Journal of Commerce Editorial Advisory Board Members

Jack Davidson

Jack Davidson is the President of the British Columbia Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association (BCRBHCA).

He earned a Diploma of Technology in Technical Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

He was the manager of the B.C. Shake & Shingle Association before assuming his current role with the B.C. Roadbuilders, about 10 years ago.

Michael Ernest

Michael Ernest is the Executive Director of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).

Born in Montreal, Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from McGill University in 1968. He later acquired his MS in Architecture from Cornell University. He joined the AIBC as a member in 1974.

Michael's architectural career includes work with architectural firms in Montreal and New York state. In Vancouver, he became a Principal at Watson-Donald + Ernest in 1978 prior to establishing his own firm in 1982.

Michael's AIBC involvement began in 1976. He has been a member of AIBC council including terms as Vice-President and Registrar.

As part of his AIBC work, Michael has served as a member of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (1995-2007), and and sat on the British Columbia Provincial Government Modernization Strategy working groups, as well as the Public Construction Council of B.C. He is also a member of the B.C. government's Industry and Consumer Advisory Council on Homeowner Protection.

Manley McLachlan

Manley McLachlan is President of the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA), the largest and most inclusive costruction organization in the province.

The BCCA represents more than 2,000 non-union and union contractors, who are active in all sectors of the industry, but primarily focused on industrial, commercial and institutional construction. BCCA members include general contractors, trade contractors and suppliers.

Manley is an advocate of innovative human resource programming that provides an important bridge between people and construction industry employers. Under Manley’s leadership, the BCCA has successfully developed the Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP). This multi-targeted program has assisted more than 4,000 people to placements in employment and training in the industry.

Manley is ex-officio director of the Council of Construction Associations, Canadian Council for Innovation in Construction and is a committee representative to a number of Canadian Construction Association national committees. Manley is the current chairman of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table.

Philip Hochstein

Philip Hochstein is the President of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia (IBCA).

The ICBA services and represents B.C.’s open shop construction sector that is responsible for 85 per cent of construction work in the province.

Philip chairs The Construction Industry’s Benefit Plan Board of Trustees and serves on the Board of Directors for the SHARE Family and Community Services Society and ICBA Benefit Services Ltd.

Philip is a former Chair of the Coalition of B.C. Businesses that represents more than 50,000 small and medium-sized businesses on labour and employment policy issues.

Philip earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria in 1984 and an Honours Degree in History from McGill University in Montreal.

Prior to joining the ICBA in 1986, Philip was Manager of Membership Services for the Mechanical Contractors Association of B.C. and also worked for the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission and the Provincial Ministry of Finance.

Grant McMillan

Grant McMillan is the President of the Council of Construction Associations (COCA), an organization that represents the interests of sixteen construction associations in B.C. with respect to all WorkSafeBC issues.

Grant also served as the Chair of the Construction Safety Association of B.C. (CSABC) for five years, until 2007. He is the author of the book Workers' Compensation in British Columbia: An Employers’ Guide to Claims Cost Management, published by Thompson. He has also written an Occupational Health & Safety Program for B.C. Employers.

Grant’s career has included university teaching and sixteen years of senior management at the Workers’ Compensation Board, the last six as General Manager of Administration. He has a Ph.D. and also holds a certificate in Occupational Safety and Heath from the Foundation Program of Simon Fraser University.

Dan Mott

Danny Mott is the president of both Mott Electric and The 4th Utility. Both companies are based in the Lower Mainland and provide a wide range of expertise in all disciplines of the electrical, data and telecommunications industries.

Mott serves as director on the boards of the BC Safety Authority, the Construction Labour Relations Association, and the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association.

Mott has also been the past chair of the Electrical Contractors Association of BC , the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and the Construction Industry Training Organization.

Tom Sigurdson

Tom Sigurdson is the executive director of the British Columbia/Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council (BCYTBCTC).

Sigurdson served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1986 to 1993. He also worked as a labour activist and organizer for the New Democratic Party in British Columbia.

Keith Sashaw

Keith Sashaw was appointed the President of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC in February of 2013, where he serves as the senior staff person for the provincial organization representing 90 consulting engineering companies in BC. These firms employ 9,000 individuals and generate approximately $2.9 billion of activity, 40% of which is from outside Canada.

Prior to joining ACEC-BC, from 2001 to 2013, Keith was the President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, the largest construction association in BC, representing participants in the non-wood frame construction industry in the Lower Mainland Southwest region of BC. Prior to coming to VRCA, Mr. Sashaw has served as the Executive Vice-President of the Electrical Contractors Association of BC (1999 – 2001) and as the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (1985 to 1999). In both organizations he was responsible for the operations of industry associations at the provincial level.

Mr. Sashaw has been active in a number of other areas, serving on numerous Boards and advisory committees for organizations such as BCIT, and the BCCA Group Benefit Plan.

Don Schouten

Don Schouten is the Manager for Construction for the Industry and Labour Services Department at WorkSafeBC.

Prior to joining WorkSafeBC, Don spent more than 25 years in the construction industry including work as a framer in the residential construction industry and later as a Manager of a mid-sized commercial roofing contractor.

While in the construction industry, Don served as a member of the board of directors of the following organizations: Vancouver Regional Construction Association, Council of Construction Associations, Construction Labour Relations Association and the Construction Safety Association of B.C.

Don is a graduate of the Civil and Structural Engineering Technologist Program at the B.C. Institute of Technology.

Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart was the Vice-President with Merit Contractors Association of Alberta in Edmonton.He passed away on November 11, 2013.

He directed public policy, legal advocacy and public relations/communication initiatives. Bill was also on the Board of Directors of LabourWatch Canada.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Special) from the University of Alberta and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. After working for an Edmonton real estate development company, he joined the Government of the Northwest Territories, initially as an Analyst with the Financial Management Secretariat, and then ultimately as Acting Director of Finance and Administration with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

After helping implement the restructuring of Ontario’s Rent Review Program, Bill returned west to become the first Executive Director of the Merit Contractors Association in Saskatchewan.

He also administered benefit plans – with particular focus on the construction industry – for the Alexander Consulting Group and later with Aon Consulting when the firms merged.

Norm Streu

Norm Streu is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the LMS Reinforcing Steel Group, as well as a full partner and owner of the company. Norm has served as Chair of the Board of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, Director of the British Columbia Construction Association and Chair of the Construction Law Subsection of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

Norm is the co-author of Annotated Builders Lien Act of British Columbia and co-author of the British Columbia Builders Lien Practice Manual. He co-authors a regular column entitled “Legal Reinforcement,” in the Journal of Commerce and co-writes a regular column in Business in Vancouver called “Legal Specs.” He has been the presenter at countless numerous industry and legal seminars. Prior to joining LMS, Norm enjoyed a successful career leading the Construction & Engineering law group at the Vancouver law firm Alexander Holburn. In 2008, Norm was awarded the LMA Helm Young Lawyer Award.

Anibel Valente

Anibal Valente, vice president, oversees construction operations for PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. in British Columbia. Anibal has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia. In addition to Anibal’s corporate responsibilities, he devotes time to many industry and community organizations. Anibal is currently a board member on the Canadian Construction Association and past Chair of the B.C. Construction Association. The PCL family of companies is a group of independent construction companies, which carry out diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial and buildings markets. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion, making them the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in the United States.
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