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October 6, 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
 
   
"New Found Opportunities" in St. John's, Newfoundland - The 2014 edition of MCA Canada's Annual National Conference was a wildly successful event held in St. John's, Newfoundland, at the downtown Delta St. John's Hotel. Delegates enjoyed world-class educational programs and social events hosted by MCA Canada. They also had an opportunity to enjoy some of our country's most famous hospitality as the Newfoundland delegation was front and center throughout the week.

As always, business comes first. MCA Canada's Board of Directors joined the regional and provincial MCA managers for several days of high-level meetings prior to the formal start of the conference. Monday opened with the Managers Council Meeting and the MCA Canada Executive Committee Meeting. Tuesday, the Standing Committees met followed by the 2014 National Board of Directors Meeting. Also on Tuesday, the Education Foundation, CMCEF, hosted its Board of Trustees meeting as well as their Annual General Meeting. Wednesday, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada hosted it's annual Forum for Service Contractors. Friday MCA Canada held its Annual General Meeting and heard updates from many of our industry guests and partners. Key issues arising from these meetings will be featured in upcoming editions of Just The Fax.
 
 
   

They’re at it again! After conquering an arduous and often times dangerous hike on the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, and tempting the ice fields and volcanoes of Iceland, MCA Canada’s own Brad Diggens and his daughter Jennifer are ‘Hiking for Life’ once again...all in the name of MCA Canada’s Charity, Operation Eyesight.

This time they are taking on the Matterhorn of North America - Mount Assiniboine (Elevation 3,818 m or 11,870 ft). Situated along the continental divide and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this majestic area is said to be one of the most gorgeous back trail adventures in Canada.

Naturally, backpacking between the mountainous regions of Alberta and British Colombia, in the middle of autumn, poses many risks. Unlike Iceland, the weather will be much cooler and with more rain, wind and possibly snow. Plus, the added attention from bears and cougars will certainly keep them on high alert. Bears are particularly worrisome as, at this time of year, they enter hyperphagia in preparation for their winter hibernation and will eat anything in their way.

Brad & Jennifer have set a start date for their adventure as the second week of October and they are hoping you will donate to Operation Eyesight in support of this dangerous attempt. Imagine, just for a moment, not having ANY water. What would it do to you? Imagine starting your day without it! To wake up tomorrow and start walking, with a large container on your back, balanced by a rope you made from animal sinew, to some distant water source... that’s likely contaminated. We can all help with that.

We deeply appreciate any donation - big or small. Every penny counts. To donate to this worthwhile cause and adventure please click here... and thank you.

 

This "Member Multimedia Information Program" delivers timely and valuable information to you, our members,  via email (Just The Fax), the internet (www.mcac.ca) and direct mail. The goal is to provide every MCA member with regular information on upcoming events, programs and projects. In addition, each communication will feature one of our Membership Advantage Programs, which can save  you thousands of dollars each year. This program is brought to you thanks to the generosity of our featured Associate Member, Victaulic.

MSCC: Become Part Of The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada - The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC) is an exciting and unique organization solely dedicated to increasing your profits. MSCC was formed by service contractors, for service contractors. MSCC offers a staggering array of programs and services that will streamline your company’s operations, decrease your expenses and increase your bottom line. This month’s mail out has everything you need to know about why and how to take advantage of your "complimentary" membership.

Membership Advantage Program - Chrysler Canada - The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada is excited to maintain its Commercial Vehicle Fleet Purchase Discount Program with partner, Chrysler Canada. Members can deal directly with their local Chrysler dealership and need only identify themselves as MCA Canada members and provide the exclusive Fleet Account Number to receive discounts and concessions representing thousands of dollars in savings on Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge products.

This month's program brought to you by VICTAULIC - Since 1919, VICTAULIC has been the world's leading producer of grooved mechanical couplings and pipe-joining systems. Over the years, Victaulic has continued to develop innovative solutions focused on ensuring efficiency, reliability and safety. To find out more please visit www.victaulic.com.

 

As members may be aware, MCA Canada is part of a National Industry Advisory Committee overseeing a pilot project that includes a thorough review of the Red Seal Occupational Standard for the Steamfitter/Pipefitter trade. We are working with several parties on this initiative including the United Association (UA), Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) and the Federal Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

As part of the review, industry stakeholders, including MCA Canada members, are asked to participate in an online survey, the results of which will greatly assist with the final drafting of the National Occupational Standard. Some members may have already completed the survey through their provincial MCA’s but for those who have not but are interested, the link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/87QQZM3.

The first several pages of the survey will provide you with background information on the development and organization of the new standard, descriptions of the elements of the standard, how they are similar or different from elements in the current Red Seal standards, as well as instructions on how to complete the survey.

Next, the survey asks a few questions about your role in the trade, your province/territory, and your experience.

The rest of the survey is set up so that you can read each of the 25 tasks of the trade, their subtasks, and then provide ratings and comments. To rate all of the subtasks, it should take approximately 1-2 hours. As long as you use the same computer (same IP address), you can leave and come back to survey to complete it.

The survey will close October 24, 2014.

A presentation has been developed to further explain the standard, the process to develop it, and the purpose of the online survey. Please click on this link to review it prior to starting the survey. http://youtu.be/5xKGPnPOlbE

Thanking you in advance!

 
Industry News
 
   
Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, delivered a keynote speech at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown, P.E.I. "Our Government is focused on creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Our Government's Skills Agenda is our plan to ensure that Canadians have the skills that are in demand in today's economy. By ensuring that Canadians have the skills employers are looking for, we can fix this paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of too many jobs without Canadians," said Kenney.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
There is a business case that supports investment by skilled trades employers in essential skills training, according to a report by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA). The first study of its kind in Canada, CAF-FCA conducted a national survey with skilled trades employers to investigate participation in essential skills training and the corresponding return on investment. Findings show that 45 per cent of employers provided essential skills training to their tradespeople. Employers surveyed invested a median of $1,125 per learner and realized a total benefit of $4,071, supporting the business case for essential skills training. For every dollar invested, employers observed a return of $3.08.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Technology is evolving at an exponential rate. Each year we will see more impressive advancements than the last, and the time between a technology being born and its practical application will continue to become shorter and shorter. Today, we’re seeing a lot of advancements that deal with the blending of the digital and physical worlds such as 3D printing and augmented reality. Making right now, a more important time than ever for construction professionals to pay attention to emerging trends in technology and ideas around how these trends can help in the industry.
 
Events
 
   
The upcoming IBC/buildingSMART BIM Worldwide: Solutions for Canada Symposium will focus on a pocket of the construction sector that have not been quick to adopt the digital process. "It's really targeted to people who are going to be the decision makers," said John Dickinson, one of the chairs in the buildingSMART Canada chapter. "They're involved in smaller companies whom we'd like to see as the next adopters of Building Information Modeling." The event, which will be held on Oct. 30 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, will explore the benefits of using BIM on international projects and how it can grow in Canada.
 

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
 
   
See the Hike For Life article included in this publication to see what your Immediate Past National Chairman Brad Diggens and his daughter are doing to raise contributions for this worthwhile cause!

MCA Canada's Charity of Choice, Operation Eyesight still needs our help. MCA Canada remains fully committed to helping 
eradicate Tracoma, a preventable eye disease brought about by a lack of clean water and sanitary conditions. While we in Canada take clean water for granted, millions in Zambia face hardship, disease and even death just to find water. Please consider contributing 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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