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April 22, 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
 
   
To save big on your Estimating Conference registration, you should know that 'Early Bird' pricing will end April 30th! 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.
 
 
   
The CMCEF-Federated Insurance Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for the 2014 Scholarship. The $1000 scholarship is awarded to a member of an MCA Student Chapter or a son, daughter or legal ward of persons who are full-time salaried employees of a mechanical contracting firm. The firm must be a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada and have been in good standing for at least one year. The firms must sponsor the candidate(s) and the application(s) must be endorsed by the senior executive officer of the province or zone operations. The candidate must be a Canadian Citizen who has or will successfully complete the requirement to qualify for post-secondary education. A student must not otherwise receive a major scholarship or bursary.
 
 
   
March 14, 2014 - A new international study that will help British and Irish trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney was on hand in London, England, to witness the signing of an agreement between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC).
 
Industry News
 
   
Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the highly successful annual CMCEF Fundraising Golf Tournament. This year's event is heading back to the very popular Grey Silo Golf Club, home of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Tournament. A truly pristine and magnificent venue, the Grey Silo location always sells out... so get your registration forms in early. This year's tournament is scheduled for July 9th, 2014. Your participation includes golf, cart, BBQ lunch, steak dinner, door prizes, a silent auction, goodies and some exciting new treats. The location makes it easy for everyone to get there and two hotels are available just down the road.Visit www.cmcef.org to register.
 
 
   
National and Community Surveys Show Canadians Strongly Support P3 Projects - New national and community surveys show that Canadians across the country strongly support using public-private partnerships (P3s) to deliver important public infrastructure and services. Canada now has 20 years of experience with P3s and 207 projects are currently in procurement, under construction or in operation across the country. In a national Nanos Research survey commissioned by The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP), 62% of respondents are open to using P3s. A majority of Canadians also indicated that they support the use of P3s across key sectors of the economy, with transit systems (70%), roads (65%), social housing (64%) and hospitals (63%) receiving the strongest endorsements.
 
 
   
The Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills has ended consideration of Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, allowing the issue to be moved to a government-led review, a move applauded by the Fair Payment Reform Ontario (F-PRO) coalition. On April 2, the committee voted to adjourn further consideration of Bill 69 and move to other committee business. A third-party independent review of the Construction Lien Act was announced on March 28th and will start this spring.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Innovation and Technology
 
   
A recent survey indicates that while technology is not a top priority for the majority of construction firms in North America, that may change as the economy and industry continue to rebound. Sage Construction & Real Estate's new survey found that half of the 838 construction companies it surveyed in the U.S. and Canada spent less than 1% of their revenue on information technology. The survey also found that 35% of these firms don't have a dedicated IT person or staff while 45% have only one person in that role. More troubling, 40% of the firms said they aren't leveraging the strength of new construction technologies to attract new business.
 
Events

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., Moncton, 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

 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
FastEst, Inc.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
 
   
In developing countries, nearly 80% of illnesses are linked to contaminated water and poor sanitation. Extreme poverty and lack of sanitation can result in blinding trachoma, a painful and infectious disease transmitted by flies in dirty environments.

MCA Canada and its Charity Committee Chairman, Brad Diggens, are fully committed to helping eradicate this preventable disease. Please consider contributing to our charity, which literally saves lives and betters 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."
 
Important Links
 
   
Helping our members succeed is one of MCA Canada's highest priorities. That's why we continue to develop the "Membership Advantage Program", a group of business services designed to save you time and money. Your participation produces two important benefits: 1) your company gains essential business services at a great price; and 2) MCA Canada uses the royalties to develop additional programs, services and benefits you enjoy as a member.
 
 

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