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LAST WORD

THOMAS FOREMAN

BSIA PRESIDENT

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irst, Happy New Year! I don't remember a year going by as quickly as 2019 did. It seems as
if time just flies by now, although not like it did when I was in school counting the days until
summer break!
We are very pleased to have accomplished some real milestones in 2019. With our continued
focus on education and training, we were able to launch many new programs to directly assist
our members.
With our standard programs offering hands-on electrical and plumbing training, sales mastery,
estimating and Microsoft Excel, our office was busy accommodating many learning sessions. We
know how much this helps staff and based on students' feedback, we will continue to offer more
training and education programs. Some of our courses will be offered on Vancouver Island this
spring so keep an eye on our website for more details. We are also pleased to have awarded over
$250,000 in bursary funds over the past years and see the positive impact this program has in
helping our family members continue their education.
After surveying our members, we were determined to help even more of them to solve the
entry-level staffing challenges facing our retailers, manufacturers and distributors. With a
4.5 percent unemployment rate in B.C., we knew there would continue to be staffing challenges
ahead. As we worked closer with our members, we developed a curriculum that identified the
essential entry-level skills required by our industry. In unison with that, we applied for funding to
help offset the cost of implementing the newly named Building Supply Warehouse and Distribution
Certificate Program (BSWD).
I'm going to give you the abridged version of what we accomplished because it was quite
amazing how it all came together. First, with a bit of luck and many government forms, we were
able to secure enough funds to recruit and host three six-week, full-time training sessions for nearly
40 students. We turned our warehouse into a large classroom and started the BSIA-BSWD school.
Then, we secured the funds, designed the courses, hired the instructors, recruited the students,
hosted the training and placed the students once they had completed the certificate program. I
know it sounds easy, but it challenged our team and we pulled it together. Thanks to the board, our
staff and our members we made it happen. We were able to find work for 15 students, 11 of them
with our members. Based on the success of this initiative and the positive impact this has had on the
students' lives, we are planning on offering similar programs in Northern B.C. and Vancouver Island
as funds are made available.
As a continued focus on education in 2020, we will be offering an extensive broad-based online
training program to our members in the first quarter of 2020. Details will be released in late
January. Coupled with that, we will offer first aid and joint health and safety training once a month
throughout the year in both Surrey and Richmond.
We are excited to offer all these education programs in 2020 and we will continue to support our
traditional functions as we have in the past. Our events and social media plans have been enhanced
with the addition of Susan McFee who brings extensive experience and knowledge in these key
areas. Please join us in welcoming Susan to the BSIA team.
We had so much fun sturgeon fishing at our 80th celebrations that we are hosting another
tournament this summer on Aug. 20. Let me know if you are interested and we will put you on
the list.
Again, happy New Year and thank you for your support in 2019! We look forward to seeing you
in 2020.

Thomas Foreman

www.bsiabc.ca

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CHAIR’S MESSAGE
CHAIR’S MESSAGE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BSIA NEWS
BSIA EVENTS & EDUCATION
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BSIA AFFINITY PARTNER PROGRAM
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
BSIA BURSARY RECIPIENTS
SELLING BUILDING MATERIALS ONLINE
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2020 - CHAIR’S MESSAGE
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2020 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2020 - BSIA NEWS
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2020 - BSIA EVENTS & EDUCATION
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2020 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2020 - BSIA BURSARY RECIPIENTS
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2020 - SELLING BUILDING MATERIALS ONLINE
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