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Annual National Conference

The Annual General Meeting of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada for 2019 will be held Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11:45–12:45 CST in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting is held in conjunction with the 78th Annual National Conference of the Association, being held at the Nashville Downtown Hilton. More information about the conference, including the schedule and location of the AGM, is available at conference.mcac.ca.

Member Update

Please be advised that the proposed amendment below will be subject to approval at the upcoming MCAC Annual General Meeting that will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 11:45 a.m. in Nashville, Tennessee.

That the following provision be inserted in the MCAC By-Laws under section 9.7 Voting Class/Entitlement to Hold Office:

Being an MCAC member in good standing, the Chair of the Women in Mechanical Construction Committee, or her designate, be entitled to attend the general meeting of the Association or any committee thereof and shall have the right to chair or serve on committees or advisory bodies and serve on the Board of Directors as a member.

Industry News
Source: Journal of Commerce/Construct Connect
Government officials say that the province should pass prompt payment legislation for the construction industry after consulting with B.C. businesses and industry leaders.
Source: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a new advisory committee that will be responsible for a national campaign to promote careers in skilled trades. Committee members say this is a step in the right direction.
Souce: Daily Commercial News/Construct Connect
Canada’s Building Trades Unions, which represents more than half a million Canadian unionized construction trades, is concerned that the abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program could reduce wages and threaten the job security.
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.

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!

Innovation & Technology
Source: Construction Executive
In many different industries, digital technology changes rarely stop at bits alone. There are five digitization forces of change impacting the construction industry. Each of these has the power to significantly disrupt and change industry structure. 
Source: ConstrucTech
Technology has been changing the way the construction industry works for many years – it’s no longer a collection of manual tasks. Post-secondary institutions are creating technology-focused construction trade programs so contractors and trade workers of the future will be able to use different technologies to improve their work.
Victaulic Company of Canada
By the Numbers
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.
Source: On-Site Magazine
After six months, the construction labour market finally bounced back with around 25,000 jobs last month – a 1.7 percent gain from June.
Source: Journal of Commerce/Construct Connect
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.

1914: Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.
1941: The German U-boat U-570 is captured by the British and renamed Graph.
1944: German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrender to the Allies.
1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrives in Chunking to confer with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.
1963: One of the largest demonstrations in the history of the United States, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, takes place and reaches its climax at the base of the Lincoln Memorial when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream" speech.
1965: The Viet Cong are routed in the Mekong Delta by U.S. forces, with more than 50 killed.
1968: Clash between police and anti-war demonstrators during Democratic Party's National Convention in Chicago.
1979: Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb explodes under bandstand in Brussels' Great Market as British Army musicians prepare for a performance; four British soldiers wounded.
1981: John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent to attempting to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.
1982: First Gay Games held, in San Francisco.
1986: U.S. Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth given 365-year prison term for spying for USSR.
1986: Bolivian president Victor Paz Estenssoro declares a state of siege and uses troops and tanks to halt a march by 10,000 striking tin miners.
1993: Two hundred twenty-three die when a dam breaks at Qinghai (Kokonor), in northwest China.
2005: Hurricane Katrina reaches Category 5 strength; Louisiana Superdome opened as a "refuge of last resort" in New Orleans.
2012: U.S. Republican convention nominates Mitt Romney as the party's presidential candidate.

Source: HistoryNet.com

UA Canada/AU Canada
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) is hosting a National Symposium: Preparing Youth for Careers in the Skilled Trades on October 24-25 in Ottawa, Ont. Participants from across the apprenticeship community will help determine how CAF-FCA can provide young people with a better understanding of the value of apprenticeship and skilled trades careers.
Source: HPAC Magazine
Join HPAC on September 19, 2019, for a one-of-a-kind conference and trade show dedicated exclusively to the hydronics market. Modern Hydronics-Summit 2019 is conveniently located at the International Centre by Toronto Pearson Airport.
Trane Central Ontario
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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