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December 16, 2013 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Events
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Member Update
 
   
MCA Canada is very proud to congratulate MCA Toronto on it's 50th Anniversary. MCA Toronto hosted it's 50th Anniversary Party and Annual General Meeting at the impressive J.W. Marriott Hotel in Minett, Ontario. Over 300 people joined MCAT President, Al Prowse for a weekend of business and social activities. An overview of the weekend and a wonderful review of the past 50 years can be found in the special edition of MCA Toronto's newsletter, Pipeline. Congratulations to everyone at MCA Toronto.
 
 
   
At this time of year, many of us are considering others and how we can help make their lives a little better. MCA Canada’s Charity, Operation Eyesight, is an excellent way to contribute to the wellbeing of others and thanks to a valued donor and friend of Operation Eyesight, your donation will now bring double to help. The Christmas Miracle Maker Challenge is the idea of an anonymous donor to Operation Eyesight who will MATCH all donations from December 1, 2012 until midnight December 24, 2012, to a maximum $100,000.00. If you are considering a donation, now would be the best time to help those in need. Click here to download a donation form.

 
 
   
MCA Canada is a vibrant and diverse national association with its foundation reaching back to 1895. Our members include industry leaders, stakeholders and decision-makers who build, buy, supply and service the national mechanical market. Please join us in welcoming our newest member to Canada's finest national trade association.
 
 
   
Michael John Holm - It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we notify you of the passing of MCA Hamilton Past President Michael Holm. Mike was the long-time owner of Brant Plumbing and Heating in Burlington. Our most sincere condolences to his wife of 56 years, Reta, his daughters Leslie and Karen, and his granddaughters Erin and Hayley. Family will be taking Mike's ashes back to Barrow-in-Furness, England to be scattered in the Irish Sea. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family. (Arrangements entrusted to Smith's Funeral Home, Burlington, 905-632-3333) www.smithsfh.com
 
 
   

MCA CANADA HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
During the Christmas holidays, MCA Canada's office will be closed at noon on December 24th, 2013 and reopen on January 2nd, 2014. We hope you have an exciting Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

 

 
Industry News
 
   
The Federal Government has announced new changes this year to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program that will make it increasingly more difficult for Canadian employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis.

The purpose of the temporary foreign workers program is to fill immediate labour shortages where Canadian citizens and permanent residents are unavailable or lack the required skills. In most cases, employers will need to apply for a Labour Market Opinion ("LMO") in order to bring a foreign worker to Canada, unless the worker is covered by an exemption to the LMO process.
 
 
   
New standard contracts address concerns about previous design-build contracts and better define the roles for the people involved in those projects. The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) has released its revised Design-Build Stipulated Price Contracts, CCDC 14 and 15.
 
 
   
Energy companies trying to raise almost $50 billion for Canada's first network of natural gas export terminals will face an even more basic challenge: finding the workers to build them. "The lack of skilled workers is a major component for the reason why you’re often behind schedule and over budget," said Geoff Hill, partner and oil and gas leader at financial advisers Deloitte Canada in Calgary. A dearth of labor for oil sands and mining will be "exacerbated" by a new wave of construction to enable gas exports, he said.
 
 
   
The latest edition of W59 Welded Steel Construction (Metal Arc Welding) includes new guidelines regarding worker safety and fabrication quality control. Widely used in Canada, W59 targets organizations involved in the welding of bridges, buildings, machinery, equipment and other products. One significant change is the addition of Annex U to provide welding requirements for fixed steel offshore structures. These requirements were previously contained in CSA S473. Other changes targeted arc welding, welding inspection and welding of pre-qualified joints.
 
Education and Training
 
   
December 17th will be the last day that you can register for the 10-Day Gold Seal Accredited Project Management program in Calgary, Alberta. This is the Education Foundation's flagship course delivered by eight (8) of North America's top instructors. There are only four (4) seats remaining!
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Microdesk unveiled its annual list of architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) industry predictions for 2014 at Autodesk University. The top three predictions highlight advancements and perception shifts around technology, public engagement and building processes that will culminate to bolster U.S. infrastructure. Microdesk predicts the top trends and necessary vehicles for change in 2014 and beyond will include:
• Proliferation of "Futuristic" Technologies: Staying Ahead of Innovation
• Universality of Public Engagement: Becoming Infrastructure Intelligent
• Necessity of Building Standards: Driving Adoption at the Owner, Developer Level.

 
Events
 
   
Calgary, December 6, 2014 - New products and ideas will be centre stage at the CIPHEX West 2014 trade show taking place in Calgary next fall. The largest event in Western Canada for plumbing, HVACR, piping and water treatment, CIPHEX West will be held at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta on November 5 & 6, 2014.
 
 
   
We invite you to join us in fun-loving St. John's, Newfoundland, September 24 - 27, 2013 for MCA Canada's 73rd Annual National Conference.

The oldest city in North America - For more than 500 years, St. John’s has been visited by explorers, adventurers, soldiers and pirates. St. John’s, the provincial capital, is the economic and cultural centre of Newfoundland and Labrador. Discovered by John Cabot in 1497 and later claimed as the first permanent settlement in North America for the British Empire by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, St. John’s has a rich and colourful history. Keep your eyes on the horizon for more to come...me hearties!
 
 

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