Almitra: Bridging Community

Almitra became engaged in building community through formation of a Save Our School committee in 1987 and has since provided a continuous level of service to dozens of agencies. See and explore the seven Venn diagrams below as they describe how Almitra evolved into an ADR consulting firm.

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Community only

50th anniversary (Joybilee) committee chair for the 700 family church McPhail joined and served from 1984. Activities included a newsletter, logo, photo directory, homecoming weekend (student scriptural rosary presentation, dinner & dance, homecoming Mass, reception, architectural tours (by the designer), history displays, and commemorative video), fall supper, Manibusan performance, Knights Fiesta night, Cancer Care fundraiser, and a “Miracles” school concert ending in an outdoor fireworks display.

Service on the Safety Services Manitoba board.

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Engineering & Community

Conducting of over 25 workshops and many counseling sessions with internationally educated engineers integrating into the Manitoba economy. Advice to the funders on overall service delivery improvements. Establishment of access to the Winnipeg Construction Association electronic plan room to facilitate successful integration.

6 courses in COR safety training: Principles of Safety Management, Leadership in Safety Excellence, Safety Auditor, Confined Space Awareness, Fall Protection Awareness, WHMIS Online Training.

Founding Chair of Mould subcommittee of the Manitoba Building Envelope Council, including recruitment of the two top provincial medical experts on mould to present to the membership.

 

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Community & Adjudication

Conducting of adjudications under the Mines Act. Training included five seminars led by Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein as well as seven full-day courses sponsored by the Manitoba Council of Administrative Tribunals.

Introduction of mediation into the Mining Board’s offerings and subsequent resolution of some of the disputes without need for formal hearings.

Adherence to privacy legislation and principles of natural justice while also ensuring maximum transparency on public domain issues.

Presentations to legislative committees on amendments to the Election Finances Act (to empower individual citizens).

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Engineering, Developer & Community

Planning Committee Chair of the Board of a 100 bed personal care home with specific responsibility for oversight of the existing physical infrastructure, planning of new infrastructure, and oversight of the functional aspects of caregiver staff. Introduction of LEAN management.

The imparting of an apostolic blessing from the Pope arising from 27 years of service on the various committees, boards, and councils of St John Brebeuf parish.

Building Committee Chair of the Board of Governors of the only post secondary Roman Catholic College in Manitoba.

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Engineering, Community & Adjudication

Member of the Manitoba Building Standards Board subcommittee on Energy and Water Efficiency providing advice on Manitoba amendments to the 2011 National Energy Code. Initiated inclusion of a standard for insulated raft foundations.

Chair of the Fire Safety Committee of CEM (now ACEC-MB) confirming agreement in principle with including the Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Re-Use of Residential and Office Buildings in Manitoba as an appendix to the Manitoba Building Code.

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Developer, Adjudication & Community

Sensitivity and cross-partisan collaboration over a wide range of small p and capital p political issues. Has lobbied at the political and civil service levels on behalf of clients and colleagues over a range of delicate issues.

Mass and social media savvy. Initiated sod turning and ribbon cutting ceremonies with very favorable media coverage.

As Mining Board Chair, established a clear arms length relationship with the Mines Branch so that prospectors, mineral developers and others could be confident that they were receiving a fair hearing.

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All four (Community primary)

Chairing of the subcommittee that authored the Technical Review Guideline.

Ongoing marketing of the Technical Review Guideline (see “Speaking“).

The shift from design to design-build to Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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