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March 9, 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
From February 26 to 28, students from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University—together with contractors, faculty and MCA staff members—converged in Waterloo for an opportunity to learn a little more about the mechanical contracting industry.
 
Students participated in such sessions as "A Day in the Life of a Mechanical Contractor", "Interview Skills and Tips", "Innovations in Modular Construction", "Interface Management, an Emerging PM Discipline", "3D Laser Scanning" and "Location Sensing in Construction." They attended a technology symposium where university graduates talked about technological tools they have developed for the construction industry, and Trimble paid a visit to demonstrate the tools they are using for 3D imaging. Finally, in what was the highlight of the weekend, students visited the UA 527 training centre. There, they had a great time working hands on with the materials of the trade.
 
The weekend wasn’t all hard work. Everyone had the opportunity to mix and mingle at several social functions and the McMaster University Student Chapter Competition Team shared their experiences of participating in MCA America’s annual competition.
 
Experiences such as these cannot take place without the support from industry. The conference was offered at no cost to the students. We would like to sincerely thank MCA Ontario, MCA Kitchener – Waterloo, MCA Canada, MCA Hamilton, Shell, Aecon, UA 527 and Trimble for their generous contributions. 

 
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jim Wilkie – peacefully, with his family at his side. Jim always believed in the importance of having the voice of Cape Breton heard in the construction industry and was very active in his involvement with Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS). He strongly believed that Cape Breton needed a seat at the association’s board table to ensure its needs and concerns were heard in an effort to shape the future of the construction industry.

Jim began his career in the construction industry, working with JW Rudderham’s. He later went on to partner with five co-workers to form AB Mechanical, one of the largest mechanical contractors in Nova Scotia. After a long and successful career in the industry, Jim was honoured with distinction and inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame in September 2009. He went on to partner with his son, David, launching J. Wilkie Mechanical. 
 
Jim was always aware of the fact that the entire industry needed to plan for succession. With a keen interest in what was happening in the industry, Jim was actively involved in helping to improve the province’s apprenticeship system and expanding the Youth Apprenticeship Program into Cape Breton, helping guide CANS through hurdles the program faced.  
 
In 2008, CANS made Jim an Honourary Life Member, a designation awarded to individuals who, through their deeds and actions, significantly contributed to the betterment of the association, the industry and the attainment of CANS' goals and visions. CANS will continue to ensure that Cape Breton will be well represented, in the honour, spirit and integrity that Jim Wilkie has set forth.
 
 
Industry News
March 11 is World Plumbing Day – every year, everywhere. Please join your industry partners and help bring awareness to the fact that clean water is not a luxury.
 
Get involved. Display this poster in a public place (bathroom door, bulletin board, lunch room) to help promote the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.
 
Everybody deserves access to a safe drinking water supply and adequate sanitation.
 

Please feel free to share the following World Plumbing Day message from the World Plumbing Council Chairman which is a strong message on the value of effective plumbing in all communities around the world - See the Video Message.

 
The Canadian Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian buildings and houses of all types. Entries for this year’s awards are due tomorrow (March 10), and winners will be announced during the Canada Green Building Council’s National Conference June 2–4.

 
The Apprentice Procurement Initiative encourages the hiring and training of apprentices through federal construction and maintenance contracts. Requests for proposals and invitations to tender related to federal Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and Defence Construction Canada maintenance and construction requirements include a voluntary certification clause in which bidders agree to use, and require its subcontractors to use, reasonable commercial efforts to hire and train registered apprentices. Bidders are asked to provide the planned number of apprentices and the trades required for the contract. After contract award, contractors are also encouraged to complete a report on the number of apprentices that were hired to work on a contract and their trades.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and PWGSC are currently gathering information to better understand contractor hiring and training practices as they relate to apprentices. This information will be used to help shape an ongoing approach to federal procurement practices. Initial data was gathered through a request for information through Buy and Sell in summer 2014, and EKOS has now been contracted to undertake a broader survey of construction and maintenance employers in Canada. In the coming weeks, some employers may be contacted by EKOS to participate in the survey. We encourage all those employers that are contacted by EKOS to take the time to participate in the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Heather MacKinnon at Heather.L.Mackinnon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca or call (819) 654-2943.
 
The search for candidates to serve on the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is on.

The CCBFC oversees nine standing committees that work on the Canadian building, fire, plumbing and energy codes that form the basis of provincial and territorial regulations. The National Research Council, which houses the commission, is looking for volunteers to represent all regions of Canada and all sectors of the construction industry that use national and provincial codes. Candidates should also have a broad knowledge of policy and code-related matters.


 
A rising number of female role models are stepping up to pave the way for more young women, according to BuildForce Canada, as it gets set to celebrate International Women's Day, and the difference women are making in the construction industry.



"Industry culture and attitudes are changing from the inside out," said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. "One of the biggest changes we're seeing is in the number of successful female tradespeople sharing their experience, and actively encouraging more young women to join them."


 
According to TINYpulse's 2015 Best Industry Ranking report—gathered from its anonymous one-question feedback surveys from over 30,000 employees across more than 500 organizations, among 12 distinct industries—construction and facility service workers are the happiest employees.


 
Superintendents hold the construction industry's most difficult job, but they are also among construction's happiest workers, according to a survey. FieldLens posed 12 questions on job satisfaction and technology habits to 163 construction professionals to gather data on superintendents, a group rarely featured in construction industry surveys.



 
Advice: Hire and train apprentices! Watch this video for more advice.

 
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
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.


 
3D printing appears to be the "next big thing" in construction, rivalling BIM in its capacity to grab headlines. Beyond the headlines, 3D printing does provide great potential to fundamentally change the construction industry by altering the design, fabrication and installation processes. However, such radically new methods of working bring risks of liability and contractual issues.


 
UC Berkeley associate professor of architecture Ronald Rael and former professor Virginia San Fratello succeeded in designing 3D "cool bricks," a device that could potentially replace air-conditioning systems in hot, arid climates.


 
The Center for the Built Environment at the College of Environmental Design, Berkeley in California has been awarded three grants totaling $8 million to fund core research in radiant systems and task/ambient approaches to workplace comfort, and research and development in new technologies for monitoring and control of commercial buildings.


 
Events
The Industrial Pipe, Valves & Fittings Council, a council within the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, will hold a networking reception and luncheon on March 25 at the Oakville Holiday Inn Centre at 590 Argus Road in Oakville, ON.



Entitled Oil and Gas from Shale: The Promise and the Politics, the presentation aims to set the record straight on the benefits, the promise, and the safety of natural gas and oil from shale.


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