The ribbon has been cut: Lionel Houle Electrical Shop at Camosun College officially opens

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, VICA member Houle Electric cut the (figurative) ribbon at the grand opening of the Lionel Houle Electrical Shop at Camosun College Interurban. 

A crowd full of industry stakeholders — including participants of Camosun's Electrical Program, Knappett Projects, and Technical Safety BC — were in attendance as Houle CEO and Chairman Robert Lashin addressed the audience. Houle donated $75,000 to improve the space, which is now double the size of the previous shop. For a program that, at any given time, trains 100 foundation students and 600 apprentices, an upgrade was certainly needed.

Houle Electric CEO Robert Lashin

Shown below: Paul Hill, President of Houle Electric, Robert Lashin, CEO of Houle Electric, and Ross McLean, Houle Victoria Branch Manager

Houle Electric Executive

Learn More about the Electrical Foundations program on the Camosun website.

"The Electrical Foundations program has given me a wealth of practical knowledge and hands-on experience that will serve me well as I enter the field and begin my new career path. The instructors are fantastic. Their knowledge and experience helps to give me an idea of what to expect outside of school and on the worksite. The self-paced program has allowed me to get ahead and potentially graduate early. Can't beat a program like that!" - Jessica Jackman, Camosun Student

March 16, 2018

Herold Engineering: A free lunch for your feedback

We send out an annual member survey to get feedback about our operations and programs so we can shape our member services for the years to follow. All respondents were entered in a draw and Liza Huang from Herold Engineering Nanaimo won her team lunch on VICA!
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February 01, 2018

Government seeking recommendations on federal prompt payment legislation

The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, strengthening the middle class and helping those working hard to join it. As part of this commitment, action is underway on multiple fronts to ensure that construction contractors and subcontractors who do business with the federal government are paid promptly.
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January 10, 2018

Historically high housing starts for Metro Victoria

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC) recently released a report and press release identifying an increase in housing starts across the nation. Metro Victoria finished 2017 with historically high housing starts.
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December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays from VICA!

It's been an amazing year for the industry AND for the association: we introduced some new courses and events and, most importantly, we said thank you and farewell to our past CEO Greg Baynton and, "Hello! Let's do this!" to Rory Kulmala, our current CEO.
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