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June 16, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Events
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Member Update
 
   
Please pass this on to your staff - The CMCEF-Federated Insurance Scholarship deadline to accept applications for the 2014 Scholarship is June 30! The $1000.00 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 firm 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 completed, or will successfully complete the requirement to qualify for post-secondary education. A student must not otherwise receive a major scholarship or bursary.
 
 
   
Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced the new list for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). As of May 1, 2014, there is an overall cap of 25,500 for new federal skilled worker applications. This number includes a cap of 500 applications from PhD students. For those applicants with a qualifying job offer there is no cap imposed.
 
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Industry News
 
   
We need to bridge the gap between trade schools and apprenticeship programs to build a better/stronger work force. It seems like a perfect solution: employers need qualified employees. Apprenticeships offer an opportunity for workers to get the exact skills they need. So why are apprenticeships in decline? Why are apprenticeship programs declining when they create jobs (...and we need jobs!) At the same time, the HVAC industry is in need of additional workers?
 
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is offering the Ground Heat Exchanger Tool as part of its RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software (provided completely free-of-charge by the Government of Canada). The program is used to help size and cost the ground heat exchanger for a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) system for ground-coupled (horizontal and vertical closed-loop) or groundwater heat exchangers (GHX). The model calculates the ground heat exchanger size, including size of pumps and piping and quantity of circulating fluid, based on the heat pump capacity, average load and the site conditions. The results are automatically transferred to the Cost Analysis worksheet, under the "Specific project costs" section where the user can then estimate costs (and credits) associated with the proposed case. These costs are addressed from the initial, or investment, cost standpoint and from the annual, or recurring, cost standpoint. The user can refer to the RETScreen Product Database for supplier contact information in order to obtain prices or other information required.
 
 
   
OTTAWA - Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney has announced that the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) will receive $453,000 to study labour mobility challenges and issues facing both domestic and foreign-trained apprentices. The project will examine the differences among provincial regulations and training requirements, as well as the obstacles faced by apprentice newcomers with limited experience in the trades.
 
 
   
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Announces New Report - Supporting Apprentice Success: Apprenticeship Data, Trends and Observations. A new report was just released that examines several key themes affecting apprenticeship in Canada and connects the dots arising from more than $1 million worth of research. The report pulls together insights from employers, tradespeople, youth and parents to contribute new perspectives around recruitment, industry demand and retention challenges - all of which contribute to or work against the success of individual apprentices. It also highlights promising initiatives underway across Canada, addressing themes such as registration and completion trends, career awareness, employer engagement, mentorship and the impact of technology on apprenticeship training. The report is available for $899 by contacting Shawn Watson via email at shawn@caf-fca.org
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
You can now register online to secure your space for the 2014 CMCEF Project Management Course. This course always sells out so be sure to get your registration in early. It is scheduled for: Week 1: November 6-10 and Week 2: December 4-8, 2014. Held at the University of Waterloo campus, this course offers 8 different instructors specializing in all aspects of project management including: Project Administration, Scheduling, Managing Individual Differences, Safety: A Management Perspective, Change Orders, Construction Law, Job Cost Controls, Meetings and Communication, Dispute Avoidance and Claims, Labour Relations: Due Diligence, Project Completion.
 
Events
 
   

Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of CMCEF's Fundraiser 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. The cost is still only $200 and your participation includes golf, cart, BBQ lunch, steak dinner, door prizes, a silent auction, and much more. Each year this tournament raises more than $20,000 for your Education Foundation. For those who need to book a room, there are two hotels just down the road. Visit www.cmcef.org to register.

 

Join us in St. John’s, Newfoundland, September 24-27, 2014, for MCA Canada's 73rd Annual National Conference. This year's event will be one you'll remember for a lifetime as we look for "New Found Opportunities" in the world's friendliest place, Newfoundland.

Regardless of the season, the City of St. John’s is a hub of activity, innovation and culture. With a variety of annual events and festivals, unique attractions, breathtaking land and seascapes, there’s something for everyone.From outdoor adventure to annual events and festivals, attractions, scenic drives, shopping, fabulous restaurants and tours, St. John’s has it all.  Registration and conference information is available by clicking on this link... Online Registration.

 

June 22-24, 2014: CIPH Conference, Kelowna, BC
June 28 - July 2, 2014: ASHRAE Conference, Seattle, WA
July 9, 2014: CMCEF's 10th Annual Golf Tournament, Waterloo, ON
September 24-27, 2014: MCA Canada's 73rd National Conference, St. John's, NL
October 3-5, 2014: CANS AGM, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island
November 5-6, 2014: CIPHEX West, Calgary, AB
December 3-5, 2014: Construct Canada, Toronto, ON
 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
FastEst, Inc.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Please consider contributing to MCA Canada's Charity of Choice, Operation eyesight. We are fully committed to helping eradicate Tracoma, a preventable eye disease brought about by a lack of clean water and sanitary conditions. In Canada we take clean, fresh water for granted while millions in Zambia face hardship, disease and perhaps even death just to find water. Please contrbute 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."
 
 

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