WHISTLER, B.C. The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) is hosting its annual Construction Leadership Forum at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on May 5 and 6, with this year’s theme looking towards Building Tomorrow’s Leaders.
The event will kick off with a keynote presentation from John Furlong, current chairman of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Furlong rose to prominence for his work overseeing the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as well as the 2010 Winter Paralympics. He served as president and CEO of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee.
Furlong is the volunteer chairman of the Own the Podium Program and chairman of Vancouver’s highly successful Rugby Sevens Tournament. He also serves on the board of directors for a number of other corporations and charitable organizations.
According to the VRCA, Furlong’s account of leading the 2010 Games and the challenges and opportunities he faced before and since are both "deeply personal and characteristically frank."
Furlong has been recognized with numerous awards and honours including the Order of Canada, Order of British Columbia, Canadian of the Year, Marketer of the Year and Sport Executive of the Year. He was also voted one of the top 25 most transformational Canadians alive.
The leadership forum will also feature a variety of sessions, including a panel discussion on marijuana in the workplace, which will include an update on the legalization of marijuana and medical prescriptions as well as the need to ensure a safe workplace. Attendees will also learn about an employer’s duty to accommodate an employee’s disability requiring the use of medical marijuana and the status of drug testing.
There is also a session hosted by Marc Stoiber, a brand consultant, entrepreneur and writer on the Power of Brand in a Lowest-Bid-Wins World. He will explain how one’s brand can stand out in a crowded marketplace. Stoiber has led the creative departments of multinational ad agencies, founded his own ‘green’ ad firm, sold that firm to an innovation company and authored the award-winning book Didn’t See It Coming.
Other sessions include Communication is key — what’s your style? and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, which delves into strategies on the best way to optimize personal health, safety and performance when dealing with fatigue in the construction industry. Other sessions include a legal update, coming face to face with the future of construction technology and how positive psychology builds teams.
Event attendees can also participate in the Wild Goose Chase — a smartphone scavenger hunt where teams complete challenges while exploring Whistler Village. Participants will work together to complete a variety of tasks including intellectual puzzles, creative photo and video challenges and physical activities. Teams will have to get strategic, think outside the box, and get to know each other better if they want a chance at the winning title. The hunt focuses on communication, problem solving, strategy, and a need to be creative. Teams will be chosen through random selection to encourage networking with a new group of individuals.