We would like to thank all of the union representatives and contractors who attended the Alberta Council of Turnaround Industry Maintenance Stakeholders (ACTIMS) in Edmonton last week. Events like these foster relationships withing the GPMC | NMC, advancing important agendas for our members through collaboration and partnerships.

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Pictured: Brett McKenzie, Tony Pietrangelo, Shandra Linder, and Jack White (L-R)

The ACTIMS AGM brought together the industry participants, international and local union representatives, client representatives and contractor representatives to review 2022 maintenance turnaround activities and future maintenance activities.

All parties are aware that the supply of safe, skilled, productive and competent craft personnel is in high demand and will remain so indefinitely. North America is experiencing once in a generation construction activity.

The participants also discussed the importance of apprenticeship and the utilization of underrepresented groups, as there is a need for the injection of new workers into our industry.

The demographics of the industry indicate that there is a significant number of workers who will have to be replaced in the near future. Increasing apprenticeship, along with immigration, will assist in easing some of the labour shortfalls facing us.

The clients in attendance thanked the Local Unions for their diligent efforts meeting their demands during this year’s turnaround events. Utilizing the building trades unions and their members is the best way to eliminate risk and provide the best opportunity for success in all aspects of production(s).

For the last several decades, industry partners in Alberta have worked together. Mutual respect for one another was prevalent in the room.

It is anticipated that there will be a need for some temporary foreign workers in 2024. All parties are working on a sustainable plan going forward.


Several key issues were highlighted and discussed at the ACTIMS AGM meeting, recently held in Edmonton, Alberta. Discussions regarding labour demand across the nation included current demand as well as future projections.

It is anticipated that labour demand will continue to remain at an all-time high for the foreseeable future, with a record number of projects planned in Alberta.


Bob Collins, from BuildForce Canada, at the recent ACTIMS AGM where he was a guest speaker. He outlined the current and proposed projects in the province of Alberta.