How Will Emerging Contract Security Trends Affect Your Business? Get the Answers at VICA’S Member Meeting on September 18!

Posted on Aug 26, 2013

Do you know how emerging trends like subguard compare to other options in contract security? Do differences between the options negatively impact stakeholders or benefit them? Get the answers to these questions at the upcoming Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) member meeting:

Developing Trends in Contract Security
September 18, 2013
7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Laurel Point Inn
680 Montreal Street
Victoria, BC

This topic will be of particular interest to general contractors, trade contractors, construction managers, project managers, owners, architects, and engineers. A wide range of industry perspectives will be presented and discussed, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Terry Brown will be your facilitator and featured panelists include :

  • Owner – Rick Gudz, CFB Esquimalt Site Manager, Defence Construction Canada
  • Insurer – Zurich Insurance
  • Surety – Randy Singh, Construction Services Account Executive, HUB International
  • Surety – Dave Bentley, Construction Services Account Executive, HUB International
  • General Contractor – Anibal Valente, VP, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
  • Trade Contractor – Russ Hepworth, President, Tech Mechanical

One sponsorship spot is currently available for this event. Please contact for information regarding this opportunity.

This event is free for VICA members and $75.00 for non-members. To become a VICA member, visit their website.


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Osprey Electric is an Electrical Contractor Offering Complete Commercial & Residential Services on Central Vancouver Island

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

Osprey Electrician ParksvilleSpecializing in commercial maintenance, design-build and alternative energy solutions

Osprey Electric Ltd. is an Electrical Contractor located in Parksville on Vancouver Island. They offer complete electrical services including design-build, commercial, industrial, and residential construction, complete with 24 hour on-call service.

Osprey electricians are committed to providing timely and quality service to each and every client. Jobs are completed in a safe, efficient and professional manner. They are fully licensed and bonded, and offer a one year warranty on all services.

Osprey Electric offers the following services: data/voice networks wiring and trouble shooting; commercial and residential service upgrades; commercial building electrical maintenance; commercial tenant improvements; solar energy solutions; custom home wiring; residential renovations; fire alarm upgrades and troubleshooting; lighting upgrades; electric car chargers; and industrial facilities maintenance.

Osprey Electric electricians serve the Mid-Vancouver Island region, including Nanaimo, Parksville, Duncan, Ladysmith, Port Alberni, and Courtenay

Their construction department has a wide range of experience in all facets of the electrical industry including commercial, residential and industrial project estimating. Their design-build division will work with you from conception to reality and will help you complete your home, building or project on time and on budget. Osprey Electric also offers alternative energy solutions such as car charging stations, off grid or grid-tied solar energy, wind energy and energy solutions for remote homes and cabins.

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Earn Money for Building an EnerGuide Efficient Home With Help From Elemental Energy Advisors

Posted on Feb 25, 2013

Elemental Energy AdvisorsElemental Energy Advisors’ Certified Energy Advisors, Cristi & Kate will provide EnerGuide rating for your new Vancouver Island home, save you money on energy costs and put money back in your pocket.
Home builders and owner-builders can receive $2,000 or more in incentives from BC Hydro and Fortis for building an energy efficient home.
Since the current energy incentives began in 2010, Elemental Energy Advisors have helped builders obtain more than $100,000 in incentives for building energy efficient homes.
Elemental Energy Advisors can work with builders to review house plans before construction to suggest ways to build a more energy efficient home, and can review heating and hot water options. They provide a projected EnerGuide rating for a home, and complete a building envelope test once the home is complete. A typical new home will qualify for the minimum rating of EnerGuide 80, required for the incentives.
Building Green can be cost efficient and rewarding for both builders and home-owners, and is made easier with help of Certified Energy Advisors at Elemental Energy. Let them do the work and put money back in your pocket, with energy efficiency incentives and immediate savings in your utility costs. It pays to Energuide.
Building energy efficient saves you money now and adds value to your home the day you decide to sell. Elemental Energy Advisors provides free consultations, to ensure the home is eligible for the incentives – contact them today!

