December 18, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Member Update

The MCA Canada offices will be closed from December 24 to January 2, 2019. We will also not publish the December 25 and January 1 issues of Just the Fax over that period. Wishing you all a very safe and happy holiday season and good health and prosperity in 2019.

In this new webinar, instructor Steve Clayman, the director of energy initiatives with the Thermal Insulation Association of Canada, will review the ways in which mechanical insulation can help with energy consumption, and address issues such as condensation, mould growth and personnel protection. Participants will also learn about when insulation on mechanical systems requires immediate attention, simple approaches fixing insulation deficiencies—and more.

When: January 9

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

For more information and to register visit the CEC website. You can also contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or

Do you have an expectation – either formal or informal – that your field service technicians will promote your products and services? Are you disappointed with the results? If so, then spend 45 minutes with Jim Baston who will explain why these “selling” initiatives often fall short and what you can do about it.

Date: January 29

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Register at:

For further information, read this program overview, or contact Tania Johnston (613) 232-5169 or

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada will host its first-ever innovation conference on April 15 and 16 in Toronto.

Given the speed at which technology is advancing, and the extent to which our industry is changing, now is the ideal time to innovate. Our information-packed program will help you understand how to prepare to innovate—and prosper.

Join us for what promises to be an engaging and eye-opening event. Details to follow.

The federal government needs to take necessary steps to develop a national maternity assistance program strategy to remove barriers for women and level the playing field in the trades, the Canadian operating officer of Canada’s Building Trades Unions recently told a senate committee on social affairs, science and technology.
The number of green building rating systems on the market has increased over recent years but LEED remains the standard for sustainable best practice.

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.

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!

Ensuring your company is a disruptor rather than the disrupted takes intentional action. James Benham, JBKnowledge CEO, and Ricardo Khan, Mortenson Construction’s senior director of innovation, shared some of the ways they foster innovation in their respective companies.
Canada’s construction sector is seriously lagging in exploiting social media analytics and mining other data sources to improve projects, a Buildings Show workshop audience was told recently.

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

1812: Napoleon Bonaparte arrives in Paris after his disastrous campaign in Russia.
1865: Slavery is abolished in the United States.
1940: Adolf Hitler issues his secret plans for the invasion of the Soviet Union–Operation Barbarossa.
1941: Defended by 610 fighting men, the American-held island of Guam falls to more than 5,000 Japanese invaders in a three-hour battle.
1956: Japan is admitted to the United Nations.
1965: U.S. Marines attack VC units in the Que Son Valley during Operation Harvest Moon.
1970: An atomic leak in Nevada forces hundreds of citizens to flee the test site.
1972: President Richard M. Nixon declares that the bombing of North Vietnam will continue until an accord can be reached.
1989: The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union sign an agreement on trade and economic communication.
2002: California Gov. Gray Davis announces the state faces a record budget deficit; the looming $35 billion shortfall is almost double the amount reported a month earlier during the state’s gubernatorial campaign.
2008: The United Arab Emirates holds it first-ever elections.
2010: In an opening act of Arab Spring, anti-government protests erupt in Tunisia.




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