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June 1, 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 June 2015 Multimedia Information Program kit:
MCA Canada's National Conference pre-planning guide – "The Heat Is ON!" is the theme of MCA Canada’s 2015 Annual National Conference in Palm Springs, California, November 16 to 19. For all your need to know information regarding the conference, please review the guide and registration form included in your mail out. Join us in Palm Springs and experience MCA Canada’s premier national conference. Register at www.mcac.ca

Petro-Canada – MCA Canada has a long-standing partnership with Petro-Canada. They carry a wide range of quality fuels including gasoline, diesel, aviation and alternative fuels. From SuperClean gasoline and residential heating fuels to propane, natural gas and heavy fuel oils, they are the market leader in the consumer, commercial and industrial marketplace. To find out how you can save with Petro-Canada contact the MCA Canada office.

This month's program brought to you by Dobbin Sales Ltd. – Since 1978, Dobbin Sales Ltd. has been supplying quality commercial products to the Canadian plumbing industry. Whether you are a contractor, engineer, designer or wholesaler, Dobbin Sales has the right products for your project. Their team is committed to outstanding technical support, customer service and getting you the product you need, on time! Dobbin Sales also offers a comprehensive online customer service portal where you can look up inventory, pricing, order status and shipping information. Call 1-800-565-8515 to sign up or for more information. You can also visit www.dobbinsales.com or email info@dobbinsales.com.
 
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) recently released a bulletin recommending that bid calling authorities require the listing of major trades, critical subcontractors and subcontractors with a significant value to the contract price in bids. This is a positive and necessary change that increases transparency and accountability in Canada's construction industry while creating greater stability in the work environment for trade contractors. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) supports the move and is encouraging CCA to continue its productive and balanced review of standard practices.

The change comes on the heels of work conducted by a task force report to CCA's Standard Practices Committee. The task force put forward its recommendations to the committee with the goal of achieving consensus on best practices to prevent bid shopping. To do this, they engaged a wide range of stakeholders in the construction industry including general contractors, road builders, heavy civil contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, and trade contractors.

"The Standard Practices Committee of CCA conducted a thorough review of options concerning bids and should be commended for the depth of consultation they took on," said John Blair, NTCCC Director and Executive Director of the Canada Masonry Centre. "Groups supporting this change are clearly stating that they prefer transparency and fairness and would prefer not to operate in the dark."

The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) was established in 2004 to provide an organized forum for Canada's national trade organizations to share information, resources, and to collaborate on issues that are of common interest all. The membership is currently composed of: Canadian Roofing Contractors Association, Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, Canadian Masonry Contractors Association, Canadian Electrical Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, Interior Systems Contractors Association, Thermal Insulation Association of Canada, Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada-Contractors Division, Sheet-Metal Contractors Association, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, and the Tile, Terrazzo, and Marble Guild.
 
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 coming up on July 8. 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.

 
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.
 
Industry News
The Canadian Construction Association supports the principle of bidders naming major subcontractors and suppliers in their bids. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide recommended best practices that are acceptable to all parties.


 
A trio of Canadians will compete in the events of refrigeration and air conditioning, plumbing and heating, and mechanical engineering design at this summer’s WorldSkills Competition in Brazil.


 
Skills/Competences Canada (SCC) has introduced a new mobile app to help bridge the skills gap between the classroom and the workplace. It helps students and teachers evaluate proficiency in the nine essential skills identified by Employment and Social Development Canada as they relate to today's trades and technology careers.


 
Gold Seal updates provide valuable information for everyone involved in or interested in the leading certification program for Canadian construction management professionals such as estimators, superintendents, project managers, safety coordinators and owners’ construction managers: applicants, interns, certificate holders, employers and construction HR professionals, buyers of construction, as well as course providers.


 
Featuring articles on the institute's forthcoming conference, its updated mission and vision, new member profiles and more!


 
The head of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies says that the 2015 federal budget’s commitment to new investments in infrastructure is good news for Canadians.

 
Provinces, municipalities and community groups have as little as three weeks to get their proposals in for a new "Canada 150" infrastructure fund, prompting concern that the Conservatives are rushing to spend the cash ahead of the coming election.

 
The last time China unveiled its tallest skyscraper in 2008 the stock market plunged. Coming this summer, the Shanghai Tower will become the second tallest building in the world.

 
Gender diversity in the construction industry is shockingly poor. Women make up just 11 percent of the entire workforce, but even this figure includes many who work behind a desk, often in design, management or secretarial roles. On building sites themselves, it is estimated that 99 percent of workers are men.

