Canadian Contractor

Robert Koci

Robert Koci
Rob Koci is the publisher of Canadian Contractor magazine. rkoci@canadiancontractor.ca Tel. 647-407-0754
December 9, 2016 Voice

What to do with ‘unfair’ criticism

by Robert Koci

I learned my first real lesson about dealing with criticism in Grade 8

November 3, 2016 Voice

What to do with “unfair” criticism

by Robert Koci

“I was crushed. My guts were liquid. How had I been so blind?”

September 2, 2016 Voice

Negotiating 1: Beware of “giveaway creep”

by Robert Koci

“I thought I had a sweet deal with the client. So sweet, that I started to give it all back.”

July 27, 2016 Voice

“Certification is the answer to house collapse”

by Robert Koci

We recently posted comments from both publisher Rob Koci and editor Steve Payne regarding a house collapse in Toronto. Publisher Koci was defensive of the contractor, editor Payne not at all. (Read the original post here.) This reader takes Steve’s

June 28, 2016 Voice

The value of finding a coach

by Robert Koci

“Good coaching turns good contractors into great contractors.”

June 15, 2016 Voice

“My contractor was technically proficient but needed customer sensitivity training.”

by Robert Koci

“Good coaching can fix little things that make big differences.”

April 29, 2016 Voice

Hanging with Turkstra in the Hammer

by Robert Koci

Contractors are gathering at this one-day only trade show hosted by Hamilton, Ontario’s legendary independent lumberyard chain.

March 29, 2016 Voice

Tales from the road

by Robert Koci

“Try to find some time to get off your own jobsites and talk to some new people.”

March 22, 2016 Voice

“Why so many of us still support Rob Ford”

by Robert Koci

The outspoken ex-mayor of Toronto has passed away at the age of 46

August 18, 2015 BUILDWIRE

Managing project changes on-the-fly is all about communication

by Robert Koci

RENOMI software can bring all building project parties together on a single piece of software.

May 15, 2015 Voice

Should you do Freebies for customers? Part 1.

by Robert Koci

There’s an old saying: “No good deed goes unpunished.” Many people don’t know what that means. If you’ve ever done a Freebie for a customer during a renovation, YOU understand EXACTLY what it means.

March 25, 2015 Voice

10 Do’s and Don’ts of managing subtrades

by Robert Koci

I am teaching Project Management at George Brown College this semester. The following are the do’s and don’ts of managing subtrades that I proposed to my students. Do you agree? 1: Don’t be a friend Subtrade friends will cost you

March 24, 2015 Voice

His formula will require him to do about 10 per cent of his work in cash

by Robert Koci

“He thinks he has found a way to mitigate the onerous regulatory costs of running a legitimate business.”

March 10, 2015 Voice

The cash economy Part 2

by Robert Koci

The battle against the cash economy starts with getting rid of the WSIB

February 18, 2015 Voice

Let’s talk cash economy

by Robert Koci

I recently hired a contractor to do some work that I couldn’t get to. His price was fair, but leaves me reeling at what the legitimate costs of a reno has become.

December 3, 2014 Voice

Placing my first lien – and getting sued in return for $250,000

by Robert Koci

Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci looks back on his framing career and cringes at the memory of the first time he ever placed a lien. It didn’t go very well.

October 21, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (21) Completing the puzzle

by Robert Koci

21 posts later, pilot-turned-contractor John Bleasby has shared with us every decision he had to make as a GC, from his windswept, snow-covered empty lot to his completed new family home. Here he wraps up his post-mortem on the build.

October 14, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (20) The clarity of hindsight: Design and Budget

by Robert Koci

John Bleasby’s dream home is 99 per cent finished and in this blog he begins his ‘post-mortem’: Looking at what he got right – and what he was challenged by – during this, his rookie build.