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The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to Pierre Boucher, who is departing the association as CEO on Feb. 28, 2020.

Pierre’s leadership and guidance helped to move MCAC forward on a number of important issues, including a new emphasis on innovation and technology, great progress on key advocacy issues such as the naming of subtrades and other industry practices, helping to modernize many of the operations at the MCA Canada national office, and creating a closer working relationship with MCA partners across Canada. Pierre provided years of experience and expertise on a variety of topics, and his enthusiasm for the success of the industry was a great addition to MCAC.

MCA Canada announces new leadership

After thoughtful deliberation following the announcement of Pierre’s departure, the MCAC Executive Committee have worked hard to develop new framework to guide the association. It is pleased to report that Tania Johnston and Ken Lancastle will now helm the leadership team of MCAC as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, respectively.

Tania and Ken will work together in close partnership on the strategy and operations of MCA Canada, and the MCAC Executive Committee looks forward to working closely with Tania and Ken in their new roles, as well as the national office staff.

The Construction Education Council is pleased to announce the latest series of dates in its always-popular Project Management Program.

Book your calendars for the week of March 5 to 9 and March 26 to 30 for this informative gold and blue seal-accredited 10-day course. The course is designed to help you:

  • improve the planning and controlling of your projects,
  • 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
  • be able and willing to contribute improvements to your company’s project management
    process, and
  • be better prepared to take the Gold Seal examination, if you choose.

Please note that the cut-off date for registration is Friday, Feb. 21.

Check out the attached PDF for more information.

Industry News
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Late last month, the Canadian Institute for Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) hosted a panel that looked at relevance and the future of the workforce.
Source: Canadian Manufacturing
Ahead of the next federal budget, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the government’s focus should be on business succession, carbon tax and payroll taxes.
Source: Canadian Manufacturing
Google is increasing its presence in Canada and plans to open three new offices in Waterloo, Montreal and Toronto. The new facilities will give Google the space to accommodate 5,000 employees by 2022.
Source: Buildforce Canada
Employment in Canada’s construction and maintenance industry is anticipated to grow by 50,200 workers by 2029.
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Innovation & Technology
Source: Daily Commercial News
According to a CBC News report, leading Canadian general contractor Bird Construction recently fell victim to a cyber attack and ransom demand from a hacker group called Maze, which claims to have stolen 60 gigabytes of information.
Source: HPAC Magazine
Google is partnering with Handy, an online marketplace for home services, to develop a HVAC problem detection system for Google Nest smart home devices.
By the Numbers
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Source: Canadian Manufacturing
The latest data from Statistics Canada shows that the Canadian economy added 34,500 jobs in January, thanks to gains in the manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries.
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1531: Henry VIII is recognized as the supreme head of the Church of England.
1815: News of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, finally reaches the United States.
1904: President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims strict neutrality for the United States in the Russo-Japanese War.
1936: The Reich arrests 150 Catholic youth leaders in Berlin.
1945: The meeting of President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Marshal Joseph Stalin in Yalta, adjourns.
1951: U.N. forces push north across the 38th parallel for the second time in the Korean War.
1953: Walt Disney's film Peter Pan premieres.
1954: A 75,000-watt light bulb is lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Thomas Edison's first light bulb.
1959: Iran turns down Soviet aid in favor of a U.S. proposal for aid.
1962: Poet and novelist Sylvia Plath commits suicide in London at age 30.
1964: Cambodian Prince Sihanouk blames the United States for a South Vietnamese air raid on a village in his country.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson orders air strikes against targets in North Vietnam, in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on the American military in South Vietnam.
1966: Vice President Hubert Humphrey begins a tour of Vietnam.
1974: Communist-led rebels shower artillery fire into a crowded area of Phnom Pehn, killing 139 and injuring 46 others.
1975: Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to lead the British Conservative Party.
1990: South African political leader Nelson Mandela is released from prison in Paarl, South Africa, after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence.

Source: HistoryNet.com




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