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July 7, 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

The Conference 'Early Bird' pricing ends July 31 - Register now and book your hotel room for MCA Canada's 73rd Annual National Conference. Join us in St. John’s, Newfoundland, September 24-27, 2014.

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.

 
 
   
Organizers at MCA Saskatchewan's Bi-Annual Golf Tournaments designated a special hole where they accepted donations to MCA Canada's Charity of Choice, Operation Eyesight. Golfers raised $2,474! What a fantastic job! Congratulations to MCA Saskatchewan and all the participating golfers.
 
 
   

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Industry News
 
   
Export Development Canada - For those whose working lives began in the past 5-7 years, ‘normal’ has been pretty gloomy. For much of that abnormally long period, a key economic ingredient – confidence – has been missing. In the middle of last year, it made a comeback. No, it’s not really roaring back, but in key OECD nations, it is back into the historically normal zone, and is rising. There could be lots of activity coming our way.
 
 
   
New Report Shows Canadian Green Building Market Growing Steadily With Owners Seeing Strong Benefits from Building Green - The Canadian green building market is poised to see strong growth over the next three years, with surveyed Canadian firms expecting to grow their green practices from one third in 2014, to one half by 2017. These findings are part of a new report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction and commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council. The report, titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, is the first of its kind in Canada.
 
 
   
Regulation is often thought of as a dirty word in business. But the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance discovered otherwise when they asked architects and construction companies about energy efficiency. In CEEA's 2014 survey 67 per cent of businesses in the building sector said they'd support improved building codes, even if it raised the cost of commercial real estate. This jumped out at us because cost is often heard as a barrier. Why is the building sector so attracted to what is often perceived as a nasty stick? It has to do with competitiveness and a firm belief in first-mover disadvantage.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Doug Scott remembers the advent of a once-revolutionary piece of technology, and how he thought it was the greatest thing to happen to construction since the hard hat. "I remember standing around in awe when a fax machine came into play," the owner/president of Wales McLelland Construction said. "That was a huge leap forward for the industry. But it hasn’t changed that much since then." Perhaps a next step for the construction industry is SiteMAX. A construction project management system app devised by James Faulkner of Faulkner Brand Inc., and pushed forward by Scott, SiteMAX lets clients follow their project along in real time, as project managers and other on-site workers update their progress.
 
 
   
A group of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona are working to develop a team of tiny robots that can quickly and cheaply construct buildings of any size. Dubbed "Minibuilders", the robots were designed as an alternative solution to 3-D printers, which can be slow, inefficient and face equipment restrictions when tasked with constructing something as big as a house. The robots work in teams of three to construct structures on site, layer by layer in one continuous process.
 
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. The Grey Silo venue is a truly pristine and magnificent location, and proceeds go to an important cause ... 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.
 
 
   
MCA London and MCA Canada member, Culliton, will host MCA Inc.’s (Dr. Perry Daneshgari) Fall Symposium on Agile Construction. Dates for the symposium are September 18th to September 19th, 2014, at The Festival Inn, Stratford, Ontario. The highlight of the Symposium will be a visit with the team of Culliton (Mechanical, Electrical, HVAC contractors) to share their work. For further information please contact Anna VanWagner at (810) 232-9797 or click the link below.
 

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
 
   
We ask that you 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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