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It’s that time of year again. Our annual Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association Fall Convention is right around the corner.

This year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 21-22 at the Delta Hotel in Regina. I hope to see everyone there again as this promises to be another first-class event.

As always, this is an opportunity for our members to socialize with fellow business owners and employers after a long and busy construction season. The convention also offers several learning moments on various topics that relate to our industry.

The Minister’s banquet and charity auction kick off our convention Thursday evening. Those who attended last year will recall the generosity of our members. We raised $113,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon, a total that more than doubled the previous high raised at the auction.

This year’s recipient is Make-A-Wish® Canada. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s total.

Join is for breakfast Friday morning and listen to our keynote speaker Mandy Rennehan, the Blue-Collar CEO. Rennehan is a master at blending the white- and blue-collar worlds and respectfully telling it like it is. Rennehan is a sought-after speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist and trade industry ambassador.

Rennehan defies labels. The description she often gets is “refreshing.” Her uncensored honesty is matched by her quick wit, humour and big heart. Her presentation will be a great start to the day.

You’ll want to stay for lunch and lend an ear to our feature presentation titled, “What Now? Building a bridge to trade opportunities: A long term approach to trade infrastructure planning.”

In short, this talk will focus on Canada and the fact we are missing trade opportunities. Short-term fixes focused on current problems bring some near-term improvements and political relief, but they do not fix the problems that have caused Canada’s trade infrastructure decline.

You won’t want to miss “Between 2 Pylons,” an SHCA take on the series “Between 2 Ferns.” We put long-time industry leaders in the Orange Zone to take a look at the history of the industry and our association.

We’ll conclude the convention Friday evening with our Industry Awards.

As well, we’ll have comedian Carmen Ciricillo, the Construction Comic, followed by drinks, a lounge singer and late-night buffet.

 

See you there!

 

 

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