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Member Update

CEC is pleased to announce that it will once again offer its highly acclaimed Estimating Conference in Calgary, AB from February 27 to March 1. This conference focuses not on how to estimate, but rather project procurement and strategies. Sessions covered will include deal breakers, project risk and go/no go strategies, putting together a proposal, what a general contractor looks for in its selection process—to name a few.

Staff from Taco Comfort Solutions were on hand at last week’s CIPHEX West Trade Show. There, they presented a $2,000 cheque to scholarship winner Erin Martin, who is studying in the mechanical contracting field. Taco’s annual scholarship is part of MCA Canada’s Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series.

Pictured (left to right) are: Mike Miller, Director of Sales, Commercial Building Services; Erin Martin; Sean Giberson, Sales Manager, Wholesale Products; and Jim Garrett, General Manager, Taco Comfort Solutions Canada.


The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites Code users and stakeholders to participate in the fall 2018 public review of proposed changes to the National Building Code of Canada 2015, the National Fire Code of Canada 2015, and the National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015.

The last installment of a three-part series on powerhouse women in construction focuses on the work of lawyer Sharon Vogel, who played an influential role in bringing prompt payment laws into Ontario.

The federal government has announced the launch of the Infrastructure Statistics Hub, an interactive tool that allows users to view data on the investment, stock and contribution of infrastructure to the Canadian economy from the recently launched Infrastructure Economic Account.

Donna Grant, a marketing manager at Scott Construction, addressed the issue of suicide for attendees of the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance’s (BCCSA) Bridging the Gap safety conference on Oct. 26 in Vancouver. Grant said suicide is the second leading cause of death in the construction industry in men aged 25 to 59, and the highest rates are men from 40 to 59.

A new colouring and story book features children sharing stories about people they know who work in the skilled trades with the goal of teaching youth about the career opportunities that exist in the construction sector.


The Construction Education Council is pleased to announce the launch of its brand-new Advanced Project Management course. The program builds on the teachings in the highly successful 10-day program, and provides 28 hours of Gold Seal-accredited, industry-specific, advanced-level project management training.

Graduates will bring back to their companies’ strategies for making their projects even more successful. Senior project skills that will be covered include:

  • The Art of Facilitative Leadership
  • Organizational Planning – Portfolio Management
  • Financial and Basic Accounting Principles for Project Managers
  • Principles of Lean for Construction

Register today!


Students from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Alternative Energy program have found a new way to use shipping containers on a construction site.

Digital transformations are even more difficult than traditional change efforts to pull off. But the results from the most effective transformations point to five factors for success.


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

1835: Texas officially proclaims its independence from Mexico, and calls itself the Lone Star Republic, after its flag, until its admission to the Union in 1845.
1851: The London-to-Paris telegraph begins operation.
1862: Lewis Carroll writes in his diary, “Began writing the fairy-tale of Alice–I hope to finish it by Christmas.”
1878: New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace offers amnesty to many participants of the Lincoln County War, but not to gunfighter Billy the Kid.
1907: Paul Corno achieves the first helicopter flight.
1927: New York’s Holland Tunnel officially opens for traffic.
1940: The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Hansberry v. Lee that African-Americans cannot be barred from white neighborhoods.
1941: A German U-boat, the U-81, torpedoes Great Britain’s premier aircraft carrier, the HMS Ark Royal. The ship sinks the next day.
1945: Charles de Gaulle is elected president of France.
1947: The Soviets complete the development of the AK-47.
1952: Harvard’s Paul Zoll becomes the first man to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest.
1956: The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously strikes down two Alabama laws requiring racial segregation on public buses.
1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC.
2001: U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to planned or actual terrorist acts against the U.S.


As an MCA Canada member, you have access to MCA America’s web-based labour estimating software, the WebLEM. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the WebLEM and the recently released new generation of the software WebLEM + Plus. The next generation adds 100,000 items to the database, transforming it into the single resource for labour units, drawing content, and much more. It’s all there to help you coordinate projects better, fabricate work to a greater extent and execute projects faster and with more confidence.

  • Date: December 5
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern

To register, visit:

For further information, please contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or

The Lean Construction Institute of Canada invites knowledgeable speakers to share expertise, experience and knowledge on Lean principles at the fourth annual LCI-C conference being held April 30 to May 2, 2019 in Montreal.




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