Full registration only $299

Chris Atchison,
President, BC Construction Association

Session Synopsis:

The Builders Code – Setting a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites.

The Builders Code was launched in March, 2019. Funded through the Canada-BC Labour Market Development Agreement (BC-LMDA) and the Sector Labour Market Partnership Program (SLMP), it brings together an influential group of collaborating partners led by the BC Construction Association to set a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites in BC.

The Builders Code defines an “Acceptable Worksite” as the starting point for reducing risk and ensuring a safe and productive environment for all workers, intended to help construction employers communicate a reasonable, consistent behaviour expectation to improve safety, productivity and retention of skilled tradespeople, and reduce project risk.

With a projected skilled workforce shortage of approximately 7,900 by 2028, it has perhaps never been more important to attract and retain more women and other equity seeking groups to the construction trades.

In this session you will learn about:

  • What is the Builders Code?
  • How it’s been designed to “fix the system, not the women”
  • The expanded definition of safety - moving beyond just physical hazards and PPE
  • The free tools and resources that are available to employers via the Builders Code program
  • The results to date and the ultimate goals of the Builders Code


Chris has many years of expertise working collaboratively across the province, building capacity, best practices for employers, employees, communities, industry and funders.

Chris brings to BCCA a wealth of experience, including 9 years as Chief Operating Officer at ASPECT and more than 15 years as a workforce development strategist for organizations and communities throughout BC. Chris oversees a BCCA team that operationalizes a sector-wide strategic plan spanning pillars of: skilled workforce, construction projects, technology and community partnership. In addition to his work credentials, Chris holds an International Relations Degree from UBC and a Shipping and Marine Operations Diploma from BCIT, is Past President of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association and Past Chair of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. Plus in his “spare time”, he's the Head Coach of the Midget Female AAA Vancouver Island Seals.

Chris has big-picture growth in mind as he continues to strengthen essential relationships and modernize operational thinking and processes.

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