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June 29, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Membership Advantage Program
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!
 
You can check the Conference Pre-Planning Guide for event information and sponsorship opportunities. You can register online through www.mcac.ca, or through to the conference registration page. See you in Palm Springs!
 
MCA Canada’s Conference opening breakfast will feature former NHL goaltender and mental health advocate Clink Malarchuk.
 
No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and stress-ridden as that of an NHL goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career nearly cut short by a skate slicing across your neck. Clint Malarchuk shares his extraordinary and heart-wrenching life story—which includes his long battle with alcoholism and almost ending his life by a gunshot to the head—in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness and to help others who may suffer as well.
 
Malarchuk, who was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta, and raised in Edmonton, played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He went on to play professionally in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres, and in the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder. He compiled a career record of 141 wins, 130 losses, 45 ties, 12 shutouts and a .885 save percentage.
 
After leaving the NHL as a player, he served as head coach of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads. He was then a goaltending coach for the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He became the goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, going from there to the Calgary Flames, and retiring from the team in 2014.
 
His memoir, The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, was published in 2014.
 
Join us for Clint Malarchuk’s special keynote address at the MCA Canada opening breakfast on Tuesday, November 17, from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. 
 
The annual Construction Education Council golf tournament is just a few days away—on July 8.


If you haven't already booked your foursome, do so now. Spaces are filling up quick and we have just a few remaining. The event is a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

 
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.


 
It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of Robert (Bob) Jones, a long-time member with the Prince George  Mechanical Contractors Association, and an industry supporter.

Prior to establishing R. J. H. Jones Mechanical Ltd in early 1979, Bob worked throughout the North. He joined member firm Tidy Insulators in the late 1960s working as an estimator and took on the management of Dave’s Plumbing & Heating Ltd’s Prince George Branch in the early 1970s.

Bob served seven years on the Mechanical Contractors Association of BC's Board of Directors, 12 years on the Mechanical Industrial Relations Association's Board of Directors, and the Prince George Construction Association Board of Directors. He was also active in the Prince George Mechanical Contractors Association and the BC Sheet Metal Association.

Bob was pre-deceased by his son Danny Jones. Our thoughts are with his wife Sylvia, daughter Bonnie and her family, Danny’s family and the team at R. J. H. Jones & Son Mechanical Ltd.
 
Industry News
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced further details regarding the new Public Transit Fund (PTF), the Government’s largest dedicated infrastructure program to promote public transit infrastructure investment in a manner that is affordable for taxpayers and efficient for consumers.

 
From the sun’s radiation to the sun’s effect on the skin, this chart shows that outdoor workers are six times more likely to develop skin cancer than the general population.

 
If you think you’re content toiling away at your desk, crunching data, or hammering out the details of a grand design, try asking a construction worker or facility service employee if they ever whistle while they work. The answer will change your perspective about getting excited for work every day.

 
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction Level Best Women’s Advancement Project is a federal government funded research and action project designed for construction industry employers, unions, alternative unions and open shop contractors across Canada to improve women’s advancement into leadership roles within the Canadian construction industry.


 
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 is pleased to present an exclusive webinar series called Hiring Right. The program is a series of five webinars, each is approximately 90 minutes in length

The seminars are aimed to give the attendee insight on the importance of a good hire and how to avoid making costly mistakes. The cost of a "bad" hire can have devastating effects on any business. Don’t let this happen to you!

Course registration is $500 per person/login. At the conclusion, the attendee will also receive a Gold Seal course certificate, awarding them one point towards Gold Seal Certification.

Register here. You can also email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.

Module 1: September 18    (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 2: September 25    (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 3: October 2           (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 4: October 15         (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 5: October 23         (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
 
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!

 
The Construction Education Council (CEC) is pleased to present an exclusive webinar series on the basics of the construction industry. The program is a series of four webinars, each of which lasts for approximately two hours in duration.

In this series, participants will have the opportunity to explore facts and figures and the industry in which they work. They will become more familiar with the material, processes and job roles as well as the work-related language that will serve as an introduction to the rest of the materials. At the conclusion of the series, participants will learn how important this industry is in the job creation and the important issues it faces.

Cost to register is $425 per person/login. Following the course, the attendee will also receive a Gold Seal course certificate, awarding them one point towards Gold Seal Certification. Register here. You can also email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.
 
Module 1: October 6           (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
Module 2: October 13         (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
Module 3: October 20         (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
Module 4: October 27         (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
 
Innovation and Technology
Hard on the heels of last week’s news that material scientists had developed a new material capable of keeping roofs cooler than the air around them, came word that researchers are busy developing a material called perovskite that could result in cheaper, more efficient solar photovoltaic cells.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Membership Advantage Program
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada is extremely pleased that members have been taking advantage of the Perkopolis Membership Advantage Program.
 
Perkopolis provides discounts to MCAC members on entertainment, shopping, hotels, travel and more. You can save whether you want to go to a movie or sporting event. Take a train or visit the zoo. Stay at Disneyworld or purchase electronics. Members and their families have access to dozens of programs and services at discounted rates.
 
Setting up your account is easy:
  1. Go to www.mcac.ca.
  2. Click the "Login" button at the top right hand side of the page.
  3. Enter your username (your email address) and your password (MCAC2015).
    (Note: If you cannot access the "Login" section of the website, please send an email to mcac@mcac.ca.)
  4. Click the Perkopolis link: www.perkopolis.com.
  5. Click "Not a Member? Register Now" to create your profile and password.
  6. Enter your member ID: MCACPERK15.
 
Important Dates
  • 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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