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March 16, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
Congratulations to the MCA Hamilton/ McMaster University Student Chapter Competition Team, which won gold in the MCA of America’s annual student competition in Maui last week.

The win is a huge achievement. The students put countless hours of work into their bid and subsequent preparation for the event. During the competition itself, students hit the stage in front of an audience full of contractors and MCAA delegates to defend their bid. Each was given the chance to talk about his or her piece of the project and was then subjected to rigorous scrutiny from the project judges. It’s a real pressure cooker type of situation.

Our Canadian students were well prepared, knew their stuff, and impressed the judges enough to be crowned winners. This is the first time that a Canadian chapter has placed in the top four—never mind actually winning the event.

Congratulations to service and maintenance manager Paula MacDonald; health and safety manager Jeff McKay; project manager Alexandra Pittiglio; chief estimator Mitchell Rohrer; project executive (and MCAH/McMaster University Student Chapter President) Tanya Tipnis; site superintendent Aaron Pettifer; and McMaster Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Dr. Stephen Veldhuis.

Way to go team! Everyone at MCA Canada is very proud of you.

MCA Canada’s service division, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada, is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Industry News
In recognition of World Plumbing Day on March 11, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating announced the winners of Canada's Most Water Wise School Case Competition.

In its second year, the competition aims to challenge college and university students to identify ways to increase water conservation at their schools. The first place team from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario will share a $3,000 grand prize, while the runner-up from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta will share a $1,000 award.

To mark World Plumbing Day, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) is encouraging Canadians to acknowledge the role plumbers play in providing safe and sanitary access to water. CIPH also encourages Canadians to think about their water consumption, and to consider the technological advances and innovations available to promote water conservation.

Public-private partnerships may have originated in the United Kingdom and developed in a number of other countries such as Australia, but no country has come close to Canada in perfecting the model, and it is something from which the rest of the world can learn.

The composition of resource-related investments is changing after more than a decade-long construction expansion, driven by new resource developments. Major infrastructure projects, sustaining capital and maintenance work that support Canada's new resource capacity become important drivers of labour market demands, according the latest forecast released today by BuildForce Canada.

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)
The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) can offer any of its courses live over the Internet, and invites all MCA Canada members to take any of their courses at member prices. Here's what's on offer this spring.
  • Project Management Fundamentals and PM Risk Management for the Construction Industry: March 12, 19, 23 and 27
  • Business Development for the Construction Industry: March 17 and 20
  • PM Risk Management for the Construction Industry: March 23 and 27
  • Industry Trends Information Session: Leveraging Unified Communications to Improve Your Business: March 24
  • Dr. Perry Daneshgari: Procurement Chain Management: March 26
  • Excel with Excel: The Basics: April 14 and 21
  • Principles of Construction Documentation: April 15, 22, 24, 29 and May 1
  • Blueprint Reading: The Basics and a Refresher: April 22, 23 and 24 
  • Construction 101: April 29 and 30
  • Dr. Hanna: Managing Construction Delay Claims: April 30
For more information or to register, call Nancy Thompson at (902) 468-2267 or visit www.cans.ns.ca.
Innovation and Technology
We all know the dangers associated with distracted driving. But what about the distraction caused by mobile devices on worksites? This article includes a sample policy on cell phones and cell phone use.

The new president of Canadian Construction Innovations says the organization will turn high-tech concepts into real products and services that contractors and developers can use to save time, reduce costs and improve profits.

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