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Annual National Conference

The MCAC Whistler Conference features a great number of very high-level speakers and panelists whose knowledge will give you an opportunity to change, adjust or perhaps even reinvent some of your practices.

Topics that will be covered include: high building performance, industry performance through best practices, the impact of cannabis legalization on workplace policies, perception vs. reality in the decision-making process, and the industry’s growing dependency on mobile apps.

Networking is also a key component of the conference. Make new acquaintances whose backgrounds can also be impactful for your operation.

See you in Whistler!

As you are likely aware, parts of British Columbia are being affected by wildfires. At the moment, we have no news to report about fires in Whistler that could affect our hotel venue. We will continue to monitor the situation. Please stay tuned for further details.

Join Julie Zulich, senior vice-president of TESC Contracting, for the launch of the Women in Mechanical Construction forum during the MCAC Annual Conference on September 21.

MCA Canada’s Associate Members are hosting an exclusive Reception & New Product Showcase prior to each evening social event during this year's Annual National Conference. Join them for drinks, discussions, association information, several door prizes and much more at this fun-filled event.

September 19 – 5:00pm–6:00pm
(Associate Awards to be presented at this time)
September 20 – 5:00pm–6:00pm
September 22 – 5:00pm–6:00pm

Member Update

There’s a lot of talk about community benefits in construction these days. The federal government has proposed a bill that would require contractors to provide information on projected social, economic or environmental benefits before awarding construction contracts on federal projects.

The reality is, contractors make meaningful contributions to their communities in all sorts of other ways, every day. Here’s one story about how a group of MCA Canada members helped out a local community centre in need.

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2018 CEC scholarship program. Several MCA Canada associate members stepped forward to make our scholarship purse even larger this year. Thanks to all our sponsors for their generosity.

Federated: Carmen Bracho
Taco: Erin Martin
Franke Kindred: Tennesy Unger
OS&B: Tennesy Unger
Bradford White: Bryant Brokenshire
Masco: Eva Bracho and Carmen Bracho
Wolseley: Kalum Neubeker
Uponor: Eva Bracho, Philip Reinders, Ty Stevens, Manuel Lemos, Angel-Lynn Tran
MCAC: Taylor Davies

Industry News

In December 2017, the National Assembly of Quebec unanimously adopted a law authorizing the implementation of pilot projects to test two main mechanisms to facilitate payments on public contracts and related subcontracts — an obligatory payment schedule and a dispute resolution process using an adjudicator or expert intervenor, in an effort to resolve disputes in a timely manner.​

The British Columbia government is matching donations to the Red Cross up to $20 million, and the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA), along with four regional associations, are teaming up to raise money for those affected by wildfires that are ravaging much of the province.

FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Education & Training

The latest edition of CEC's acclaimed Estimating Conference is scheduled for October 17 to 19 in Toronto. Have you registered?

The conference focuses on project procurement and strategies. Sessions covered will include deal breakers, project risk and go/no-go strategies, putting together a proposal, and what a general contractor looks for in its selection process — to name a few. Jack Wilhelmi and Tim Wentz from MCA America will lead the conference; Dan Leduc from Norton Rose Fulbright will deliver a special session of his own.

Registration is limited. Act now!

More than 1,000 students have completed the 10-day PM CEC/University of Waterloo course since its inception in 2000. This latest session is sure to be another sellout. If you have new hires or people looking to upgrade or refresh their PM skills, this is the course for them! As a bonus, the program is Gold Seal-accredited for those who wish to pursue their certification.

The Construction Education Council’s latest webinar series, Get Your Ducks in a Row, teaches the basics of adopting and managing information technology assets. Studies show that more than half of corporate IT projects fall short of expectations. Using IT effectively to increase efficiency and boost productivity is an art. This free, five-part series gives participants insights into trends and traps facing companies as they design and deploy IT solutions.

By the Numbers

Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.

The economy lost 51,600 jobs last month in a decrease that drove up the unemployment rate and essentially wiped out a big gain in July.

Victaulic Company of Canada
Flocor, Inc.
AON Reed Stenhouse Inc.

Immediately following the Annual General Meeting of CAF-FCA members, apprenticeship stakeholders from across the country will gather to gain insights into pre-apprenticeship.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about results from a CAF-FCA survey of over 500 current and former pre-apprentices to better understand their career journeys & labour market transitions.
  • Hear what employers value about pre-apprenticeship programs and how they use them to attract young talent.
  • Share ideas and best practices through roundtable discussion.

Register today.

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Important Dates
  • September 19–22: MCA Canada Annual National Conference, Whistler, BC



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