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The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) is holding its first national innovation conference in April focused on converting innovative ideas and opportunities into reality.

As part of our Innovation Conference on April 15 and 16, MCAC is pleased to welcome Rob McKinney as the speaker for the session titled Did you know these technologies are available to you? Rob brings a wealth of experience to the conference discussion on innovation and technology.

A self-taught construction technologist, Rob developed a love for technology with his first Atari game machine. He began his career in construction as the Safety Director for J.M. Wilkerson, a general contractor based in Marietta, Georgia. Rob furthered his construction and risk management experience at companies like New South Construction and XL Catlin Insurance.

Join Rob at the MCAC Conference on Innovation. Register now.

Congratulations to participants in the first CEC Advanced Project Management class! The course has received amazing feedback.

Watch for new dates in the fall.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) was pleased to announce a new industry program called Women in Mechanical Construction (WiMC). The program will promote inclusiveness in the mechanical contracting industry, while inviting women to share experiences, explore new opportunities, and learn new skills to assist in career advancement.

The first 14 women who join WiMC will receive a copy of the Sheryl Sandberg book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.

Industry News
Source: Daily Commercial News/ConstructConnect
Subcontractors tied up with construction company insolvency cases may consider a recent Court of Appeal for Ontario judgement a victory, which may also set a precedent for them.
Source: ConstructConnect
Canadian construction starts increased by 20 percent last year, according to ConstructConnect. Large projects in the transportation and industrial sectors contributed to more than 80 percent growth in the non-residential sector. In civil engineering construction, a large bridge project supported growth of 10.1 percent. There are signs that work to cool the housing sector may be starting to bite, with residential construction starts dropping by 14.8 percent.
FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.

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 February 28 to March 4, and the second will be held April 4 to 8.

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

Education & Training

Have you registered for CEC's Estimating Conference? This latest edition takes place in Calgary, Alberta from February 27 to March 1.

As always, the conference focuses not on how to estimate, but rather project procurement and strategies. Sessions 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.

Don't delay. Register today!

Innovation & Technology
Source: Construction Dive
Drones can play a major role in inspecting and monitoring the state of infrastructure worldwide, according to a report from the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden. These drone inspections can be performed faster and safer than when humans inspect dams, wind turbines and other types of infrastructure, researchers said.
By the Numbers

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1792: The U.S. Postal Service is created.
1809: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater than any individual state in the Union.
1900: J.F. Pickering patents his airship.
1906: Russian troops seize large portions of Mongolia.
1915: President Woodrow Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.
1918: The Soviet Red Army seizes Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
1938: Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.
1941: The United States sends war planes to the Pacific.
1954: The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education.
1959: The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.
1962: Mercury astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth.
1963: Moscow offers to allow on-site inspections of nuclear testing.
1965: Ranger 8 hits the moon and sends back 7,000 photos to the United States.
1968: The North Vietnamese army chief in Hue orders all looters to be shot on sight.
1971: Young people protest having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.
1982: Carnegie Hall in New York begins $20 million in renovations.

Source: HistoryNet.com


Victaulic Company of Canada
Flocor, Inc.
UA Canada/AU Canada

MCA Canada is partnering with Rob McKinney the ConAppGuru to deliver an ongoing webinar series for MCA Canada members. The first webinar will feature a proven eight-step framework to digitizing your construction company.

You’ll learn the following:

  • Which platform is best for your mobile technology?
  • Why choose a laptop, tablet or smartphone?
  • Should you consider free, pair or freemium apps?
  • How will you control and secure the devices you purchase?
  • What bring-your-own-device strategies do leading contractors employ?
  • How to evaluate, select and implement technology.

Date: February 27
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Register today.

Not only is Jane Gowing a member of the newly formed Women in Mechanical Construction committee, she is also an industry trailblazer. In our first of many WiMC educational experiences, join us on March 27 to hear Jane’s story. She will she her inspiring journey of overcoming obstacles to formulate a rewarding career as a female entrepreneur. Want to be inspired? Then make sure you sign up for this webinar.

Date: March 27
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET

Register now.

Trane Central Ontario
Victaulic Company of Canada



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