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Robert Koci   

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Canadian Contractor Business Education George Brown College Liability

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For the last five weeks, I have had the distinct pleasure of teaching project management to renovator students at Toronto Community College George Brown. This is the last semester for my 60 students, who will soon be entering the marketplace to either compete against you or work for you. Recently, Mike Draper, president of Renovantage and good friend of the magazine, came by our class to discuss lead generation and to explain the difference between markup and margin and how much of both you need to stay in business.

Alec Caldwel also showed up and did what he does best: scare the heck out of the students as regards efforts of the Ministry of Labour to make sure you are safe, compliant and, well, safe and compliant. He told the story recently told on this site of his cane-supported friend who has been cut off from benefits even as WSIB chair I David Marshall collects his $400,000 in bonus money for cutting the unfunded liability WSIB is currently saddled with.

The more I think about my students, the more I realize there is no more highly motivated, highly educated group so ready to take on the world of renovations in the GTA. If I have anything to do with it, they will also be the most employable.


Need some help to grow your business? Need a highly trained, young person to get you past the mountain of booked work you have planned for the spring? I might have about 60 answers for you.

Some time near the end of the semester, I want to organize a pub night downtown where my students can come and meet with renovators like you and talk about the industry, your business and their plans. If you are interested in participating, please email me at and I’ll put you on the mailing list for the event. Expect it to happen some time in May at a pub central to the GTA area.


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