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In a year that saw the COVID-19 pandemic have a significant impact on industries across the country, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada has elected to maintain its current governance and executive committee, re-electing Dave Holek of Belle River, Ont. as president and chairman of the board of directors.
Member Update
Source: Daily Commercial News
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) has elected Dave Holek of Belle River, Ont. as president and chairman of its board of directors for a second term.
The Government of Canada has updated its climate plan titled A Healthy Environment and A Healthy Economy, announced December 11. A number of the points under the first pillar of the plan, “Making the Places Canadians Live and Gather More Affordable by Cutting Energy Waste,” are particularly relevant for MCA Canada’s recent discussions concerning investment in the built environment.

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 Alisha Suthakaran.

Alisha received a scholarship from sponsor Reliance Worldwide Corporation. She is a student at McMaster University in the fourth year of the Civil Engineering program.

“As I’ve progressed in my engineering education, I’ve begun to understand the complexities behind large-scale projects and the harmony required between the various subsystems to coordinate its execution. I hope to eventually obtain my professional engineering license and potentially be involved in bringing a large idea to life.”

“I hope to leverage what I have learned to positively contribute to an organization and the industry as a whole. In doing so, I hope that down the line, more individuals with backgrounds similar to myself will consider and pursue a career in the mechanical contracting industry.“

“I am a member of the MCAC McMaster student chapter and this year’s competition team. I have been involved in several student organizations throughout my time at university including the McMaster Engineering Society, Heavy Construction Student Association, Women in Engineering Society, and the Troitsky Bridge Competition where I am a former co-captain.”

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Industry News
Source: RenewCanada
Internationally recognized Canadian law firm Bennett Jones has released its Fall 2020 Economic Outlook. The report includes strategic views on how to get “a better bang for the buck in Canadian infrastructure.”
Source: On-Site
"Someone with 20/20 vision, by definition, has normal eyesight in terms of clarity and sharpness. And yet its namesake year has been anything but normal or clear."
FastEst, Inc.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Innovation & Technology
Source: Daily Commercial News
Many believe mass timber construction (MTC) is an answer to the construction industry’s challenge to reduce GHG and CO2 emissions, compared to traditional steel and concrete. But as more MTC projects are completed, we are understanding more about the design and construction implications and how to use wood to its best advantage.
Source: Plumbing + HVAC
Through modeling, analytics and digital control mechanisms, Johnson Controls and Microsoft are teaming up to support efficient and environmentally friendly design, construction and operation of buildings and spaces.
Source: Construction Links Network
"Hard hats are used in a number of industries and are especially important as a protection device for construction workers, and miners underground. However, their design hasn’t changed much since they were first invented and patented in 1919."
Victaulic Company of Canada
Flocor, Inc.
By the Numbers
Click below for the latest prompt payment in the construction industry payment tables.
Source: HPAC Magazine
In October, residential sector investment strengthened for the sixth month in a row, led by single unit construction in Saskatchewan.
IPEX Inc.
UA Canada/AU Canada

Source: HistoryNet.com

1775: The Bill of Rights is ratified in Congress.
1890: As U.S. Army soldiers attempt to arrest Sitting Bull at his cabin in Standing Rock, South Dakota, shooting breaks out and Lt. Bullhead shoots the great Sioux leader.
1924: The Soviet Union warns the United States against repeated entry of ships into Soviet territorial waters.
1946: Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh sends a note to the new French Premier, Leon Blum, asking for peace talks.
1961: Adolf Eichmann, the former German Gestapo official accused of a major role in the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews, is sentenced by a Jerusalem court to be hanged.
1965: The United States drops 12 tons of bombs on an industrial center near Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam.
1972: The Commonwealth of Australia orders equal pay for women.
1973: The American Psychiatric Association votes to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.
1976: The oil tanker MV Argo Merchant causes one of the worst marine oil spills in history when it runs aground near Nantucket, Massachusetts.
1978: U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and will sever all relations with Taiwan.
1981: In what is often called the first modern suicide bombing, a suicide car bomb kills 61 people at the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; Iraq's ambassador to Lebanon is among the casualties.
1993: The Downing Street Declaration, issued jointly by U.K. and the Republic of Ireland, affirms the U.K. would transfer Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland only if a majority of Northern Ireland's people approved.
2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after an 11-year, $27 million project to fortify it without eliminating its famed lean.
2005: F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter enters active service with the U.S. Air Force.

Events
Source: HPAC Magazine
In 2021, the 5th edition of Modern Hydronics – The Summit will be virtual and takes place March 30 and 31. So far, the response has been record setting.
Viessmann Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Masco Canada Ltd.
 

 

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