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February 24, 2014 In This Issue
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Industry News
With the need to use and conserve water wisely more important than ever, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) is challenging the leaders of tomorrow with an exciting, real-world competition which will see students develop an action plan to decrease their school's water footprint. Nine teams of students from six colleges and universities are competing in CIPH's first Canada's Most Water Wise School Case Study Competition.
Maclean's magazine examines the German apprenticeship model. Would it work here? For most North American young people, the word "apprentice" calls to mind either Donald Trump's reality-TV show, or the plumber's assistant who helped install a new drain in the basement. But in North Carolina, it increasingly means a ticket to an advanced manufacturing job straight out of high school. The state has won numerous accolades for its Apprenticeship 2000 program, which is designed to prepare people as young as 16 for local factory jobs by following an apprenticeship model first perfected in Germany: four years of free training split between school and the workplace, and a job upon completion.

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
LAST CALL! The cut-off is Friday, February 28 - 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.
The Early-Bird registration date for the upcoming CMCEF Middle Management Conference is coming up fast - Friday, February 28! Book now and save money! This year's three-day event will be hosted by MCA Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, April 1st to 3rd, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Sessions include a Case Study on Improving the Inter-Relationship Between Trades, plus Supply Chain Management, Managing Generation "Y", Sales Skills for Middle Management, Effective Closeout Meetings, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).
Innovation and Technology
With the growing use of mobile apps and connected devices in everyday life, bringing this technology to the jobsite was inevitable. Today, many construction companies use apps, tablets and smartphones to access and share project data. The next evolution of this is wearables - and these connected devices could soon be coming to jobsites around the country. Analyst firm Forrester Research even predicts that by 2020, businesses can expect to see a shift toward using wearables in the enterprise, with company-provided wearables becoming larger than the consumer market.
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‚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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