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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.

At the upcoming MCAC Conference on Innovation, Corey Diamond will be exploring what the future holds regarding energy efficiency. As energy efficiency becomes increasingly important to governments at all levels, the construction industry and, specifically, the mechanical contracting industry, will have an increasingly important role to play. This address from Efficiency Canada will look at the field of energy efficiency and where it is heading, while providing insight into how the mechanical contracting industry can become an industry of choice to address the challenges we will face.

Corey has more than two decades of experience leading social change organizations focused on engaging people to take action on critical environmental and social issues. He also spent 10 years helping to lead Summerhill, a national firm focused on engaging the public on energy efficiency behaviours. Holding various positions, including President/Chief Transformer, U.S. expansion lead and Executive Director of the not-for-profit arm, Corey worked with utilities, government agencies and the private sector to drive significant energy savings across Canada.

Join Corey at the MCAC Conference on Innovation. Register today.

Have you heard? MCA Canada recently launched a special initiative aimed at promoting the interests of women in our industry.

Our Women in Mechanical Construction (WiMC) 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.

Share the news with your staff. Join us!

For more information, visit www.wimc.ca. As a bonus, 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.

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.

Industry News
Source: On-Site Magazine
There's at least one thing Canadian construction companies can thank U.S. President Donald Trump for – recent American tax reforms he championed have prompted Ottawa to push forward changes designed to assist businesses in Canada, including contractors. 
Source: HPAC Magazine
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating will approach World Plumbing Day, held on March 11, a bit differently this year. 
Source: The Canadian Press/Canadian Manufacturing
David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., says the much-anticipated end to Canada's steel-and-aluminum tariff woes could happen soon, but he hasn't revealed why he's so optimistic. 
FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Education & Training

It’s finally here! The sixth edition of the Mechanical Estimating Conference starts tomorrow in Calgary, Alberta.

Thank you to MCA Alberta, Victaulic, Allpriser and OS&B for the generous sponsorship of this program. Thank you also to our instructors—Jack Wilhelmi, Tim Wentz and Dan Leduc—who keep the students engaged and wanting to come back for more.

Innovation & Technology
Source: Trimble Media Release
Trimble recently announced a new wearable hard-hat compatible device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite.
By the Numbers

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

Source: Daily Commercial News/ConstructConnect
This article shows the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in January 2019. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

1154: William the Bad succeeds his father, Roger the II, in Sicily.
1790: As a result of the Revolution, France is divided into 83 departments.
1815: Napoleon and 1,200 of his men leave Elba to start the 100-day re-conquest of France.
1848: Karl Marx and Frederick Engels publish The Communist Manifesto in London.
1871: France and Prussia sign a preliminary peace treaty at Versailles.
1901: Boxer Rebellion leaders Chi-Hsin and Hsu-Cheng-Yu are publicly executed in Peking.
1917: President Wilson publicly asks congress for the power to arm merchant ships.
1924: U.S. steel industry finds claims an eight-hour day increases efficiency and employee relations.
1933: Ground is broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
1936: Japanese military troops march into Tokyo to conduct a coup and assassinate political leaders.
1951: The 22nd Amendment is added to the Constitution limiting the Presidency to two terms.
1965: Norman Butler is arrested for the murder of Malcom X.
1968: Thirty-two African nations agree to boycott the Olympics because of the presence of South Africa.
1970: Five Marines are arrested on charges of murdering 11 South Vietnamese women and children.
1972: Soviets recover Luna 20 with a cargo of moon rocks.
1973: A publisher and 10 reporters are subpoenaed to testify on Watergate.
1993: A bomb rocks the World Trade Center in New York City. Five people are killed and hundreds suffer from smoke inhalation.

Source: HistoryNet.com

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

The first in our eight-part webinar series on digitizing your construction company airs tomorrow. Hosted by ConAppGuru Rob McKinney, our session covers the following subjects:

  • 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

Don't delay!

Trane Central Ontario
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.



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