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August 25, 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

On July 11, 2014 in Prince Edward Island, there was a meeting of the Provincial/Territorial Labour Market Ministers responsible for apprenticeship training within their respective jurisdictions.

Prior to, all provincial MCA’s were encouraged by MCA Canadato contact their respective Labour Ministers to bring the issue of harmonization of apprenticeship training and trade certification requirements to make it easier for apprentices, trade qualifiers and certified tradespeople to move between jurisdictions to ensure people acquire their certification. Provincial MCA’s did write letters accordingly with specific recommendations including:

1.That each provincial/territorial apprenticeship training curriculum be based on the most current Red Seal occupational standard;

2.That each provincial/territorial jurisdictions adopt the same trade name and definition;

3.That there is consist sequencing of technical training curriculum content across the country, and;

4.That the total training hours (in school and on the job) be made more consistent among all provinces and territories.

The end result?

All Ministers agreed to take action on a national harmonization of apprenticeship training and standards. In addition, Employment Minister Jason Kenney noted that the discussions were a success and the provinces were "very positive" (vis-à-vis harmonization). The provinces will report to the Employment Minister in the fall on the implementation of harmonization and 10 key trades over the next 18 months.

All in all good news with thanks, in part, to the efforts of your provincial and national MCA’s.

 
 
   
Each year, MCA Canada hosts its National Conference with a focus on association meetings, informative speaker sessions and industry-specific educational content...but there's also some fun thrown in for good measure. This year's conference opens Wednesday night with a good old fashioned Newfoundland Kitchen Party, featuring comedic musicians 'Wicked Altogether.' Thursday night, we hit the infamous George Street for a good old-fashioned 'Rally In The Alley' pub crawl and on Saturday night we look back at all the fun we had at the Chairman's 'Farewell to Newfoundland' party, with video highlights and entertainment provided by 'the Spirit of Newfoundland.' Come on down and enjoy the worlds friendliest people and have a little fun while you're there!
 
 
   
As an MCA Canada member, you are eligible for member discounts of up to 33% on select FedEx shipping services. Whether you're shipping within Canada, to the U.S. or around the world, you can count on FedEx to deliver peace of mind and reliability. With FedEx InSight, you can proactively monitor all of your inbound and outbound shipments, as well as third-party shipments billed to your account, all without a tracking number. To track the status of a package, simply go to FedEx.ca and enter your tracking number in the "Track" box. It's that simple to save money on all your shipping needs.
 
Industry News
 
   
Want an in-demand job with a healthy future? Look no further than the skilled trades in Canada. "There is an incredible amount of opportunity in the trades industry in Canada right now," says Peter Harris, editor-in-chief of Workopolis, who reports on trends and changes in the Canadian job market.
 
 
   
The Non-Residential Construction in Canada industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value 2009-13, and forecast to 2018). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players, including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the market. Essential resource for top-line data and analysis covering the Canada non-residential construction market. It includes market size data, textual and graphical analysis of market growth trends, leading companies and macroeconomic information.
 

Morrison Hershfield is excited to announce that the highly anticipated Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide - Analysis, Applications, and Insights is now public and can be downloaded from BC Hydro. The guide aims to overcome obstacles confronting industry with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Click here to access the BC Hydro site to download the guide.

 
 
   
CanBIM is set to have its 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Edmonton on September 30th to help kick off what will be a CanBIM's biggest Regional Session to date. CanBIM is partnering with aceBIM to create the Edmonton three-day BIM Super Session, which will be jam packed with educational presentations, Rapid Fire presentations, a technology exhibition with the latest BIM technology, BIM Breakout sessions and guided tour of a local point of architectural interest.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
The Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation's (CMCEF) exclusive Gold Seal and Blue Seal Accredited Project Management Program is now sold out. There is a waiting list; therefore, if you would like to be placed on the waiting list please contact the CMCEF office at 613-232-5169.
 
 
   
If educational institutions are going to achieve their objective of replacing a large portion of the skills shortage looming, they need to adapt and find more flexible models of delivery, said Thompson River University's (TRU) dean of trades and technology. "Learning is always evolving and so is how we deliver that education," said dean Lindsay Langill. "The traditional model works for some people, but it doesn't work for everyone."
Langill and TRU have been working to bring forward new education learning models that cast a larger net and accommodate more students.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Multiple sources have documented that overall productivity in the construction industry has decreased throughout the last few decades. Many firms are still using multiple documentation and management processes that are 50 years old or more. To complicate the problem, as our projects have become more complex, we have added more documentation, duplicated tasks and delegated responsibilities, creating a huge volume of waste. The good news is that the future offers the industry opportunities to improve these inefficiencies and build stronger businesses.
 
Events
There's still plenty of time to register for MCA Canada’s 73rd Annual National  Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland,  September 24 – 27, 2014.  You know this is going to be one of those events you'll remember for a lifetime. 'NewFound Opportunities' abound!
Click here to access the Conference Website & Registration.
Click here
to download the Conference Brochure
Click here to view the Available Sponsorship Items
Click here to download the Sponsorship Brochure
Click here for Supplier Showcase - Registration Form
Click here for Supplier Showcase - Shipping Instructions
Click here for One-Day Forum For Service Information
 
 
   
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 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
 
   
Received August 12, 2014, from Susan Deike, Senior Philanthropy Officer, Operation Eyesight - To everyone at MCA Canada, I wanted to personally update you on our well program, as well as thank you - and everyone at MCAC - for making a difference in so many people's lives by ensuring they have the simplest of all resources - clean water. Because of your generosity, many individuals have gotten their sight back - or avoided going blind. And for people in the developing world, this is truly an immense gift.
 
 
   
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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