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BUILDEX Vancouver
February 26 & 27, 2025
Vancouver Convention Centre West

VRCA Connector Lounge

A new, dynamic and engaging space on the BUILDEX tradeshow floor.

VRCA Connector Lounge

NEW for 2024: Introducing the VRCA Connector Lounge, a new, dynamic and engaging space on the BUILDEX tradeshow floor. 

Hosted by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), this lounge is a hub for industry professionals, thought leaders and practitioners to network, foster connections, and exchange knowledge. 

Visit the VRCA Connector Lounge (Booth 1051) for a host of events, allowing you to engage in meaningful conversations with peers, industry experts, and potential collaborators in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. 

Schedule of Events Taking Place at the VRCA Connector Lounge

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Building Futures: Bringing Trades to Schools

10:00am – 11:00am (FREE to Attend for All BUILDEX Pass Holders) 
Location: Tradeshow Floor: VRCA Connector Lounge (Booth 1051) 

Join us to learn about a new, exciting, and innovative program that brings trades to schools and empowers the next generation of skilled professionals. 

Business owners, educators, and anyone from the construction industry will gain insights into the advantages of fostering an early interest in trades and how the program can be seamlessly integrated into school curriculums. 

Discover how the program hopes to address the needs of B.C.’s skilled workforce shortage while fostering an early interest in trades. 

The Bringing Trades to Schools program is a partnership between the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the Burnaby Board of Trade, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment and the Burnaby School District. 

Speakers: 

Eva Ciesielska - Workforce Development Manager, VRCA

Marita Luk, Business Development Manager, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment

Ryan Leonhard, Director of Workforce Initiatives at the Burnaby Board of Trade

Allison McKillop, Program Consultant- Career Education & Transition Programs, Burnaby School District

VRCA Board of Directors Mixer

3:30pm - 4:30pm (FREE to Attend for All BUILDEX Pass Holders) 
Location: Tradeshow Floor: VRCA Connector Lounge (Booth 1051) 
 
Step into the VRCA Connector Lounge to network and hear about what exciting initiatives and events the association has in store for 2024! Plus, we will officially announce the new VRCA Board of Directors. 

Hosted by: 

Will Pauga, President, Southwest Contracting Ltd.

Derek Fettback, Vice President, Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd.

Jeannine Martin, President VRCA  

*Happy Hour bar service available* 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

VRCA Member Mixer and Meetup

10:00am – 11:00am (FREE to Attend for All BUILDEX Pass Holders) 
Location: Tradeshow Floor: VRCA Connector Lounge (Booth 1051) 
 
Join us for a morning of networking with fellow VRCA Members in the VRCA Connector Lounge.  
 
Maximize your membership and connect with colleagues and potential industry partners while hearing from VRCA Member Experience Specialist Erin Wormald about how to get the most out of your membership. Plus, Erin will share information on upcoming VRCA events and opportunities in 2024!  

Speakers: 

Erin Wormald, VRCA Member Experience Specialist 

Jeannine Martin, VRCA President 

Young Construction Leaders (YCL) presents Empowering Entrepreneurs

2:00pm – 3:30pm (FREE to Attend for All BUILDEX Pass Holders) 
Location: Tradeshow Floor: VRCA Connector Lounge (Booth 1051) 
 
Join us for Happy Hour in the VRCA Connector Lounge! 
 
VRCA – Young Construction Leaders (YCL) Executive Committee members Avi Horwitz and Scott Foran will share their success stories and offer advice on empowering and supporting future entrepreneurs.  

Speakers: 

Avi Horwitz, President of Sterling Flooring & Tile Ltd. 

Scott Foran, Co-Founder and Director of Sales at 505 Junk 
 
*Happy Hour bar service available* 

About the VRCA

The VRCA proudly represents union and non-union, general and trade contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and professionals who service the industrial, commercial and institutional construction industry. 

800+ MEMBER COMPANIES 

VRCA Networking Events

Build your business with a network of industry professionals at VRCA events! From signature events like the annual Awards of Excellence to industry mixers to member-exclusive networking events like the VRCA Luncheon.  

VRCA events create an environment to network and build relationships while elevating your professional journey. 

38 annual networking events 

5,200+ event attendees  

Workforce Development

Your VRCA membership opens the door to savings and training programs, leadership courses, workshops and resources that empower and enhance your team with the latest skills and knowledge.  

Investing in a VRCA membership means investing in your team’s success! 

64 Classroom sessions 

630+ Online courses