Yardstick - Issue 4 2017 - 7
[ PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE ]
By Liz Kovach
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN
ORDER for WRLA members who are
celebrating milestone anniversaries
this year! The following members in
this issue of the Yardstick magazine are
celebrating milestones: Kenroc Building
Materials is celebrating their 50th,
Wajax and Hyster celebrate 50 years
of partnership and CGC is celebrating
their 100th anniversary!
August/September 2017 | YARDSTICK
These are significant milestones and achievements for organizations which share
a common theme in that they are built on the backbone of people who are committed
to their work, value relationships, invest the time and energy to re-evaluate the way in
which they conduct business, and are willing to evolve and adapt to their marketplace.
Recruiting and retaining good people is often a challenge in any industry, as we
have all experienced at one time or another. Organizational leaders work hard to
build their "dream teams" to reach their goals knowing at some point they will likely
lose excellent staff to other organizations and then it is back to the recruitment
Recruiting often means poaching from within the industry which has its obvious
advantages, but one of the disadvantages, as outlined in the HR Corner of this
magazine, is that movement within the industry can lead to a concentrated pool of
talent with little room for fresh blood.
Like all other businesses, the WRLA is looking to evolve how it conducts business
to help support its customers. Our goal is to create meaningful connections
and pathways to employment into the industry, thereby supporting quality
recruiting grounds in an effort to support with long-term workforce needs.
The NexGEN program is evolving to create and deliver new
opportunities for training and development to funnel as well as harness
new talent into the LBM industry.
The WRLA has started creating strategic partnerships that will focus
on two areas; College graduates starting their careers and seasoned
professionals seeking a career change in need of additional training or
literacy in the LBM industry.
I am pleased to announce that our first initiative will take
place in Alberta on Wednesday, September 6 to connect
20 upcoming student graduates to the LBM industry.
We are excited to be partnering with SAIT, Spray Lake
Sawmills, All Span Building Systems, and Mountain
View Building Materials to provide guided tours to
expose participants to various careers within the
LBM supply chain.
We are also excited to partner with Mount Royal
University to develop and deliver a curriculum and
certification program through their Continuing Education
department that will focus on training and development
specific to the LBM industry. The curriculum development
will be supported by WRLA members participating in a
focus group discussion scheduled for Friday, September 9.
The program launch is scheduled for January 2018.
Stay tuned for progress updates in the coming months
as well as opportunities for you to get involved as we
evolve WRLA programs to better support the needs
of the industry! ❱