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.
Marcell Marshall of Reliance Worldwide Canada recently presented Kristen Bennett with her 2019 scholarship award. Kristen is in her fifth year at McMaster University studying Mechanical Engineering and Management. She is also part of the McMaster Student Chapter and competition team. Congratulations Kristen—and thank you RWC.
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 is limited to just 24 participants.
Our acclimated 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: Codes Canada/National Research Council of Canada
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes invites interested parties to take part in a final opportunity for public review of the proposed changes to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code, the National Fire Code, the National Plumbing Code and the National Energy Code for Buildings. The review will run on the Codes Canada webpage from October 22 to December 23, 2019.
Source: Construction Links Network/Edmonton Sun
Alberta has announced $10 million in funding over the next four years to help increase the amount of women in skilled trades, according to the Edmonton Sun. At the Women Building Futures workshop, Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides said nearly 45,000 skilled trade workers are expected to retire in the next 10 years and the funding would help strengthen the province’s economy by boosting the amount of workers in these fields.
Work is now underway to organize our next National Apprenticeship Conference. Save the date and plan to join us May 24-26, 2020 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, AB. We invite interested speakers to submit a presentation abstract for the conference, which will bring Canada's apprenticeship community together to highlight promising practices and innovative solutions in apprenticeship training. More than 500 delegates are expected to participate over three days.
Source: Daily Commercial News
Building Information Modeling has infiltrated nearly every stage of construction project development. BIM is not a new concept in the construction industry and has been around for several years. The world is slowly catching on to BIM’s benefits as several countries, including Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam, have mandated its use in public projects.
Source: Daily Commercial News
A team of Spanish scientists are working to create passively cooling bricks that could one day replace or augment air-conditioning in residential and commercial spaces.
Source: Construction Links Network/TowardsDataScience.com
Every day, 200,000 people migrate into a city looking for work, affordable housing and sustainable infrastructure, according to TowardsDataScience.com. In order to make room for these migrants, the world needs to spend $57 trillion on infrastructure and housing by 2030. The infrastructure and construction industry would take on much of the responsibility for these projects, but there are several productivity challenges that may slow projects down. There are a number of ways artificial intelligence can help the sector overcome these obstacles.
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1789: Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law. The new Supreme Court will have a chief justice and five associate justices.
1862: President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected of being a Southern sympathizer.
1904: Sixty-two die and 120 are injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.
1929: The first flight using only instruments is completed by U.S. Army pilot James Doolittle.
1956: The first transatlantic telephone cable system begins operation.
1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.
1960: The Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
1969: The "Chicago Eight," charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot, go on trial for their part in the mayhem during the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention.
1970: The Soviet Luna 16 lands, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.
1979: CompuServe offers one of the first online services to consumers; it will dominate among Internet service providers for consumers through the mid-1990s.
2005: Hurricane Rita, the 4th-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, comes ashore in Texas causing extensive damage there and in Louisiana, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than a month earlier.
2009: LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) "sonic cannon," a non-lethal device that uses intense sound, is used in the United States for the first time, to disperse protestors at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Penn.
The seventh annual PROPEL Energy Tech Forum takes place in Calgary, AB at the Fairmont Palliser on February 19 & 20, 2020. This annual forum brings the best, boldest, most innovative emerging and established energy technology companies together.
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.