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TC Self Storage Offers Heated Mini Storage and Self Storage Units in Duncan

Posted on Feb 9, 2013

TC Self Storage DuncanTC Self Storage in Duncan offers heated mini storage and self storage options in a variety of sizes to accommodate all of your storage needs.
TC Self Storage is located just minutes from Duncan’s downtown area and is conveniently located on the corner of the TransCanada Highway and Herd Road. This mini and self storage facility is known for its clean and secure units and for the friendly service. The facility provides easy access to outside units. It has wide gate access and driveways which are big enough to accommodate large moving vans and semi trailers.
All of the mini and self storage units have ceilings that are 12 and 14 feet high, large enough to store any type of contents on a short or long term basis. Come and see the mini and self storage units; you will be impressed with the cleanliness and the friendliness of TC Self Storage.
Once you are there, you can discuss your needs and Lana, the manager, can customize a price for you based on the time that you may need to store your items. Monthly rates for heated units start as low as $60 per month and discounts are available for longer term storage requirements. They also offer discounts to seniors and students.
Phone TC Self Storage at 250.701.0003 or email:

Need Mini or Self Storage in Nanaimo?  Contact AA Mini Storage
Need Mini or Self Storage in Comox? Contact Valley Self Storage

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Majestic Stones and Granite in Duncan Has What You Need For Stunning Kitchens and Baths

Posted on Jan 19, 2013

Majesic Stone and GraniteMajestic Stones and Granite in Duncan on Vancouver Island is a retailer and wholesaler of imported granite countertops, stone sinks, and other natural stone products including flooring, mortuary stones, fountains, and garden decor.
Majestic Stones’ most popular product is pre-fabricated granite countertops and kitchen islands. The granite counters come in standard lengths of 96” x 26” and are the most affordable retail granite option. Custom orders are also available.
At Majestic Stones and Granite their goal is to bring their customers quality granite at an affordable price. They have high standards when it comes to purchasing and installing their stone, and they stand by their product and our work.
Majestic Stones and Granite is a small, family owned and operated business located in the Cowichan Valley. They have been serving the Cowichan Valley for more than three years. Drop by their showroom at 150 Station Street, Duncan on Vancouver Island to see what is new, in stock or available to order.

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Earn Tax Credits For Your Business’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Island SREDIs your Vancouver Island business pursuing innovation or improvement? Do you know how to earn tax rebates for the money you spend on research?
Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is designed to encourage technological development. The program offers a substantial rebate on every dollar spent on research. If you are pursuing business or technical innovations or improvement at any level, Island SRED can help you structure your business affairs to make every dollar count.
Island SRED employs full-time professionals in taxation, accounting, science and engineering to offer: personalized service, custom-tailored to your needs and long-term goals; better resource allocation – more effective than preparing your own claims; the latest knowledge of tax legislation, rules and policies; wide knowledge of industry sectors and practices; plus regarded leadership in the SR&ED community.
Island SRED will meet with you to provide a free consultation to see if you qualify to receive SRED Program benefits. They will work with you to complete all of the paperwork and submit it on your behalf. You do not have to spend any money for their services until your claim is approved and you receive a rebate from the government. Talk to Island SRED to see if your business or company qualifies for this research assistance.
Island SRED works with clients in a wide variety of fields, including: Heavy Industrial Equipment Manufacturing; Aerospace – Aircraft Modification (fixed wing and rotary) and Engine Services; Medical – Practitioners conducting research on new equipment and pharmaceutical treatments; Software, Website Development, Database construction; Shellfish and Finfish rearing and related Equipment Development; Conventional and Alternative Energy; ROV Developments; Agriculture including Greenhouse and Field Crops including Vineyards and Wineries; and Boat Building
Island SRED and their sister company, Incentive Access Group, have helped 270 clients filed more than 600 claims for projects over the past year. Contact them today to see how your company can benefit from their help.

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