Toronto & York Regional Labour Council

About Andria Babbington Andria Babbington is the President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, representing over 220,000 union members in Canada’s largest urban centre. An immigrant to Canada in her youth, Andria joined the labour movement when she began working in the hotel sector in downtown Toronto. She became one [...]


Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Local 30

For 125 years, Sheet Metal Workers’ and Roofers’ Local 30 has contributed to Ontario’s economic and social development through vital contributions in buildings, including such landmarks as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and some of Toronto’s oldest churches. Many of Ontario’s HVAC systems, roofs, siding, copings and flashings on architecturally significant buildings [...]


Executive Interview with Dan Kelly (CFIB)

This month’s BEC Executive Interview is with Dan Kelly. Kelly is the President, CEO, and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), and the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 95,000 small and medium-sized member businesses. Following the onset of the [...]


IUOE Local 955

By Anna Guy If you travel to or live in Alberta and have driven to work, taken a bus, sipped a glass of Whisky, or a thousand other things in between, you are the beneficiary of the work of a member of IUOE Local 955. Established in 1948, Local 955 is one [...]



Bringing Technology, Government and Business Together for Canada’s Prosperity By Heather Romito If there’s one thing that 2020 has reinforced, it’s the importance of the technology sector to the country’s economy. Recognizing this well before the pandemic, TECHNATION, a membership-driven, not-for-profit association, has made it their mission to shine a spotlight on [...]


Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA)

Building Up Western Canada’s Lumber and Building Supply Industry By Heather Romito Last year, the Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA) celebrated their 130-year history as a catalyst for collaboration in the Western Canadian lumber and building supply industry. While 2020 may not have been the best year for face-to-face relationship-building, Liz Kovach, [...]


Helmets to Hardhats

Helps Veterans Build Their Second Career By Tina Costanza If you want to know just how passionate Joe Maloney is about Helmets to Hardhats, all you have to do is listen to him. It comes through in his voice. “I just find it very, very rewarding to be able to help these [...]


Skills / Compétences Canada (SCC)

Engagement and Exposure to the Trades For Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC), it’s all about exposing young women and men to skilled trades and technologies. Founded in 1989, the national, not-for-profit organization actively promotes the skills movement in Canada, providing direction and guidance to over 100,000 young people a year just through the competitions [...]


Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance

Driving Industry Reform By Anna Guy When the Federal government passed the Cannabis Act in October, 2018, Canadians were finally able to legally access recreational and medicinal cannabis, albeit only in the form of fresh and dried cannabis, oils, plants and seeds. Canadian consumers will soon be able to legally purchase edible cannabis, extracts, [...]


PDAC 2019 Convention

Highlights Canadian Prosperity The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, commonly referred to as PDAC, hosted 25,843 attendees from more than 130 countries at PDAC 2019—the world’s premier annual mineral exploration and mining convention. PDAC was pleased to welcome prospectors, students, Indigenous peoples, government officials, investors and executives, as well as Prime Minister Justin [...]

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