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October 20, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
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
 
   
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) jointly created best practice guidelines to assist both mechanical contractors and wholesale distributors when dealing with supply chain management issues such as procurement. Paul McDonald, Chairman of CIPH said, "It's very interesting to note that CIPH and MCA Canada realized that the foundation of the guidelines we created were used in its development, including collaboration, integrity and mutual respect, which are paramount to a profitable relationship." The Best Practices Guidelines are a tool to help strengthen the procurement process by taking several factors into account prior to each project. "MCA Canada and CIPH firmly believe that both parties should make a concerted effort to understand their partners' lead times, financial models, business practices, and ensure each manage expectations, which will result in a win-win scenario for all involved," said MCA Canada Chairman Gaetan Beaulieu.
It's important that both the contractor and the wholesale distributor work towards understanding each other's business including operational norms, which become essential in conducting a more efficient and profitable process for both parties.
 
 
   
After conquering an arduous and often times dangerous hike of 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 hit the trail once again in support of MCA Canada's Charity, Operation Eyesight. This time it was to tackle the nearly 12,000 foot Mount Assiniboine in Alberta.
 

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of George Kienitz (1931 – 2014) peacefully at the High River Hospital in High River, AB. George was an entrepreneur from his early days and started his first business when he purchased and operated a school bus. It was through this venture that he met the love of his life over the past 60 years, Lottie. After they were married he began his plumbing apprenticeship while working on the construction of the Cold Lake Air Force base. He continued in this trade and in 1963, started Atwater Plumbing and Heating. During this time in the mechanical contracting business, he also served as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association at the local, provincial and national levels. He was recognized by the MCA with a scholarship fund honored in his name, for plumbing trades apprentices. In 1983, he moved on into industrial construction and later into the position of Mechanical Piping Supervisor until his "retirement" in 1998 where he still continued to work on various projects at his discretion. Donations can be made to St. Benedict's Church (602 - 3rd Street SW, High River, AB T1V 1B4) or the High River Hospital Foundation (560 9 Avenue SW, High River, AB T1V 1B3). To leave a condolence for the family please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com.

 
Volunteers are one of the most important resources in our communities. They are people who work willingly together for the betterment of their community. They selflessly offer their time, money, resources and experience.

If you, or someone you know, is a volunteer or contributor to a worthy cause, MCA Canada would like to hear about it. While these wonderful people are not seeking recognition, we would like to listen to their stories and share them with our association members.

People do amazing things every day. Let's hear about them. Please send your stories to mcac@mcac.ca.
 
Industry News
 
   
Last week in Washington, some 70 regulators from Canada will sit down with 134 from the U.S. to begin the daunting task of bringing our two regulatory systems into greater sync. They represent about 90 per cent of the regulators responsible for goods that cross the border—from automobiles to construction equipment. Another 200 representatives of industry and associations will sit down with the regulators to give input into the kinds of regulatory differences that impose unintentional costs on businesses and consumers.
 
 
   
The all-new Asset Management Primer, part of the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, details the important need for asset management plans for Canadian municipalities, as well as recommendations for implementing asset management practices.The first-of-its-kind Canadian Infrastructure Report Card indicated that fewer than 15 per cent of municipalities could provide asset condition information that was derived from asset management processes. While the condition of above ground assets is more easily identified, assets not as visible are only more accurately monitored with asset management processes.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Innovation and Technology
 
   
VANCOUVER—A number of class-action lawsuits filed in several provinces claim electronics’ giants including Samsung, Panasonic, Hitachi, TDK and Sanyo have acted as a cartel to "wring" $480 million in illegal profits from Canadian consumers for almost a decade. The lawsuits filed recently in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec name 40 companies that allegedly colluded to fix prices for the electronic capacitors that are a basic building block for everything from cellphones to refrigerators.
 
Events
 
   
Everyone who attended MCA Canada's 73rd National Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland, enjoyed a tremendous event. Spectacular speakers, wonderful educational programs and a surplus of fun and engaging social events made this a conference to remember. Conventions like this are successful, in large part, to the support we receive from our sponsors. We would like to thank the following companies for their generous contributions:

Event Level Sponsors - AON & QBE Insurance, IPEX, MCA Newfoundland & Labrador, Victaulic and the United Association
Gold Level Sponsors - Bibby Ste Croix, Derksen Plumbing & Heating (1984) Ltd., FloCor, M.A. Stewart & Sons, MCA Ontario, Milwaukee Valve and Quality Control Council of Canada
Silver Level Sponsors - Allpriser, Anvil International Canada, Black & McDonald, Federated Insurance, Masco Canada, Ontario Pipe Trades Council, Rheem, Trimble and Wolseley
Bronze Level Sponsors - Apollo Valves/Conbraco, Bradford White, G.J. Cahill, LynCar Products, MCA Kitchener-Waterloo Zone 7, Milwaukee Tools, Modern Niagara Group Inc., Oakville Stamping & Bending, Oventrop, Petrela, Winter & Associates, Petro Canada, RF Contracting, Reliance Worldwide, Watts Industries and Zurn.

 

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
 
   
During MCA Canada's most recent Annual General Meeting in St. John's, NL, MCA America President surprised everyone during his presentation to the membership, "As a token of our friendship and to join you in your efforts to make a difference in the world, the MCAA would like to present you with a cheque of $5,000 for the charity of your choice, Operation Eyesight," said President Fell. MCA Canada Secretary/Treasurer and Charity Chairman, Brad Diggens, was extremely appreciative of this presentation in support of the elimination of Tracoma, a terrible disease which can cause blindness due to a lack of clean water and sanitation.
 
 
   
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice, Operation Eyesight still needs our help. While we have raised over $180,000 for the drilling of wells and waterpoints, there is still a long way to go. The good news is, Trachoma can be defeated. It is important to note that Trachoma has been eliminated in Kenya. MCA Canada remains fully committed to helping eradicate Trachoma, a preventable eye disease brought about by a lack of clean water and sanitary conditions, in Zambia. 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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