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LAST WORD

THOMAS
FOREMAN
BSIA

or anyone with a faint heart, this year has been a roller coaster ride of change
and challenges. I can't remember when times have been so dynamic.
Here we are, the beginning of September and its back to school time. The
year is nearly three quarters through and where does the time go?
It seems like it was only yesterday that we were being inodiated with rain and more
rain. At that time, we thought it would never stop but eventually the rain stopped
and we found ourselves in one of the hottest, driest summers ever. Making matters
worse, wild fires in BC ravaged over 400000 hectares of land of which a very high
percentage was timber forests.
These fires will certainly have an effect on timber supply for our mills and inadvertently cause further supply and price increases across North America.
All this at a time of NAFTA negotiations taking place putting more pressure on
lumber pricing and supply issues. In addition, we are still reeling from the sheet rock
tariffs and duties that have been imposed on our industry. And it gets better as the
Federal government is reviewing small business taxation and this certainly has our
owners concerned for good reason. I can't remember a topic that has caused such an
uproar in such a short time. When you have Doctors and Lawyers weighing in on the
matter, you know the Feds have got close to a nerve.
With a new government in BC, we will see many changes that will impact our
members including a change to the labour laws, review of Work Safe and new minimum wage rates effective mid-September.
On top of this, interest rate adjustments upward continued this year causing more
concern to our members and our industry. We must be concerned about future stability for our industry as we strive to shield our members from many issues that are
out of their control.
Government intervention in our business practices and work force shortages continue to affect our members on a daily basis. I'm sure we can all see the problems very
clearly, now we need to find solutions.
The Canadian Retail Building Supply Council, made up of the four sister building
supply associations across Canada has taken positive steps to take action on behalf of
our members. This fall we start the process to implement a unified voice in Ottawa
at a Federal level. We will also launch an industry wide website to support our government relations initiatives as well as career/job page to promote training and career
opportunities in our industry. There are many issues that need to be addressed federally
and provincially and with your support we know we can make a difference to ensure
our voice is heard in a positive, impactful way.
We look forward to reporting our progress as we move forward in this new direction
and welcome your ideas and feedback.
Thank you,

President

...since 1938
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017

Chair’s Message
Board of Directors
Skate with Santa
Calendar of Events
Pumpkin Patch
Slo-Pitch Tournament
Education Events
Ultimate Show Home II Progress
BSIA Celebrating 80 Years
New BSIA Members
BCFCA Events
President’s Message
BCFCA News and New Members
BCFCA Board Members
BCFCA Flooring Expo
Reject the Slab
NFCA Board Members
The Shell Busey Birthday Roast & Toast
Crown Building Supplies Ltd. – Open House Celebration
Erik Schlaud Promoted at ORGILL
TIMBER MART Builds New Alliance with CFL
Brad Dixon joins Castle
Time is Not the Enemy: You are
5 Interview Habits of Highly Successful Organizations
Index of Advertisers
BSIA Affinity Partner Program
President’s Message: Last Word
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Intro
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Chair’s Message
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Board of Directors
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Education Events
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - New BSIA Members
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - President’s Message
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BCFCA News and New Members
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BCFCA Board Members
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BCFCA Flooring Expo
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Reject the Slab
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - NFCA Board Members
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Erik Schlaud Promoted at ORGILL
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Brad Dixon joins Castle
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - Time is Not the Enemy: You are
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - 5 Interview Habits of Highly Successful Organizations
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - 24
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - BSIA Affinity Partner Program
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION- September/October 2017 - President’s Message: Last Word
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