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April 13, 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
MCA Canada’s service division, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada, is pleased to welcome the following new members:
MCA Canada is very pleased to welcome our newest associate member. Fleetmatics Group PLC is a leading global provider of mobile workforce software-as-a-service solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes. Their solutions enable businesses to meet the challenges associated with managing local fleets, and improve the productivity of their mobile workforces by extracting actionable business intelligence from real-time and historical vehicle and driver behavioural data. 
Fleetmatics Group's intuitive, cost-effective, web-based solutions provide fleet operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce, enabling them to reduce operating and capital costs, and increase revenue. An integrated, full-featured mobile workforce-management product provides additional efficiencies related to job management by empowering the field worker and speeding the job completion process quote through payment. As of December 31, 2014, Fleetmatics served over 25,000 customers with approximately 552,000 subscribed vehicles worldwide.
For more information visit www.fleetmatics.com, call 866-844-2235 or email Chelsey.carlson@fleetmatics.com.
MCA Canada Associate Council Chairman, Peter Ashton (Masco Canada), will chair the next Associates Council Meeting, on April 23. It will take place during the MCEE Trade Show at Place Bonavanture in Montreal, Quebec, in Mezzanine Core Room C from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

If you are an MCA Canada Associate Member, you are encouraged to attend. If you are not registered as an exhibitor but wish to attend the meeting, please send your name and company to daryl@mcac.ca as soon as possible to be added to the access list.
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
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) would like to invite all MCA Canada members to join us at our forthcoming MCAA Technology Conference. It takes place June 8 and 9 at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s University in Oak Brook, Illinois.

MCAA would also like to extend member pricing ($495 US) to any MCA member who wishes to attend. Please note that to register, MCA members will have to fill out and send in the paper version of the registration form to receive the member rate.

Download the program brochure and the registration form for more information.
Did you know the Canadian Government offers apprenticeship loans, apprenticeship grants and tax credits?

Apprentices can take advantage of interest-free Canada Apprentice Loans up to $4,000 per period of Red Seal technical training. Apply online or download a paper application at www.canada.ca/apprentice. In addition, apprentices can get up to $4,000 through the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant. This information is also available at www.canada.ca/apprentice.

Employers can help their apprentices receive their employment insurance faster by issuing a record of employment using ‘Code J’ in ‘Block 16’ when they leave work. Visit www.canada.ca/apprentice for more information.
Industry News
Prompt Payment Ontario has made a policy U-turn to agree that prompt payment issues should be considered under the Construction Lien Act review, but there is double vision in the industry in terms of creating new legislation.

According to a report prepared by the Canada West Foundation and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, a pan-Canadian system of evaluating and certifying competence would help ensure workers have the skills needed to do their jobs well and make the country a stronger international competitor.

It’s the new Ottawa monument no one’s talking about — mostly because hardly anyone knows about it. But barring misadventure, the Canadian Building Trades Monument should be unveiled in Ottawa by 2017.

In Canada, final offer selection is not new. There have been some high-profile public and private instances of FOS, usually after the government has legislated away the ability to strike.

N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Even though module 1 of the MSCC/CEC Introduction To Mechanical Service webinar is now complete, there's still plenty of time to sign up for any of the three remaining modules. And lots to learn!
Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes and is specifically designed for anyone new to the mechanical field. It covers everything from service terminology to why contractors charge the rates they do. MSCC members pay only $75 to enrol.

To find out more or to register, click here, visit www.servicecontractor.ca, email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.
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
It was less than a decade ago that a building design philosophy from Germany called "passive house" jumped the Atlantic Ocean and quietly took root in Brooklyn. Passive buildings maintain a comfortable interior climate without active heating and cooling systems — that means no more radiators or air-conditioning units for people who live in environments more temperate than New York’s. Now large projects delivering hundreds of new passive units to market are in the works.

The days of rustling with multiple drawings and spending hours of coordination over a light table are now over. We are at the brink of a time in which an entire project can be designed, managed and executed all in one location, on a single file.

This article discusses rapid prototyping, prefab, solving complex assembly problems and saying goodbye to fragile conceptual models.

Imagine a robotic machine that builds an entire house out of concrete. If it sounds futuristic, then the future is here, courtesy of University of Southern California engineering professor Behrokh Khoshnevis and his Contour Crafting Robotic Construction System.

Dutch architects work with 3D printers.

Miura Canada
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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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