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March 2, 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
The MCAC Member Multimedia Information Program delivers timely and valuable information to our entire membership via email (Just The Fax), the internet (www.mcac.ca) and direct mail. The program’s goal is to provide every MCA member with regular information on upcoming events, programs and projects. In addition, each communication will feature one of our Membership Advantage Programs, which can save you thousands of dollars each year. This program is brought to you thanks to the generosity of our featured associate member.

Here’s what’s in our March 2015 Multimedia Information Program kit:
 
Become part of MSCC – The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC) is an exciting and unique organization solely dedicated to increasing your profits. MSCC was formed by service contractors, for service contractors. MSCC offers a staggering array of programs and services that will streamline your company’s operations, decrease your expenses and increase your bottom line. This month’s mail out has everything you need to know about why and how to take advantage of your complimentary membership.
 
Membership Advantage Program: Choice Hotels – Through the MCAC Membership Advantage Program, members can obtain specially negotiated rates at over 260 participating Choice Hotels locations in Canada. That’s a minimum discount of 15 percent off applicable rates (subject to availability). In addition, our program gives you access to discounted room rates through Choice’s global network of over 5,000 locations worldwide.
 
This month's program brought to you by Bibby-Ste-Croix – Bibby Ste-Croix is the premier domestic manufacturer of cast iron soil pipe, fittings and couplings for drain, waste and vent plumbing systems. Bibby’s products are manufactured by using 95 percent recycled post-consumer scrap metal, and they are 100 percent recyclable once taken out of service. For nearly a century, Bibby has been providing quality cast iron products. When you choose cast iron, you know you are getting a safe and reliable system that will stand the test of time. For more information, visit www.bibby-ste-croix.com or call 1-800-463-3480.
 
Industry News
Negotiating supply deals in Canadian dollars can help ease the pain of a rising U.S. dollar for Canadian firms.

 
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) celebrates Women in Construction Week, March 1 to 7. NAWIC's mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

 
In the next two decades, 40 percent of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies. In 1998, that number was less than 20 percent. According to the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, many skilled tradespeople now earn six-figure incomes with excellent benefits. Despite the potential earnings and benefits, youth are not entering the trades in large enough numbers to offset the potential labour shortage.

 
There are common myths and misperceptions about the skilled trades. For example, parents and youth are concerned these occupations are physically demanding, reflecting a limited awareness of technologies used to support today’s tradespeople, particularly in the construction sector. This article lists four reasons to pursue a career in construction.


 
If you've ever paid for services without documentation, such as renovations on your house, taken tips from your job and not claimed them on your income tax and benefit return, chances are you've participated in the underground economy. Unreported or under-reported income is cheating.


 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada, in partnership with the Construction Education Council (CEC), is pleased to present an exclusive webinar series called Introduction To Mechanical Service.

The program is a series of four webinars of approximately 45 minutes each that are specifically designed for anyone new to the mechanical field. It covers everything from service terminology to why contractors charge the rates they do.

Each course is only $75 plus tax, but if you buy three, CEC will give you the fourth one free!

To find out more or to register, click here. Or visit www.servicecontractor.ca, email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.
 
Module 1: April 6 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Module 2: April 20 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Module 3: May 4 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
Module 4: June 1 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
 
Innovation and Technology
The construction job site has caught the tech-bug, and nowadays contractors and project managers have a plethora of options to help them manage their site and job. So many, in fact, that it’s easy to get lost with all the variety. Not to worry. Hard Hat Hub rounded up the top five software solutions you’ll need to keep your site running, everything from accounting and bookkeeping to modeling and strain analysis.


 
For the construction industry to keep up with the rapid evolution in technology trends, owners and employers need to instill a culture of innovation within their companies, say experts.


 
The Institute for BIM in Canada, together with Digicon Information Inc., is conducting a survey that is designed to capture the state of adoption of Building Information Modelling from a national perspective.

 
Do you BYOD or CYOD? While these sound like fun new party acronyms, they’re actually terms to describe how businesses are managing the mobile devices their employees use on the job. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and refers to employers that let employees use their personal phones at work. CYOD stands for Choose Your Own Device, which means employers provide employees with work phones and/or tablets, sometimes allowing them to select their device of choice.



According to Richard Harshaw, president of Lodestar Consulting Systems Inc., Cave Creek, Arizona, both of these approaches are popular with HVAC contractors.

 
Events
Join the MCAC, the World Plumbing Council, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating and many of our provincial and zone MCA offices in raising awareness to the important role played by Canada’s plumbing industry.

March 11 is World Plumbing Day and we want to hear how your company, organization or association will recognize this important day in your community. As a significant part of the industry, we all appreciate the important of clean water and access to sanitation facilities.

Join us in celebrating World Plumbing Day and visit us at www.mcac.ca/Events/WorldPlumbingDay.aspx.
 
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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