I am an Executive in Residence at a great organization called GO Productivity. Part of my role is to work with some of the most progressive Alberta corporations in the energy, industrial construction, and manufacturing sector through a GO initiative called PAAD (Program Alignment and Delivery).
PAAD is a collaboration of corporations determined to help make Alberta’s industrial construction sector Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive and Internationally Competitive (again!) by 2020. We share the safety and productivity part of this mission with COAA, the Construction Owners Association of Alberta.
One major way of achieving these goals has been for corporation and union focus on improving workforce skills and competency through on-the-job observation, assessment, and evaluation of individual worker competency.
This has been lead by Waiward Steel in collaboration with the Ironworkers Union. It has produced some amazingly positive results around improved worker safety, project and company productivity. Those results motivated me, on behalf of GO Productivity, to nominate the champion of this progressive and powerful approach to continuous improvement for a COAA award.
The Construction Owners Association of Alberta hosts an annual conference on Best Practices in Edmonton. As part of the program, they sponsor a range of awards for outstanding contributions and accomplishments in a number of construction industry related roles and responsibilities.
One of those awards is for Individual Contribution in Safety Leadership. It was a great pleasure for GO Productivity to nominate Waiward Steel’s Chief Operations Officer, Jim Kanerva, for recognition in the COAA 2017 Safety Leadership Award. We based this nomination on his commitment and outcomes achieved in enhancing workforce competency in the steel fabrication industry in Alberta.
We trust you can keep a “secret.” We have been told Jim has won this award. He will be recognized at the COAA Conference at the Shaw Centre in Edmonton May 9th.
Jim’s contribution and leadership in the GO-PAAD (Project Alignment and Delivery) Working Group was our major reason behind his nomination. As for safety, his efforts towards improved worker competency through continuous learning and improvement within Waiward, has resulted in them achieving over 4.5 million accumulated man hours without a lost time incident. We were also struck with Jim’s eagerness and openness in the sharing of that expertise to the PAAD Working Group members, including his competitors.
Add in his on-going collaboration on improving worker safety through increased on-the-job competency assessment done in conjunction with the Ironworkers Union, at the local levels as well as in the national and international context, it made Jim’s nomination even more compelling.
So join us in congratulating Jim on this well-deserved recognition of his achievement. He is major force in improving worker safety, project productivity and business competitiveness. His personal commitment to a culture of continuous learning in worker competency sees his reputation for this work becoming international in scope. He now is heading up MODOS, a software system and training spin-off from Waiward to take a culture of workforce competency to a wider audience.
All of us in PAAD, Waiward and the Ironworkers Union can take pride in The COAA’s recognitions of Jim’s contribution to and accomplishments in worker safety through competency.