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November 24, 2014 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Events
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Member Update
It's the middle of the week and we're off to the airport. Flying is always a pain but we usually leave the car at the local Park N Ride and it always makes things a little easier. They run us right up to the door and we save a bundle on parking. The meeting is excellent, a real moneymaker. All we need to do is wrap up the final estimate and it looks like we're a go! Back in the office today and time to crunch some numbers. The laptop cranks up and launches the Labour Estimating Manual so we can close the deal from yesterday's meeting and, hopefully, a few more. You know we saved $1500 on this software and its made life so much easier...not to mention profitable! We fire out the quotes all day and wait to hear the good news! Stay tuned for more...
 
Today (Nov. 24) and tomorrow (Nov 25) are the last days to register online for complimentary access to the Construct Canada Exhibition - To access free registration click the following link, register online today before the cost of entry to exhibits and seminars rises! Seven shows will come together over three days to create The Buildings Show. The South Building will host Construct Canada, PM Expo, Concrete Canada, Home Builder & Renovator Expo and The Real Estate Forum; the North Building will host IIDEXCanada and Construct International. The expansion of the Show will significantly maximize the value for all attendees and provide unique access to an unparalleled opportunity for education, connectivity and world-class programming.
 
 
   
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada, a division of MCA Canada dedicated to service contractors, is very pleased to announce the following new members:

Conway's Mechanical Contracting Ltd, Niagara Falls, Ontario - Contact: James Conway
Cougar Technical Services Ltd, Calgary, Alberta - Contact: Rod Stagg

 
MCA Ottawa accepts the 'Outstanding Philanthropic Group Award' for the association’s outstanding support of local charities, presented November 12, 2014, in Ottawa. MCA Ottawa and its members set an example for philanthropy and community involvement in Ottawa by holding golf tournaments, awarding scholarships and awards, and by making donations. In addition to its ongoing support of the Ottawa Food Bank, MCA Ottawa has extended support to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Roger’s House, Algonquin College, La Cité College, the YMCA/YWCA and the Canadian Mechanical Contractors Education Foundation. The Board and membership actively participate in, and even organize numerous other charitable and fundraising events such as walks, runs, bike rides, golf events and ski events, including "Ride the Rideau" and the "24h Tremblant" skiing/cycling event. Members are also involved with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Hospital fundraising events and hold volunteer positions on other boards of directors.
 
Industry News
Republicans have vowed to bring the Keystone XL issue back in new year under more favourable conditions. The woman who almost forced United States President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline stood quietly on the Senate floor as her plans went down in flames. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu had pushed the chamber to take its first-ever vote on the pipeline after a half-decade of debate. The result was what Senate-watchers called the biggest nail-biter vote in years. She fell one vote shy of putting a pipeline bill on the president's desk.
 
The Canada Job Grant has been in effect for several months now. However, many students and employers have been facing challenges when it comes to gathering information about the program and the application process. On November 18, 2014, wwww.canadajobsgrant.com went live, providing an interactive webpage that helps direct users to necessary information. Under the Canada Job Grant, which was to be implemented by July 1, 2014, businesses can apply for funding to prepare workers for new or better jobs. The government has committed to pay up to $10,000 per worker, with the remaining $5,000 coming from employers.
 
Are Canadians unfairly criticizing vocational schools and apprenticeships while trumpeting universities and professional jobs? Jason Kenney seems to think so. He said as much during a talk Friday on the need for skilled workers in Canada. Kenney, federal minister of employment and social development, told a Halifax business audience that employers, governments and others need to encourage more young people to consider a job, or career, in the trades.
 
As part of its commitment to provide online services that are simple and easy to use, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has introduced a new service that allows business representatives to submit authorization requests electronically at their convenience.

To access this new service, log in to Represent a Client and look for the "Manage clients" tab in the "Review and Update" menu. For each request, provide the required information, have an authorized person of the business to sign the certification page, then scan and submit it to the CRA, which will process the request within five business days.

 
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. There are currently 2 courses scheduled. Registration is now open for all programs which can be accessed via the website at www.constructioneducation.ca. You can also get more information by contacting the CEC directly at 613-232-5169 or by email at: tania@mcac.ca.

Project Management - Waterloo, Ontario 
Week 1: March 26 - 30, 2015 - Week 2: April 16 - 20, 2015

http://constructioneducation.ca/Portals/1/Waterloo%20PM%20Brochure2015.pdf

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

 
MCA Saskatchewan and MCA Manitoba have the following seminars scheduled for 2014 and 2015. Registration is now open for all programs. If you require further information, please contact CEC directly at 613-863-5169 or by email at: tania@mcac.ca. You can also visit the CEC website at www.constructioneducation.ca.

Dispatcher Training - January 15-16, 2015 (Burnaby, BC)
Proactive Service – February 6th, 2015 (Winnipeg, MB)

Short Interval Scheduling
– February 26th
, 2015 (Winnipeg, MB)
Procurement Chain Management – March 6th
2015 (Winnipeg, MB)
Project Tracking to Improve Labour Productivity
– March 27th2015 (Winnipeg, MB)


 
Events
December 3-5, 2014: Construct Canada, Toronto, ON
February 10-13, 2014: MCA Canada Winter Meetings, Las Vegas, NV
March 5-8, 2015: International Alliance of MCA Meetings, Maui, HI
March 8-12, 2015: MCA America Annual Conference, Maui, HI
March 12, 2015: MCA Saskatchewan Conference, Saskatoon, SK
March 22-26, 2015: CCA Conference, San Antonio, TX
April 9-19, 2015: MCA Ontario Conference, Sicily, Italy
April 22, 2015: CMMTQ AGM, Montreal, Quebec
April 30-May 3, 2015: MCA Alberta Conference, Invermore, BC
May 1-2, 2015: MCA British Columbia Conference, TBD
May 20, 2015: MCA Western Regional Meetings, Winnipeg, MB
May 21-24, 2015: MCA Manitoba Conference, Elkhorn, MB
May 30 - June 1, 2015: CCA Meetings, Prince George, BC
June 2015: MCA Eastern Regional Meetings, Charlottetown, PEI
June 14-16, 2015: CIPH National ABC Conference, Quebec City, QC
October 18-20, 2015: CCA Meetings, Thunder Bay, ON
November 16-19, 2015: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, CA
 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

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Important Links
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.
 
Marks Work Wearhouse is one of MCA Canada's most popular Membership Advantage Programs. Your 2014 cards are still good until December 31, 2014. We now have the 2015 discount cards available for you. Simply click the link below, fill in the information and send it to MCA Canada, via fax: 613.235.2793 or email mcac@mcac.ca.
 
 

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