The BCCA Board of Directors guides our mission and vision
Angela McKerlich, BCCA Chair - CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd
Angela is a Partner and Construction Risk & Surety Advisor at CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd, in Kelowna. She holds a number of accreditations, including a BA, CAIB, and FCIP, and is the recipient of the Howard Strong Industry Builder Award (2014) from the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA), where she has been a Director for 8 years. Angela is also a Director of the Construction Foundation of BC, has served as SICA Chair, and continues to serve on various industry committees.
Angela’s extensive volunteerism on behalf of the construction industry comes from a belief that advocating for – and creating – proactive solutions to industry problems helps to foster fair, open, and transparent practices that strengthen the sector as a whole and build trust. Angela focuses her association work on contributing to creative and innovative solutions, risk management education, and advice for the benefit of members and the industry at large.
When it comes to youth entering the industry, Angela has this encouragement to offer: “Choosing construction as a career means you are choosing an industry that is constantly growing, with many opportunities available for advancement. Whatever you’re interested in, whatever your skill set, the construction industry can offer a bright future."
Read the full news release announcing Angela's Board Chair appointment.
Mike Fawcett, Vice Chair - Brock White Construction Materials
Mike is the Geotechnical Product Manager for Brock White Canada. He is responsible for technical support, education, vendor relationships and business development across Brock White’s network of branches in Western Canada . As a longstanding board member of PGCA and NRCA, and with 18 years of industry experience, Mike understands the challenges and benefits of working within Northern British Columbia, and brings a balanced view to the board table.
Mike believes the Association business, whether within the regions or at the provincial level, is to provide programs, training, advocacy and planroom services to support our members and to encourage youth to consider a career in the fast paced, vibrant, ICI construction sector.
He believes that collaboration and communication are the foundation required to build our association. He feels privileged to represent our members across the North while working alongside his fellow directors as they collectively provide governance to the NRCA and the BCCA.
Graham Sibbald, Secretary/Treasurer - Wylie Crump Ltd.
Graham is a Director at Wylie-Crump Limited in Vancouver. He has been actively involved with the VRCA since 2006, holding titles throughout the years as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Board Member.
Graham understands the pace of change within the ICI construction sector is moving faster than ever. He believes this change comes with challenges that need to be met head on and managed by a single industry voice. The associations provide that important, unified voice at every level of government and for every stakeholder.
He identifies with fellow RCA members as a small business owner and employer responsible for a business’s success. This success, he believes, is undeniably linked to a healthy and vibrant ICI construction sector. Graham credits the contributions from volunteers and staff at BCCA for playing an important role in the vibrancy of the sector.
What’s his advice to the younger generation looking to break into the industry? “If you want a vibrant industry with can-do people then this is it. It’s about the people!”
Alan Fletcher, Past Chair - AFC Construction
As president and founder of AFC Industries Ltd., Alan has owned and operated successful construction companies in Victoria and Courtenay/Comox over the past 20 years, specializing in commercial, light industrial, multi-family, as well as award-winning custom homes.
As a ticketed carpenter and joiner with 30+ years in the construction industry, Alan takes pride in balancing project costing with quality construction and creative design. Over the years he has grown his company to a strong team of up to 45 experienced employees and completes approximately $10 million annually in construction costs. Alan is a highly reputable builder representing the North Island construction industry as a board member of the Vancouver Island Construction Association. Over the years he has been a speaker at several conferences targeting the construction and development industry.
Jason Glue, Board Member
Jason graduated with a degree in Quantity Surveying and worked his way to senior management after gaining experience in several different industry-related roles.
Prior to settling in BC, Jason spent 20 years in the UK construction industry. He has been a member of VRCA for 6 years and says it has helped build relationships, understand the culture, and gain a fuller understanding of the industry in BC. He believes the associations represent and support the industry as well as educate and advocate. "We offer the industry a voice as well as a place to gather and network. It brings people together and develops relationships," says Jason.
As for advice to British Columbians who are starting out in the industry, he offers this: "We work in a fantastic and diverse industry with a bright future. I would pick an employer who will support your development. I would encourage listening and learning from a mentor. Also, have a strong work ethic."
Anthony Minniti, Board Member - Century Group Inc.
Anthony has 25 years of architectural planning and construction experience. As Century Group Inc.’s V.P. of Operations for Western Canada, he is responsible for business development, safety, estimating, project management and HR within his region.
Based in Victoria, Anthony also leads the Design-Build team and develops Century Group's graphic presentations. Anthony stands behind the associations’ work in advocating for best practices in construction, promoting construction careers, encouraging best in class standards and fostering sustainability in construction and community. Being involved as a past Chair of VICA, a BCCA Board Member, the Co-chair of the CCVI, and a Construction Foundation of BC Board Member, Anthony hopes to share his enthusiasm for construction with peers, policy makers, and purchasers of the construction services.
