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June 8, 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 HEAT Is On 2015 – MCA Canada invites you to join us in magnificent Palm Springs, California for our 74th National Conference, November 16–19.
 
Our host hotel is the beautiful Omni Ranchos Las Palmas Resort and Spa. The conference committee has been hard at work planning yet another world-class event for our delegates. Business by day, party at night! Enjoy our Opening Night "California Dreaming" party, the Victaulic Opening Breakfast with former NHL All Star Clint Malarchuk, our annual John Bradshaw Memorial Golf Tournament at Desert Willow Golf Resort, and our all new Awards Gala Event. You’ll remember this conference forever!
 
The Conference Pre-Planning Guide is on its way to you now and should arrive any day. You can find conference information, sponsorship opportunities and register online through www.mcac.ca. Or simply click through to the conference registration page. See you in Palm Springs!
 
As you know, MCA Canada, in partnership with the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC), is spearheading the push for prompt payment legislation on federal government projects. Through our efforts on Parliament Hill, Conservative MP Brad Butt, from Mississauga, Ontario, has agreed to present a petition on prompt payment every day in the House of Commons until the summer recess, provided we get at least 25 signatures on each form.

Here’s how you can help.
  1. Download and print the petition.
  2. Gather 25 legitimate signatures, signed in ink. Ask your office staff, your subcontractors, suppliers, field employees, your families and anyone affected by payment delays to sign the petition and add their name, city and province. (If you collect more than 25 signatures, please print and start a new petition).
  3. Once you have collected the 25 valid signatures and address on each page, mail the petition to:
Impact Public Affairs
300 - 66 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5C6
Attention: Rob Leforte

Note: The federal government will not accept petitions submitted by fax or email. They must receive the original document.

This initiative is extremely important and a significant stepping stone toward eliminating payment delays! Read the NTCCC position paper for more information.

Time is short. We need these petitions completed and mailed as soon as possible!

We certainly don't need to tell you how important it is to get paid in a timely manner.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this very important project.
 
Dear members,
 
You have been invited to participate in the 2015 SME Study being conducted by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
 
Some of you may recall the report Integral to the Economy, Integral to Procurement that was released after the 2012 SME Study. The report identified challenges SMEs face with government procurement and opportunities that could provide support for SMEs to do business with the Government of Canada.
 
Since 2012, PWGSC has implemented SMART Procurement, an initiative that has buyers engaging with suppliers in order to better align the request for a product or service with what industry can provide. The department has also consolidated federal government tenders and related procurement information on buyandsell.gc.ca to help industry make better business decisions.
 
The 2015 SME Study will assess PWGSC’s progress on the concerns raised by SMEs and will measure the impact of changes and services that have been implemented since 2012. It is anticipated that your feedback will guide future enhancements to procurement.
 
 
If you need additional information or clarification, please contact OSME.
 
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.

 
Industry News
Prompt payment legislation in the United States has addressed some of the more obvious construction cash flow abuses, but in the long term it has not been a bulletproof solution.


 
When working in hot environments, dehydration can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. This poster provides tips for workers and supervisors on how to prevent these illnesses, symptoms to be aware of, and possible treatment options.

 
Commentary by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.


 
Ottawa’s proposal to consider eliminating the 30-percent limit for pension funds investing in a company could dramatically improve the country’s infrastructure environment, according to one expert.

 
Mike Rowe is on a one-man mission to bring national attention to the importance of skilled trades training across the country. As the former host of Discovery Channel’s hit show "Dirty Jobs," Rowe spent countless hours traveling to all 50 U.S. states and working more than 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads and coal mines. Based on these experiences, Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades.


 
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
The province of Quebec has a lot of trees and forests, and a nascent Cross-Laminated Timber industry. Now Québec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district is getting a 13-storey tower constructed of mostly CLT, 12 storeys of apartments on top of a concrete podium.


 
Email has served its purpose well. It’s a great medium, but it’s too generic for construction. Also, too many people get stuck in the "I sent an email but never followed up" mentality. Those two things, along with the fact that it has few to no construction-specific features, make email a technology that will soon be past its prime.

 
buildingSMART Canada invites you to capture your BIM roles and responsibilities to help shape the buildingSMART Canada Practice Manual for BIM.

 
One Maryland County is testing a unique public-private partnership that would not only save money but also help the environment and local economy.

 
NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, are sponsoring a $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3D printed habitat for deep-space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The multi-phase 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, is designed to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.

 
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
  • July 8: CEC Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Waterloo, ON
  • 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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