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July 13, 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 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. 
 
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.


 
Industry News
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the first of the party leaders to sit down with Canadian Construction Association (CCA) President Michael Atkinson to discuss industry issues that will be top of mind in the upcoming federal election.

 
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) has asked federal ministers and parliamentarians from all political parties to support local procurement policies, prompt payment of trades and global free trade.

 
There are many resources available to help you make a complete, accurate and successful scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) claim. Whether you are claiming SR&ED tax incentives for the first time or have previously filed a claim, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers easy-access tools and guidance to help you.
 
Here are few key resources to help you get started:
 
Detailed information to help you understand how to claim SR&ED tax incentives.
 
Basic information about the SR&ED program: who can claim tax incentives, what work qualifies for the tax incentives, how to calculate expenditures and the investment tax credit, and how to apply for tax incentives.

An online tool to help you understand the eligibility requirements of the SR&ED program.
 
Details about free CRA webinars and seminars tailored to meet your needs and answer your industry-related questions about the SR&ED program.

Go to www.cra.gc.ca/sred to find all the information you need about the SR&ED program.
 
The federal government has softened tough anti-corruption rules for companies that want to do business with Ottawa.

 
Everyone, including employees, stands to gain from safety in the workplace. So what can you do to protect worker and public safety if you are concerned about alcohol use or abuse in the workplace?


 
It’s becoming more common for project teams to investigate software and app options that will allow them to make use of smart devices on site.

 
As an industry, our discussion on health and safety issues focusses mainly on the impact of the wellbeing of people on our jobsites. But there’s a business case to be made for health and safety as well. Here are 10 reasons why you need to buy into health and safety.



(To access safety apps specifically for mechanical contractors, visit the Member Only section of www.mcac.ca. Contact MCA Canada if you need assistance.)

 
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
Most buildings that meet the rigorous passive house standards are single-family homes. But a new passive-house apartment building in New York City will be 26 stories high—the tallest and largest in the world.

 
Even young children can quickly progress from building a simple survival hut to creating impressive structures. For instance, the year three girls in a research project called Serious Play rebuilt their school in Minecraft. To achieve this they had to use a range of design, maths, art and geography skills.

 
Events
The conference is scheduled for October 15–16 and this year’s theme is "Evolving to meet the challenge."


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