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MCAC is pleased to announce that IPEX is once again joining the MCAC Annual Conference as a Platinum Partner, and will be title sponsor of the MCAC Annual Conference Golf Tournament, taking place this year on October 2.

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

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 at

Member Update

If you have an empty space on your calendar tomorrow, and you happen to be in the neighbourhood, why not join us at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, ON for our annual fundraising golf tournament?

Check out our website for more information, and thank you to everyone who has signed up to play, and to all our sponsors.

Looking forward to a great day!

If you or someone you know is interested in furthering their education in the mechanical contracting industry, then you should consider the Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series. We have more than $26,000 available in funding for applicants. But don’t delay. The deadline for applications is July 31.
Please pass this message on to anyone you think may be interested in this valuable program.

In this white paper, American Express and EY explore current challenges that construction industry organizations face in relation to their management of working capital and cash flow. Many of the findings and insights were driven by feedback from finance leaders from 24 construction companies and industry associations from across Canada during a series of discussion roundtables co-hosted in late 2018 by EY and American Express.

DID YOU KNOW? MCAC members 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. Contact MCAC Staff Ken Lancastle for more information.

Source: HPAC magazine
Over the next five years, nearly 70,000 journeypersons will need to keep workforce certification levels afloat for key trades in most Canadian provinces. 

Source: CanBIM

There are openings on the following committees: owners committee, general contractors committee, designers committee, trades committee, international committee, technology committee, education & research committee, marketing & communications committee and the legal committee.

Meanwhile, participating on the board of birectors enables you to contribute your leadership and vision to the CanBIM community.

Learn more at Nominations close on July 31.

Source: CanBIM
Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges Canadians face today is affordable housing. Cities must commit, invest and innovate to address this issue. To learn more about new methods and technologies that will affect how we deliver affordable living in the future, join CanBIM in Toronto this September. 
Source: Construction Junkie
Most know, or should know, about the four fatal hazards in construction: falls, struck-by, caught-in or between, and electrical. Most construction safety training courses focus on these as they contribute to a large majority of jobsite deaths, but a new study highlights the need to also take other health hazards with long-term effects more seriously. 

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
Securing privileged and confidential information is becoming more difficult for contractors in the age of the cloud and connected platforms. 
Source: Construction Dive
For construction workers, constant reaching and lifting can take its toll on the body. Some in the industry are using exoskeletons to relieve some of the physical stress workers experience on the job. 
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.
Source: On-Site Magazine
There hasn't been much to brag about in Canada's construction industry's labour market in 2019, besides a large gain in April. So far, there are few signs that show a near-future upswing. 

0118: Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, makes his entry into the city.
0455: Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul, becomes Emperor of the West.
1789: In Versailles, the French National Assembly declares itself the Constituent Assembly and begins to prepare a French constitution.
1790: The Swedish navy captures one third of the Russian fleet at the Battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
1900: The Commonwealth of Australia is established by an act of British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.
1942: Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the attic above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
1943: American and British forces make an amphibious landing on Sicily.
1971: The United States turns over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units.



Source: CAF-FCA

CAF-FCA invites you to attend upcoming sessions focused on pre-apprenticeship and preparing youth for careers in the skilled trades.

  • August 21: Pre-Apprenticeship Consultation, Whitehorse, YT
  • September 11: Pre-Apprenticeship Consultation Webinar
  • September 17: Pre-Apprenticeship Consultation, Regina, SK
  • September 20: Pre-Apprenticeship Consultation, Moncton, NB
  • October 24–25: National Symposium - Preparing Youth for Careers in the Skilled Trades, Ottawa, ON

At in-person consultations, you will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about pre-apprenticeship programs
  • share best practices and discuss desired outcomes in small group discussions
  • network and build partnerships with other apprenticeship stakeholders

At the National Symposium, you will also learn about the latest apprenticeship research findings from Statistics Canada.

For more information and to register, visit

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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