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January 26, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
MCA Canada will hold four days of extensive meetings between February 10 and 13 that will help set the association’s direction.

Scheduled to meet are the MCA Canada Executive Board, the Conference Committee, all MCAC Standing Committees and the MCA Canada Board of Directors. Also meeting are the new Construction Education Council, MCAC’s Charity Committee and the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada Board of Governors. Provincial and regional MCA managers will also meet for their semi-annual managers council meeting.

Keep an eye on future editions of Just the Fax for details that emerge from these meetings.
 
MCA Canada's Construction Education Council (CEC) – formerly the CMCEF – will meet in February during MCA Canada's winter board meetings (see previous article).

In preparation, CEC needs your input on how to better meet your education needs. Please take a moment to complete the CEC survey that arrived in your inbox last week. And if you already have completed the survey, thank you for your time and feedback. The survey results will be a key component of our meeting agenda.
 
The 2015 edition of MCA Canada's Information Guide & Membership Directory is now in production and should be on its way to you in early February.

The guide is an all-in-one magazine distributed to members and industry stakeholders to provide a comprehensive list of MCA Canada’s programs and services. It includes a listing of the Board of Directors, addresses and contact details for all MCA offices, an overview of all our educational programs, a complete list of business tools, manuals and codebooks – and much more.

Keep an eye out for this valuable resource. It is a wonderful tool for helping you manage your businesses.
 
MCA Canada is a vibrant and diverse national association whose history reaches back to 1895. Please join us in welcoming our newest member.

Oscar Ladouceur & Son Ltd.
355 Balmoral Ave.
Cornwall, ON  K6H 3G6   
Contact: Michael Ladouceur
Tel: 613-932-9492
 
It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of a dedicated member of the industry in BC, Julian Popowich, who passed away after a short illness. For the most part, Julian engaged in his life's work, his cherished occupation, in the HVAC business of his brother and family, Crosstown Heating. He travelled the west gaining talent and renown as an estimator in the business. He continued working to the age of 79. A husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Julian will be missed by all. A celebration of life took place on January 17. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Julian's family.
 
Industry News
During its January 13 meeting in Toronto, the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) decided the time is right to call for a national prompt payment summit.

"Prompt payment discussions are taking place virtually everywhere across Canada and progress is being made in varying degrees from jurisdiction to jurisdiction," said NTCCC Chairman, Brad Diggens, president of MJS Mechanical Limited. "The purpose of such a summit is to invite provincial representatives of prompt payment groups to meet at the same time and same venue the purpose of which will facilitate the sharing of information which will lead to future cooperative efforts and coordination amongst all interested parties."

In addition to addressing provincial initiatives, participants will discuss efforts to include prompt payment provisions at the federal level.

Plans for the summit are being made for April 2015 in Ottawa.
 
 
The Government of Canada recognizes that the skilled trades are critical to Canada’s economic prosperity. It works with provinces and territories to harmonize apprenticeship systems and reduce barriers to certification in the skilled trades, so that apprentices can more easily train and work where jobs are available.

Economic Action Plan 2014 proposed the Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training pilot project, which would expand innovative approaches to the delivery of apprentice technical training and reduce barriers to completion.

Training providers – such as community colleges, industry trainers, union centres and employer groups – may submit ideas for pilot projects between now and March 3. Programs can include e-learning, distance education, videoconference, correspondence, blended learning, mobile facilities and simulation technology.

 
Employers who train apprentices do so to grow their workforce and enhance business performance. The training culture created by an effective apprenticeship program promotes skills development, safety and productivity. Yet despite the benefits and available supports, only one-fifth of skilled trades employers are active participants.

At the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Atlantic Roundtable: Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Training – scheduled for February 26 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John's – attendees will discuss the challenges to, and benefits of, apprenticeship training. This discussion will help to inform the next phase of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s employer engagement strategy.

Registration is free to MCA members; non-members pay $50 to attend.

 
The results of the fifth annual Hays Canada Salary Guide may come as a surprise. More than half of the construction employers who responded to the survey indicated that they believe the construction industry is to blame for its own lack of available talent.

 
Since the introduction of subcontractor default insurance in 1995, there has been a considerable discussion and controversy over what the product covers and the impact it has for owners, lenders, general contractors and subcontractors. Over the years, a number of people have provided their thoughts and opinions of the product; however, in many cases this opinion isn't always based in fact. As a result, there is a great deal of misinformation as it relates to this growing insurance product, particularly in the subcontractor community.

Aon has developed a discussion paper that dispels a number of the most common myths regarding subcontractor default insurance.


 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
To help you capitalize on the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation – an arm of Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency – invites you to participate in a free webinar.

You will discover how energy management system best practices can help you improve energy performance, reduce energy costs and improve your competitiveness and marketability as an energy efficient leader.
 
Events
World Plumbing Day is fast approaching. Held annually on March 11, the day celebrates our industry’s contributions to society. Please mark the occasion with your employees, customers, family and friends.

Plumbing can be argued to be one of the top three inventions with the greatest impact on humans and the environment today. (The light bulb and the internal combustion engine being the other two great human innovations.) Whether you agree or not, no one can dispute plumbing’s significance.

You can do many things to bring awareness to World Plumbing Day. Learn more at www.worldplumbingday.org and www.mcac.ca/Events/WorldPlumbingDay.aspx.
 
MCA British Columbia’s Annual Conference & AGM is scheduled for May 1 and 2 at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa in Victoria, BC.

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria, is surrounded by a variety of activities and attractions. As part of the larger master-planned Bear Mountain Resort, The Westin offers a complete lifestyle experience. Enjoy the secluded luxury of a mountainside resort community only 20 minutes from Victoria, one of the world’s most beautiful seaside cities.

 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • February 10–13: MCA Canada Winter Meetings, Las Vegas, NV
  • March 5–8: International Alliance of MCA Meetings, Maui, HI
  • March 8–12: MCA America Annual Conference, Maui, HI
  • March 12: MCA Saskatchewan Conference, Saskatoon, SK
  • March 22–26: CCA Conference, San Antonio, TX
  • April 9–19: MCA Ontario Conference, Sicily, Italy
  • April 22: CMMTQ AGM, Montreal, QC
  • April 22–23: MCEE Trade Show, Montreal, QC
  • April 30–May 3: MCA Alberta Conference, Invermore, BC
  • May 1–2: MCA British Columbia Conference, Victoria, BC
  • May 20: MCA Western Regional Meetings, Winnipeg, MB
  • May 21–24: MCA Manitoba Conference, Elkhorn, MB
  • May 30–June 1: CCA Meetings, Prince George, BC
  • June 2015: MCA Eastern Regional Meetings, Charlottetown, PE
  • June 14–16: CIPH National ABC Conference, Québec City, QC
  • October 18–20: CCA Meetings, Thunder Bay, ON
  • November 16–19: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, CA
 
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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