of the interview Trevor talks about how he entered recovery and helped others to do the s…
 
What is "Right to Left" thinking, and how can it help you scale your business, nail the handoff, avoid hiring mistakes, and get buy-in on your project schedules? What you'll learn about in this construction podcast episode: - The common symptoms of Left to Right operation in a construction business. How "Right to Left" thinking can be used: - Strat…
 
Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson is off this week so it’s a solo show with digital media editor Warren Frey but we still have plenty to talk about, especially the second part of our Cracks in the Foundation series about substance use and mental health in the construction industry. In addition to part one of Russell’s interview with T…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast we’ve got part one of an interview with Trevor Botkin, who spoke to Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson about his experience with substance use while working in the construction industry. In this first section Trevor talks about his struggles with school and self-esteem and how he found accep…
 
This week on TCR Express Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson joins digital media editor Warren Frey to discuss stories he’s working on including a recent interview with Scott Bone, the CEO of the Northern Regional Construction Association in Prince George, B.C. about frustrations involving procurement. Russell’s also working on a story …
 
This week on the Construction Record Podcast digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Kinsol Timber Systems project development manager Nate Bergen about his work on iconic mass timber buildings in British Columbia including Brock Commons on the University of British Columbia campus and the Richmond Oval along with his recent work in San Jose, …
 
In this week’s episode of TCR Express, digital media editor Warren Frey and Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson look into both day one of the annual CanaData economic forecasting virtual conference and sessions at Buildex Vancouver, as well as touching on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and how the construction industry ca…
 
Most contractors aren't really in the building business. Why did John Wojtas downsize from 40 employees in 19 states, and how has he scaled his custom homebuilding business in the last year? What you'll learn about in this construction podcast episode with John Wojtas of Paxis Group: - Why John downsized from 40 employees working in 19 states. - Ho…
 
This week on the Construction Record podcast digital media editor Warren Frey speaks to Nancy Novak, the chief innovation officer and senior vice-president of construction for Compass Datacenters, a Dallas-based firm that builds custom, move-in ready data centers for a variety of clients in both the U.S. and Canada. With the emergence of COVID-19, …
 
It’s a special episode of TCR Express as Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce national managing editor Vince Versace, daily editor Lindsey Cole, Journal of Commerce staff writer Russell Hixson and digital media editor Warren Frey come together on election night after our first livestream to share our audio impressions of both the big event…
 
What you'll learn from this construction podcast episode with Jerry McDaniels, owner of McDaniels Construction: - The benefits of starting a business twice. - Ghost expenses. - How and why Jerry is so focused on improving lives. - What burning the ships looked like for Jerry. - How Jerry knew he had to start his own business. - Why bigger is not be…
 
This week digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Amina Dibe, the manager of government and stakeholder relations for Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) about a roundtable spearheaded by the province’s construction associations to combat racism in the industry. Dibe cited the recent incidents where nooses were placed on const…
 
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