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MARCH 2015
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The Canadian Business Journal
Virtually all the trades have grown in Saskatchewan
for both men and women and First Nations.
“It’s a real success story with them building
two training centres in Saskatoon and Regina.
We have welding, plumbing, steamfitting and
all the trades,” Telford explains. It’s often said
Saskatchewan will be the new Alberta, with as
much oil there as Alberta. Saskatchewan has
potash, uranium and coal, making it a prime
region for UA Canada to tap into.
The Ring of Fire in northern Ontario also has
great promise and a rail system and better road-
way will be needed to ignite further major mining
projects. The refurbishments of the nuclear reac-
tors at Darlington and Bruce Power in Ontario
are expected to provide 12 to 18 years of work
for about 5,000 UA members while on the east
coast, Newfoundland is looking to build gravity-
based drilling platforms.
When it comes to charities, UA Canada is
intimately involved with a number of them in
the many communities where its membership
works and lives.
“The cancer charities, juvenile diabetes,
mesothelioma and local food banks are some
examples of how we are very involved in the
community,” Telford says.
Another humanitarian effort that the UA is
prominently positioned is with the Helmets to
Hardhats project, which transitions former mili-
tary personnel into the workforce. Many of these
people are into their 40s, having had 20-year
military careers.
“We are transitioning a lot of those people
into the construction industry and I’m very proud
to say the UA has more Helmets to Hardhats par-
ticipants than any other trade,” Telford says.
Keeping a watchful eye out for the health and
welfare of its workers, producing excellent work
for clients and helping communities at large are
three pillars that the UA Canada always has at the
top of its list, or in other words, strict adherence
to professionalism, productivity and safety.
CBJ
“The cancer charities, juvenile
diabetes, mesothelioma and
local food banks are some
examples of how we are very
involved in the community.”
– John Telford
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