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March 17, 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

MCA Canada is very excited to welcome Jim Peplinski Leasing as our newest Membership Advantage Program partner. Jim Peplinski Leasing specializes in vehicle and construction equipment leasing. Whether you use your own dealer or one of Peplinski's 27 dealerships you can lease any make and any model of vehicle...or discuss construction equipment leases as well. Peplinksi Leasing can even do the negotiating for you. To get your best leasing deal talk to our dedicated Account Executive, Mr. David Slevin by phone at (705) 446-5216 or 1-(800)-465-1174 or email dslevin@jimpeplinski.ca. For information, visit www.jimpeplinski.ca/partner/mechanical-contractors-association-of-canada.

 
 
   
MCA Canada is proud to announce a brand new Multimedia Promotional Program. This program is designed to provide members with an ongoing, consistent and effective multimedia approach to the significant number of valuable programs and services MCA Canada has to offer. This unique and highly focused program reaches members with a hard copy, an email and a web component. In additional, there is an opportunity for sponsorship of this program, although there are only 11 spots available. Offering a distinct and highly credible form of exposure to your company's valuable programs and services, look for this new program to begin in the spring.
 
 
   
After a petition and television ads pushed Ontario’s political leaders to pass Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, the proposed legislation will finally be heard at the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills this March.
 
 
   
By now you should have received the 2014 edition of MCA Canada's Information Guide & Membership Directory. The Information Guide is an all-in-one magazine distributed to members and key industry stakeholders to provide a comprehensive list of MCAC programs and services. MCA Canada hopes you use this valuable resource to assist in managing your businesses.
 
Industry News
 
   
There is an ongoing process for municipalities to improve the way they award construction contracts. It follows that the monitoring of supplier performance is emerging as one of the most critical aspects of the materials management function. Measurement, of course, is only the first step. The results obtained must then be properly factored into procurement decisions. Here again, however, we can see certain risks in excessive reliance on a competitive bidding process that focuses entirely on sticker price.
 
 
   
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 01, 2014 - Operators in the Commercial Building Construction industry in Canada have experienced strong growth over the past five years. Though vacancy rates for retail and office building space increased in 2009, the industry has since picked up strongly. These contracts include both new-building construction and smaller-scale renovation and repair projects, benefiting both large and small industry operators. In addition, slow growth in consumer spending and a drop in private investment prompted the federal government to loosen lending standards, which urged businesses to increase spending. As a result, falling vacancy rates and rising consumer spending have led to a sharp increase in the number of building starts since 2010.
 
 
   
Canada's labour shortfall could reach nearly one million workers by 2020, according to the Conference Board of Canada.The skilled trades are expected to represent a big chunk of that shortfall. To help mitigate the impact on the economy, and empower unemployed and underemployed women in Ontario, the Women in Trades Forum made the case for the trades in Sudbury on March 5.
 
 
   
A highly skilled and educated population contributes to economic prosperity and social well-being, and to the health and welfare of individuals. Fortunately, Canada has one of the most highly educated populations in the world and thus seems well-positioned to reap the benefits. However, research by the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education has revealed some troubling gaps between Canadians' educational attainment and the skills we actually develop. A forthcoming report, Skills: Where Are We Today?, shows that although Canadians' higher education attainment is world-leading, our development of some key skills—including literacy, numeracy, technical skills and subject-specific knowledge—lags our own expectations and the performance of international peers.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
This is the last call for the 2014 Middle Management Conference - 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
 
   
The handling of construction defects – or deficiency management - things like cracks in drywall, misaligned flooring and uncovered electrical sockets can cost a lot of money if they delay a project. Supervisors record the deficiencies on paper, punch them into an Excel spreadsheet and then e-mail them to employees and subcontractors. This process was painfully inefficient, defects were hard to track, and it was difficult to know who would tackle them. Now there's Bridgit, a cloud-based smartphone application that lets site supervisors take photos of issues, share them with employees and track them to completion.
 
Events
 
   
TORONTO, ON (March 11, 2014) - On World Plumbing Day, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) announced the winners of Canada's Most Water Wise School Competition. The Institute's first-ever competition challenged students to identify an action plan to decrease their school's water footprint. The first
place team from Conestoga College will share a $3,000 prize, while runner-ups from the University of Ottawa will share a $1,000 award.
 

March 19-21, 2014: CMPX Trade Show, Toronto, ON
March 20, 2014:  MCA New Brunswick AGM, Moncton, NB
March 21, 2014: Student Chapter Summitt, Hamilton, ON
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 8-16, 2014: MCA Ontario Conference, Alaska Cruise
May 8, 2014: MCA Western Regional Meeting, Banff, AB
May 9-11, 2014:  MCA Alberta Conference, Banff, AB
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 3-5, 2014: Estimating Conference, Vancouver, BC 
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
October 3-5, 2014: CANS AGM, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island

 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

We invite all MCA Canada Members to become part of the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC). As a MCA member in good standing you are eligible for complimentary membership in MSCC. Become part of Canada's fastest growing industry organization. Making contractor members more money is our first priority. Become part of Canada's fastest growing organizations. Making contractor members more money is our first priority.

Click here to learn more or visit www.servicecontractor.ca. Download your complimentary application here! You can also call the MSCC office at 613-232-0492 or email info@servicecontractor.ca.

 
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 for contributions to help eradicate trachoma, a completely curable illness with available clean water. We ask that you consider contributing to our charity to save lives and better the world. 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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