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CHAIR'S MESSAGE

RON TU

BSIA CHAIR

STAY CONNECTED: MAINTAINING
VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIPS

P

eople in the building supply industry are resilient. They had to overcome many
obstacles thrown at them by the sudden COVID-19 pandemic. Travel was limited
to essential services and physical distancing was enforced to limit the spread
of the disease. Many businesses in turn, simply adapted and adjusted their personal
lives accordingly. Some people worked remotely, finding new and innovative ways to
communicate virtually to maintain business relationships.
As we emerge from isolation and travel restrictions throughout B.C. ease up, it is a good
time to reflect on all the improvements made to our businesses, both at retail stores and
vendor distribution offices. We at the BSIA office have moved many services online with
upgrades to our website, e-bulletins and virtual industry meetings.
The BSIA hosted 10 weekly industry meetings recently, with special presentations
made by our affiliated legal, commercial insurance and health care professionals,
as well as WorkSafeBC.
Many of the BSIA education courses and programs are now available online, eliminating
the added costs of travel. These courses are a means for our member stores and vendor
outlets to retrain and retain their existing staff.
BSIA has been approved for government funding to move our BSWD courses online, so
we can continue to recruit and provide essential training to new personnel in the building
supplies industry. These new BSWD certified individuals are filling an employment
void within our industry. Please contact the BSIA office if you have any opportunities
at your location.
We held the first virtual Orion Awards presentation in May as we were unable to present
the awards at our annual golf tournaments or during our Orion Regional Finalist Tours.
Online participation was high and the awards event was well received. All Orion winners
and regional finalists were published in our last BSIA News Magazine and on our website.
See pages 10 and 11 for more information on our winners.
This year, the Orion Awards winners and several regional finalists teamed up with
our own Alex Taylor to distribute hot meals to front-line workers at hospitals and
extended-care facilities in their communities. We affectionately called this program
"Power to the People" after Ross Power of Powerhouse Building Solutions, who made the
initial donation. This was a win-win-win scenario for the participating stores, restaurants
and their communities.
As you can see, we at the BSIA, as with you in your businesses, have had to adapt to
new conditions and are moving forward to provide the services required by members.
You should all be congratulated for your perseverance and ingenuity to improve your own
situations. Many stores are reporting that business is actually better than expected over
the past few months and foresee an extended building season through the summer.
In other news, we are working on a Look & Learn event in September. See you at the
next Happy Hour, a virtual networking event. Maintain your virtual relationships whenever
you cannot meet face to face.
Stay healthy and stay connected everyone!

Ron Tu
BSIA Chair

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020

Chair’s Message
Board of Directors
BSIA News and Events
In Memoriam
Calendar of Events
Orion Award Winner Stories
Power to the People
Three Tips for Effective Virtual Networking During Covid-19
Changing Relationships in Building Materials
President’s Message: Last Word
BSIA Affinity Partner Program
Index to Advertisers
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Chair’s Message
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Board of Directors
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - BSIA News and Events
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - In Memoriam
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Calendar of Events
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Orion Award Winner Stories
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - 11
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Power to the People
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Three Tips for Effective Virtual Networking During Covid-19
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Changing Relationships in Building Materials
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - President’s Message: Last Word
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Fall 2020 - Index to Advertisers
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