Chris Atchison to be new BC Construction Association president

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The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) says Chris Atchison will be its new incoming president.

Atchison replaces current president Manley McLachlan, who retires on Jan. 3. McLachlan will stay on as an advisor to the BCCA until March 31, 2017.

“Over the last 14 years Manley has built BCCA into a recognized leader in Canada’s construction industry, creating a powerful legacy,” BCCA board chair Bob Cooke said in a statement. “Chris has the relationships, experience, skills, and commitment to take us forward, as well as a strong vision for future growth and sustainability.”

Atchison has been chief operating officer for nine years at the Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training and has worked for 17 years as provincial employment contracts manager for the organization. He is also chairman of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, useful for the BCAA’s charitable organization, the Construction Foundation of BC.

“I’m honoured to be stepping into this role and very conscious of the legacy that is being entrusted to me,” said Atchison. “I look forward to working closely with the BCCA and RCA Boards and staff, as well as our many stakeholders on behalf of the construction employers and workforce we represent.”

“Chris is taking the reins at a time of immense change and opportunity. Technology, infrastructure development, skilled workforce challenges and even the traditional association business model are all in play. I know he’ll do a great job, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings,” McLachlan said.

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