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Early bird registration for #MCACInMusicCity closes on July 30! Take advantage of great savings and join MCAC in Nashville from October 2–5 for the MCAC Annual National Conference!

Register today!

MCAC is pleased to announce that Victaulic is once again joining the MCAC Annual Conference as a Platinum Partner.

For more than 26 years, Victaulic has sponsored the Opening Breakfast and Keynote Speaker at the Conference, taking place this year on October 3.

This year, MCAC is very excited to announce that Victaulic is the title sponsor of the Innovation and Technology Day on October 4!

Find out more about the conference at and our fantastic partners at!

Branden Kotyk, Victaulic’s Regional Sales Manager in B.C., 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 on October 4 for the Innovation Challenge Panel Discussion, and find out more about our speakers at

Member Update

Get those clubs polished: our annual CEC fundraising golf tournament is just a week away. So if you haven't already registered, what are you waiting for?

Join us for a day of great golf and camaraderie at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, ON. Funds raised from this year's event will help to expand our distance learning program.

Thanks to everyone who has registered to play so far, and thank you to our generous sponsors.

CEC has a scholarship available for students studying in the mechanical or a related construction field, business management or computer science.

  • OS&B – R.J. (Bob) Evans Memorial Scholarship – $2,500 (college or university program)

For more information, and to view all our scholarships, visit

DID YOU KNOW? MCAC members across Canada can now access an exclusive program with American Express. By taking advantage of this program, members are entitled to exclusive sign-up bonuses, and to utilize the small business solutions available through AMEX.

For more information, contact Bhauna Patel.

Source: On-Site Magazine
Industry groups have spent years lobbying for rules to govern prompt construction payouts, and it has finally paid off. The bill that sets strict timelines for paying general contractors and subcontractors working on federal projects is now law.
Source: Daily Commercial News
Typically, women’s bodies are differently shaped than those of men. With the number of women in trades growing, there is an increased need for work wear that properly fits. 
Source: Industry and Business
Infrastructure connects and enhances the communities we live in, encourages commerce and trade, and protects the environment. Infrastructure investment should be a priority as it a affects our social, economic and environmental quality of life.
Source: McKinsey & Company
Construction has lagged in productivity compared to other sectors for many years. Modular construction may be the answer to increased productivity. McKinsey & Company analysis indicates that some recent modular projects have accelerated project timelines by 20 to 50 per cent.

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: Construction Dive
Brick-and-mortar stores are trying to reinvent themselves to compete with online retailers. While developers are helping stores design new models to attract customers, contractors are also benefitting from the need for more warehouses to store online inventory. 
Source: Industry and Business
Drew Fagan, professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, was interviewed for Mediaplanet's 2019 Building Canada's Infrastructure campaign, published in the National Post. He was asked where opportunities lie for the future of Canadian infrastructure.
Source: Industry and Business
Dr. Ferindun Hamdullahpur, chair of the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure (LCDRI), was also interviewed for Mediaplanet's 2019 Building Canada's infrastructure campaign. He explains how digital infrastructure is making a difference, and the role that big data plays in efficiency and decision-making.
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.
Source: Construction Links Network
Total investment in building construction increased 2.6 per cent in April to $14.8 billion, according to Statistics Canada. Residential sector investment (+3.6 per cent to $10.1 billion) led the growth, while the non-residential sector increased 0.3 per cent to $4.7 billion. On a constant dollar basis, building construction investment rose 2.9 percent to $12.5 billion.

1775: George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
1790: In Paris, the Marquis de Condorcet proposes granting civil rights to women.
1844: American ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiates a commercial treaty with China.
1863: Confederate forces attack the centre of the Union line at Gettysburg, but fail to break it.
1878: John Wise flies the first dirigible in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1901: The Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy, commits its last American robbery near Wagner, Montana, taking $65,000 from a Great Northern train.
1903: The first cable across the Pacific Ocean is spliced between Honolulu, Midway, Guam and Manila.
1944: The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France.
1945: U.S. troops land at Balikpapan and take Sepinggan airfield on Borneo in the Pacific.
1950: U.S. carrier-based planes attack airfields in the Pyongyang-Chinnampo area of North Korea in the first air-strike of the Korean War.
1954: Food rationing ends in Great Britain almost nine years after the end of World War II.
1962: Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
1967: North Vietnamese soldiers attack South Vietnam's only producing coal mine at Nong Son.


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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