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Have you registered for MCA Canada's special webinar on mechanical insulation? If not, act now. It broadcasts tomorrow!

In this 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 tania@mcac.ca.

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 free Performance Benchmarking Self-Assessment Tool is designed to assist construction and maintenance employers in measuring their organization in relation to a specific set of recognized best practices. In addition, you will be able to compare your organization's efforts against other construction and maintenance employers. From the results of the self-assessment tool, you also will be able to identify areas for continuous improvement.
Industry News
Architect and author Brian Palmquist has spent decades analyzing construction management efficiencies and devising processes and acronyms to help designers and constructors work faster and better, but when invited to give a presentation at the recent Toronto Buildings Show, he laid out one simple tenet to strive for: immediacy.
The federal government has launched a grant program for women in the trades. Registered apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades who have successfully completed their first or second year/level can receive $3,000 per year or level, up to a maximum amount of $6,000.
The new year brings with it tax changes at the federal level that will affect just about every Canadian, as well as small businesses.
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Education & Training

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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8316939444499193091

For further information, read this program overview, or contact Tania Johnston (613) 232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca.

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!

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.

By popular demand, the Construction Education Council is once again offering its 10-day, Gold Seal and Blue Seal accredited Project Management Program. Over the course of this highly acclaimed program, participants will learn to improve how they plan and control projects, take ownership over a project from bid to final payment, improve their company’s project-management processes, and more!

This session will be held in partnership with the University of Waterloo. The first five-day session will be held from February 28 to March 4, and the second will be held from April 4 to 8.

For more information and to register, visit the CEC website.

Innovation & Technology
Government documents show federal officials have quietly probed ways to boost job numbers for Indigenous Peoples, newcomers and Canadians with disabilities to prevent a spike in economic hardship.
For all those traditional construction companies that underestimate the importance of new technology, PCL Construction Canada’s Terry Olynyk has this advice: turn over a new leaf, if you want to grow in the next five years.
By the Numbers

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

The total number of jobs in the U.S. rose by +312,000 in December, according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The improvement followed a contraction of 0.1 percent in September.

1745: England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands form an alliance against Russia.
1871: Prussian troops begin to bombard Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
1892: A coal mine explosion kills 100 in McAlister, OK.
1900: The Boers attack the British in Ladysmith, South Africa, but are turned back.
1908: A subway line opens linking the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
1940: Great Britain begins rationing sugar, meat and butter.
1954: President Dwight Eisenhower proposes stripping convicted Communists of their U.S. citizenship.
1963: President John F. Kennedy attends the unveiling of the Mona Lisa.
1975: Ella T. Grasso becomes the Governor of Connecticut; the first female governor in the United States who did not come into office by succeeding her husband.
1982: AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 subdivisions as part of an antitrust agreement.
1994: Valeri Polyakov, a Russian cosmonaut leaves earth, bound for the Mir space station; he will spend a record 437 days in space.
2002: U.S. President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act, intended to improve America’s educational system.
2011: An attempted assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is part of a shooting spree in which Jared Lee Loughner kills six and wounds 13.

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With 2019 now here, oulined in this article are some of the technologies and innovations we can expect to make a greater impact in the Canadian construction industry.
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