By Anthony Capkun
February 18, 2022 – Earlier this month, representatives from the 10 association members of the Alberta Trade Contractors Council held their first meeting as a council board of directors.
Operating under a Memorandum of Agreement since January 2014, the coalition formalized its relationship as a not-for-profit society in late 2021, and adopted “Council” in its formal name.
Representing the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, Terry Milot (vice-president, Chemco Electric Ltd.) was elected the council’s first chair. Mark Schendel (SMC 2.0 Ltd.), representing the Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta, was elected vice-chair. Bryan Neubeker (Saint-Gobain), representing Alberta Wall & Ceiling Association, was also elected vice-chair.
Each member association appoints an Alberta contractor member (or their proxy) to the council board as their voting representative.
“Since we signed the original [Memorandum of Agreement] in 2014, we have been writing the preface to what has the potential to be a great story,” said Milot upon his election as chair. “We are now at the beginning of Chapter 1, where the ATCC expects to deliver an exciting opening scene.”
Milot continued: “While there is still much work and dedication needed to achieve the council’s immediate priorities for prompt payment legislation and new structure under the [Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act], we are confident that trade contractors can deliver on these projects”.
With the election of this new executive, ATCC recognized the contributions of Tim Padfield (Padcar Mechanical) and Karen Rutherford (executive director, ARCA), both of whom held the position of vice-chair for the past three years.
“Their contribution—through leadership and depth of knowledge—has been instrumental in getting the ATCC to its current respected position within industry,” said Milot. “We look forward to their continued participation to see current ATCC priority initiatives through to completion.”
The 10 member associations of the Alberta Trade Contractors Council represent a direct membership of over 3000 trade contractors—both union and open shop—who employ more than 50,000 skilled trades across the province.
For more information regarding ATCC or industry issues they are addressing, contact:
• Terry Milot, ATCC chair, email@example.com or 780-436-9570.
• Russ Evans, ATCC general manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-250-7237.