Dan MacLennan,
Chief Executive Officer

Your ACSA is building new foundations to deepen our impact in the construction sector for years to come.

Our Team has continued to work tirelessly for our industry — ensuring necessary training continues through the pandemic despite the challenges our members and their families face. We are trying something else that’s new this year — a digital status report. I invite you to browse the sections and click the links to learn more about our achievements throughout 2021.

As part of our new strategic plan, we aspire to build new foundations that will enable our offerings to adapt and utilize new technology. 

Whether it is used for program delivery or to attract the next generation of safety leaders, our Team strives to find the best use and implementation of new technologies as soon as we can.

ACSA’s Board of Directors’ approval of our 10-year strategic plan set the roadmap for our future. With this in place, our Team is well-positioned to create a tactical operational plan that sets the direction and defines the goals for our efforts. Currently, we are finalizing key performance indicators that will ensure our focus and accountability remain unwavering.

Despite the challenges of this past year, we continued to thrive and achieved important milestones. Our flagship Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) 2020 program recorded 86,070 Fundamentals registrants and a total of 253,901 Add-on Module registrants. More than 800,000 workers in Alberta, across Canada and internationally, have registered since the updated program was launched in September 2019. When it comes to building capability, our focused, reliable training provides flexibility in terms of how, when and where ACSA students engage.

Our Virtual Instructor-Led Training (vILT) registrations have increased by 185.9 per cent, and 10 new courses were added to these offerings. 

vILT student satisfaction rates consistently exceed 95 per cent, and anecdotal comments give the programs strong ’best of breed’ ratings.

With almost 4,500 ACSA certificates of recognition (COR or SECOR) achieved and maintained, we continue to be the largest certifying partner in the province. Last year, there was a 49 per cent increase in COR Action Plans submissions (a maintenance option), and SECOR maintenance submission requirements were streamlined.

I am proud to share that our ACSA staff were honoured with several industry awards. Canada’s Safest Employers Awards celebrate the best-in-class and named ACSA the Best Safety Industry Provider. OHS Canada recognized our COR Manager, Matthew Nasby, in its Top 40 under 40. Additionally, Canada Occupational Safety recognized ACSA with the 5-Star Safety Trainer Award. We received two Capital Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Edmonton Chapter, acknowledging our efforts in CSTS 2020 and our response to COVID-19. 

Thank you to our entire Team for your ongoing passion for health and safety. You continue to go over and above — I am so proud of the work that you do to promote workplace health and safety.

I would like to thank the ACSA Board for your continued governance and guidance. Your passion, insight, experience and resources foster a safe work environment for all. 

To our Regional Safety Committees (RSCs) across the province, I would like to send my gratitude for your dedication and commitment to community health and safety. You rose to the pandemic challenges and our association is stronger for your hard work and commitment.

Our members have dealt with uncertainty over the past two years, yet their steadfast resolve and support continues. I am in awe of their ability to continue to build Alberta and see the opportunities that lie ahead. And to our various stakeholders, we have heard your feedback and look forward to open dialogue and engagement with each of you in the coming year and beyond.

Last, but not least, my sincerest gratitude to Your ACSA’s Team. Thank you for another year of hard work for our members, their employees and our various stakeholders throughout the province. You have excelled while working from home for another year, demonstrating courage and grace. Thank you all and I look forward to gathering together when the time is right.

Dan MacLennan, Chief Executive Officer

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