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January 19, 2015 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
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is changing as Canadians prepare to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).


Currently, many different countries have different systems for classification and labeling of chemical products. This situation has been expensive for governments to regulate and enforce, costly for companies who have to comply with many different systems, and confusing for workers who need to understand the hazards of a chemical in order to work safely.

In Canada, the current roles and responsibilities for suppliers, employers and workers will not likely change in WHMIS after GHS.


 
The Canada Apprentice Loan initiative is now open for business and accepting applications. The Canada Apprentice Loan, which was introduced in Economic Action Plan 2014, will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades across Canada with access to interest-free loans. These loans will help apprentices address the costs they encounter during technical training, including educational fees, tools and equipment, living expenses and forgone wages.

 
The MCA Hamilton Student Chapter Team finished among the top four teams at this year’s MCA of America Student Chapter Competition. The group will travel to Maui, Hawaii to compete for the top University/College title in March.

The event sees dozens of student chapters from America’s top colleges compete for the prize as the best of the best – against Canada’s lone entry. Teams are given a case study and must present their mechanical proposal to industry professionals who grade their work.

MCA Hamilton teams have attained top ten status in the last three years of the contest. Please join us in congratulating the MCA Hamilton team on this tremendous achievement and in wishing them the best of luck in the upcoming finals.
 
Pictured from left to right are Paula MacDonald, Service and Maintenance Manager; Aaron Pettifer, Site Superintendent; Alexandra Pittiglio, Project Manager; Mitchell Rohrer, Chief Estimator; Tanya Tipnis, Project Executive (and MCA Hamilton McMaster University Student Chapter President); and Jeff McKay, Health & Safety Manager.
 
For more information on the MCAA Student Chapter Competition, please see www.mcaa.org/careers/studentchapters/competition

 
Industry News
The Canadian Infrastructure Report Card is undertaking a survey to measure Canada’s infrastructure assets, and is asking municipalities for their assistance in filling out the survey. The survey link was distributed directly to municipal Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) at FCM member municipalities on October 27. They have been asked to appoint a survey coordinator for their municipality and to send responses by January 16, 2015. All relevant municipal staff are invited to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the survey.

Please contact your CAO or visit the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card to find out more about contributing to your municipality’s response.

 
By now, you’ve heard about, read about or have experienced the major changes affecting our economy: the price of oil is dropping, as is the value of the Canadian dollar. And if you thought these changes would have an effect on experts’ forecasts for the construction industry, you’d be right.

It’s for that reason that BuildForce, the national labour market forecasting group for the construction industry, is currently hard at work revising its projections for the 2015 to 2024 period. Ordinarily, BuildForce makes those documents available around this time of year, but the organization is delaying these releases to ensure its forecasts reflect the changing economic conditions, and to give industry the latest information to make the most informed workforce and management decisions possible.

For more information, or to see the most current forecasts available, visit www.constructionforecasts.ca/en.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The 2015 National Education Program Catalogue is hot off the press and should be on your desk by now.
 
The catalogue lists the vast array of courses available to you through the Construction Education Council (CEC), formerly known as the Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation. If you find something that interests you or one of your employees, contact your provincial or local MCA and they will work with CEC to bring the program to your city. If your firm has enough employees to offer its own course, contact CEC directly and they will take care of all the arrangements.
 
For more information on the available courses, or to download the full catalogue, visit www.constructioneducation.ca, contact the CEC office at 613-232-0492 or email Tania@mcac.ca.
 
Innovation and Technology
Big data, BIM, augmented reality, drones...what else does 2015 hold for construction technology? Ten construction technology experts offer their predictions of what to expect this year.


 
Events
MCEE, Canada’s largest plumbing, HVACR, hydronic, electrical and lighting expo, is scheduled for April 22–23 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal, Quebec. This is the must-attend event for those who work in the building mechanical and electrical industries. It features an extensive line-up of seminars and a trade show with more than 350 exhibitors.

For more information, see www.mcee.ca
 
Building owners and facility managers are discovering the value of BIM. The lifecycle benefits are immense when we consider the large amount of information that is stored in the model pertaining to every aspect of a building. When harnessed properly, this data can improve building performance, save time, effort, and money in running and maintaining the building during its life cycle. The information available to owners and facility managers via BIM can also serve as a foundation for future modifications and alterations to the property.

With so many downstream benefits, it’s only a matter of time before owners start using BIM. How can owners and facility managers begin using BIM? What can architecture, engineering and construction firms do to accommodate this process?

Presenters at this year’s CanBIM Regional Session in Montreal will debate these and other BIM-related issues. The one-day conference is scheduled for February 19 at the Montreal Convention Centre.

For more information, please see www.canbim.com.
 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered together 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 by building more than 30 wells, 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.

 
Important Links
Do you want to be part of getting a commercial on the 2015 Super Bowl broadcast?
 
Brendan Taylor, son of MCA BC executive vice-president Dana Taylor, is competing in the 2015 Doritos Crash The Super Bowl advertising competition. He and his colleagues have beat out 4,900 other commercial submissions to make the top ten finals. The winner will, among other things, have their commercial shown during the broadcast of this year's Super Bowl.
 
Brendan's team is one of only two from Canada to make the final 10. Help get his commercial to air by voting for "When Pigs Fly" on the Doritos Crash The Super Bowl website https://crashthesuperbowl.doritos.com/finalists#/6511.
 
 

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