BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Morsky Construction Ltd.
1st Vice Chairman
2nd Vice Chairman
AECON Transportation West Inc.
C. Duncan Construction Ltd.
G.W. Construction Ltd.
ASL Paving Ltd.
Consolidated Construction Co.
Inland Aggregates, a Division of LeHigh
Hanson Materials Limited
BLS Asphalt Inc
W.F. Botkin Construction Ltd.
Potzus Paving & Road Maintenance Ltd.
H.J.R. Asphalt Ltd.
Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd.
Saskatchewan roadbuilders and
heavy construction contractors
are a resilient bunch! We must
be – far too often, our industry has faced
the ups and downs of the rollercoaster ap-proach
to investment into the province’s
core infrastructure. For decades, the high-ways
budget was the first to be cut because
the public really doesn’t understand the
importance of our highway network un-til
they are faced with an emergency and
roads are being washed out, causing safety
or accessibility issues.
Since 2008, $20 billion has been invested
into our core infrastructure network. This
is money the previous government says
would have been better spent on a “rainy-day”
fund, but it was money that allowed
Saskatchewan – a land-locked province –
to go from being “the middle of nowhere”
to “the middle of everything.” We depend
on trade and export because here, nothing
moves until the roads are built.
Now with a $1.2-billion deficit looming,
our sector could once again be faced with
a reduction in funding. Though the gov-ernment
maintains highways will remain
a priority, the Premier has also said “every-thing
is on the table” and for those of us
who have been in the industry a long time,
this means less money for highways.
Now more than ever, membership in
SHCA will give your company an advan-tage.
If you’re asking, “What’s in it for me?”
– the primary benefit of our association is
to influence public policy in a direction fa-vourable
for SHCA’s members.
One of the questions most frequently
asked by potential members is, “What can
the association do for me?” The answer,
frankly, depends on you. What do you want
from an association? What you get out of
any association is directly proportional to
what you put in. The greatest benefit of
any association is the networking and ca-maraderie
that takes place between mem-bers.
However, to gain from this, you must
participate – an investment of time and ef-fort
in association activities.
There are many benefits that accrue
simply from belonging – federal, provin-cial
and local lobby efforts; legislative im-provements;
increased investment that
leads to more work; the privilege of net-working
with your peers; educational pro-grams;
and much more.
The reason is simple, and it involves
the same principles that apply to one’s
business. A businessperson invests mon-ey,
time and energy to make the business
successful. The same holds true for asso-ciation
membership, which will reflect
on your business. There are certain func-tions
and services that the association can
perform, but to be most successful in its
efforts, the association requires the phys-ical,
as well as the fiscal, support and in-volvement
of its members. It needs the
collective thinking of all concerned to for-mulate
plans, and it requires the physical
effort of its members to put those plans in-to
Business consultants say 85 per cent of
all business failures occur in firms who are
not members of their trade association.
The problems facing our industry today
affect every owner, no matter how large or
small. In addition, since no one individual
could possibly begin to solve these prob-lems
alone, it remains that each should
join in a collective effort to protect his
Does for You
ALLAN BARILLA, CHAIRMAN, SHCA
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