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Have you registered for our 2019 Annual National Convention? If not, you may want to act soon. Our room block at the Hilton Downtown Nashville is filling up quickly. Secure your room today to avoid disappointment.

Check out our conference web page for full program details and registration information, and plan to join us in the Music City, October 2 to 5 for what promises to be another exceptional event!

Curious about the speakers at our 2019 Annual National Convention in October? We'll post short profiles (like this one) of each of the men and women who will share their insight with us in Nashville this fall.

Our Opening Breakfast Keynote Speaker on October 3 is Graham Sherman, one of the co-owners of Toolshed Brewery.

Graham Sherman and his business partner, Jeff Orr, met in Afghanistan in 2007. At that time they were working on contracts for the Canadian and U.S. government and military, installing encrypted, tactical communication networks. By day, they rolled around the war zone in armoured vehicles, geeking out in the world of satellite communications. By night, they aimed their obsessive, high level geekery at mastering coffee, competitive BBQ, controlling their respective homes back in Calgary with their iPhones…and finally, with mastering the craft of brewing artisan beer.

Hear from Graham about how he and Jeff turned a backyard passion into big profit in just four years.

Member Update

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.

Source: Huddle
Men have typically dominated the trades, but a new provincial government pilot project is giving women interested in these types of careers a clear path to jobs with a starting pay in the $20-to-$30-an-hour range.
In 2018, the output value of the Canadian construction industry was estimated to be US$291.2 billion. GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, expects that value to grow to US$304.6 billion at a compound annual growth rate of 0.9 per cent.
Source: HPAC Magazine
The federal government has teamed up with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to provide $9.7 million in funding for green projects across Canada.
Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
The clean-energy sector in Canada is growing faster than the whole economy, according to a new report. The report also shows it is rivalling more well-known industries for jobs.

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, Ont.

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

Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
The first-ever Smart Cities Challenge in Canada had four winners who will receive prizes worth $75 million total to be used to implement their proposals. 
Source: Construction Dive
Standards and protective equipment continue to evolve over the years. Gloves are increasingly cut resistant, and standard work boots have been replaced with hard-toed boots. But since it debuted 100 years ago, the iconic hard hat hasn't seen many design changes. 
Source: BetaKit
BrainBox AI, a Montreal-based company, plans to launch a new product combining deep learning, cloud-based computing and algorithms to support self-sustaining commercial buildings. The company's goal is to redefine building automation and be a leader in the green building revolution.
Source: New Atlas
A blueprint is now in place for what is called the world's first 3D-printed community, part of a plan to improve housing access for those in need through construction technology. 

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585: A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
1805: Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned in Milan, Italy.
1830: Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
1859: The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1871: The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
1900: Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1940: Belgium surrenders to Germany.
1953: Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
1961: Amnesty International is founded.


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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