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The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) is bringing its 78th Annual National Conference to Music City, Tennessee from October 2-5, with a conference program that features outstanding social events and a not-to-be-missed education program for its delegates.

Mandy Rennehan, MCAC’s closing keynote speaker at its Annual Conference in Nashville, has been appointed as one of three individuals to spearhead a new federal government Advisory Committee on Skilled Trades.

The purpose of this committee will be to provide feedback to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and help create a national campaign to encourage apprenticeships and promote the skilled trades as a career of choice. 

The committee members are:

  • Mandy Rennehan, Founder and CEO of Freshco
  • Jamie McMillan, Ironworker and Founder of KickAss Careers
  • Matt Wayland, Executive Assistant to the International Vice-President and Canadian Director of Government Relations for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Creativity is the heart and soul of Music City and there’s never a shortage of inspiring things to do. From music, culture and the arts to food, sports and shopping, there is an “only in Nashville” experience waiting for you.

Find out more about things to do in Nashville, and register online today for the 2019 MCAC National Annual Conference.

The MCA Canada Annual National Conference is a premiere event on our calendar. We are pleased to offer a wide variety of interesting and entertaining program at this signature event. Helping us to make that possible is the generous support of our sponsors. Please join us in thanking those companies that have sponsored this year's conference.

Member Update

With more than 1,000 member firms across Canada, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada continues to celebrate the important milestones of our members.
If your firm is celebrating a 50th, 75th or 100th anniversary, share that information with us so we can recognize those significant achievements.

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There are four major areas in which a budget overrun is likely to pop up and every contractor is vulnerable to these cost overruns.
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The WorldSkills Museum is set to open in 2021 and will tell the story of trades and skilled workers around the world. It will also encourage young people to consider vocational opportunities when thinking about post-secondary education.

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

MCABC and the Construction Education Council (CEC) proudly present the exclusive Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Program.

This course is designed to help you:

  • Improve the planning and controlling of your projects, thereby improving your company’s bottom line.
  • Take a business view of projects and take ownership of a project from bid to final payment.
  • Increase your own project “lessons learned” by learning from experiences of other participants.
  • Be able and willing to contribute improvements to your company’s project management process.
  • Be better prepared to take the gold seal examination, if you choose.
  • Enjoy your projects!

Dates in British Columbia and Ontario

For our Western audiences, the course will be hosted at the Executive Plaza Hotel, in Coquitlam, BC. The first week of training runs from October 24-28, and the second week runs from November 14-18.

For Ontario personnel, the course will be hosted at the University of Waterloo. The first week of training runs from November 14-18, and the second week from December 12-16.

Don't delay. Space in either program is limited to just 24 attendees.

CEC’s Advanced Project Management course will prepare seasoned project managers for future advancement and increased responsibilities. The new program was created to build off the highly successful 10-day program. The course will provide 28 hours of Gold Seal accredited industry-specific, advanced level project management training.

Graduates of the program will bring strategies for making their projects even more successful back to their companies. Senior project skills that will be covered include:

  • The Art of Facilitative Leadership
  • Organizational Planning – Portfolio Management
  • Financial and Basic Accounting Principles for Project Managers
  • Principles of Lean for Construction

This program is designed specifically for the mechanical contracting industry. 

Our first week of training runs from November 29-December 2 at the University of Waterloo.

Registration is limited to just 24 participants. Don't delay!

Source: On-Site Magazine
When it comes to artificial intelligence, many wonder, “Will a computer take over my job?” While most answers to that question are speculation, it’s hard to deny that AI is better than humans at handling large amounts of data. 
Source: Construction Dive
If you are already using BIM and other digital construction technology, it's important to make sure you are marketing it to the best of your advantage.
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1667: John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1741: Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commissioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land connecting Asia and North America, discovers America.
1913: 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely.
1940: After a previous machine gun attack failed, exiled Russian Leon Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico City, with an alpine ax to the back of the head.
1940: Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
1941: Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile.
1953: USSR publicly acknowledges it tested a hydrogen bomb eight days earlier.
1960: USSR recovers 2 dogs, Belka and Strelka, the first animals to be launched into orbit and returned alive (Sputnik 5).
1961: East Germany begins erecting a wall along western border to replace barbed wire put up Aug. 13; U.S. 1st Battle Group, 18th Infantry Division arrives in West Berlin.
1968: Some 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to quell reformers there.
1971: The Cambodian military launches a series of operations against the Khmer Rouge.
1974: U.S. Vice President Gerald Ford, who had replaced Spiro Agnew, assumes the Office of the President after Richard Nixon resigns.
1978: NASA launches Viking 1; with Viking 2, launched a few days later, provided high-resolution mapping of Mars, revolutionizing existing views of the planets.
1990: Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations to use them as human shields against air attacks by a U.S.-led multinational coalition.
1991: After an attempted coup in the Soviet Union, Estonia declares independence from the USSR.
1993: Secret negotiations in Norway lead to agreement on the Oslo Peace Accords, an attempt to resolve the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
1998: U.S. launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
1998: The Supreme Court of Canada rules Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
2002: A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein seize the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin; after five hours they release their hostages and surrender.


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The tables in this article show the top 10 major upcoming industrial and water treatment construction projects in Canada currently in the planning stage. Most are new projects, but some also involve additions and/or alterations.
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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