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May 11, 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
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 sponsors 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.
 
Last week, we told you that Beckett Evans, son of Mark Evans, who works for MCA Canada Associate Member company Viega, was selected as one of the five finalists in the World Plumbing Day poster contest.
 
Well, we're pleased to tell you that Beckett's entry bested all the others and was chosen as the contest's grand prize winner.
 
Congratulations, Beckett! Great work!
 
It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of Doug McLean, past member of MCABC and long-time member of the industry. Doug was a loyal and dedicated employee with Crane Supply and Crane Canada for 47 years and a proud member and contributor with the Mechanical Contractors Associations. His career started in Victoria with moves to Nanaimo, Kelowna, back to Victoria, then Kingston, Ottawa and finally Vancouver where, after building his own manufacturers agency and working with Equipco, he retired in 2003. A 32nd Degree Mason, Doug was a humble yet proud man with a genuine love for people. Survived by his beautiful bride and wife Ferne of 64 years; children Sue (Jason) of Shawnigan Lake, BC and Doug Jr. (Patty) of Mississauga, ON; beloved grandchildren Kirk, Griffin, Bailey and Lizzie.

A celebration of life will be held on June 5, from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm at Capilano Golf and Country Club (420 Southborough Drive, West Vancouver, BC). In lieu of flowers, a donation to the MS Society of Canada or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 
Industry News
The Canadian construction short-term outlook is stable because despite increases in household debt ratios and the potential for higher interest rates, housing start data in Canada show ongoing health. However, the combination of reduced public spending and caution among private investors would result in a weak sales increase in non-residential construction.


 
Unsure if you have the right experience or qualifications? Gold Seal has released a tool that complements the online application process. The Gold Seal Wizard asks you a series of basic questions on your education, training, designations and industry experience and recommends an application stream for you based on your responses.


 
The framework on the national certification for Building Information Modeling (BIM) professionals by the Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) has taken shape with elements of the levels of certification ironed out.


 
World-renowned Canadian Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield says the riskiest thing he’s ever done, the most dangerous nine minutes of his life, happened when the shuttle lifted off for space.


 
Lenard Monkman believes the skilled trades gave him a second chance in life after the challenges he faced through much of his childhood.


 
Why are there so few female engineers? An experience at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that if the content of the work itself is made more societally meaningful, women will enroll in droves.

 
Corporate restructuring signals growth and diversification.


 
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
Trimble announced that it is supporting new construction modeling workflows with enhanced integration between AECOsim Building Designer software from Bentley Systems and Trimble’s Vulcan sheet metal cutting software for the HVAC market.


 
The building industry is looking with fresh eyes at robots—including at least three new systems expected to be available this year—with a focus on near-term efficiencies that make investment in the systems make sense.

 
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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