All posts by Bryony

Simcoe Block hiring for Inside Sales

By | job-posting, Tech, Uncategorized | No Comments

Contractor Desk Sales

Reports To

Store Supervisor


  • Adaptability, client/customer focus, communication, judgement, problem solving, results oriented, teamwork and time management.

Job Duties

  • Always maintain professionalism, tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity to portray the company in a positive manner
  • Maintain a high level of product and service knowledge
  • Greet customers and discuss type, quality, and quantity of merchandise or services required
  • Promote sales to existing clients
  • Adapt communication style in order to deliver information effectively to a range of individuals
  • Take orders from clients and prepare products for purchase
  • Develop and build relationships with new accounts and develop additional contacts within existing accounts
  • Handle customer complaints as they arise, escalating to the appropriate individual as deemed necessary

Job Requirements

  • Proven sales ability with capability to meet and surpass targets and goals
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to prioritize and manage conflicting demands
  • Ability to quickly pick up new product and service knowledge, and communicate that knowledge effectively to customers
  • Demonstrated time management skills
  • High flexibility with strong interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse environment
  • High level of integrity and work ethic

Work Conditions

  • High levels of stress and pressure
  • Interaction with customers/clients, and the public at large
  • Occasional overtime
  • Operation of desktop computer and peripherals

Applicants can forward their resume to:


The above description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions and duties as required for proper evaluation of the job and will not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Employees may perform other related duties and tasks as required to meet the needs of the operation.

Roads Operators wanted in New Tecumseth

By | job-posting, Tech, Uncategorized | No Comments


New Tecumseth






Seasonal – Full Time 40-Hours/ Week 2017-57
The Town of New Tecumseth is seeking reliable persons with a positive attitude to join our team in the Public Works Department. Reporting to the Supervisor of Roads, this position performs all aspects of work related to the servicing, maintenance and inspection of the Town’s right of ways in both urban and rural settings, including but not limited to roads, traffic control devices, sidewalks, ditches, culverts, bridges, storm sewers, street trees, street lights, and works yards.

• Must have a Class DZ (or higher) driver’s license in good standing.
• Three (3) years of experience in a similar position would be an asset.
• Must be competent and have a sound knowledge in the operation of all assigned equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Heavy Equipment Operator Training/Certification for the following items would be an asset: snow plow, motor grader, backhoe, loader, street sweeper, and excavator.
• Must demonstrate sound knowledge of maintenance and construction practices as well as construction equipment and vehicles.
• T.J. Mahoney Construction and Maintenance modules and Snow School from the OGRA Roads School courses would be an asset. Book 7 training an asset.
• Must have knowledge and understanding of the Minimum Maintenance Standards under the Municipal Act.
• Ability to perform basic math calculations.
• Mechanical aptitude required with the ability to interpret plan and profile drawings as required.
• Must have legible handwriting skills and the ability to communicate sufficiently to do the job.
• Must be familiar with the Ontario Occupational Health & Safety Act and ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with safe working procedures and that personal protective equipment is worn as required.
• First Aid/CPR an asset or ability to attain it.
• Capable of working safely without supervision.
• 40-hours per week plus overtime after 44 hours per week.

• Safely operates and maintains all applicable equipment.
• Conducts winter maintenance operations including snow plowing, application of road maintenance materials including but not limited to sand and salt to roadways, sidewalks, and parking lots. Removes accumulated snow from roadways and boulevards as required.

Salary Range: $ 22.28/hr
Start Date: October 30, 2017

Please submit your cover letter and resume in Word or PDF format to
no later than 4:30 pm on October 18, 2017.
Please quote competition #2017-57 in the subject line of your email.

We thank you for your interest, however; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Information collected will be used solely for the purpose of candidate selection, in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act

The Town of New Tecumseth is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an interview, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.

For more information and a complete list of current employment opportunities, please visit our website at

Thank you to our Sponsors

By | news, Tech, Uncategorized | No Comments

Many thanks to the sponsors of the Community Builders Golf Tournament.  Your support helped to ensure our success!

