Canadian Contractor

Steve Payne

Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
May 25, 2016 Voice

Tell us about the weakest aspects of your sales efforts

by Steve Payne

You can let us know anonymously, if you like. We don’t want to shame you.

May 25, 2016 Voice

“I feel very uncomfortable” about your March/April cover

by Steve Payne

Our cover of Jeanne and David McGregor, hamming it up in a pretend disagreement, with Jean shaking her fist at David, raised the hackles of some readers

May 4, 2016 Voice

“Pursuant to your request for the most insanely difficult estimate ever…”

by Steve Payne

“Thank you in advance, but I didn’t just fall off the boat…”

May 4, 2016 Voice

“I wouldn’t touch that Request for Quotation with a ten foot pole!”

by Steve Payne

“(Whenever) I went against my gut feeling, as alarms were going off, it didn’t end up pretty.”

May 4, 2016 Voice

Wisdom for contractors from Warren Buffett

by Steve Payne

If your contracting firm issued public shares, would you buy them? And would you then keep those shares for 20 or 30 years or longer?

April 27, 2016 Voice

Nova Scotia resident asks for contractors’ experiences with Icynene

by Steve Payne

This homeowner wrote a post asking for our readers’ experiences with the safety factor of this product – since his wife has asthma.

April 27, 2016 Voice

“You cannot build big infrastructure without the unions”

by Steve Payne

“Without unions nothing would get built. This is how Canada works so well.”

April 19, 2016 BUILDWIRE

Beyond Code VIDEO: Morelli Fine Cabinetry, Part 1 of 2

by Steve Payne

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between top-notch and “ordinary” kitchen cabinets, have a look at how Morelli makes their world-class product in Etobicoke, Ontario.

April 13, 2016 Voice

An argument for every employer in Ontario to have to join WSIB

by Steve Payne

But it’s not as if the author of this post, E. Hawkins, thinks the WSIB is doing a good job. He accuses the workplace insurance monopoly of corruption, among other sins.

April 13, 2016 Voice

Reader can relate to our ‘husband and wife contractors’ story

by Steve Payne

Donald Brian Baker has been in business as a contractor with his wife for 21 years. He tells us he can relate to the McGregors.

April 13, 2016 Voice

“Do you have an exit strategy to sell your business?” Montreal contractor responds

by Steve Payne

“Will you ride into the sunset, or just walk away?” If you don’t plan to make your business a saleable entity, you will just be walking away…

March 29, 2016 Voice

Kitchen contractor wonders why his WSIB rate is twice that of an arborist going up trees with a chainsaw

by Steve Payne

Kitchen contractor rate: 9.1%. Arborist rate: 4.5%. What gives?

March 22, 2016 Voice

“I taught all my four children in the trades… at a very young age…”

by Steve Payne

Peter G. Vohr was proud to see all four of his kids go into the trades. He started showing them the ropes starting in Grade 7.

March 22, 2016 Voice

“I started getting my two sons roofing with me at 12”

by Steve Payne

“I will probably get hung out to dry on this one,” Joseph says.

January 22, 2016 Voice

“Not sure why anyone would want to push for more women in this industry”

by Steve Payne

“When a female steps into a male conversation she is usually left scratching her head…”

January 22, 2016 Voice

“Newfoundland could do with an establishment and cause like Damon’s”

by Steve Payne

Retired Sergeant Gordon Higgins talks about the need for an establishment like Damon is developing, in his province

January 22, 2016 Voice

“Anyone having a work related injury, do not go to WSIB’s clinic”

by Steve Payne

Canadian Contractor reader Sabina dumps all over the Altum Health clinics associated with the WSIB, for allegedly “cross[ing] the line from fiscal budget restraint to malpractice, and outright fraud…”

October 29, 2015 BUILDWIRE

Integrated Series building envelope products from NUDURA

by Steve Payne

These products work in conjunction with NUDURA’s line of Insulated Concrete Forms to provide maximum energy efficiency.