Feb 17, 2021
Canada’s Building Trades Unions hosted a panel discussion on Community Benefits Agreements at the P3 Conference in 2020.
It’s no longer advisable for governments — or industry — to look at infrastructure as simply transactional. Instead, a growing number of stakeholders see an opportunity to rethink how we build to ensure there are long-term benefits that bolster the local workforce through skills development, address systemic barriers that have put underrepresented groups at a disadvantage, as well as address critical infrastructure needs. Industry experts will discuss long-term strategies that look at the construction industry from a nation-building perspective, addressing the challenges and opportunities that exist and pulling from recent, first-hand experience with community benefit agreements.
Executive Director of CBTU, Sean Strickland, moderated the panel and panelists included Lionel Railton, Canadian Director, International Union of Operating Engineers, Alise Martiny, Business Manager of Kansas City Building Trades and Kristin Jenkins, Communications and Public Engagement Director with Crosslinx Transit Solutions.