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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!

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

The Construction Association of Nova Scotia is proud to present CANSTech – The Construction Technology and Innovation Trade Show for the commercial, industrial and institutional construction industry! CANSTech will take place on November 20 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. And be sure to look out for details on MCAC’s own mechanical innovation conference, scheduled for next spring.


The LEARN academy held its first ever Major Capital Projects Workshop on June 21 in Calgary, Alberta. The group invited executives from stakeholder groups across our industry to discuss subjects such as:

  • Why are major capital projects not being approved?
  • Why are major capital projects being delayed after approval?
  • Are we confident in our ability to deliver these projects to predictable outcomes?

Their report describes the findings from these workshops, and the actions recommended by the stakeholder groups.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has announced that France Daviault will become its new executive director, effective October 1, 2018.

Her experience includes leading the communications team for the Canadian Council of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and serving as vice president of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, where she managed association operations and industry programs.


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.


The fact regulators weren’t sure whether to consider the MULTI an elevator or a train is a testament to just how revolutionary ThyssenKrupp’s new people moving system has proven to be.


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

This table shows 20 of the largest upcoming educational and medical construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

1759: Quebec surrenders to the British after a battle which sees the deaths of both James Wolfe and Louis Montcalm, the British and French commanders.
1793: George Washington lays the foundation stone for the U.S. Capitol.
1830: Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse.
1929: Charles Lindbergh takes off on a 10,000-mile air tour of South America.
1934: The League of Nations admits the Soviet Union.
1939: A German U-boat sinks the British aircraft carrier Courageous, killing 500 people.
1960: Two thousand cheer Fidel Castro’s arrival in New York for the United Nations session.
1973: East and West Germany and The Bahamas are admitted to the United Nations.
1975: Patty Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by a violent radical group. She will later take part in some of the group’s militant activities and will be captured by FBI agents.
1977: Voyager I takes first photo of Earth and the Moon together.
1998: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is formed to coordinate unique identifying addresses for websites worldwide.
2009: The U.S. television soap opera Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio.


Technology Built Innovation IV: Smart Cities is a two-day educational networking opportunity showcasing innovative and emerging technologies that will enable Smart Cities. The session will be held on September 19 and 20.

Session outcomes include:

What's new in the economy and what issue are most likely to affect the construction outlook in 2019?

Trade and tariffs – what is the latest and what are the likely impacts on construction activity?

Outlook for residential and commercial and construction through 2019 and how it relates to the plumbing & heating industry.

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



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