November 17, 2020 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Member Update

Members of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada are hereby notified of the:

2020 MCAC Annual General Meeting
12–1:30 p.m. (Eastern), Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020
To be held online

Members can register online.

Members will be authenticated and receive an access link and password to attend.

Mark Casaletto, president of ConstructConnect-Canada, has over 20 years of leadership experience in the industry. He is an active speaker at industry events providing insight and intelligence on the state and economics of the Canadian construction industry, trends and current events impacting the industry as well as how the digital space and technology are transforming and changing the way we work in construction.

At our virtual annual general meeting on Dec. 9, Mark will provide a look ahead to 2021 and provide discussion on some of what the industry can expect in the coming year.

Watch for more information on our meeting in the weeks ahead, and plan to join us for our first-ever virtual AGM.

Join us on Dec. 9 and Feb. 3 for a special two-part webinar series on Pathways to Success, presented by MCAC and CIPH. In our first session, our industry panel of manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors will share their insights about how to attract and retain top talent.

A new group of panelists speaks in the second session about personal branding, networking and advocacy.

Learn more about each session and register at

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Source: Daily Commercial News
This year, a construction company's ability to adapt and change on the fly has been a key component of any successful strategy. While 2020 looked like a promising year, it quickly became one filled with uncertainty as jobsites and offices closed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Plumbing + HVAC
The latest figures from Procore’s Construction Activity Index show that construction activity during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to recover in most provinces after an initial drop in the spring, but Alberta is still experiencing less activity than it did before the pandemic.
Source: Plumbing + HVAC
"The National Building, Fire, and Plumbing Codes, and the National Energy Code for Buildings was expected to be released at the end of 2020—but the industry will have to wait a little while longer. The committees of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) are finalizing updates to the codes. The next editions are anticipated to be available in December 2021."
FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, MCAA has postponed its 2020 Fabrication Conference to 2021. In lieu of an in-person conference in 2020, the MCAA Fabrication Committee is working to provide MCAA members with a virtual sneak peek inside some of the most innovative fabrication facilities. On Dec. 10, join Modern Piping’s fabrication shop manager, MCAA director of innovative technologies Sean McGuire, and MSUITE’s CEO Britton Langdon, for a look at Modern Piping's processes, tools and techniques in fabrication.

Registration is free for MCA Canada members.

MCA Canada (MCAC) and the Construction Education Council (CEC) are pleased to announce a series of courses that we have planned for the remainder of the year.

  • On Dec. 1, join us for Planning with Purpose, where you’ll learn about how to plan jobs using the agile construction work breakdown principle.
  • On Dec. 10, we will host Creating Highly Effective Foremen/Project Manager Partnerships. This seminar will identify and explain the Top 10 components that define a great partnership and demonstrate how these components specifically apply to critical project management topics.
  • In Change Order Management: Best Practices for Success on Dec. 17, participants will learn how to navigate the challenges presented by change orders.

For a full listing of these online courses—and more—available through MCA Canada and CEC, visit

Each week in Just the Fax, we will profile one of the recipients of our 2020 Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series. This week’s recipient is Ethan Law.

Ethan, who is a student at St. Francis Xavier University in his first year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program, received a scholarship from sponsor OS&B.

Ethan says that “the business side of mechanical contracting is often where many new challenges can arise, and this is why I plan on obtaining more knowledge in this area through my degree, to face these issues accordingly. Being educated in both the business and mechanical section of this industry will put me in a place where I have a copious amount of education and knowledge that are ready to be applied to innovation within the industry.”

Ethan’s father is employed at MCAC member company Victaulic Company of Canada.

Source: Plumbing + HVAC
A new report from the Canada Green Building Council outlines the potential of a green recovery. The prioritization of green building could contribute 1.5 million jobs and $150 billion in Gross Domestic Product by 2030, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 53 megatonnes compared with 2018 levels.
Source: Daily Commercial News
"The work-at-home migration caused by COVID-19 may continue for some time. It’s been what some call a 'forced experiment' in efficiency and practicality for both governments and the private sector."
Victaulic Company of Canada
Flocor, Inc.


1558: The Church of England is re-established.
1558: Queen Elizabeth ascends to the throne of England.
1796: Napoleon Bonaparte defeats an Italian army near the Alpone River, Italy.
1869: The Suez Canal is formally opened.
1903: Vladimir Lenin's efforts to impose his own radical views on the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits the party into two factions, the Bolsheviks, who support Lenin, and the Mensheviks.
1913: The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
1918: Influenza deaths reported in the United States have far exceeded World War I casualties.
1951: Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system.
1967: The American Surveyor 6 makes a six-second flight on the moon, the first liftoff on the lunar surface.
1970: Soviet unmanned Luna 17 touches down on the moon.
1989: Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29.
1993: U.S. House of Representatives passes resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.
2000: Controversial President of Peru Alberto Fujimori removed from office.

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Viessmann Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Masco Canada Ltd.
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