Working as one for Alberta’s construction industry
Merit’s Board of Directors exists to ensure all actions, policies and initiatives are always member driven.
Our Board of Directors is elected annually to execute the mandate of the Association. The Board elects a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary Treasurer who, with the appointed President, form the Executive Committee. This committee is responsible for overseeing the general management and supervision of all affairs and operations of the Association.
Approximately every six weeks, the Board of Directors meets to discuss the business matters of the Association. In June, an Annual General Meeting is held, which all members are invited to. During this assembly, audited financial statements and an overview of the Association’s previous year of activities are presented, giving members a transparent look into the Association’s activities.
Malcolm D. Kirkland
Chief Financial Officer
Chief External Relations Officer
VP, Merit Benefits
We believe that success should be built on Merit
Merit Contractors Association provides comprehensive group health benefits, training and human resource tools to support the needs of the construction industry. With over 1,300 member companies who employ more than 40,000 people across Alberta, our focus is to ensure that every one of our members is set up for success.
Since we first opened our doors in 1986, our mission has always remained the same:
To support the development of open shop construction and advocate open shop values by encouraging sound business practices, while also contributing to the training, career development and overall well-being of construction industry workers and their families.
This mission is what inspires us every day to ensure our members always know they’re our top priority.
Merit was created with the belief that good values inspire great results.
Ensure needs are always met through exceptional value and service.
Be honest and always do the right thing.
Support open and fair competition.
Acknowledge and reward outstanding performance.
Support open and fair competition.
Our wide range of services are based on five fundamental principles:
- Deliver effective, hand-on leadership for open shop construction and other related industries.
- Provide cost-effective benefits for member companies and their employees and families.
- Support the development of a stable and skilled construction industry.
- Encourage and back programs that increase workforce participation.
- Offer quality education for members that encourages career growth and improves workplace safety and environmental protection.
ESSENTIAL TO NORTH AMERICA
The Open Shop Movement
North America’s construction industry was highly unionized causing excessive work disruptions, jurisdictional disputes and escalating costs.
Fifty years ago, the open shop movement was essential in getting people to work and continuing to build important infrastructure. Beginning in the United States, open shop migrated to Canada by the early 1980’s, where it was well-received. In some areas, like Alberta, they occurred virtually overnight.
This movement was vital in improving North America’s highly unionized construction industry, which caused unnecessary work disruptions, jurisdictional disputes and escalating costs.
A critical piece of open shop was Merit Alberta’s creation of the hour bank benefit plan, which was developed to accommodate the transient nature of construction employees between companies. To improve open construction even more, Merit Alberta also created the College of Construction so members could access the very best managerial and construction training programs available to improve their workforce.