Communities of practice for a stronger industry

Communities of Practice (CoP) are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavor: a tribe learning to survive, a group of engineers working on similar problems, a network of surgeons exploring novel techniques, or a gathering of first-time managers helping each other cope. They are comprised of individuals who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. [1]

More and more, you’re seeing and hearing this term thrown around the construction industry. Organizations like the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C) are promoting and supporting communities of practice to improve the procurement process and ultimately strengthen the industry.

LCI-C was founded to develop and disseminate knowledge regarding the management of work and projects. The practices flowing from this research often appear counterintuitive. They call for a new common sense, a shared understanding in the community — where else, how else could sense become common? LCI-C Communities of Practice are where this emerging community meets and a sense is forged. At their best, local CoP provide a meeting ground where people can gather, learn, connect, and explore the ramifications of these ideas both for their own organizations and the larger industry. Local, self-forming Communities of Practise help owners, designers, and contractors understand and find their way in the Lean world. 

Did you know that Victoria has a CoP and one of our members is leading it? Now you do.


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October 17, 2017

VICA Members walk away as winners from VRBA's CARE Awards

More than 50 awards were presented at the 26th annual event attended by almost 300 builders, renovators, designers, trades, and suppliers – all members of the Victoria Residential Builders Association (VRBA), a Vancouver Island Construction Association partner.
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October 13, 2017

Building the Next Generation: October 30

This is the annual fall gathering of employers interested in giving back, volunteering, and training young people. We’ll identify how your company can work with high school programs to provide critical experience to help young people make an informed decision and get a start in trades and the sector.
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July 25, 2017

WiC Nanaimo: A Race in the Park

Our Women in Construction Nanaimo team fought hard against 37 other teams in this year's Silly Boat Regatta on July 16th and walked away proudly claiming the title of "Super Silliest Boat"!
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July 21, 2017

Replacing Hard Hats with Safety Helmets

For 40-plus years the design of construction hard hats hasn’t changed much—a brimmed shell attached to a suspended, adjustable headband. Our neighbours in the south are looking at new designs to improve safety on site. Should we too?
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June 19, 2017

3D-printing bringing "impossible" designs to life

When Janjaap Ruijssenaars revealed his Landscape House design to the world, everyone went nuts. The Dutch architect’s proclamation that his visionary building would be 3D printed made international headlines, as did the shape it could take thanks to 3D-printing software.
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June 08, 2017

CHEK News' Downtown 2020: Construction Edition

We worked with Richard and Don from CHEK to help paint a picture of the construction industry as their team tells a story of the changing cityscape in Downtown Victoria. Tune into CHEK at 5 PM tonight (June 8)!
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