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August 18, 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
 
   
Former Chief of Defence for the Canadian Forces, General Rick Hillier, will be the keynote speaker at MCA Canada's Opening Breakfast September 25, 2014 in St. John's, NL - Leadership requirements on the front lines of business are not so different than those on the front lines of combat, says General (Retired) Rick Hillier. Each position requires a strong and sound vision to lead a united and skilled team. Drawing from more than 30 years of experience with the Canadian Forces, including the three he served as Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Hillier takes audiences through the principles of leadership that he learned on the battlefield, and how they can be applied to civilian life.

 
 
   
ST. JOHN'S, NL —Federal Industry Minister James Moore says he's pushing for agreement among all premiers by the end of the year to break down inter-provincial trade barriers across Canada. Moore said he hopes premiers will emerge united to promote freer trade across provincial boundaries when they hold their annual meeting at the end of the month in Prince Edward Island. Moore said he’s encouraged by recent steps in the right direction.
 
 
   
The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) is poised to launch Canada's first standardized certification and accreditation program for Building Information Modeling (BIM) professionals. The council said the aim is to create a national body providing a benchmark for individuals, companies/organizations, academic institutions and training providers to be certified to nationally standardized and recognized levels of BIM competency and process management.
 
Industry News
 
   
Registration Open for P3 2014 - On November 3 & 4, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships will hold its 22nd Annual Conference and celebrate the 17th National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3. The private sector delegates at the conference represent a cross-section of P3-related professions, including law, finance, construction, engineering, project management, architecture, consulting, communications, real estate development and building services. There are also a number of attendees from other countries looking for Canadian opportunities or best practices.
 
 
   
Requiring a certain number of apprenticeships on public jobs was an idea officials have explored but never implemented. The Canadian government stated in its 2013 Economic Action Plan it would begin to look into how it can promote apprenticeships on federal projects. The plan outlined "three pillars of action" to create apprentice opportunities across Canada, which consisted of promoting education in high-demand fields, reducing barriers to apprentice accreditation and supporting the use of apprentices by employers through federal procurement policies. Key among the federal procurement policy tools that were entertained was mandating arbitrary apprentice quotas on federal construction contracts. In recent months, Canadian Construction Association received confirmation that the government won't mandate the use of apprentices.
 
 
   
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, today introduced the Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity program. This new grants and contributions program will provide funding for projects that develop solutions to improve workplace representation of women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities in federally regulated organizations. Up to $500,000 per year in total funding will be distributed among approved projects. As a condition of approval, recipients will agree to make a financial or in-kind contribution to their project. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 29, 2014.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
There are only a couple of seats left for you to attend the Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation's (CMCEF) exclusive 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. There are only a couple of spaces available. Don't miss out on this year's program.
 
 
   
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is hosting a webinar on September 24 at 1pm ET to discuss the findings of a recent CAF-FCA research initiative. Find out the percentage of employers providing formal essential skills training, as well as the costs and benefits associated with it. Click the link below to register.
 
 
   
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 will be 2 days each. The target audience is foremen superintendents working in a supervisory capacity for construction contractors.


 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Proper management of company vehicles is an essential ingredient to the success of nearly any construction business. Not only does reducing vehicle costs significantly affect the bottom line, but construction fleet management also directly impacts employee productivity and customer service. More construction companies are turning to GPS tracking as a versatile solution to many of the fleet management challenges they face. Here are five of the top ways GPS tracking technology can benefit and improve construction businesses.
 
Events
We invite you to join us for MCA Canada’s 73rd Annual National  Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland,  September 24 – 27, 2014.  Come and experience  the splendor and rugged beauty of Newfoundland as well as the world's friendliest people. Become immersed in all that Newfoundland has to offer along with the educational and social events hosted by MCA Canada.You know this is going to be one of those events you'll remember for a lifetime. 'NewFound Opportunities' abound!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014, St. John's, NL - Professor Tim Wentz, from the University of Nebraska and incoming Chair of ASHRAE, will present on ASHRAE's new Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) rating program. The emerging trend worldwide of building disclosure and labeling is explored in the context of ASHRAE’s new Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) rating program. The basic fundamentals of how the bEQ program rates a building’s energy use accurately and consistently will be demonstrated. The focus of the presentation is how to use a building labeling program to generate a competitive advantage for a contractor by addressing client expectations and providing cost savings through a reduction in energy consumption. Don't miss this presentation as its the only time this year it will be presented.

 

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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