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February 4, 2013

Infrastructure Forum launched in B.C.

The Province of British Columbia and the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) have announced a new partnership called the Infrastructure Forum.

The 14-member group will consult, discuss and share information and ideas related to improving government’s infrastructure procurement practices and use of construction-industry resources.

The group will consist of representatives from both government and industry.

Committee members will provide recommendations to government about updating, implementing and communicating changes to the Capital Asset Management Framework (CAMF), including the oversight functions to ensure compliance with these guidelines.

Five construction industry representatives and two representatives from design consultants’ associations will be on the committee, along with representatives for government including the deputy ministers for advanced education, innovation and technology, citizens’ services and open government, education and health, as well as transportation and infrastructure.

“The Infrastructure Forum is an important step in strengthening public-sector procurement processes. With nearly $80 billion worth of construction underway in the province now, and more expected in the future, we’re looking forward to continued steady progress on this issue,” said BCCA president Manley McLachlan.

The committee will be co-chaired by the deputy minister of finance and the BCCA board chair.

McLachlan, Philip Hochstein, the president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association and Sarah Clark, the president and CEO of Partnerships BC have been named as special advisers.

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