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March 31, 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
 
   
On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, members from the Executive Committees and staff of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) will once again hold a Parliamentary Awareness Day in Ottawa. Meetings have been scheduled with MPs and Senators to discuss common issues, as well as two main topics: Prompt Payment Provisions In Federal Contracts and Bi-National Regulatory Co-operation & Streamlined Standards between Canada and the United States. Stay tuned for more information as a result of these meetings.
 
 
   
Though it seems that stakeholders are supportive of the basic principles of prompt payment, most who presented at the first day of Bill 69's committee hearing did not want to see it passed in its current form. At the March 19 hearing, public owners expressed concerns over timelines, risk and added costs for projects. The second hearing took place Wednesday, March 26. If passed, the private members bill, introduced by MPP Steven Del Duca, would build a framework to ensure all contractors, from general contractors and down the subcontracting chain, receive payment within 30 days.
 
 
   
VANCOUVER REGIONAL SESSION & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION - June 5, 2014.

After the success of Canada BIM Council's first Technology Exhibition in Toronto in the Fall of 2013, we are excited to announce that we are offering another exhibition opportunity at our Vancouver Regional Session. Limited space, first come first served.
Please submit exhibitor form by
Final Deadline - April 25th, 2014 - 5PM; $1000 CanBIM Member; $2000 Non-Member, plus
applicable taxes.
We are also offering Sponsorship Opportunities.
Contact: Gerry Lattmann, Media & Communications, admin@canbim.com, 647-889-3363
Please note all presentations will be recorded and used for Canada BIM Council purposes online and otherwise.
 

By now you should have recieved your 2014 information Guide and Membership Directory. Please note that the following companies from MCA Sarnia were not inluded in the memberhsip list but are indeed, members in good standing.

Anderson Webb Limited                                                
ANJ Industrial Fabricating Ltd.
C & C Enterprises Electrical Construction Ltd.
Canadian Natsco Structural and Mechanical Ltd.
Canadian Structural and Mechanical Ltd.
CARBER
Chemfab Industries Inc.
DMW Electrical Instrumentation Inc.
FT Services
Gil and Sons Limited
Horton CBI Limited
JNT Custom Metal Inc.
Kel-Gor Ltd.
Lambton Metal Service
LamSar Inc.
Mackenzie Black Fabricating Co. Ltd.
Maple Industries Inc.
Matrix Service Inc.
McIntosh Mechanical Inc.
Sarnia Wolverine Manufacturing Ltd.
St. Clair Mechanical Inc
Sunrise Steel Solutions
T.R.E.L. of Sarnia Ltd.
Tee-Jay Electrical and Instrumentation Services Ltd.
TISI Canada Inc.
TS Mechanical

 
Industry News
 
   
The federal government's announcement of a $14-billion Building Canada Fund brings Ottawa's national infrastructure commitment for the next 10 years to $70-billion, the largest in Canadian history. But according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, there is still a gap of more than $200-billion needed to repair existing infrastructure and finance new projects. Where will that money come from?
 
 
   
SDTC's SD Tech FundTM and SD Natural Gas FundTM provide co-funding support for selected Canadian pre-commercial demonstration projects to de-risk innovative clean technologies, carried out by a consortium of project partners who are well positioned to enable commercialization and replication of the technology after the project.
 
 
   
Canada's Employment Minister says parents and teachers who influence the educational choices of the country’s youth must get past the idea that university is the only ticket to a lucrative and meaningful career. "There is no doubt that university academic education, on the whole, is a good preparation and in most cases leads to good livelihoods," said Mr. Kenney. "But it’s equally true that technical and vocational training can lead to good outcomes and fruitful lives for young people to realize their potential. And, in many cases, what we're seeing in Europe is that young people who complete apprenticeable trade programs end up doing better on the whole than generic average university grads."
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
Registration is now open for the next "Estimating – Project Procurement and Strategies" seminar. The Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation's "2014 Estimating – Project Procurement and Strategies" program deals specifically with these four issues and is intended primarily for those responsible for project procurement. Please note this is not a seminar dealing with quantity survey and pricing. This seminar deals with the Bid/No Bid decision process, the Proposal, the Final Summary and an opportunity to make a sales presentation to an actual customer.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
In the construction industry, business managers monitor assets to ensure productivity and efficiency while also preventing theft. Construction operations rely heavily on company vehicles, equipment and other assets that allow employees to complete jobs and travel from site to site. These assets are key to business operations and fleet managers must be able to track and manage these investments without compromising security or efficiency. Many construction companies are realizing that a GPS fleet tracking solution can assist with this operational concern, in addition to providing basic track-and-trace information for their fleet.
 
 
   
You've probably heard the terms "cloud" or "cloud computing" many times over the last little while but what does it mean? At its most basic, "cloud computing" means storing or accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer's hard drive. "The cloud" is really just a metaphor for the internet. In essence, sellers have the hardware (servers) that hold products (applications) or services (storage) so end-users don't have to buy and maintain their own hardware.
 
Events

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

 
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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 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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