While he understands the challenges that come with a career in construction, he experiences firsthand how dynamic and gratifying the work and industry can be. For those new to the sector, Anthony says: “Have fun, think carefully about solutions, trust your training and share your experiences with your peers and trainees.”
Aaron Henry, Board Member - Kalmar Construction
Aaron Henry is Vice President at Kalmar Construction, in Fort St. John. He is currently in his 3rd year as Director on the NRCA Board and a member of the NRCA Finance and Audit committee. Aaron also sits on the NRCA Industry Advisory Council.
Aaron believes in the Construction Associations and what they stand for, which he describes as a “unified voice to collectively approach issues on a scale that would not be possible if approached by individuals.” Aaron looks forward to working with members of the BCCA board to help work through some of the industry issues that the province currently faces.
For newcomers to the Skilled Trades, Aaron offers this piece of advice “There is currently a tremendous opportunity for tradespeople in British Columbia and my advice would be to not give up on a trade if you have started. There is a shortage of skilled trade workers. If you are passionate about it and work hard to get your ticket, once you're there, doors can open to supervisor roles and management. You could even be the CEO of your own company one day.”
Roger Yager, Board Member - Knappett Projects
Roger is Vice President of Knappett Projects Inc. in Victoria and holds P. Eng., BSc Eng., and a GSC PM degrees.
Roger is currently Chair of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) Board of Directors. Roger's commitment to more than a decade of volunteerism on industry boards stems from his awareness that the associations provide an elevated opportunity for participation in industry issues. This commitment also comes from his sincere belief that they are a venue for manifesting change that can benefit everyone in the sector.
His willingness to lend his industry experience to guide the provincial organization, tackling issues that are relevant across BC, meshes perfectly with his advice to youth: “Don’t be a bystander. Participate and contribute – it makes everyone better."
Nathan MacDermott, Board Member - PIHL Law
Nathan has been involved in the construction industry since 2003 when he started a flooring installation company in Victoria. In 2006 Nathan moved his business to the Okanagan. In 2008 he expanded his business to provide further construction services and eventually began working as a general contractor.
After building a number of homes Nathan decided to take on a new challenge and returned to university to study law. In 2017 he worked as an articling student with Pihl Law Corporation, and during that time he worked on a number of construction matters. Upon being called to the Bar in 2018 and returning to Pihl as an associate he has continued working on numerous construction-related matters.
Don Wightman, Board Member - PML Professional Mechanical Ltd
Don is the President of PML Professional Mechanical Ltd and joined the BCCA Board in September 2018.
Don has been in the Construction Industry for 38 years and holds the following designations: Canadian Interprovincial Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic Red Seal, Canadian Interprovincial Journeyman Refrigeration Mechanic Red Seal, and British Columbia Coastal Log Scaling License. Don also loves to fly and holds a Canadian Commercial Pilot License.
Very passionate about the construction industry, Don has made a commitment to volunteer his time to give back to the sector that has shaped his life. In addition to his new position on the BCCA Board, Don has been part of the VRCA Board of Directors since 2014, serving at different times as Secretary/Treasurer and Vice Chair. He will become Chair of the VRCA Board in 2019.
When asked what advice he would offer young British Columbian’s just starting their careers Don has this to say: “I always tell the many apprentices that I have met throughout the years, that education and involvement is the key to success. Never stop taking courses to upgrade your knowledge and skills, and never stop striving for personal growth”
Richard Shipway, Board Member - ETRO Construction Ltd.
Richard is Project Director with ETRO Construction Ltd. in Burnaby, BC. He has sat on the BCCA Board of Directors for the past 2 years and is also an active member on these Boards and Committees: BCIT Architectural Science Program Advisory Committee, VRCA Board of Directors, VRCA Education Committee, and Vice Chair on the General Contractors Committee.
Richard hopes to continue his contributions to the BCCA Board by advocating to maintain and improve the construction industry. He believes the Construction Associations are instrumental in educating members and advocating to government as the common voice for the construction industry.
With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Richard's advice for anyone coming into the trades is to "Network. Attend as many industry events as possible, speak to people and listen."
Dave Flint, Board Member - Flynn Canada
Dave is the BC Regional Manager with Flynn Group of Companies, a renowned commercial roofing contractor. Dave is based in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island.
Dave has been on the BCCA Board for 2 years and has proudly sat on the VICA Board for 10 years. serving as Chair at one time. Dave holds a Red Seal in Sheet Metal and a Diploma in Business Management.
With over 16 years of experience, he continues to bring a local view of the issues to the provincial table, ensuring that small and large organizations across varying sectors of the industry are fairly represented.
His advice to aspiring individuals looking to get into the industry is as follows: "The journey to ownership, financial security, and job satisfaction has never been clearer. The opportunity to start as an apprentice and move into any sector of the industry is available to anyone dedicated to doing so. In the global economy, success is not limited to where you start, but if you start."
Tom Spatola, Board Member - Harris Rebar
Bio coming soon!