On this episode of The Construction Record, staff writer Russell Hixson and digital media editor Warren Frey take a look at some of the recent stories they’ve covered, starting with Russell’s article about British Columbia’s construction industry looking at possible changes to the B.C. Lien Act after the British Columbia Law Institute proposed 80 improvements to the legislation. Russell also dives into Red Deer, Alta’s proposals to increase residential development in its downtown after the city suffered from Alberta’s economic downturn.
Warren recently attended the Mechanical Contractors of Canada’s annual conference in Nashville and has an interview with Mandy Rennehan, the CEO of Freshco and an advocate for the skilled trades and inclusion of underrepresented groups. Rennehan delivered the closing day keynote at the conference and stressed the importance of the trades to society and how in her view the sector doesn’t get the respect it deserves.
Warren also interviewed Jeff Sample from eSUB Construction Software, who addressed the conference on the latest technological innovations hitting the construction industry. He also spoke to the importance of people and processes over tech for tech’s sake, and explained how as innovation accelerates, it also gets simpler to use.