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  • Compete or Collaborate - Blog from GO Productivity

    In the real world where Alberta’s competition for investment is on a global scale, success is not to be found choosing between competition or a collaborative business model. It is not an “either/or” choice, it is a “yes/and” approach that works best... To read more go here

  • COAA Recognizes Safety Person of the Year

    Author: Ken Chapman - GO Productivity

    The Construction Owners Association of Alberta hosts an annual conference on Best Practices in Edmonton.  As part of the program, they sponsor a range of awards for outstanding contributions and accomplishments in a number of construction industry related roles and responsibilities.

    One of those awards is for Individual Contribution in Safety Leadership.  It was a great pleasure for GO Productivity to nominate Waiward Steel’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Kanerva, for recognition in the COAA 2017 Safety Leadership Award.  We based this nomination on his commitment and outcomes achieved in enhancing workforce competency in the steel fabrication industry in Alberta. 

    We are pleased to say that during the COAA conference May 9th and 10th it was announced that Jim was the winner in the Safety Leadership category. To see pictures and read more in the event program click here.

    Jim’s contribution and leadership in the GO-PAAD (Project Alignment and Delivery) Working Group was our major reason behind his nomination.  As for safety, his efforts towards improved worker competency through continuous learning and improvement within Waiward, has resulted in them achieving over 4.5 million accumulated man hours without a lost time incident.  We were also struck with Jim’s eagerness and openness in the sharing of that expertise to the PAAD Working Group members, including his competitors. 

    Add in his on-going collaboration on improving worker safety through increased on-the-job competency assessment done in conjunction with the Ironworkers Union, at the local levels as well as in the national and international context, it made Jim’s nomination even more compelling.

    So join us in congratulating Jim on this well-deserved recognition of his achievement.  He is major force in improving worker safety, project productivity and business competitiveness.  His personal commitment to a culture of continuous learning in worker competency sees his reputation for this work becoming international in scope.  He how is heading up MODOS, a software system and training spin-off from Waiward to take a culture of workforce competency to a wider audience.

    All of us in PAAD, Waiward and the Ironworkers Union can take pride in COAA’s recognitions of Jim’s contribution to and accomplishments in worker safety through competency.  



  • News - ​There’s a fresh approach to work site safety with Waiward Steel’s MODOS competency management system

    Click here for an inspiring story turning tragedy into innovation and excellence in the field of safety and competency tracking.

  • Budget 2017 Sees Innovation and Competency Keys to Adaptive Work Force

    Interested in how the new 2017 Budget will affect our efforts to improve productivity and safety?


    Check out this blog post: Click Here from our local GO Productivity blogger Ken Chapman.

  • COAA Workforce Development Best Practices

    The COAA Workforce Development committee members work toward a vision where Alberta's construction industry has access to a workforce with the right mix of skills at the right time and in the right numbers. They are leading the way when it comes to strategic thinking about Alberta's future workforces, as well as ensuring there are opportunities and respect for all Albertans within the construction industry.

  • Events

    Building a culture of recognition requires careful cultivation of the link between behaviour and outcome as well as awareness of the importance of recognizing employees regularly. This makes the tie to performance that much more transparent for employees.

    Issues covered in this Speaker Series include:

    - Which are the most effective recognition programs or practices that companies are currently using to promote employee recognition?
    - Which recognition vehicles have employers started, or stopped, using?
    - Insights into the greatest enablers of successful recognition programs.
    - How can companies measure or quantify recognition outcomes?
    - What are the main obstacles to program success?

    Please join us for an informative Speaker Series reception.



    3:00pm - 3:45pm - Guest Arrival & Networking 
    3:45pm - 3:50pm - Welcome - Donovan Volk, VP Sales & Marketing, JWN
    3:50pm - 4:25pm  - Speaker Presentations: 
                                      Gary Beckstrand, Vice President, O.C. Tanner Institute
                                      Neil Shastri, Leader—Global Insights & Innovation, Aon Hewitt
    4:25pm – 4:35pm - Q&A - Donovan Volk, VP Sales & Marketing, JWN
    4:35pm – 4:40pm - Closing remarks - Donovan Volk, VP Sales & Marketing, JWN
    4:40pm – 5:30pm – Networking