Archives for July 2015

E-letter: Looking for a breakout?

For just a moment, I want to talk about both Canadians and Americans at the same time, since there is no reason we, Canadians and Americans, should see our manufacturing, installation and design industries fail in competition against the rest of the world. The reasons are mostly quite obvious. We have all the natural resources […]

Nerds in trench coats

Many years ago, North America was consumed with an urban legend: a vision of a dirty old man in a trench coat that would sell “pictures” to curious, testosterone-inflicted boys. I can’t say how the image got started, but it was certainly immortalized in the cartoons of Playboy. A joke of the time was that […]

CFCRA Vegas launch

By Deirdra Watson The old adage, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, certainly didn’t apply when the Canadian Flooring, Cleaning and Restoration Association (CFCRA) was in Las Vegas for the IICRCA (International Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Council of Associations) event from May 6 – 8 at the Rio.  The inaugural IICRCA event was held […]

The training challenge

Does training encourage job shopping? Or is it an investment in quality and retention? And can we even afford it? Training. It may be a word that makes you shudder. That’s because it’s a short, eight-letter word with big implications. In many ways training is the nerve center of every business. It’s closely tied to […]