Tuesday November 29, 2022 | VICTORIA, BC
by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends
The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) and its membership received five industry leaders to its 2022-2023 Board of Directors during their Annual General Meeting on November 17, 2022.
For 2022/23 the organization welcomes Kate Ulmer, Herold Engineering, as their new Board Chair; Stuart Cuthbert, Slegg Building Materials, as Vice-Chair; Barclay Ellis, Trades Labour Corporation (TLC) Victoria, as Treasurer; and Scott Torry, AFC Construction, as Secretary.
That selection was from among 10 nominees.
A year of unprecedented demand:
“Another year has passed and another year of challenges that went along with it,” says Rory Kulmala, Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Island Construction Association.
Those challenges included the ongoing caution of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, and seeing the impacts of substance abuse among workers in the construction trades.
“The industry continues to deliver on the unprecedented demand for construction services and we eagerly await any new challenges which may arise,” said Kulmala.
“I am pleased to advise that the Vancouver Island Construction Association has elected an experienced, diverse Board of Directors to steward the Association forward into 2023.”
Women in construction:
Kate Ulmer represents the second woman ever to be VICA Board Chair in VICA’s 110-Year history, with Carole Bissett being first in 2009.
As the industry continues to encourage women in find careers in construction, having women in leadership positions at the highest level of our sector will optimistically inspire women and girls to consider construction as a vocation.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as the chair of the VICA board for 2023,” said Kate Ulmer, Board Chair, Herold Engineering.
Ulmer says she looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the “talented and diverse board, the VICA members, and VICA staff for their continued commitment to our industry as we work to deliver projects that positively impact Vancouver Island Communities”.
“As chair, I am committed to supporting VICA’s pillars of advocacy, professional development, good governance, and member value to keep our Island industry positioned for continued success,” said Ulmer.
New and re-elected:
VICA Members also welcomed new board members Joshua Fayerman, Milestone Equipment Contracting; Mark Donahue, EllisDon; and Mark Wong, Kinetic Construction.
Incumbent Directors James Clapp, Wilson M Beck Insurance Services and Chris Williams, Houle Electric were re-elected for another term.
Online voting & AGM:
Continuing to utilize online voting software, the 2022/23 election saw a high percentage of eligible members participate in the election. Each Industry Member is entitled to one vote per election.
The 2022 Annual General Meeting represented the first AGM since the loosening of pandemic restrictions, allowing VICA Members and their guests to celebrate their new board.
The 2022 AGM was held at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse in Saanichton, BC.
Outgoing director Mark Liudzius, Kinetic Construction, was recognized for his years of service on the VICA Board. “Mark has been a pivotal figure in the industry for over 40 years, and we thank him for his contributions to the Vancouver Island Construction Association as well as the construction industry on Vancouver Island,” said VICA in a news release.
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