 
Watch a video of CAWIC's Tammy Evans and CCA President Michael Atkinson talking about women in the construction industry.

 
Non-traditional project delivery methods are being increasingly used in construction projects, and these delivery methods can bring non-traditional insurance risks. Non-traditional project delivery methods may require project participants, such as designers, contractors and owners, to hold additional types of insurance to guard against risks that their typical insurance does not cover.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Construction Education Council's Computerized Mechanical Estimating course is an introductory course that provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using estimating software.


CEC has partnered with Trimble Accubid for the delivery of this program. It is not a course that will teach the ins and outs of the software program but rather how to do a proper take off.


The course is scheduled for September 15 to 18 in Vaughan, Ontario.

 
The Construction Education Council and the University of Waterloo partner annually to offer a 10-day Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Course. To date nearly 1,000 students from across Canada have completed the course. The program qualifies for 70 PDUs towards PMI certification and 10 points towards Gold Seal Certification. It is also Blue Seal Certified in Alberta.


Each course topic is taught by a specialist. Topics include: project administration, scheduling, managing individual differences, safety, change orders, construction law, job cost controls, meetings and communication, dispute avoidance and claims, labour relations/due diligence, and project completion.


This year’s program is scheduled for November 19 to 23 and December 10 to 14 at the University of Waterloo. There are only 24 spaces available, and the course sells out quickly. Don’t delay!

 
Innovation and Technology
By the end of the year, nearly every major automaker will begin offering Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto, two systems that effectively turn a car’s dashboard screen into a smartphone.

 
Humans and machines are teaching each other how to do more together than they could do alone. Here are six companies where robot training is well under way and the humans are getting valuable tech skills in the bargain.

 
Reality-capture technologies, such as 3D laser scanning, mobile and aerial LiDar, and unmanned aerial vehicle or handheld photogrammetry, can help when it comes to construction projects by delivering four main benefits.


 
Imagine a faster, safer and more reliable way of conducting building envelope or site inspections. A method where acres of space can be accurately surveyed in a matter of minutes and hard-to-reach or dangerous spaces can be assessed for trouble spots without a single worker ever strapping on fall arrest gear. All of this and more is possible thanks to drones.

 
If you’re among the skeptics who think that the idea of wearing a set of computer glasses to overlay 3D model of a building over a construction site is a bit far-fetched, you probably aren’t alone.

 
Events
Over the five days from June 8 to 12, some of the top apprentices in the pipefitting trades from across the country will converge on Toronto for the eighth annual United Association Canadian National Apprentice Competition.

Hosted by UA Local 46 at its training centres on Warden Avenue in Scarborough, the competition brings together apprentices from UA locals in plumbing, steamfitting, welding, HVACR and sprinklerfitting to be tested on their skills and theoretical understanding of their trade.

The competition will also be accompanied by a trade show for the pipe trades.
 
For more information, contact UA Canada at 613-565-1100. 
 
Join CAF-FCA at a complimentary two-day symposium on October 22 & 23 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa.
 
CAF-FCA will host roundtable sessions and face-to-face networking opportunities to share new research findings on the hottest topics in apprenticeship today: Demand for Skilled Tradespeople and the cross-country Mobility of Apprentices.

The symposium will include opportunities to:
  • Learn more about recent research to define the qualifications employers want 
  • Provide input on labour market intelligence related to apprenticeship
  • Share labour market planning strategies related to recruitment and training
  • Learn more about challenges apprentices and employers face when an apprentice moves prior to certification
  • Hear how recent harmonization efforts are progressing
  • Brainstorm supports and solutions to facilitate apprentice mobility
Email info@caf-fca.org for more information.
 
Work is well underway to organize CAF-FCA's 2016 conference, Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future. Mark the date and plan to join us June 5-7, 2016 at Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC.
 
CAF-FCA invites interested speakers to submit a presentation abstract for the conference, which will bring Canada's apprenticeship community together to highlight promising practices and innovative solutions in apprenticeship training. More than 500 delegates are expected to participate over three days.
 
Apprenticeship is more than a way of teaching hands-on skills -- it inspires partnership among employers, labour groups, educators, equity groups and governments to contribute to a shared objective. Focusing on collaborative projects and initiatives, the 2016 conference theme revolves around the work multiple stakeholder groups undertake together to improve apprenticeship outcomes. 
 
Presentation abstracts that align with the conference theme will be given preference in the selection process.
 
 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • June 14-16: CIPH National ABC Conference, Québec City, QC
  • June 17: MCA Eastern Regional Meetings, Charlottetown, PE
  • 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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