b'SICA 50-YEAR MEMBER PROFILEBETTS BY ALISON MINTENKO-CRANEELECTRIC LIMITED Slackwater BrewingFOUR GENERATIONS STRONGSICA has provided numerous impacts over the years. They provide support to our business in best practices, industry IN THE OKANAGAN VALLEY advocacy (prompt payment being a recent example), safety and education courses to name a few, he says.ell over 80 years ago, in 1933, Ira Betts foundedA member of the SICA board going on five years, Cameron W Betts Electric Limited in Penticton, serving theemphasizes the benefits of being an association member: central and south Okanagan. For anyone starting a business or who has a business and is looking for resources, its shared knowledge and shared In the years since then the company has been passed downtraining. Its great to hear other peoples struggles that are to Iras son David, then Davids son Gerry, and now to Iraslargely the same as yours, and work together to find common great-grandson, Cameron. Four generations building a legacysolutions, he says.which has now settled into their groove covering industrial, commercial and residential jobs, plus control panels and Of the construction sector in B.C. and Canada, Cameron solar panels. believes it will continue to be a strong and thriving industry:I cant imagine doing anything else, honestly, saysI think we will see big changes in how business is done and I Cameron. Its different every day and always exciting. hope we see positive change in procurement andprompt payment.With the skilled labour shortage in the construction industryHe says, I think the biggest change [in the industry] has a problem that is expected to continue, Betts decided tobeen the adoption of technology over the last 50 years from make the move to focus on training and building their ownpaper to electronic (invoicing, costing and bidding). This has workforce. We have a strong focus on apprentice training,changed even further over the last few years with the adaption teaching them the skills that will make them successfulof technology in the field, something that was never a qualified electriciansessentially training our futureconsideration 10 years ago. I think it will continue to evolve.workforce, Cameron explains.People that started with us four, five, six years ago as first- Although Betts has many memorable projects under their year apprentices are now qualified and running projects. Wetoolbelts, the recent renovation of an existing nightclub into have built a strong team and we know what to expect workingwhat is now Slackwater Brewing in Penticton stands out.with them over the years.For me its always more interesting to do something different Betts Electric has been a member of SICA since 1969, withfrom the status quo, and it was a job where we had to be Ira being one of the founding members. Cameron sayscreative and figure out construction; it was just such a unique Iras name was even found on the sign-in sheet for the firstproject. And that aside, who doesnt want to build a brewery? meeting of the association. he jokes.18 SOUTHERN INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION'