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February 17, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Member Update
Ottawa, February 11, 2014 - The budget announced today offered a number of measures that support growth and development for the construction workforce. There is $1.3 billion over two years in strategic investments in public infrastructure and transportation services, a focus on further measures to promote apprenticeship training and to assist in the implementation of the new Expression of Interest (EOI) economic immigration system. In addition, the budget included the re-affirmation of the Canada Jobs Grant, the new Canadian Apprentice Loan (up to $4,000 per training period), the employer EI top-up to apprentices in technical training and the Flexible Apprenticeship delivery pilot (FIATT). 
Nova Scotia's construction industry professionals will be better able to build success in their home province with the launch of a new Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2014. The new professional development program is the result of a partnership between the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) and the Faculty of Management's Executive Education Program. Dalhousie brought its innovative approach to the field of executive education in the fall of 2012 with the launch of a cohort-based leadership and management development program, which is adapted specifically to the needs and context of organizations in order to enhance productivity, efficiency and profitability.
Industry News

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

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.

Thanks to our friends at the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, we have access to the following webinar series, which will reveal the secrets behind finding the path to higher margins, while providing insight and inspiration to take members’ product and services to the next level. Each presenter is a highly successful MSCA member contractor who will provide you with a wealth of road-tested tactics to drive business success and enhance margins. The seven programs cover the most critical business components to future-proof business success. The webinars are complimentary but you must register for them.

Webinar #1 January 29, Leadership:It all Starts at the Top;  - Completed
Webinar #2 February 26, Customers:Your Most Prized Possession;
Webinar #3 April 9, Employees: It's All About Your People;
Webinar #4 May 21, What Does it Really Cost?;
Webinar #5 September 10, Labor Utilization: To Help you Compete;
Webinar #6 October 22, Efficiency: Do it Better/Do it Smarter;
Webinar #7 December 3, New Opportunities: Beyond Your Comfort Zone 

CLICK HERE to register online.

Innovation and Technology
Mark Shaw of AMS Building Services has developed a smartphone app that enables his staff to clock in remotely when they start work, as well as logging in and out whilst on site. They can also use the app to log in to any task or location with a GPS location stamp, request holidays and book in or out of jobs. The Cloud-based software and app, known as ClockedIn 2, uses GPS technology to identify the location of workers, creating detailed time records for each member of staff.

March 19-21, 2014: CMPX Trade Show, Toronto, ON
March 11, 2014: World Plumbing Day, Worldwide
March 6-13, 2014: MCAA Conference, Scottsdale. AZ
March 9-15, 2014: CCA Conference, Panama City
March 20, 2014:  MCA New Brunswick AGM, Moncton, NB
April 1-3, 2014: CMCEF Middle Management Conference, Saskatoon, SK
April 30, 2014:   MCA Manitoba AGM,   Winnipeg, MB
May 2-3, 2014:  MCA British Columbia Conference Whistler, BC
May 8-11, 2014:  MCA Alberta Conference Banff, AB
May 8-16, 2014: MCA Ontario Conference, Alaska Cruise
May 22-24, 2014: CMMTQ Conference, Quebec City, QC
May 29-30, 2014: MCA Saskatchewan Conference, Cochin, SK
June 1-3, 2014: Skilled Trades Summit, Ottawa, ON
June 4, 2014: Skills Canada Competition, Toronto, ON
June 6-7, 2014: MCAC Eastern Regional Mtg., Edmunston, NB
June 8-10, 2014: Canadian Construction Association Meetings, Victoria, BC
June 22-24, 2014: CIPH Conference, Kelowna, BC
September 24-27, 2014: MCA Canada's 73rd National Conference, St. John's, NL-  New Found Opportunities
October 3-5, 2014: CANS, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island; Victoria, British Columbia

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’s 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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