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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 tomorrow — 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....

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.

Noticing that innovation was bypassing wholesalers and distributors, Dirk Beveridge founded UnleashWD in 2012 setting a bold agenda for the 300,000 distributors in the country. The UnleashWD Innovation Summit is an essential annual industry event. This one-of-a-kind summit delivers an outstanding immersive experience through amazing speakers, inspired networking and relevant application.

Dirk’s latest book, INNOVATE! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times, was published September 2015 by the NAW’s Institute for Distribution Excellence. Writing about INNOVATE! former supreme allied commander at NATO Admiral James Stavridis (Ret) observed: “At the heart of any healthy industry is innovation — the ability to change as circumstances dictate with agility and intelligence. In INNOVATE! Dirk Beveridge provides a roadmap for creating innovation. This is an instant classic, and has wide applicability not only in the complex world of distribution, but in the widest sense.”

With over 30 years' experience as a consultant to a wide range of companies, Beveridge has helped leading firms align, focus and strengthen their sales and leadership strategies to remain relevant, outperform the market and provide deeper value to customers.

Join Dirk at the MCAC Conference on Innovation.

Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
Pierre Boucher, CEO of Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC), is optimistic of the measures put forth in the federal budget, highlighting the government’s support of prompt payment measures.
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of Canada (UA Canada) are pleased to announce the launch of our new National Parental Wellness Program. This program is the first of its kind in the construction industry in Canada. It has been created to help our members during pregnancy and the crucial first year of life of a new child. UA Canada believes in the health and safety of our expectant members and recognizes the importance of the first formative year of development during which one or both parents must focus on the needs of their child.

Xylem Water Solutions & Water Technologies
Xylem is a leading water technology company committed to "solving water" by creating innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world's water, wastewater and energy needs. 

Procore is a leading provider of cloud-based applications for construction. Procore connects people, applications, and devices through a unified platform to help construction professionals manage risk and build quality projects safely, on time and within budget.

Smith Energy
As manufacturers’ representatives, Smith Energy delivers quality solutions that provide maximum comfort and cost efficiency to industrial, institutional, commercial and residential projects nationwide. Besides offering services as a manufacturer’s representative, Smith works in collaboration with distributors covering a wide range of services for commercial markets.

MCA Saskatchewn celebrates its centennial this year. The association turned 100 years old on February 12, and celebrated with a reception at Hotel Saskatchewan. Click through to their website for a wrap up of some of the events and a tribute video.

Congratulations, MCA Saskatchewan!

Industry News
Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
The federal government has unveiled the Canada Training Benefit, a program designed to assist in developing a skilled workforce for Canadian employers, according to the 2019 budget.

If you cannot pay the full amount you owe now, you may qualify for a payment arrangement or ask for taxpayer relief. Take action by contacting the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) right away. Ignoring your debt won’t make it go away.

Find out your options if you can’t pay in full now
The CRA can work with you to set up a payment arrangement in My Account, My Business Account, MyCRA, or CRA BizApp. The sooner you take action, the less interest you’ll have to pay. To make a payment arrangement for you or your business, go to Pay by pre-authorized debit or contact us.

What is a payment arrangement?
A payment arrangement with the CRA lets you make smaller payments over time, until you have paid your entire debt, including interest. The CRA has two new tools that can help you manage your tax debt. Try out our new Payment Arrangement Calculator, which you can use to estimate your payments and the time needed to reduce your debt to zero. The CRA has also introduced an Income and Expense Worksheet. This worksheet will help you calculate the part of your net income that is available to pay your tax debt. To help the CRA determine your ability to pay, you may have to give details of your financial situation and proof of your income, expenses, assets and liabilities.

Keep on track
Staying up to date with your tax obligations is an important part of managing your finances. If you are struggling to make your payments, the CRA can help you. For more information, see the CRA’s collections webpage and its video series on Debt Collection at the CRA.

Source: Global Construction Review
Even though there are many opportunities in construction, teenage girls often don't even consider the career options in the industry, according to a year-long Australian study. The study found one of the main barriers is the fear of gender-based discrimination. Parental preferences also influence the types of careers young women pursue. There was one surprising finding: students from all-girls schools were more likely to study construction project management than girls who attended other schools. 
FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.

Changes are an inevitable part of the construction process. If not managed well, change orders can cause unnecessary project disruptions and lead to cost increases and schedule delays.

The Mechanical Contractors Association Hamilton Niagara, in partnership with the Construction Education Council, is pleased to present Change Orders Management, a course that provides participants with best practices for successfully navigating this complex project management challenge.

Join us on April 25 at Construction House in Hamilton, ON.

For more information, visit our website or email Tania Johnson.

Education & Training

As a valued member of MCA Canada, we are pleased to offer you even more continued education and member programming. MCA Canada is partnering with Rob McKinney, the ConAppGuru, to deliver an ongoing webinar series for MCA Canada members.

In this second webinar, How to Create a ConTech Jedi, you’ll learn:

  1. How to hire the right people who will thrive in a tech/innovation role.
  2. Where to set up experiments and what elements you need to ensure a successful testing environment.
  3. What problems are ripe for experiments and how to spot a challenge in the field that can be disrupted with technology.
  4. How to formalize the process and cultivate a culture of experimentation and innovation.

It’s a 45-minute live webinar. We’ll record it just in case you are unable to attend. Register today.

Date: March 28
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

For further information please contact Tania Johnston (613) 232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca.

Victaulic Company of Canada
Flocor, Inc.
By the Numbers

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

1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa, Palestine.
1804: The territory of New Orleans is organized in the Louisiana Purchase.
1827: German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven dies in Vienna.
1885: Eastman Film Co. manufactures the first commercial motion picture film.
1942: The Germans begin sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
1951: The United States Air Force flag design is approved.
1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announces a new vaccine against polio.
1954: The United States sets off an H-bomb blast in the Marshall Islands, the second in four weeks.
1969: The Soviet weather Satellite Meteor 1 is launched.
1979: The Camp David treaty is signed between Israel and Egypt.
1982: Ground is broken in Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1989: The first free elections take place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin is elected.
1992: An Indianapolis court finds heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson guilty of rape.

Source: HistoryNet.com

UA Canada/AU Canada
You don't want to miss the 2019 Supporting Women in Trades Conference, taking place June 17 and 18 in Vancouver! This two-day event brings together more than 300 women in trades, employers, labour organizations, government, educators and other advocates for diversity and inclusion. Delegates learn about some of the great initiatives underway across Canada to help address the challenges faced by women in trades, share promising practices and will contribute to CAF-FCA's National Women's Skilled Trades Strategy.
Trane Central Ontario
Victaulic Company of Canada



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