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The CAA continues to be at the forefront of issues that impact architects in Alberta.  This includes sharing announcements, issues that the CAA is currently working on, highlighting achievements that have been made and also upcoming meetings and issues. Provided below is an update of these matters.

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Today, the City of Edmonton announced its new Deputy Manager, City Operations Department is Doug Jones.  An excerpt from the City of Edmonton announcement is provided below.


Doug is a senior executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience in large, complex organizations. His most recent employment was with Canada Post Corporation where over the course of eight years he served in three key leadership roles - Vice President of Field Operations, Senior Vice President of Operations, and Senior Vice President of Delivery, Retail and Customer Experience. Prior to his time with Canada Post, Doug worked for Lafarge Canada, as the Vice President and General Manager of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, progressing to the Vice President and General Manager of Eastern Canada and then as the Vice-President, Manufacturing for Lafarge North America. Earlier in his career, Doug served as President of Innocon Inc., the largest supplier of ready-mix concrete for residential, road building and commercial contracting industries in Toronto.

 

Doug is recognized for his expertise in full lifecycle project management, process engineering, strategic planning, operations management and government relations. He has extensive experience in organizational and change management and a proven track record of success in developing customer-focused organizations. Doug is also known for his ability to build effective cross-functional teams in high growth and diverse environments.

 

The Corporate Leadership Team is confident that Doug’s work experience and leadership skills coupled with his professionalism and friendly demeanour, will significantly contribute to our collective efforts of building a great city.

 

Doug and his wife Christine will be relocating to Edmonton from Ottawa over the summer and he will start in his new role on September 12, 2016. Their two teenage sons are both attending university this fall and they look forward to experiencing all that Edmonton has to offer during their school breaks.

 

We look forward to welcoming Doug to the City of Edmonton team.  In the meantime, the utmost of appreciation to Gord Cebryk who will continue to serve as Acting Deputy City Manager.

 

Linda Cochrane

CITY MANAGER

 

In other news, the CAA continues to push for contract changes with several organizations.  This includes providing detailed input into the City of Calgary Standard General Conditions and reaching out to Alberta Infrastructure to revisit some of the issues that are still outstanding.  


Through the CAA’s Procurement & Contracts Committee, we also recent met with Alberta Health Services and their legal counsel to discuss contract wording and concerns.  It was a very good meeting and several changes are being made to their contracts.

Meetings where contract wording is discussed are usually 2-3 hours in length and involve several meetings.  CAA members who attend these meetings take significant time out of their workday to help improve the overall environment for architects in Alberta.

Upcoming meetings include the monthly P&C Committee meeting, a meeting with the Honourable Amerjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and participating in Alberta Infrastructure’s Industry Liaison Committee meeting.


If you come across issues that impact architects in Alberta, please feel free to contact the CAA.  You can reach us through the CAA Chairman Linus Murphy, any of the CAA board members (listed below) or me, Jayne Jeneroux, Executive Director for the Consulting Architects of Alberta.

 

CAA Board Members:  Linus Murphy, Chairman; Ron Nemeth, Treasurer; Brad Kennedy, Past Chairman, Michael Cojocar, Heather Bretz, Terry Hartwig, Paul Byrne and Rob Adamson.