Ainley Group
Arnott Construction
Bobcat of Barrie
Calow Benefit Group
Coco Paving
Corix Water Products
Decast Ltd.
Dufferin Construction
Duivenvoorden Haulage
Eisses Excavating
Georgian College
Lafarge Canada
Lisbon Paving
Maacon Construction
North Rock Group
Rutherford Contracting
Steel Tile
Walker Industries

Excel for Construction (Basic)

By | articles, news, Tech, Uncategorized | No Comments


OCTOBER 4, 2017  8AM TO 5PM

Excel for Construction (Basic)
(costs, tracking, lists, schedules, estimates, production rates)
CCA has accredited this course for 1 Gold Seal Special Industry Credit (SIC)
Excel is an excellent tool to calculate and track important information.
If tasks such as tracking expenses, jobs and equipment, or creating estimates are work that you do, then this
course will help save you time and money. If you have ever used a spreadsheet created by someone else and
struggled, then this course is for you.
Do you calculate production rates? keep track of costs or budgets? Excel makes these tasks easy and it gives
you a record of all your calculations (unlike your calculator). Excel makes it easy to verify your work and enter
Our one day workshop will show you how to use Excel to do all these things. Learn to create your own
spreadsheets, and change existing ones.
The Construction Professional will be able to use Excel to create estimates, track expenses, calculate overruns,
track production rates, calculate materials usages.
1. Create better financial estimates of projects
2. Calculate and create records of production rates
3. Maintain better financial records of business expenses
4. Be able to do tracking of expenses and revenues by job
Participants should have a basic understanding of how to use a computer (create a letter, create an
email, find files). For people who do not have these skills, we offer a course titled ‘In From the Site’
which is designed specifically for construction personnel unfamiliar with computer office technologies.
October 4th – 8am to 5pm
200 Brock St., Barrie
Cost: $299.00 + HST
Topics Covered
– Basic spreadsheets for simple estimates
o Numerical calculations using excel
o Incorporating financial information (estimates) into Word documents
o Creating simple estimates
o Using formulas
o Creating Budgets
o Charting
o Calculating Production Rates
– Tracking Expenses
o Simple calculations over time – expense tracking
o Record Keeping – jobs and equipment
o Subtotals – tracking by job or location
o Filters – analyzing results
o If Statements
o Multiple books and Links – job tracking
– Year over Year comparisons
– Reporting
o Formatting
o Linking
o Exporting
o Conditional Formatting
Enrollment is a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 12 persons to ensure that each participant receives
individualized attention. This is a hands-on workshop and laptops with software are provided for the
duration of the course.


In Memorium – John Eek

By | articles, news, Tech, Uncategorized | No Comments

John Eek of John Eek & Son Ltd passed away on Friday September 8, 2017.

John and his family have a long history in the construction industry in Simcoe County and have been long time members of the BCA.

Our condolences go to the family on the loss of their great Dad and Poppa.  John will be resting at the Skwarchuk Funeral Home in Bradford.  You can find the details at the link below.

Industrial Safety Trainers is seeking a Training Manager

By | job-posting, Tech | No Comments


Location: IST Head Office – Barrie
Duration: Full Time

Job Summary:
Accountable for all aspects of managing the Training Department, inclusive of Trainer Mentorship Program, in tandem with fostering a collaborative team effort to adhere to standards set by both IST and legislative government bodies. This role is fiscally responsible for adhering to department budgets, as well as overall company budgets. This role will participate in business development through membership on the management team, assist with strategic planning, and develop, monitor or update internal training programs as required to ensure compliance with all regulatory bodies or legislation. The applicant must have a strong foundation of current knowledge of health and safety legislation, best practices, and industry standards.
Qualifications & Key Job Requirements:
• Solid understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations
• Current knowledge of OHSA legislation, CSA Standards, best practices and industry standards.
• Leadership Experience
• Critical thinking & strong analytical skills
• Experience in a manufacturing or construction environment
• Membership on a JHSC (fully certified)
• Experience operating material handling equipment
• Exposure to adult learning principles is mandatory
• Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Office applications
• Valid G driver’s license


• Auditing of Training Sessions, Coaching & Mentoring of IST Trainers and Consultants
• Conduct effective onboarding of new hires for Training Department
• Program Development:
 New training course development
 H&S Programs & Employee Handbooks
 Consulting scenarios
 3rd Party program development
• Administration & maintenance of teaching aids
• Conduct performance evaluations
• Monitoring of company owned vehicles, including driving practices of operators via driving alerts and reports from GPS units, conducting inspections on vehicular fleet and all associated administrative documents and functions.
• Provide logistical support, course development, delivery, evaluation, process measurements, and cost management of the training department as a departmental entity
• Assist with the development of strategic plans
• Maintain a keen understanding of training trends, developments and best practices
• Identify future training needs and create curriculum to facilitate that training
• Twenty percent of time will be assigned training courses or consulting scenarios for IST clients.

Remuneration: Commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates can send resume to: Email: / Fax: 705-792-6619

Industrial Safety Trainers thanks all candidates in advance; only those being considered for the opportunity will be contacted.