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April 6, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
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, the Internet 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 April 2015 Multimedia Information Program kit:

CEC Golf Tournament – Each summer, the Construction Education Council (CEC) holds a very important annual fundraising golf tournament in Southern Ontario. This year marks the 11th occasion and a return trip to the beautiful Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario. The tournament will take place on Wednesday, July 8. This is the CEC's largest fundraising event, raising over $20,000 annually. Funds raised go towards the continued development and delivery of industry education to our MCA membership. If you require further registration or sponsorship information, please contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca.
 
Membership Advantage ProgramChase Paymentech is one of the world’s largest financial transaction processors for businesses, processing approximately 13.1 billion transactions annually, with more than $500 billion in annual bankcard volume in both Canada and the United States. As a leading payment processor and a single source for debit and all major credit cards, the company offers a full suite of advanced payment solutions, including credit & debit cards, point-of-sale terminals, an electronic gift card program and secure e-commerce capabilities with discounts for MCA members. Please call MCA Canada for more details.
 
This month's program brought to you by VICTAULIC – Since 1919, VICTAULIC has been the world's leading producer of grooved mechanical couplings and pipe-joining systems. Over the years, Victaulic has continued to develop innovative solutions focused on ensuring efficiency, reliability and safety. To find out more, visit www.victaulic.com.
 
Watch for your CEC Golf Tournament registration form in the MCA Canada monthly mail out. Join your colleagues for a great day of golf on the Manulife LPGA Championship Course, the Grey Silo Golf Club, in Waterloo, Ontario.

This year’s tournament will take place on Wednesday, July 8. The tournament is held each year to raise funds for CEC to aid in the development and delivery of education to the mechanical contracting industry.

For further information, please contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5159 or tania@mcac.ca.

 
Please note that the MCA Canada website is under construction and will be temporarily unavailable as we transition to our new site. This applies to the MCA Canada and Construction Education Council websites. We are very excited about the new website, which you can expect to see mid-April. 

If you require any assistance while the new site is being finished, please contact the MCAC office directly by phone at 613-232-0492 or email at mcac@mcac.ca
 
Industry News
The Standards Council of Canada and ULC Standards are pleased to announce the development of a Joint National Standard for balloon-type ball backwater valves. The development of this joint Canada-U.S. standard is the first of its kind in the plumbing and heating sector.


 
SDTC's SD Tech Fund and SD Natural Gas Fund provide co-funding support for selected Canadian pre-commercial demonstration projects to de-risk innovative clean technologies, carried out by a consortium of project partners who are well positioned to enable commercialization and replication of the technology after the project.
 
SDTC will accept statement of interest applications until April 15. If you are ready to apply, you can access our online application system here: SDTC Application System.
 
For application advice, please visit www.sdtc.ca, or contact portal@sdtc.ca or (613) 234-6313 for technical support or Flora Livesey at f.livesey@sdtc.ca or (613) 234-6313 ext. 231 for application support.
 
The work of stakeholders to improve the perception of careers in the skilled trades has improved over the past decade, says the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s executive director, but there is still work to be done.


 
Plunging oil prices, an aging workforce set to retire and moderate growth are all factors changing work conditions for Canadian construction, finds BuildForce Canada’s recent forecast.


 
Canada’s municipalities are calling for the federal budget to include at least $1 billion a year in new cash for public transit, insisting the projects will boost economic growth and reduce commute times.


 
Watch the video about welder Jordan Atlin and read more about the Women in Trades Training initiative.


 
Promoting the skilled trades is both a passion for me as well as a part of my professional responsibilities, says Randy Callaghan who is field personnel advisor for PCL Constructors Westcoast.


 
Spring is the time of year when everything is new and fresh, so now that the season has officially arrived, people turn their attention to cleaning and organizing tasks. It’s the perfect time to tackle organizing workspace, as well.

A cluttered office not only makes you look disorganized to your employees and clients, but also means more time spent looking for items, which translates to lost productivity and profitability.


 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Registration for the MCABC Gold Seal Supervisory program closes on April 9. The six-day course will take place from April 23 to 25 and May 7 to 9 at the MCABC training room.

After much research and countless hours of collaboration with many experts, CEC feels that it has the most comprehensive Supervisory program available to the construction industry. Successful completion of this course will provide you with seven Gold Seal credits. The target audience for this course is foremen superintendents working in a supervisory capacity for a construction contractor. Apprentices have also indicated that this course is very useful in helping them to understand the role of the foreman and supervisor thus assisting in their day to day routine. This course is designed with the adult learner in mind and emphasizes participant/instructor group interaction.
 
Course content will include but is not limited to the following broad topics: 
  • Planning a project, to include an understanding of the phases of construction, the staffing issues associated with construction, and the documents and protocols governing the construction process.
  • Executing the work, emphasizing the importance of having key project controls in place to assist in managing the job site as the work is being performed as well the techniques for maintaining jobsite harmony.
  • Monitoring the work, stressing an understanding of the elements and importance of monitoring the project as the construction progresses from start-up through to close-out.
  • Closing-out a project, providing an understanding of the steps involved in closing out a project and stressing the importance it has for future projects.
For further information on the course please contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca or simply download the complete brochure.
 
Innovation and Technology
Canadian construction must decide if they are farmers or hunters in how they do business, says the founder of Trendhunter.com.


 
Cities in Scandinavia have, over the last few decades, saved a lot of money and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, by relying heavily on district heating systems.

 
Miura Canada
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.

 
 

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