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October 27, 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
 
   
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada would like to announce that during its recent meetings in St. John's, Newfoundland, it was approved that the Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation (CMCEF) will be legally dissolved as a separate Not for Profit Organization and will become a Council within MCA Canada. The new Council will be called the Construction Education Council (CEC). The main objective of the change is to bring ownership of the Council closer to the Provincial and Affiliate MCA's thus increasing membership participation in education.
 
Volunteers often selflessly give of their time, money, and experience in support of their community and those in need of some assistance. 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 amazing 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.
 
 
   
Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) is pleased to share a television commercial produced by SCNC 2014 Presenting Sponsor the Canadian Association for Petroleum Producers (CAPP). The ad will run until November 30 on major stations nationally and usually airs in the evenings. The ad features SCC’s CEO Shaun Thorson, and is terrific media exposure that highlights SCC’s mission and the Competition itself! You can see the add by clicking the link below.
 
 
   
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada, a division of MCA Canada dedicated to service contractors, is very pleased to announce the following new members:

CNS Mechanical, Wadena, Saskatchewan - Contact: Curtis MacLeod
River City Plumbing & Heating Ltd, North Battleford, Saskatchewan - Contact: Todd Winterhalt
Luk Plumbing & Heating Ltd, Kindersley, Saskatchewan - Contact: John Baker
Rapid Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, North Battlford, Saskatchewan - Contact: Brad McEachern
J & A Heating & Plumbing, Sasktoon, Saskatchewan - Contact: Todd Weiler
Welldone Mechanical Services Inc, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Contact: Joanne Harpaver-Dignean
J.T. Plumbing & Heating Ltd, Nipawin, Saskatchewan - Contact: Tracy Grieve
Bry-Mac Mechanical Ltd, Vernon, British Columbia - Contact:Tom MarGillis
Instant Plumbing Ltd, Calgry, Aberta - Contact: George Pinel
Marathon Electric & Mechanical Services, Calgary, Alberta - Contact: Stuart Orr
BSD Solutions Ltd, Winnipeg, Manitoba - Contact Jennifer Toews-Brislis
 
Industry News
While building owners may not always directly use building information modeling (BIM), they are increasingly recognizing its value on their projects. McGraw Hill Construction's new SmartMarket Report, The Business Value of BIM for Owners, demonstrates that owners expect to grow their involvement with BIM rapidly. "The McGraw Hill Construction report clearly shows the most important driver of BIM use in Singapore and the U.K. has been their national BIM mandates," says Phillip G. Bernstein, Vice President of Strategic Industry Relations at Autodesk. Read more

 
 
   
Thinking of Canada conjures up a variety of images. Some will picture soaring mountains and crystal clear lakes surrounded by snow; others will focus on the world’s strongest banking sector and low corporate tax rates; while others still may have eyes only for the best national hockey team in the world. What may not immediately come to mind is the robust experience Canada has developed in the realm of Public Private Partnerships (P3s) over the last two decades.
 
 
   
Closing Canada’s skills gap cannot be done without better aligning our education and training systems to our labour market needs, according to a report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The report, A Battle We Can’t Afford to Lose: Getting Young Canadians from Education to Employment, investigates the various skills issues facing Canadian youth and what key factors should be looked at when preparing young people for the labour market.
 
 
   
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) 2015 is preparing to send out a questionnaire to every mayor and chief operating officer in 3,700 municipalities across the country, in order to carry out an evaluation of basic infrastructure. The main objective of the CIRC is best understood by asking the following question about the billions of dollars Canada spends on infrastructure each year: Would it be sane to be spending billions of dollars a year on infrastructure, if you don't know what the condition of the infrastructure is and don't know where in the infrastructure you should spend the billions of dollars?
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training

The Construction Education Council (CEC) proudly presents the 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 37th session offered with more than 800 industry managers graduating from the program.  There are currently 2 courses scheduled.

Waterloo, Ontario  Week 1: March 26 - 30, 2015 - Week 2: April 16 - 20, 2015
http://constructioneducation.ca/Portals/1/Waterloo%20PM%20Brochure2015.pdf

Winnipeg, Ontario Week 1: January 15 - 19, 2015 - Week 2: February 5 - 9, 2015
http://constructioneducation.ca/Portals/1/Winnipeg%20PM%20Brochure.pdf

 
 
   
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. The Best Practices Guidelines are a tool to help strengthen the procurement process by taking several factors into account prior to each project.
 
Innovation and Technology
 
   
Canadian entrepreneurs face many varied challenges in the course of running their businesses, but it's often difficult to identify which tasks will best help grow the business. Need help? Try checking out a recent report from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The study has identified five fundamentals of business success and five common pitfalls that are key predictors of business failure. The report, 'The Five Do's and Five Don'ts' of Successful Businesses, identifies factors that appear to be common to many of Canada's "most successful" business leaders regardless of the industry in which they operate.
 
Events

October 30, 2014: BIM Worldwide
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 Treasurer, Brad Diggens and his daughter Jennifer, have done it once again. After two successful adventures, one over the tip of Vancouver Island, the other in Iceland, they agreed to ascend Mt. Assiniboine in the Canadian Rockies, for MCAC's charity, Operation Eyesight. At nearly 12,000 feet high, this climb was quite a test. Father and daughter made it home safely and wish to thank everyone who supported their climb via donations to Operation Eyesight. It's not too late to help. You can click the link below to donate online.
 
 
   
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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