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May 4, 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 May 2015 Multimedia Information Program kit:
  
Introducing MCA Canada’s new website! – Utilizing the latest development technology, the website boasts a unique and modern design that includes improved functionality, enhanced rich content, simplified access to programs and services and advanced search capabilities. It is divided into three sections representing the parent organization, MCA Canada, the education division, the Construction Education Council, and the service division, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada. Check it out at www.mcac.ca.
 
Perkopolis – The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada is extremely pleased to announce Perkopolis as our newest Membership Advantage Program. Perkopolis provides discounts to MCAC members on entertainment, shopping, hotels, travel and more.
 
This month's program brought to you by IPEX – IPEX Inc. designs and manufactures one of the world’s most diverse lines of integrated thermoplastic piping systems – pipe, valves and fittings – all engineered from the ground up to handle the full range of today’s mechanical, industrial and municipal applications. With more than 50 years’ experience in thermoplastics combined with progressive manufacturing technologies, efficient distribution centres and coast-to-coast customer support, the IPEX name is synonymous with quality, innovation and performance. One supplier to stand behind you and your complete piping system. For more information, please visit www.ipexinc.com or call 1-866-473-9462.
 
If you have a son, daughter or legal ward who wants to enter the mechanical contracting business, then the Construction Education Council may be able to help. Each year, Federated Insurance sponsor a scholarship through the CEC. Participation is open to MCA Student Chapter members and the children of employees of MCA Canada member companies.


 
The annual Construction Education Council golf tournament is a little more than two months away. If you haven’t already registered, do so today. The event is a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

 
Training your workers can cost a lot of money, but what if there were an opportunity to help offset such an expense? Now there is. The Canada Job Grant is a new, nation-wide program that pays up to $10,000 per employee to help cover the cost of training and certification.

There are only two catches. First, as an employer, you’re expected to pay up to one-third of the total training cost (although the program will allow some businesses with 50 or fewer workers to make in-kind contributions to help offset their shares of the money). Second, training has to be delivered by an eligible third-party supplier (such as the Construction Education Council).

The Canada Job Grant is a fantastic tool that construction companies can use to get their employees trained to new standards—and become more productive. For more information, check out the program in your area.
 
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.
 
Each year, to help celebrate World Plumbing Day on March 11, the World Plumbing Council holds an international poster competition with applicants from all over the world. We are very pleased to announce that Beckett Evans, son of Mark Evans, MCA Canada Associate Member company Viega, has been selected as one of the five finalists.
 
Great job, Beckett! Congratulations—and good luck in the finals!
 
Industry News
When a country is in as good financial shape as Canada, now is the time to help the country grow by investing in social programs or building infrastructure.


"Our government will sell a 30-year bond for two percent. If I build a rapid transit system, it earns the economy eight percent, let’s say, because everybody travels faster, it’s more efficient, income in the economy goes up, we tax it at 40 percent and the investment pays for itself," said Scott Clark, a professor, consultant and senior bureaucrat who served as deputy minister at Finance under Jean Chrétien’s government.

 
Protecting employees from potential head injuries is a key element of a safety program in virtually all industries. This article discusses many of the frequently asked questions related to hard hats.

 
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) recently announced that a Red Seal Construction Craft Worker (CCW) Program for Aboriginal People is in development. The pilot Aboriginal CCW Program is scheduled to begin in fall 2015.


 
As president of Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd., Dawn Tattle says a lot has changed in the industry for women since she became a partner in 1986 and eventually assumed her current role in 1997.

 
Although most Canadians don't like to admit to essential skills deficiencies, a new report from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) suggests that individuals stand to earn more by investing in upgrading skills such as numeracy and problem-solving.



"There is still a stigma attached to having poor essential skills when the reality is, most of us recognize our own weaknesses," said Sarah Watts-Rynard, CAF-FCA's Executive Director. "Whether someone is interpreting a document or doing math calculations, there is generally room for improvement. This research tells us higher skills result in better pay - something that may help individuals overcome their reluctance to seek upgrading."

 
According to the National Highway Safety Commission, 11 percent of drivers are talking or texting on their cell phones at any given time. This is causing 1.6 million auto crashes, a half million injuries and 6,000 deaths a year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Even though the first three modules of the MSCC/CEC Introduction To Mechanical Service webinar are now complete, you can still sign up for our last module. And there's still lots to learn!
 
The 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 4: June 1 (12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT)
 
Innovation and Technology
A new study says advances in disruptive technology like robotics and artificial intelligence will bury companies that are not ready to use them.

 
Being able to capture more of the world in high-resolution 3D could have many uses, from construction to maps. The 30-metre tall statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro from a nearby mountain was under construction for nine years before its opening in 1931. It took just hours to build the first detailed 3D scan of the monument late last year, using more than 2,000 photos captured by a small drone that buzzed all around it with an ordinary digital camera.

 
When complete, the College of Engineering at Oregon State University lab will have two components to create a virtual construction environment that replicates real-world jobsites. An interactive, high-definition projection system will allow multiple users to conduct sample work operations without actually putting workers at risk for injury. And a connected driving simulator will help evaluate driver and worker actions as vehicles pass through a work zone.

 
Events
The Toronto CanBIM Regional Session will bring together members and guests with emerging software and hardware innovators and developers. These emerging technology companies will outline where their rapidly evolving products are going and the powerful impact these tools are having on the building industry.



This session will provide attendees the opportunity to meet the developers behind the systems they use in three areas of focus: design & engineering, building & detailing, and operations & maintenance.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • 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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