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Member Update
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, Victaulic's Branden Kotyk, regional manager, British Columbia, will join a panel on BIM, modularization, and what these trends mean for the mechanical contracting industry. Branden Kotyk has been disrupting the construction industry’s status-quo for over 12 years to bring the efficiencies of leading-edge technology and innovative fabrication processes to key project stakeholders.

Drawing on insights gained through positions in Canada, Australia and the United States, Branden has a history of facilitating a collaborative interface between owners, builders, trade contractors and suppliers across the ICI and natural resources construction industries.

By leveraging BIM technology, modularization and lean manufacturing principles, Branden has helped lead the successful delivery of innovative mechanical solutions for construction projects ranging from $1 million to $9.2 billion on four continents.

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

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 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 share 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.

 On Monday, the McMaster University/MCA Hamilton-Niagara Student Chapter team participated in the student competition at the MCAA convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The team brilliantly answered questions under pressure. They now wait until tomorrow to find out where they placed in the top four. Congratulations to David Devessier, Carmen Braco, Eva Braco, Keara Guay, Phillip Reinders and Marisa Caluori!
Source: Daily Commercial News/ConstructConnect
Delegates attending a legal seminar in Toronto were informed that construction lawyers in Canada must come to terms with unfamiliar principles when representing clients engaged in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project execution.
Source: HPAC Magazine
Canada's transition to a low-carbon economy presents several challenges and opportunities, which will be highlighted at a Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute symposium next month. 
Source: Forbes
If productivity in the construction sector were to catch up with the whole economy, cumulative productivity would increase up to 60 per cent resulting in a two per cent global GDP boost, MGI argued in a 2017 report called Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution. This report focused on seven areas that would allow us to make these gains possible. See Forbes' list of startups that are already ahead of the curve in these areas. 

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

Source: The Canadian Press/Canadian Manufacturing
A 2.7 per cent contraction in investment spending caused a slowdown in late-2018, according to Statistics Canada. 

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1912: The Italians become the first to use dirigibles for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance flights behind Turkish lines west of Tripoli.
1918: The Soviets move the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.
1933: Hitler and Nationalist allies win the Reichstag majority. It will be the last free election in Germany until after World War II.
1933: Newly-inaugurated President Franklin D. Roosevelt halts the trading of gold and declares a bank holiday.
1946: In Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill tells a crowd that "an iron curtain has descended on the Continent [of Europe]."
1956: The U.S. Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education.
1976: Britain gives up on the Ulster talks and decides to retain rule in Northern Ireland indefinitely.
1984: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.






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