Jean-François Arbour was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ), on Thursday, at its annual general meeting. In the midst of a crisis of the COVID-19, he insisted on the importance of innovation to boost its sector of activity.
“In the current circumstances, we must innovate. The government expects our industry to be the main vector of the economic recovery. Our index of digitization is among the weakest, the shortage of labour will always be present to the full revival of the activities of our sector and the application of hygiene measures will not help us to gain in productivity,” said Mr. Arbour, on Friday, by way of a press release.
“We are in front of the accomplished fact, we are not able to build the Québec of tomorrow with the same methods that we used yesterday. In this sense, I invite all our members and industry partners, whether customers-clients, vendors, employer associations, but also the workers and their trade union association, the respective in order that together we can innovate and improve our practices in order to ensure the success of the economic recovery of Québec,” he added.
An engineer by training and chairman of the Group SCV Inc., Mr. Arbour is the successor to Francis Roy, who has held the position of chairman of the board of directors of the ACQ over the past two and a half years.