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Viva Las Vegas!

Hello, readers!

I’m happy to bring you your Quarter 1 issue of Piling Canada for 2017. I’m even happier that I know I’ll be running into many of you at this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 show in Las Vegas! I’ll be running around the show trying to see as much as I can, so tweet to me (@PilingCanada) and I’ll come visit you when I get your message. I’ll be taking photos to show off in Quarter 2 of the magazine, and I would love to see your booth or company representatives so I can include you in our photo spread. I can’t tell you enough how much I’m looking forward to attending the show!

If you’ve picked up this issue while at CONEXPO and you’re new to Piling Canada, know that you can join our free circulation list to receive the magazine every quarter and keep up to date on Canada’s deep foundation construction industry. Just send me an email and I’ll be thrilled to put you on our mailing list. My email address is at the bottom of this page.

I hope that our cover story for this issue piqued your interest (and thank you to Bruce Patterson with Canadian Pile Driving Equipment for sending me such a great photo for our cover!). In our cover feature, writer Lisa Kopochinski spoke to a number of Canadian contractors to determine what their most common problems are, and how they typically solve those issues. Read about site conditions, soil conditions and staffing by clicking here.

Our secondary feature ties into one of those indicated recurrent problems for contractors: staffing. In this feature, explore how you can tap into under-recruited construction talent in Canada – women. BuildForce Canada and Women Building Futures recently partnered to help more women enter the construction workforce, as well as to o er tips to employers on how to attract and retain women. With hoards of baby boomers expected to retire in the coming decade, having a talent pipeline is more critical than ever. Read that article by clicking here.

As always, you’ll find articles about companies working in Canada, including Jeffrey Machine, a long-time Piling Canada supporter out of Alabama that’s celebrating 40 years in 2017. Read their article here. We’ve also featured two newer companies, MasTec Canada – formed through a merger of six Western Canadian construction companies including Pacer Foundations Inc. – and Pacifica Piling

If you want to read about a really cool job by AGRA Foundations Limited, click here. I won’t even summarize it for you here, because you need to see and read for yourself.

As always, I hope that you enjoy this issue of Piling Canada, as it’s such a pleasure to put together for you each quarter. Remember to visit the website, www.pilingcanada.ca, and follow us on social media. See you in Las Vegas!

Happy reading,
Jill Harris
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