September 28, 2020 AROLAND ONTARIO, Constructionlab Ltd - Canada’s leading construction industry learning and professional development firm today launched an historic training program delivering an Introduction to Construction Trades specifically focused on engagement of indigenous peoples. The goal is to attract program participants to starting a career in the Canadian Construction industry, more specifically – skilled trades in the roadbuilding and mining sectors of the industry. The program, consisting of 10 days of learning is now being delivered in Aroland and was designed for Confederation College through an agreement with Minodahmun Development LP. Minodahmun Development LP is a 100% First Nation owned partnership created by Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek, Aroland First Nation and Ginoogaming First Nation to maximize First Nation participation in development projects.
A second 18-day program was designed by Constructionlab to be delivered at Henvey Inlet and Magnetawan this fall. Constructionlab solicited the support of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association to supply field books for the students enrolled in the programs. “We are very pleased to partner with Constructionlab to provide the field note books for this program focused on teaching road building construction to First Nations communities in the northern region of Ontario. With a large percentage of the transportation infrastructure construction workforce retiring, there is a significant need to bring more skilled workers into the industry. Outreach and training will help bridge that gap”, explained Bryan Hocking, CEO of ORBA.
All tolled, Derek Smith, President and lead facilitator for Constructionlab will spend 46 days in-class in several First Nations Communities, while other trainers determined by the college will provide in-class training for additional communities including Ginoogaming using Constructionlabs program design. “To prepare for the training delivery, we were certified by First Nations University in 4 Seasons of Reconciliation, as well as the latest COVID-19 protocols for hosting the sessions in-person. It has been an amazing experience working with the college and Minodahmun - I believe I will learn a lot from this opportunity and adventure traveling through beautiful northern Ontario - and hopefully, we will be called on to do more future workforce development work”. Explained Derek Smith.
Constructionlab credits a long- standing business and knowledge sharing relationship with the Construction Association of Thunder Bay, and its association manager Harold Lindstrom, for connecting the College with the southern Ontario based professional development firm.
Book us today at your association or company for 1 day, 2 days or a week. We will build a professional development program focused on construction industry best practices and desired outcomes your group needs.
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Engaged by an Ontario college, we are developing a 10 day and second 18 day program that introduces the learner to skills and pre trade basic knowledge of the road building, heavy civil and industrial construction methods and materials used in Canada. The course will run through 2020/21 in two locations in Ontario. Read more https://ontarioconstructionnews.com/18227-2/
Engaged by a mixed trade construction association to develop a 2 day introductory session as part of a larger program, we have developed 14 hours of content to be delivered in-class or remotely using a live instructor in real time. This interactive session will challenge participants to think critically and is a parallel course to Canadian Construction Associations popular Construction 101.
Engaged by DATABID, Constructionlab has developed and will deliver on-line and live - 5 customized courses for the organization. Read more https://databid.arlo.co/w/
Constructionlab's approach to course design is based on three pillars:
Our attendee and participant reviews are clear. It is our highly skilled, practical knowledge and deep understanding of the day-to day challenges the construction industry supply chain experiences that sets us apart from any other trainer in Canada.
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Prompt Payment, Properly Invoicing and Adjudication in Ontario (Contractors, Subs and Suppliers)
Prompt Payment, Properly Invoicing and Adjudication (Owners and Payment Certifiers)
Ethics in Construction In Class Portion
Effective Contract Administration - Building Your Contract Terms to Get Performance On-Site
Tightening the gap on E+O -Using CCDC 15 for A/E services on Design/Build Projects
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"Derek is an outstanding course author and facilitator. He creates a learning environment where students not only gain from his vast personal knowledge and experience, but also through specifically structured simulations that provoke high level reflection and critical thinking skills for course participants. Having now hired Derek to deliver 5 different construction industry courses, I cannot recommend him enough."
Sault Ste. Marie Construction Association
“Just a quick note to say that some of my staff, including my manager of Construction, attended the OCA’s Construction 101 training on November 21st and 22nd. I had an opportunity to get their feedback and the course was described as nothing short of amazing. They had a lot of positive comments on the material and the instructor. In fact, I have received nothing but positive feedback ..."
Directeur principal/Senior Director
Real Property Contracting Directorate
Public Services and Procurement Canada
"As with all projects that we have worked together, and especially in the case of the Canadian BIM Council experience, I found that he conducted himself in a professional manner and with great integrity as you would expect of any business leader. The vision was exciting but the task challenging and Derek was the perfect leader to take it on. Derek's passion, effort, focus and time invested to get it started was truly amazing and the achievement significant. Our industry was changed for the better and because of his vision, Building Information Modeling evolved into a major driving force in our industry"
Mark Casaletto, CMD, Canada
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