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August 4, 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

Make sure you book your hotel room for MCA Canada's 73rd Annual National Conference

The Delta St. John’s Hotel is located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the business and entertainment districts. It is connected by an overhead walkway to Mile One Centre and the St. John’s Convention Centre.The hotel’s location also affords delegates easy access to the best local attractions, including world-famous George Street. To book your room call the reservation line at 1-888-890-3222 (Code: MCA Canada Conference) or go to the hotel website by clicking here.

 

Why should your company sponsor MCAC's Conference?

As the host organization, we ensure that all our sponsors receive the maximum amount of publicity and provide the opportunity required to expose your products and services to all attendees.

Here are some key reasons why you should participate at our conference:

• Extremely high visibility amongst a select group of professional decision-makers
• Improved awareness of your offerings through networking and social events
• Relationship-building opportunities before, during and after the event

• Enhanced credibility and image through your relationship with MCA Canada
• Exclusive opportunities to help you stand out from your competitors

• Brand recognition
• Strengthened relationships with existing clients
• Increased trust amongst prospects through your demonstrated commitment to, and
knowledge of, the mechanical contracting industry

To review our sponsorship package please click here.

 
 
   
MCA Canada is proud to once again invite exhibitors to our 2014 Supplier Innovation Showcase. This annual table-top display offers suppliers the opportunity to reach a large audience of contractors in a single morning. Buyers can see, touch and feel your products and hear directly about your services for themselves. The Showcase takes place during our 2014 National Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland, on Friday, September 26. Space is limited! Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to showcase your products and services!
 
 
   

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As mentioned in previous editions of Just The Fax, Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has sent information regarding the Federal Government’s new Apprentice Procurement Initiative, which went into effect June 30th. As part of this initiative, PWGSC is asking contractors who have worked on or who wish to work on federal government construction projects to complete a survey as to their practices concerning the hiring of apprentices. The deadline is Monday, August 18th.
 
Industry News
 
   
Communication failures between architects, designers, contractors and procurement teams compromise the construction industry. How can this be mitigated? New technology and ways of working are helping to break down barriers between the different players in the construction process. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), which advocates the collective harnessing of all project participants' talents and insights, is one approach that many in the industry think can make the process more collaborative.
 
 
   
July 16, 2014 - Agreement on the knowledge standards that certified hydronic designers and installers need to master has been established by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH), La Corporation des Maîtres Mécaniciens en Tuyauterie du Québec (CMMTQ), the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Thermal Environmental Comfort Association (TECA).
 
 
   
From the Alliance for Water Efficiency News: In a stunning move on July 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on a voice vote to the 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923), which would prohibit any federal spending for efficient toilets. The bill then passed the House and is now on its way to the U.S. Senate. The impacts of this amendment will be far reaching. It will prevent the use of any federal funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or even the U.S. Department of Energy to finance toilet retrofit programs that clearly save both water and energy.
 
 
   
Much has been written, and much discussion has followed, about the need to increase the number of women on boards of directors and at senior levels of management in Canadian companies. While this is an important topic, another opportunity related to women in the workplace has received far less attention, yet has the power to truly change women’s lives for the better – lots of women’s lives. That opportunity is increasing the number of women employed in the skilled trades.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
According to a report from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the federal government is the only actor capable of leading the creation of this pan-Canadian strategy. It should form, with provinces and territories, a Council of Ministers responsible for learning and training. Assisted by experts and interested parties in civil society, the Council would establish targets for all phases of learning, assisted by advisory bodies drawn from experts and interested parties in civil society; a separate national body would monitor outcomes.
 
 
   
The Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation (CMCEF) proudly presents the exclusive CMCEF Gold Seal and Blue Seal Accredited Project Management Program. The highly acclaimed program is offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo. The program takes place over a 10 - day period and is split into two 5-day sessions. This will mark the 36th session offered, with more than 700 industry managers graduating from the program.
 
 
   
The Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation (CMCEF) is pleased to offer our exclusive Gold Seal Accredited Supervisory Program. After much research and countless hours of collaboration with many experts, CMCEF feels that it has the most comprehensive Supervisory program available to the construction industry. This program will take place over a 7-day period and will be split into three sessions; the first will be 3 days, the second and third sessions will be 2 days each. The target audience is foremen superintendents working in a supervisory capacity for construction contractors.


 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
A 3-D laser scanner—a line-of-sight device that uses light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology—has become a necessity for contractors, architects, engineers and surveyors that want to stay ahead of the competition. With efficient 3-D laser scanning technology, a time-of-flight 3-D scanner can capture millions of measurable data points in a matter of seconds within 4 millimeter accuracy at a distance of 300 meters. The "point cloud" of measurable data points can be imported easily into various AutoCAD software programs for use with BIM systems.
 
 
   
A new wave of intelligent sensors, cameras and tracking devices is expected to sweep across Canada over the next few years, quickly transforming how business is done—much as smartphones took communications to a new level of performance. Canada is just beginning a period of rapid industrial-scale innovation that will have far-reaching implications, not only for many industries but also for cities and hospitals.
 
 
   
Bridgit co-founder Lauren Hasegawa is a civil and structural engineer, and is the co-founder of Bridgit, which integrates mobile applications with the construction industry.Hasegawa said that while interning during her education, she spotted much inefficiency which she thought could be solved through the smart application of technology. Bridgit allows contractors to record deficiencies and assign them to the appropriate contractor with notifications via email. The advantages of this approach are that there are no upfront costs, access is from everywhere and manual updates are not required.
 
Events

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
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
 
   
MCA Canada is 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 face hardship, disease and perhaps even death... just to find water. Please consider contrbuting to our charity, which 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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