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MESSAGE FROM

RON TU BSIA CHAIRPERSON

The Changing Focus
s I sit down to write this article, the weather forecast is for sun and
clear skies for the next few days. Spring weather has certainly
arrived and we have all but forgotten about the cold, icy and
snowy winter. The change of seasons reflects many of the changes
happening at the BSIA of BC.
I'm excited about this year at the BSIA and the upcoming events. We
have several new directors on the board, bringing with them many new
ideas and improvements within their committee teams.
We recently introduced a new BSIA logo at our AGM to mark the
beginning of changing focus and improvements to BSIA membership.
The BSIA is embarking on its 81st year as a non-profit organization of
suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers and related
business affinity members. Initially founded by a handful of local building
materials supply yards hoping to negotiate better pricing by combining
their volume purchases, the association changed many times over the
years into once an entity anchored by a product trade show where
suppliers can showcase new products and offer discounts.
Today, in this digital age of smart phones, high-speed computer
processing and online web-based purchases, the BSIA has changed once
again. The trade show model is now redundant as a venue to introduce
new products and comparison price shopping.
The BSIA, as with our other sister building supply associations across
the country, had to adapt to the changing marketplace landscape. We
are no longer simply a product-based entity, but have developed into an
association promoting events where members can network and discuss
needs and concerns in their businesses.
Discussions at these networking events and responses from
membership surveys indicate that a primary concern is staffing and the
development of the three Rs (Recruit, Retrain and Retain). The BSIA will
soon make announcements to address the need of recruitment and about
our alliance with education institutions to develop skilled employees for
the building supplies industry.
To retrain existing employees, we will expand our education courses
offered, not only in scope but to move them outside of the Lower
Mainland to make them more accessible regionally. Further, we will
help our membership retain employees by partnering up with affinity
members to improve the infrastructure of their businesses in areas such
as employee benefits, group health plans and commercial insurance.
In the coming months, I look forward to meeting you at one of the
BSIA's networking events. I also encourage you to get involved with the
association and help us promote the benefits of a BSIA membership.

Ron Tu
BSIA Chair

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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019

Chair’s Message
President’s Message: Last Word
Three Ways to Become a Trusted Leader
Family Matters: Succession Planning for a Family-Owned Business
Recruitment, Hiring and Retention
BSIA News
Orion Awards, Finalists and Winners
Member News
BSIA Education and Events
Index to Advertisers
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - Chair’s Message
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - BSIA News
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - Orion Awards, Finalists and Winners
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - Member News
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - BSIA Education and Events
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - Three Ways to Become a Trusted Leader
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - Family Matters: Succession Planning for a Family-Owned Business
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - Recruitment, Hiring and Retention
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Summer 2019 - Index to Advertisers
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