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February 23, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
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 Associate Council Chairman Peter Ashton is asking for agenda items for the Council's next scheduled meeting. The meeting will be held on April 23 at Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec during the MCEE Trade Show. All member companies are invited to participate in the meeting and to submit agenda items.
 
Please forward your agenda requests to daryl@mcac.ca.
 
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC) is an exciting national organization. As a division of MCA Canada, it is dedicated to the success of mechanical service, repair and retrofit contractors in Canada. We continue to welcome companies to MSCC and are delighted to announce the following new members: 
  • Danrich Environmental Control Systems Ltd, Saskatoon, SK – Contact: Danny Vaugh  
  • Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning (1998) Ltd, Saskatoon, SK – Contact: Brent Badrock
  • Davidson Bros. Mechanical Contractors Ltd, Burnaby, BC – Contact: Ken Bowes
  • Oscar Ladouceur & Son Ltd, Cornwall, ON – Contact: Michael Ladouceur
  • CoolAid Mechanical, Aurora, ON – Contact: Mike Correale
 
Industry News
Read about a great way to make training more affordable for employers! Fowler Construction Services from Nova Scotia benefitted from the Canada Job Grant to cover 50 percent of cost for three employees to take training in preparation for Gold Seal Certification.



 
Winnipeg Airports Authority and Stantec Architecture proudly announce that the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first airport terminal in Canada to become LEED certified. The airport achieved LEED Silver certification, which is beyond the category initially targeted. Looking beyond Canada, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is one of only 17 terminals in North America, and one of only 24 terminals worldwide to receive LEED certification for new construction.

 
CAF-FCA is conducting a national survey with certified journeypersons, and we want to hear from you!
 
The survey is targeted to certified journeypersons who completed apprenticeship training and may or may not currently work in the trades. We're interested in learning about how your career unfolded in the skilled trades. Your views will shape future career awareness resources to inform youth and parents as they explore potential careers.?

Results are anonymous. The survey will take 10 minutes to complete.?

Take the Journeyperson Survey by March 31, 2015.
 
For more information, please email Emily Arrowsmith.
 
Canadian premiers have approved a plan that will make it easier for apprentices to move between provinces and territories while completing their training and certification.


 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
If you are interested in any of the following programs, please contact your local MCA or CEC office.
 
Short Interval Scheduling – Dr. Perry Daneshgari – Winnipeg, MB – February 26
Construction Scheduling for Managing Projects – Dr. Awad Hanna – Halifax, NS – February 27
Procurement Chain Management – Dr. Perry Daneshgari – Winnipeg, MB – March 6
Making the Numbers Work – Kevin Dougherty – Saskatoon, SK – March 24
Project Tracking to Improve Labour Productivity – Dr. Hanna – Winnipeg, MB – March 27
10-day PM – Waterloo, ON Week 1: March 26-30 and Week 2: April 16-20 **Only one seat remains
Managing Construction Delay Claims – Dr. Awad Hanna – Halifax, NS – April 30
6-day Supervisory Training – Gary Lehman, Vancouver, BC – April 23–25 & May 7–9
Cumulative Impact of Change Orders – Dr. Awad Hanna, Ottawa, ON – May 1
 
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) recently surveyed 500 employers across regions and trades to learn more about their hiring practices and preferences, particularly when it comes to the value of certification and skills development.

A CAF webinar on April 22 will share insights from the employer survey and provide opportunities to discuss implications for the demand for certified skilled tradespeople.

 
Innovation and Technology
The use of robots will reduce labour costs by 24 percent in Canada's manufacturing sector, according to a Boston Consulting Group report.


 
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs. The SD Tech Fund and the SD Natural Gas Fund are open for applications until April 15.
 
Through the SD Tech Fund, SDTC supports technologies that address the challenges of clean air, soil, water and climate change, including technology solutions focused on these priority areas:
  • Responsible resource development: Mitigate environmental impacts associated with Canada’s natural resource sector through technologies in the oil and gas, mining and forestry sectors.
  • Resource and energy efficiency: Technologies that encourage energy efficiency in buildings and industrial processes, with a focus on industrial water use efficiency.
  • Clean energy: Technologies that enable clean energy production, distributed power generation and energy storage, as well as technologies related to carbon capture and storage, integrated energy systems and biorefinery/biochemical production.
  • Northern and remote communities: Innovative technologies and solutions for self-sufficiency in smaller communities, such as food security, heavy-lift transportation, small-scale renewable energy and microgrid applications.
  • Next generation transportation: Technologies related to next generation vehicles having reduced emissions and higher energy efficiency, with a focus on freight transportation.
  • Agriculture: Technologies that increase yield and improve temperature and drought resistance of agricultural crops, mitigate land-use changes and biodiversity loss and diversify farm incomes.
The SD Natural Gas Fund, a collaboration with the Canadian Gas Association, focuses on the following priority areas.
  • Residential (small-scale affordable CHP units, ultra-efficient water heaters, technologies that improve the efficiency of residential heating and/or cooling).
  • Commercial (technologies that improve the efficiency of heating systems, measurement and data management to better control natural gas consumption, natural gas cooling systems).
  • Industrial (higher-efficiency industrial heating equipment, CO2 capture systems, less energy-intensive hydrogen production).
  • Power generation (higher efficiency power generation, emissions control technologies, natural gas storage solutions for remote locations).
  • Transportation (more efficient and lower emission natural gas engines, alternative natural gas engines, lower-cost solutions).
  • Renewable natural gas (technologies that improve cleanup economics, cost-effective small-scale anaerobic digesters).
 
Events
World Plumbing Day is fast approaching. It is an important day when our industry celebrates its contributions to society and we hope that each of you will mark the occasion with your employees and customers.


 
Expect more at the Fiatech 15th Anniversary Technology Conference & Showcase, where the present and future converge around game-changing technologies and processes. This event will place you at the helm and change the workface for the facilities and capital construction projects industry. Hear a unique blend of industry experts, next-gen thought leaders, senior decision-makers, engineers, academia, solution providers, researchers and IT geniuses collaborate to provide value for your organization.

 
Miura Canada
AB&I Foundry
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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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