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December 8, 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
Health Canada is changing the Federal WHMIS legislation to bring it in line with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). An international team of hazard communication experts developed GHS with the goal of having the same set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets adopted and used around the world. Products with new Data Sheets and Hazard Symbols may start appearing on construction sites as early as Spring 2015.
 

The Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) was introduced in Economic Action Plan 2014 to assist apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with the costs they face while attending periods of technical training. The Apprentice Loans Regulations have been approved and were published in the Canada Gazette¸ Part II on November 19, 2014. The Apprentice Loans Act and Apprentice Loans Regulations will both come into force on January 2, 2015. The Regulations can be found through the following link: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2014/2014-11-19/html/index-eng.php.

 
To assist in recruitment or to find employment in the construction industry has never been easier. BuildForce Canada has created an all-new website called "Careers In Construction". With just a few clicks, there is access to more than 50 career options. Along with the 'Career Finder', there is access to information on career paths, essential skills you will need, how to get started and the option to meet construction insiders. You can check it out at www.careersinconstruction.ca.
 
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.
 
Industry News
In a design-bid-build model, many of the parties contributing to and using the BIM may not have any privity of contract. Further, disclaimers often accompany BIMs causing legal confusion. Construction Law Letter recently looked at BIM and design, and liability, including some contractual tools available. It also references Contract Language Documents developed by the Institute for BIM in Canada, available on the IBC website. Those documents, when used in conjunction with the Canadian standard form construction contracts, will help to apportion risks and liabilities of the parties using BIM.
 
A recent report released by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) suggests that parents still prefer their children attend university as their post-secondary option. The feedback came as no surprise. According to the survey, 57 per cent of respondents say a degree is more preferred and less than a quarter said they would prefer a college diploma or a Certificate of Qualification. Close to a quarter of respondents still consider the skilled trades an option for weak students, which is a three per cent bump from a survey taken in 2004.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training

What's the shortest route to more profits? Simple: Education! It sounds too easy but lets look at it. Of course, you are already running a tight ship, so how do you increase your bottom line. Two of the best are ways are through superior productivity and enhanced efficiency.  We hear about this a lot, but the end result is that teaching your organization, your people, to be more efficient and more productive is simply a byproduct of educating them HOW to do it!. That's where we come in! The Construction Education Council is your doorway to more profits and it's right in front of you. Right in your hometown! All you have to do is contact your MCA office or contact the CEC office directly at 613-863-5169 or by email at: tania@mcac.ca.  Here's a couple of programs that can help... 

Dispatcher Training - January 15-16, 2015 (Burnaby, BC)
This two-day program will provide dispatchers with all the skills they need to dramatically improve job performance. It goes beyond traditional technical training to cover critical dispatcher skills as leading technicians, becoming the service manager's partner, prioritizing customer emergencies, and much more...

Project Management Week 1: March 26 - 30, 2015 - Week 2: April 16 - 20, 2015 (Waterloo, Ontario)
Project Management - Week 1: January 15 - 19, 2015 - Week 2: February 5 - 9, 2015 (Winnipeg, Ontario)
The cornerstone of your success, Project Management. This program covers topics vital to your success, such as:  Administration, Scheduling, Managing Individuals, Safety, Change Orders, Construction Law, Job Costing, Communications and Negotiation, Dispute Avoidance & Claims, Labour Relations, Project Completion and more...

Here are just two examples of how to increase your bottom line. To find out what specific courses are available, so you can tailor your training to meet your objectives, visit the CEC website at www.constructioneducation.ca or pick up the phone. No one ever complains about having smarter people working for them!

 
Innovation and Technology

New technological advances may seem disparate, but every advancement will likely have some affect on our industry.  Remember when cell phones came along and pushed the boundaries. Now, they don't seem like such a big deal, but they were probably the first major technological change in construction in a long time. Now we have 'mobile devices' and tablets feeding information back and forth between onsite people and the office. BIM software can fly you through a building while you make changes, literally on the fly. Drones are using cameras and sensing equipment in the 'aerial construction market' and 3D printers will be onsite, probably within the next 2 years.

RFID's, wearable computers, the cloud, big data, analytics and smart buildings all play a part in the 'near' future of construction...and the smart building is finally here. Navigant Research estimates that the number of commercial and industrial facilities with demand response networks for automatically saving peak power will climb from 92,000 today to more than one million worldwide by 2023. Similarly, Smart thermostats and home automation systems are two of the fastest growing product segments in consumer electronics. Stay tuned for more in smart buildings coming in the next editions of Just The Fax.

 
Events
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
Aon Construction Services Group - made up of 150 dedicated colleagues - has the knowledge, skills, talent and expertise to tailor risk management strategies for your complex risk exposures. Their strength lies in their breadth of experience in the construction industry, serving large global and regionally located contractors. AON has a proven capability of identifying business practices and solutions that can improve your company's operations while achieving your financial goals. Contact your Aon representative today or contact MCA Canada directly for more information at 613-232-0492.
 
 

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