“It was rewarding that we could
provide employment to people
when things were tough.”
– Jan van Bruggen
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back up that when opportunities presented themselves, we
could put ourselves in front of that work.”
He says that navigating COVID-19 increased the level of
communication throughout the entire company and that as
a result, over the last six months the team has become closer
than ever before.
van Bruggen makes his opinion of ARHCA clear.
“Hands down, we love the ARHCA,” he said. “I can
contribute a large amount of our success over the last 16 years
to our involvement in supporting the ARHCA. The exposure
that they’ve given us to key decision-makers and contractors
in the Alberta construction market has been unreal.”
van Bruggen notes some of the work that ARHCA does
on behalf of the industry – communicating government
relations issues, pursuing conflicts of interest in government
contracts and interprovincial trade agreements, discussing
extended work hours for construction companies – and that
he supports ARHCA because of the work they do to support
contractors in the province.
He says that the ARHCA staff have been more than willing
to work with him for every association event, whether it’s the
annual convention in Banff or a golf tournament in Red Deer.
“Everybody knows that we’re the ice cream guys at
the golf tournament,” he said. “At the convention, we
convinced ARHCA to let us bring a car simulator to our
booth. ARHCA has always been very supportive of us in
trying to create a fun environment to talk about traffic safety.
They provide an awesome platform to get our voice heard.
“The moment we heard they were doing this summit in
Banff, we said that we would be there.”
The road ahead
Above all, van Bruggen says that he hopes for Barricades
and Signs to continue to be a company that can add value
to the transportation space in Alberta and to find more
opportunities to solve problems for contractors.
“That’s ultimately all I can hope and wish for, and that
we can stay healthy and in a place that is supportive of good
competition,” he said. “The goal is to continue becoming the
most respected traffic control provider in Western Canada.” n
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