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March 24, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
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 Chairman, Gaetan Beaulieu, addressed the Mechanical Contractors Association of America Board of Directors on March 8, 2014, on the occasion of their national conference. Mr Beaulieu spoke on many issues, projects and programs such as: prompt payment, the International Alliance of MCA's meeting results, the NTCCC, this year's Middle Management Conference, the growth of the service contractor division (MSCC), CMCEF's many educational offerings, among many other topics. He also invited everyone to our national conference in St. Johns, NL.
 
 
   
CMCEF, MCA Hamilton and McMaster University's Student Chapter hosted the 1st MCA Student Chapter Summit on March 21st, 2014 in Hamilton, Ontario. What a huge success it was! Students and faculty from McMaster University, University of Waterloo and Algonquin College came together, along with industry representatives, for a day of education. Not only did the Summit address skills shortages by developing student interest in our industry, but it also provided invaluable networking opportunities for both contractors and students. A great day was had by all and we look forward to continuing this event for years to come.
 
Michael John Holm passed away at Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington, Ont., on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Beloved husband of Reta (nee Ceaser) for 56 years. Mike was the long-time owner of Brant Plumbing and Heating in Burlington and he was the Past President of MCA Hamilton in 1993. 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)

George Ewing Morrison, P.Eng. Passed away peacefully March 14, 2014 at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ont., in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Jean, father of George (Deby), Robert and Peter and grandfather of Bob. George was a Director on the MCA Hamilton Board. He was a graduate of Queen's University Science '48, Past President of the Hamilton Golf and Country Club and past member of the Roseland Park & Country Club. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of George to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
 
Industry News
 
   
The Standing Committee on Building and Plumbing Services has approved to reference the ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and CSA B125.3 Standards into the 2010 National Plumbing Code Interim Changes. This will allow the Provinces and Territories to begin a mechanism to implement and enforce the new low-lead requirements. Only products intended for cooking & drinking fall under the scope of the these standards at this time.
 
 
   
The premiers of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are working together to design a series of initiatives to make moving between provinces easier. They will also be working together to make it easier for apprentices in the skilled trades to move across western Canada. For the majority of trades, Red Seal qualifications are the same between all three provinces, however, the levels of training for apprentices may not be. The existing protocols currently in place to remove barriers to mobility are useful, however, there is an opportunity to improve targeted harmonization efforts.
 
 
   
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) helps you simplify the way you conduct business and save time and money with its standard contract documents that are up-to-date, easy to understand and familiar to all parties. Among the many documents of interest to mechanical contractors is the CCA 1 – 2008: Stipulated Price Subcontract.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Innovation and Technology
 
   
New research from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) quantifies the financial savings from increased energy efficiency through building codes by evaluating the federal funding for the Energy Department's Building Energy (DOE) Codes Program, and comparing it to the energy savings over the past two decades. For every $1 the DOE spent on building energy codes, $400 in energy cost savings resulted, according to PNNL.
 
 
   
Google's new Tango 3-D sensing smartphone could be a godsend for designers and contractors given its plethora of potentially practical uses, especially in the field. "The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion," Johnny Lee, leader of the Project Tango team, said on Google's website. Because construction is all about space and motion, this is great news for the AEC industry. On the website, Lee goes on to say, "Our current prototype is a 5-inch phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3-D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3-D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3-D model of the space around you."
 
Events
 
   
CORRECTION: CanBim Networking Session Date Correction. The event will be held on June 4th.
The Canada BIM Council Board would like to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Regional Session and Technology Exhibition in Vancouver on June 5th. They are seeking a sponsor for a networking event on the evening of June 4th and they are offering discounted rates for Members on their Technology Exhibition tables. EARLY BIRD RATES available NOW!
 

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
 
   
Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report of two of the world’s leading scientific organizations.The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, which is the national scientific academy of the United Kingdom, are releasing an unusual plain language report on climate change that addresses 20 issues in a question-and-answer format.
 
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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