Finding Common Ground

A big part of my job as a Trade Association Executive was to work with other organizations, government agencies, Ministers and MPs to develop innovative ways to partner on getting things done in a responsible manner — to support small businesses and grow employment while preserving or improving the local environment.

​✅ Advocate and promoter of Prompt Payment legislation

Promoting both federal and provincial legislation that ensures that small businesses and contractors get paid for completed work on a timely basis, thus improving cash flow to enable more employee training, hiring and business expansion.

​✅ Supporting Canadian Environmental Equipment manufacturing opportunities in China

In 2014 led a Canadian delegation to Chaozhou, China concluding a framework agreement for development of Environmental Equipment Manufacturing Industrial Park, creating opportunities for Canadian business development in China.

​✅ Coalition to create legislation to License Qualified Contractors to protect Consumers

In 2001 led an industry coalition of trade contractors resulting in 3rd reading of legislation to require contractors to be licensed as qualified businesses for the protection of consumers.

​✅ Received Government Affairs Award for Advancing Funding for Apprenticeship Trades Training

In 2006 the Canadian Society of Association Executives of BC recognized my work with a colleague to mobilize a coalition of construction association to convince the provincial government to create the training tax credit program allocating $90 million over 3 years as incentive to companies to train workers.