The dates to register for CEC's exclusive Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Program are fast approaching. Whether you're looking to join us for the course in BC (which is presented jointly with MCABC) or in Ontario, registration cut-off deadlines are two weeks prior to the start of each program. In both cases, the course are limited to just 24 participants.
Our acclimaed course will 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.
Sign up today!
Source: Daily Commercial News
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada have submitted a pre-budget request asking the federal government for more funding for programs and the promotion of apprenticeships and skilled trades careers, specifically those that work toward addressing climate change.
If you haven't already registered for CEC's exclusive Dispatcher Training Program, act soon. Our registration cut-off deadline is October 1, and space is limited to just 24 participants!
Our course teaches 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.
Natural Resources Canada offers an easy-to-use site showing incentives by province. Select a province to see what financial incentives or programs are available. This grouping of incentives related to energy efficiency from provincial/territorial governments, major Canadian municipalities and major electric and gas utilities is updated regularly. It is a useful resource for contractors who want to stay on top of what products the government is incentivizing and what money is available to their customers.
Source: Construction Junkie
Helping fulfill the lack of construction content in traditional media, the Construction Channel, a new online media company, has released a documentary series called “Six Figures, No Suits.”
Source: On-Site Magazine
The construction industry is known for being relationship-based rather than transactional. Often, general contractors will work on several projects from the same owner and rely on certain trade contractors over and over. There’s no easy answer when it comes to how prompt payment and adjudication affects relationships in the construction industry throughout the payment chain.
Source: HPAC Magazine
Zach Walsh from Cambridge, Nova Scotia took home a Medallion of Excellence in refrigeration and air conditioning from WorldSkills. The four-day competition took place in Kazan, Russia last month.
Source: Daily Commercial News
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s Preparing Youth for Careers in the Skilled Trades symposium looks to gather information from the apprenticeship community and share how to engage young people and show them the value of skilled trades apprenticeships and careers.
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.
1588: Thomas Cavendish returns to England, becoming the third man to circumnavigate the globe.
1623: Lumber and furs are the first cargo to leave New Plymouth in North America for England.
1846: Elias Howe patents the first practical sewing machine in the United States.
1912: Jules Vedrines becomes the first pilot to break the 100 m.p.h. barrier.
1914: The six-day Battle of the Marne ends, halting the German advance into France.
1963: President John F. Kennedy federalizes Alabama's National Guard to prevent Governor George C. Wallace from using guardsmen to stop public-school desegregation.
1967: Gibraltar votes to remain a British dependency instead of becoming part of Spain.
1981: Pablo Picasso's painting Guernica is returned to Spain and installed in Madrid's Prado Museum. Picasso stated in his will that the painting was not to return to Spain until the Fascists lost power and democracy was restored.
2001: Contestant Charles Ingram cheats on the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, wins 1 million pounds.
2003: Sweden's foreign minister, Anna Lindh, is stabbed while shopping and dies the next day.
2007: Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister of Pakistan, returns after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
2008: The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator—described as the biggest scientific experiment in history—is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
Source: Statistics Canada
According to Statistics Canada, employment increased by 81,000 in August, mostly due to part-time work. The unemployment rate stayed the same at 5.7% as more people participated in the labour market. Compared to August 2018, employment increased by 471,000 (+2.5%), thanks to gains in both full- (+306,000 or +2.0%) and part-time work (+165,000 or +4.8%). Over the same period, hours worked were up 1.2%.
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.