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February 3, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Events
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Member Update
 
   
January 31- February 02, 2014 - MCA Canada held 3 days of extensive meetings designed to guide the direction of the association. Meetings included those for the MCA Canada Executive Board, the Conference Committee, all MCAC Standing Committees and the MCA Canada Board of Directors. Also included was a special session with the CMCEF Task Force and a special session on Recruitment of Service Contractors hosted by MSCC. Also convening were the provincial and regional MCA Managers from across Canada, who met for their semi-annual Managers Council Meeting. Please keep your eye on future editions of Just the Fax for details as a result of these meetings.

 
 
   
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The Ontario caucus of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (of which MCA Canada is a
founding member), together with other industry organizations in Ontario, has developed a petition, the results of which will be forwarded on to the Ontario legislature. If you are a contractor from Ontario, please take just a minute to complete the following petition and submit it by clicking the green "sign" button. If you are a contractor outside of Ontario, you can complete the petition and submit it as well. This will illustrate that the support is Canada-wide! The more signatures the better!

https://ontariopromptpayment.com

 
Industry News
 
   
CCA's Human Resource Toolkit Amended with Downloadable Forms and Templates - The CCA Human Resources Toolkit is designed to provide employers in the construction industry with practical guidance on human resources-related issues. Developed by and issued with the permission of the Saskatchewan Construction Association, this toolkit includes explanations of key concepts, templates, and case studies. The hardcopy toolkit, available for purchase through CCA's document outlets, has now been amended with over 50 downloadable forms and templates relating to finance and administration, health and safety, conduct and discipline, employment, strategic planning and promoting careers in construction.
 
 
   
There is a new tone in the way the federal government and the provinces are discussing the Canada Job Grant. Discussions are still ongoing with the provinces, but federal Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney said he is cautiously optimistic an agreement can be reached before the plan's scheduled start date of April 1. Kenney said he is prepared for the federal government to fund the program without the provinces, though the preference is to work together.
 
 
   
On January 31, 2014, Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Status of Women, announced support to help women advance in non-traditional careers. The Canadian Association of Women in Construction is receiving funding to advance more women into decision-making roles in construction and construction-related sectors in Ontario, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. This project will see women collaborate with industry, government, and educational institutions to build and implement an action plan for increasing the retention and progression of women in management roles within the construction sector.
 
Victaulic Company of Canada
Education and Training
 
   
Hamilton, ON March 14 - This seminar presents the development of the planned schedule compression concept file for mechanical contractors. Each concept attempts to provide a significant, distinct and executable objective for enhancing the construction process and minimizing the impacts of schedule compression.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Mobile, collaboration, risk, safety: These are just a few of the top business priorities for construction companies in the year ahead. However, finding the right approach to implementing technologies surrounding these big trends can be challenging to say the least. Consider mobile. Many analysts are predicting mobile will be big for the enterprise in 2014. For example, Forrester, www.forrester.com, Cambridge, Mass., says mobile will fundamentally change entire businesses in the decades to come, and this year will be incremental for companies to transform.
 
Events
Don't miss this year's 73rd National Conference in the oldest and most fun-loving city in North America, St. John's, Newfoundland. Book September 24 - 27, 2014 in your calendar now to make sure you attend this once-in-a-lifetime event. As always, there will be a bevy of interesting and educational programs with great speakers and exceptional social events. The colour of St. John's is not only on the buildings, but in the people as well. Come and enjoy some of the world's friendliest and most welcoming hosts. St. John's... save the dates!
 
 
 
   
Saskatoon from April 1 - 3, 2014 - The 3-day program was first offered in Toronto in 2012, followed by Halifax in 2013. This year, MCA Saskatchewan will serve as your host. Evaluations and feedback have been tremendous from the two previous sessions, thus the interest to bring it west. Sessions include a case study where you will learn to improve the inter-relationship between trades by looking at Scheduling, Communication, Change Order Management and Productivity. Other sessions include: Managing Generation Y, Supply Chain Management, Sales Skills for Middle Management, Effective Closeout Meetings and Integrated Project Delivery. Registration is now open at www.cmcef.org and the complete brochure and registration form should have arrived in your mailbox last week. Take advantage of Early Bird Discounts and register by February 28th. We look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon from April 1st to 3rd, 2014. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at (613) 232-5169.
 
 
   
2014 National Tradeshow and Learning Forum, March 19 - 21, 2104, at the Metro Toronto Covention Centre. If you are in the mechanical industry you should be at CMPX 2014. Nothing compares with CMPX, Canada's National Trade Show - speak to over 500 exhibitors representing all the products, the innovations, the applications and the information that really define the mechanical industry today. Check out the New Products Showcase and one lucky visitor wll win a 2014 GMC Savana 2500 with custom racking interior. Don't miss this show!
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
MCA Canada and its Charity Committee Chairman, Brad Diggens, could not be more proud of the generosity demonstrated by the membership across the country for "Operation Eyesight", MCA Canada‚Äôs Charity. The association continues to appeal to the industry for contributions to help eradicate blindness from trachoma, a completely curable situation with available clean water.  We ask that you consider contributing to this extremely worthwhile charity to save lives and better the world. For more information, visit the MCA Canada website at www.mcac.ca , call the office at 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca  for your copy of the "Operation Eyesight Pledge Package."
 
 

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