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ICBA launches new Alberta association, names Mike Martens as president

ICBA launches new Alberta association, names Mike Martens as president

CALGARY, ALTA. – The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) is expanding into Alberta.

Mike Martens has been selected to head up ICBA Alberta, ICBA president Chris Gardner announced on March 9.

“I’m proud to announce that we are expanding in Alberta and that Mike Martens has joined us to lead the roll-out and growth of the suite of new member services we will be offering to ICBA Alberta members. Mike is a dynamic, respected advocate and is focused on growing the construction, building and resource development industries in Alberta,” Gardner said.

Martens was director of public affairs for the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada for eight years before taking the new ICBA Alberta position.

He will work out of ICBA’s Calgary office as ICBA Alberta president and will “work with the ICBA Alberta team to expand its member service offering in areas related to advocacy, group health benefits, training, and wellness programs designed for Alberta’s open shop contractors, builders, and entrepreneurs,” an ICBA release said.

“It’s an honour for me to be able to help build on ICBA’s incredible platform in Alberta. We’re going to be offering some very exciting services to help merit and open shop construction contractors grow, and we’re going to give them a strong voice in public policy advocacy,” Martens said.

ICBA is a member of Merit Canada joining Merit Saskatchewan, Merit Manitoba, Merit Ontario, Merit Nova Scotia and ICBA as open shop construction advocates.

Of the more than 220,000 people who work in Alberta construction, 88 per cent make up the open shop sector, the ICBA release stated. 


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