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January 12, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Hood Chemical
Reliance Worldwide Canada Inc.
Member Update
Representatives of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) will hold their first meeting of the new year on January 13 in Toronto.
 
At the meeting, coalition members will be brought up to date on the latest news on prompt payment at the provincial and federal levels, and discuss strategies to move both initiatives forward. Plans will also be formulated to address the ever-increasing problems of change order acceptance and the current state of project plans and specifications. In addition, members will discuss details of a forthcoming NTCCC strategic plan and a possible national symposium.
 
Current coalition member organizations include: Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada; Canadian Electrical Contractors Association; Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association; Canadian Roofing Contractors Association; Canadian Masonry Contractors Association; HRAI Contractors Division; Sheet Metal Contractors Association; Thermal Insulation Association of Canada; Interior Systems Contractors Association; Terrazzo, Tile, Marble, Stone Guild; and the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction.
 
When you achieve MSCC certification, your business undergoes a significant transformation. It becomes more than just another contractor. It becomes an industry leader. Your MSCC certification gives you a tangible, marketable asset to grow your business. It helps you demonstrate that you have met the highest industry standards that were verified by a leading national trade association.



The MSCC Certified Contractor and MSCC Certified Technician designations are high-impact marketing tools that enable you to assure potential customers that you are one of only a select few contractors that are recognized as industry leaders.



This program is exclusive and complimentary to all MCAC/MSCC members. There is no cost for contractor certification and only a small admin fee for the technician exam.



Show your clients you’re one of Canada’s elite service contractors.

 
There is now an online listing of consulting engineering companies in Canada that specialize in structural, mechanical, electrical and other engineering services for building construction projects.

The Canadian Consulting Engineer Directory of Building Engineers is a free online resource to find engineers with the expertise you require. The listing provides details at-a-glance of the firm’s expertise and scope of services. It includes locations, contact names, company logos and website links.

 
Industry News
Canadian construction leaders have differing views of what was the most important federal construction news story of the year, which includes the launch of the new Building Canada Plan, initiatives to address skilled labour shortages and an industry summit.


 
The Journal of Commerce Editorial Advisory Board is a group of Western Canadian construction industry leaders who provide story ideas, write opinion pieces and provide feedback on editorial content and issues.




Its members met recently to discuss the hot-button items our industry will face in 2015.


 
LEED has emerged as North America’s de facto green building rating system since it debuted a decade ago. The newest iteration of LEED — "v4″ as it is called — is already in effect in the U.S. and will be released in Canada, complete with Canadian Alternate Compliance Paths, this June.



 
Engineers Canada and its Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee have developed several models for studying the potential effects of climate change on buildings and infrastructure.



 
The Government of Canada's Jobs Agenda will help ensure Canadians have the skills and training needed in the labour market and will help overcome the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs and too many jobs without people.



This article summarizes some of the government's accomplishments in 2014 with regard to creating jobs for Canadians.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The following is a list of forthcoming Construction Education Council (formerly CMCEF) courses available in February. Take note as well of the very special 10-day project management course available to our members in March/April.
 
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in the country’s top construction-specific educational courses. The cut-off date to register for any course is 14 days prior to the course start date.
 
For more information, visit constructioneducation.ca, call the Construction Education Council office at 613-232-0493 or email Tania@mcac.ca
  • February 3 – CLRA, NL – How to Turn Around a Job Going Badly, presented by Tom Williams
  • February 5 – CLRA, NL – Jobsite Productivity: How to Protect it, How to Improve It, presented by Tom Williams
  • February 6 – MCA Manitoba – Proactive Service, presented by Jim Baston
  • February 20 – MCA Saskatchewan – Advanced Supervisory: Turning Supervisors Into Better Leaders, presented by Kevin Dougherty
  • February 26 – MCA Manitoba – Short Interval Scheduling, presented by Dr. Perry Daneshgari
  • February 27 – Construction Association of Nova Scotia – Construction Scheduling, presented by Dr. Awad Hanna
  • March 26 to 30 and April 16 to 20 – 10-day project management course at the University of Waterloo – only three spots remain!
 
Innovation and Technology
3D printing has come a long way since its inception in 1984. Today, we can print amazing things — from toys on home desktop 3D printers to replacement parts for hardware to advanced prostheses to living tissue. The array of materials available for printing is also widening, from standard plastic resins to chocolates to DNA. The next step for 3D printing, it seems, is to move into the next dimension, 4D.


 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

MCA Canada and its Charity Committee Chairman, Brad Diggens, are extremely proud of the generosity demonstrated by the membership across the country over the last few years. You have graciously donated more than $155,000 to Operation Eyesight, and the money you have raised has helped the charity drill nearly 30 lifesaving wells.

As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered to help eradicate blindness caused by trachoma, a completely curable disease. With your support, we can provide people around the world with access to clean water, and wipe out trachoma in the process.

We have done a lot of good so far, but we still have a long way to go. Please consider contributing to this extremely worthwhile charity to save lives and better the world.

To obtain your copy of the Operation Eyesight Pledge Package, visit mcac.ca, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.

 
 

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