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October 14, 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
 
   

MCA Canada Chairman Gaetan Beaulieu is proud to announce the new MCA Canada Board of Directors for 2014-2015. The new Board was elected at the most recent Annual General Meeting held September 26, 2014 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Executive Committee : Chairman, Gaetan Beaulieu, Beaulieu Plumbing & Mechanical Inc; Chairman-Elect and Vice Chairman Central, Del Pawliuk, R.F. Contracting; Vice Chairman Western, Dave Flamand, Peak Mechanical Partnership; Vice Chairman Eastern, Jack Bavis, G.J. Cahill; Secretary/Treasurer, Brad Diggens, MJS Mechanical Ltd; President:, Richard McKeagan, MCA Canada.

Directors: British Columbia: Wayne Davidson, Davidson Brothers Mechanical Contracting Ltd; Dean Loewen, Daryl-Evans Mechanical Ltd; Alberta: Tim Padfield, Pad-Car Mechanical; Saskatchewan: Dave Flamand, Peak Mechanical Partnership and John Baker, Luk Plumbing & Heating Ltd; Manitoba: Brad Mason, Derksen Mechanical Services Inc; Ontario: Dave Holek, Lekter Industrial Services; Del Pawliuk, R.F. Contracting; Dennis Carrier, E.S. Fox Ltd; Don Capotosto, Gimco Limited, and Charles Webb, Anderson-Webb Ltd; Quebec: Alain Daigle, Plomberie Alain Daigle Inc; New Brunswick: Charles Savoie, Black and McDonald Ltd; Nova Scotia: Derrick Flinn, Western Plumbing & Heating Ltd; Prince Edward Island: Quentin Bevan, Bevan Brothers Limited; Newfoundland & Labrador: Jack Bavis, G.J. Cahill & Company Ltd.; Associate Council Chairman: Peter Ashton, Masco Canada; Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada Chairman, John Warnica, Lowe Mechanical Services Ltd.
 

Please welcome Virtace Inc. as our newest Associate member. Virtace is, at its core, a technology company with deep roots in IT Business know-how. Their skills and expertise in this area allow them to evaluate your business holistically from IT infrastructure performance to software inefficiencies, and everything in between, to determine how best to achieve your business objectives. One of their most interesting products is the "inField Clipboard', an inexpensive, high-functioning, mobile, work-order management system. Visit their website at www.virtace.com or call toll free 877-628-1011 to review the extensive IT services available.

 
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Terry Billings (1942 - 2014), peacefully, at
Saint John Regional Hospital, New Brunswick. Terry was born in Fredericton, NB, and began work at his father's plumbing and heating business right after graduating high school. He later purchased the company, which he ran until his retirement in 2000. Terry had a tremendous capacity for the industry. He served as MCA New Brunswick Chairman, MCA Canada Chairman, Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation Chairman and the Canadian Construction Association as Chairman. A loving husband to Louise, his wife of 50 years, and father to sons Chris and Greg and daughter Mary-Jane. He also enjoyed his 10 grandchildren and his great grandchild, Lucas. Services will be held at the Brunswick Street Baptist Church on Friday, October 10. In Lieu of flowers, memorial tributes can be made to Greenhill Lake Camp or Hospice Fredericton. Information and condolences can be made online at www.mcadamsfh.com.
 
Industry News
 
   
November 5 & 6, 2014 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary, AB - Just one month to go before the biggest industry show in Western Canada. More efficient products to manage the air, water and energy within the building environment are being developed today... the newest of them will be on display in the New Product Gallery. More than 60 brand-new products, including many that are being launched at the show, will be showcased in the New Product Gallery. There are more than 200 exhibitors who are exhibiting in the two-day event.
 
 
   
As a looming skilled labour shortage hangs over Canada’s construction industry, the need to get more experienced tradespeople teaching in high school classrooms is on the rise, according to one education official. "In order for the skilled trades shortage to be addressed, first we need people to be going into the skilled trades." said Wendy Hirschegger, executive assistant in the Educational Services Department at the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF). Hirschegger is pushing for more promotion of the trades in secondary schools as well as to ease the experience of tradespeople entering teacher's colleges
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
 
   
In an effort to further educate the Canadian construction sector about green technology solutions and innovative ways to design, construct, manage and operate buildings, George Brown College is pleased to announce the launch of a project: the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technology and Processes Adoption Support, which received an investment of $100,000 from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
 
Young Canadians will be the prime beneficiaries of a new partnership between the country’s colleges and universities.
The framework for collaboration – signed at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary by Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and Denise Amyot, president of Colleges and Institutes Canada – is designed to help Canada succeed in the global knowledge economy by addressing the need for advanced skills in all sectors. Together, AUCC and CICan represent 228 postsecondary institutions serving more than 2.5 million students.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
The Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices found that while mobile technology has had a positive impact on many facets of the construction industry, organizations are still not budgeting in advance for these needs and instead wait to invest in mobile on a case-by-case basis. Sage North America surveyed 331 small and midsized construction companies in the United States and Canada. The survey demonstrated the value of mobile devices to the construction community with 76 per cent reporting that a portion of their workforce is using a smartphone to access work-related information while out of the office. Seventy-seven per cent of respondents reported that smartphones have had a positive effect on organizational productivity.
 
Events
 
   
The upcoming IBC/buildingSMART BIM Worldwide: Solutions for Canada Symposium will focus on a pocket of the construction sector that has 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.
 
 
   
The Canadian Efficiency Efficiency Alliance is following up on last year's hugely successful advocacy day on Parliament Hill and is preparing to spark Ottawa again this November 18, 2014 with its newly named event 'Efficiency Matters on the Hill'. MCA Canada will be represented at this event as a strong supporter of energy efficiency, as well as to discus the specific issue of receiving a favourable interpretation of existing regulations within the Income Tax Act to allow for an expanded list of equipment and/or building upgrades which would qualify for tax breaks (write offs).
 

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'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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