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CIOB Members’ Forum in Toronto: the countdown begins

3 July 2018

The annual event programme is set to delight and stimulate.

The CIOB Members’ Forum is almost upon us. Held in Toronto alongside the CIOB AGM, this event brings leading construction professionals together from across the globe to represent the interests of all members.

The Members’ Forum takes place each year, in a new location to announce a new President and with a new focus for the industry.

The programme promises stimulating and enjoyable events over five days. It kicks off with an ice-breaker event and welcome reception the evening before the AGM/EGM.

A series of workshops will give members the chance to come together and focus on a specific topic; site visits and a cultural evening are also planned along with a debate on skills shortages and the Forum concludes with the President’s inaugural dinner.

The Members' Forum is a fundamental tool in shaping the CIOB and its policy and can make a real difference to the industry.

In 2014 the Forum in Qatar saw discussions about corporate social responsibility and the “Respect for People” agenda in the region. The CIOB signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Foundation, encouraging uptake of their migrant worker welfare initiative.

That Forum became the platform to kick-start the discussion on modern slavery in construction. Since then, the CIOB has worked with a range of organisations, including Amnesty International and Stronger Together. It has produced a toolkit and training to educate construction professionals, as well as publishing an in-depth report.

At the Members’ Forum in Cambridge in 2015, members identified a need for industry-led training and support, which resulted in the creation of the CIOB Academy in 2016.

In Cardiff last year, the Forum workshop discussed quality. By having the input and support from members at the Forum, the CIOB was well placed to provide guidance and suggestions to the government as part of the Hackitt Review following the Grenfell tragedy.

A memorandum of understanding has also been signed with the RIBA and RICS, ensuring collaboration is embedded across project teams and mitigating the chances of quality failures occurring.

The CIOB will be on social media leading up to and throughout the Forum, so join the conversation: #CIOBMF18.

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