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Annual National Conference

October may seem far away, but rest assured: plans are already well underway for our 2019 Annual National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration for the big event, which will take place from October 2 to 5, opens tomorrow. Watch for program information soon, and sign up early to confirm your space.

See you in the Music City!

Member Update

If you haven't already signed up for our special webinar on the digitzation of construction workflows, time's running out. It airs tomorrow!

Most construction companies understand the importance of mobile technology, but many do not know where to begin when it comes to a mobile strategy. In this presentation, Rob McKinney brings decades of experience implementing mobile technology on construction projects to discuss how companies can outline their mobile needs and draft a streamlined plan for solving them.

Rob will explore the pros and cons of preferred platforms, hardware options, mobile data management, paid versus free apps and bring your own device policies. Learn about the best practices strategies and how you can draft a plan to fit your company’s needs without overwhelming your budget or staff.

You’ll learn how to gain a better understanding of mobile technology options and review the five most common construction workflows to digitize. You'll also hear about all the new technology options available to you.

It’s a 45-minute live webinar, and we’ll record it just in case you are unable to attend.

Date: May 15
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Register now.

Join us on July 10 for CEC’s 15th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament!

As you know, our annual tournament directs all funds raised to support our ability to provide the mechanical contracting industry with ongoing and innovative new educational programming. The fundraising from this tournament will be put toward a major CEC project!

This year's tournament will be held at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, Ont. This exceptional course combines rolling countryside, nine large ponds, mature trees, generous and narrow fairways, and large and small greens as part of a design that is sure to test every part of your game.

Register today and learn more about the exciting sponsorship opportunities we have available.

CEC’s Computerized Mechanical Estimating course provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using Trimble AutoBid Mechanical estimating solutions.

Participants will learn to apply proven principles and methodologies of mechanical (piping) estimating in an instructor-led, hands-on approach. The topics covered focus on key tasks of proven estimating method such as: creating and applying estimate breakdowns, takeoffs of common systems and items, such as fixtures, equipment, drainage waste and vent, pressure and process piping. Participants will use AutoBid Mechanical Estimating and OnScreen software tools during the course.

When: June 11–13
Registration cutoff: May 28
Location: 9131 Keele Street, Vaughan, ON

M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Industry News
Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
The amount of bankruptcies and instances of late payment in the industry will be reduced, thanks to recent amendments to Nova Scotia's Builders' Lien Act, which includes prompt payment legislation. 
Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
The federal government has released a new report that provides progress updates on a $180-million plan to renew Canada's public infrastructure. 
Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
Millennials in the workplace want to be respected, included in decision making, part of important meetings before proving themselves and believe their work is relevant, said David Coletto, Abacus Data CEO, in an interview after his keynote address at a Canadian Construction Association Leading the Evolution Summit late last month.
Source: Construction Executive
The labour force is greatly affected by construction growth, culture shifts, legislation and changes in education. Leaders in the industry need to attract and educate the future workforce to meet the challenge of filling around 500,000 vacant construction positions in the United States. 
FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Education & Training

The Construction Education Council is pleased to present the exclusive Dispatcher Training Program. In it, participants will learn about the role of the dispatcher in their organizations and their impact on profitability, communications skills for dispatchers, partnering with service technicians, serving customers, managing the service manager and how to work with the entire team.

The program was originally by the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, and has since been updated and adapted specifically for the Canadian market.

Join us on October 17 and 18 at the MCA Toronto Classroom.

For more information and to register, visit http://mcac.ca/cec/programs/register.

Innovation & Technology
Source: Construction Executive
Technology has contributed to many changes in the construction industry. The implementation of artificial intelligence has streamlined many procedures, resulting in faster and more accurate processes. 
Source: Construction Executive
It is estimated that 60% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. A movement envisions "smart cities," which will ensure the quality of life in urban areas is sustainable, efficient and humane. Contractors play a crucial role in making the smart city movement a success. 
Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
If you feel like population and vehicle congestion has reached the capacity of your city's infrastructure, prepare yourself, because it could get worse. 
Victaulic Company of Canada
Flocor, Inc.
By the Numbers

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

Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
The labour market in Canada had its largest one-month employment gain since the government started collecting this data in 1976. According to Statistics Canada's latest labour force survey, there were 106,500 net jobs added in April, most of which were full time. 

1796: English physician Edward Jenner gives the first successful smallpox vaccination.
1804: Explorer William Clark sets off from St. Louis, Missouri.
1897: Guglielmo Marconi sends the first communication by wireless telegraph.
1940: Holland surrenders to Germany.
1948: Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel.
1961: A bus carrying black and white civil rights activists is bombed and burned in Alabama.
1973: The U.S. space station Skylab is launched.
1991: In South Africa, Winnie Mandela is sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.

Source: HistoryNet.com

IPEX Inc.
UA Canada/AU Canada
Trane Central Ontario
FastEst, Inc.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

MCA Canada recently named the ALS Society of Alberta as our Charity of Choice for 2019.

This charity was chosen to honour past MCAC President David Flamand‘s sister Patsy Brooks. The ALS Society of Alberta is dedicated to making each day the best possible day for people living with and affected by ALS. It is the only charitable organization in Alberta that provides support to families affected by the disease.

Learn more about this great organization, and how you can help support this important cause.

 

 

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