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February 2, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Innovation and Technology
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's Construction Education Council (CEC) – formerly the CMCEF – will meet in February during MCA Canada's winter board meetings.

In preparation, CEC needs your input on how to better meet your education needs. Please take a moment to complete the CEC survey. The feedback you give will help us develop our meeting agenda.
 
If you already have completed the survey, thank you for your time. 
 
MCA Canada’s website is a valuable source of information for our members, and we sincerely hope you take a few minutes to check it out.

Our Articles and Publications page includes information on the labour estimating manual, subcontractor default insurance, supply chain management best practices, change order procedures and so much more. Post open job positions on our Career Centre Job Board. Check out our discount programs on the Members Benefits tab or review the list of upcoming courses on the Construction Education Council page.

Whether you need to find a supplier, see what events are coming next or find out information on past and future conferences, www.mcac.ca is the place to go. Check us out today!
 
If you’re an employer planning on hiring management expertise in the future, grooming top talent and meeting this industry’s best and brightest future leaders – or if you are a student looking for a bright and rewarding future within the mechanical contracting industry – you must attend the second annual MCA Student Chapter Summit, scheduled for February 26 to 28 at the University of Waterloo.

Students from McMaster University and Algonquin College will join their hosts from the University of Waterloo for sessions on "A Day in the Life of a Mechanical Contractor", "Interview Skills and Tips", "Innovations in Modular Construction", "Interface Management, An Emerging Project Management Discipline", "3D Laser Scanning" and "Location Sensing in Construction".

Afterwards, students will visit the UA 527 training facility where they will have the opportunity to work hands-on with the tools of the mechanical trade and participate in a technology symposium where they will have an opportunity to learn and to try various technology tools that are currently being developed to assist with the future of the construction industry.

CEC would like to thank MCA Ontario, MCA Kitchener-Waterloo, MCA Canada, MCA Hamilton, Shell, Aecon, UA 527 and Trimble for their sponsorship of this event. Without their support, this opportunity would not be possible.

Download the complete program brochure today!
 
Please join us in welcoming our newest Associate Member. Marking Services Canada works directly with mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and fire protection contractors of all sizes to fulfill identification needs that meet and exceed labeling-specifications requirements.

Through labour-saving services, MSC team members partner with you to deliver a seamless process for creating and executing an identification plan from the initial submittal stage to final punch-list fulfillment. As a manufacturer of custom and stock identification products, all MSC products are ASME, ANSI, NEC, NFPA and OSHA compliant and are widely utilized and installed in a variety of project types. Through their commitment to providing value-added services, high-quality products, on-time delivery and world-class customer service, MSC offers a one-stop comprehensive source for all your identification needs.

For more information, call Angie Gibson at 780-986-8480, email her at angie.gibson@markserv.com or visit www.markserv.com.
 
The 2015 edition of MCA Canada’s Information Guide and Membership Directory is on its way. The Information Guide is an all-in-one magazine distributed to members and key industry stakeholders to provide a comprehensive list of MCAC programs and services. We hope you use this valuable resource to assist in managing your businesses.

Membership Advantage Program: CLEARFIT. ClearFit is the one place contractors can go to find employees and predict which ones will succeed before interviewing them. ClearFit’s web-based software allows employers to find job applicants from multiple sources, indicates which candidates are most likely to succeed, and provides a detailed report evaluating each applicant’s skills, personality fit, qualifications, experience and more. Check out www.clearfit.com today.
 
This month's program is brought to you by: TACO CANADA. Taco is much more than a manufacturer, it is a way of doing business. Whether you are a commercial or residential installer, an engineer, architect or building owner, when you register with us, you open the door to our vast training and support network. The FloPro Team, Taco University, webinars, blogs, videos, and free system design software are just some of the value-adds we provide for our customers. Check out www.taco-hvac.com today.

 
Industry News
When a piece of equipment is bought outright, you take on ownership, meaning the equipment becomes an asset on your balance sheet. Standard company balance sheets have three parts: assets, liabilities and ownership equity. The difference between the assets and the liabilities is known as equity, or the net worth of the company. From a taxation perspective, the benefits of ownership allow the company to depreciate the asset. But if the purchase happens near the end of the financial year, the tax savings become minimized because the full year’s depreciation can’t be taken. A preferred method of handling the transaction is an operating lease.


 
Given the pipeline of projects, 2015 could end up being remembered as the year of public-private partnerships. Short lists are being completed for large and expensive projects in many provinces. There’s $8 billion up for grabs in Toronto via the Eglinton-Crosstown light rapid transit; potentially $5 billion that’s set to be awarded for the construction of a new Champlain Bridge in Montreal; and another $2 billion for an LRT system in Edmonton. As well, some projects will come from provinces relatively new to the world of P3s.



 
The New Leader’s Council and Virtuali have published a report called Engaging Millennials through Leadership Development: Teaching Millennials to lead is the key to talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention.



The report is based on a sample of 527 U.S.-based Millennial professionals. It underscores the impact that changes in the workplace, in which we will see a growth of 30 percent or more of Millennials, who will become the majority of workers. The report notes that 50 percent of Millennials are already in leadership positions. Yet, 64 percent of those surveyed felt "unprepared" when assuming their leadership roles and report difficulties managing people and resolving conflicts.



 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Innovation and Technology
The 2014 Construction Technology Report, conducted by JBKnowledge, recently investigated how more than 1,000 contractors are using, funding and implementing information technology (IT).



What does this imply for contractors, their IT departments, and their IT users (i.e., employees)? While the availability, functionality and affordability of IT is consistently improving, attitudes toward IT spending are not.

 
Microsoft revealed a version of Windows that blends holograms with real world video to provide users with an augmented reality version of their environment that blends real objects with virtual, and virtual interface elements, information boxes and guidelines viewable via a wearable headset device. Windows Holographic provides ways for engineers to see instructions overlaid directly on the objects they’re working on, Microsoft said on stage, or offers a way for architects to survey and present their designs alongside clients even when separated by great distances.



 
Events
In celebration of World Plumbing Day on March 11, why not invite your child’s class or school to participate in the 2015 World Plumbing Council Poster Contest?

The contest runs from January 1 to March 30. Eligible entrants are residents of any country, enrolled in Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. Posters must feature the words "World Plumbing Day" and "March 11, 2015". The winning team will receive a cash prize as well as international recognition on the World Plumbing Council website.

 
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.

Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing the tragedy of needless blindness. The most heart-wrenching fact about trachoma is that it can be eradicated with accessible clean water and basic sanitation, something near and dear to our hearts.

To donate to this worthwhile cause click here, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.

 
 

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