CCA introduces mentorship pilot program

OTTAWA, January 30, 2019 – In an industry first, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), with support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research and Program (NRC IRAP) and Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI), is introducing a mentorship pilot program.

This program will match aspiring entrepreneurs who are creating new solutions for the construction industry with industry leaders to help hone the ideas or the roll out plans.

“CCA’s mission is to inspire a progressive, innovative and sustainable construction industry that consistently acts with integrity,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA president. “One of the challenges for businesses developing new solutions is gaining access to executives in the industry to get feedback on their solution and to gain adoption,” she continued. “Likewise, it can be difficult for the industry to learn about leading-edge technology, innovations or solutions that can dramatically improve their businesses.”

An advisory committee of nine CCA and CCI board members from across Canada is assisting with identifying and matching mentors. “Our goal is to make this a permanent program to spark innovation in construction by connecting the industry to leading-edge entrepreneurs,” Mary summarized.

The program is in a pilot phase until March 31, 2019.

Firms interested in participating in the mentorship program should contact [email protected].

About CCA

Across Canada, CCA represents more than 20,000 members firms drawn from 63 local and provincial integrated partner associations. CCA gives voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada’s non-residential construction industry.

About CCI

CCI’s vision is to instill a new culture for research and Innovation in the Canadian construction industry. CCI will do this by providing the necessary framework to enhance industry-wide collaboration for innovation in the construction industry with the aim to increase competitiveness, productivity and financial performance.


Mary Van Buren, President
613-236-9455, ext. 414
[email protected]

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