CODC Partnership Project

CODC began with a two-year project to improve the Labour-Management relationship by: opening communications, identifying customer needs, developing and implementing training programs, and communicating with industry stakeholders.

A client market survey was conducted among CODC’s current and potential customers to determine what kind of services CODC could provide. Two areas identified were: supervisory training and safety orientation.

Two workshops were held with Union executive boards and CLR members to help strengthen the Union-Contractor relationship by extending communications to a broader range of groups.


  • Improved Labour Management Partnership – Strong leadership from both parties and the willingness to approach the initiative with a positive attitude has helped overcome the historical relationship of confrontation and distrust.
  • Increased Industry Stakeholder Participation – Extended beyond Union business managers and senior employer representatives to include: construction customers, executive board members of unions, additional and differing levels of employer representatives, and government personnel.
  • Improved Safety Awareness and Practices – Jointly developed a workplace safety program that benefits trades people through safe working conditions and helps contractors and customers maintain cost controls.
  • Improved industry supervisory skills – CODC purchased the Saskatchewan Rights to “Better Super Vision” developed by the Alberta Provincial Construction & Building Trades Council and Construction Labour Relations Alberta.

“Better Super Vision” Course

The 9-day supervisors course has been delivered to over 200 people

“Right and Responsibility” CD-ROM

A 9-part CD-ROM which outlines the roles of everyone in the workplace where safety is concerned. This program teaches the structure of safety programs, Occupational Health & Safety Committees, and the workplace responsibility system.

Foundations for the Future Conference

On Feb 14/15 2003 CODC held a conference to begin the process of dealing with the issues that arise from cost overhead in the construction economy and the effects of a globalization.

Keynote Speakers included: Mike Singer from Weyerhaeuser, Damian Gannon from Atco Power, Robert Blakely from the Canadian Building and Construction Trades Office, Richard Albright from the Boilermakers International Union and John Schel from the Boilermaker Contractors Association.

The discussion centred around owner expectations and requirements, safety, attitudes, productivity and management systems.

The private sector owners pointed out that just as our industry must compete for work on a regular basis, they must also compete for market share. So a plant that is built with good quality, and finished on time and on budget is very important in their competition for sales.

The conference is the beginning of a number of projects that will stem from the topics brought to the forefront over the two-day event.