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Message From the President: TCA is Gearing Up for the Convention

Planning is almost complete for this year’s convention and I’m predicting it will be the best event ever as we celebrate our 20th anniversary! Last year’s event proved to be one of the most intense gatherings of industry experts and professionals that we have ever seen. To keep things fresh, we have some new seminar topics and presenters for the educational portions. For those new to the business, come for the design basics that will answer many of the questions you might be afraid to ask. See how your market compares to other regions in building quantity and usage.

I can assure each one of you that if you attend, you will find it is worth-while. But if you participate, it will pay you back! The old adage of you get what you put into something certainly applies to the convention. I challenge each of you to speak to one new person or ask one question at each of the seminars you attend. Chances are someone else will benefit from the response.

Consider having three days to spend filled with seminars, keynote speakers, manufacturers, designers and the top builders in the business. You can ask the tough questions and there is a good chance someone there has the answer and the experience to back it up. From planning through construction, experience what works and what works better. My motto is that you just need to pick up one new thing to pay for your trip. Pick up two and you’re in money! This is a great opportunity to get involved and network as well. You never know when you might need to pick up the phone and call to get that answer or confirmation from someone who has already been there.

The best projects and techniques are highlighted throughout the convention to improve the final product. Efficiencies and tricks of the trade are discussed to tweak schedules and improve profits. New products are showcased for those looking for that new and improved mousetrap. All inventive solutions that can often solve a problem for you or provide you with the extra push needed to sell an owner!

On the lighter side there will be a barbeque, buildings tour and golf outing – all perfect opportunities for meeting some of the top industry professionals and gathering tips to improve your business.

Whether your business is large or small, the opportunity is the same.

See you there!


Laurence Smith, P.Eng. President

TCA Board of Directors

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