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July 20, 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. 
 
July 8 was a perfect day for golf: not too hot, not a cloud in the sky, and a beautiful scenic setting at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, ON.

Although the final tally is not yet in, it looks like players raised more than $15,000 for the Construction Education Council. That money will help in the delivery of education programs to the mechanical contracting industry.
 
In total, 108 golfers played. The foursome from the Ontario Pipe Trades Council came out as winners with an 11-under-par score. Congratulations to tournament champs Terry Snooks, Jim Hogarth, Paul Boyle and Demitri DiVittorro.
 
CEC would also like to congratulate the other course challenge winners: Chris Riel, winner of two Longest Drive contests and a Closest to the Pin contest; Dale Findlay for a Closest to the Pin; Paul Boyle for Longest Drive; and John Leeson on the AON Beat the Broker Closest to the Pin Contest.

Speaking of AON, CEC would also like to thank them for sponsorship of the hole flags, beverages at their Closest to the Pin hole as well as donations that they raised (over $500) on the Beat the Broker hole. Sponsorship plays a huge role in this annual fundraiser CEC and MCA Canada would also like to thank:
  • Platinum Sponsors – Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario and Victaulic
  • Gold Sponsors – MASCO, Modern Niagara Group Inc, Ontario Pipe Trades Council and the UA
  • Hole Sponsors – OGCA, Bradford White, Lyncar Canada, Alberici, Watts, MCA Kitchener-Waterloo, MCA Toronto, Kilmer Environmental and Aecon
  • On-course challenges – Bradford White, Noble, IPEX Inc, MCA Canada, MSCC, GolfNorth, AON 
  • Balls – Wolseley
  • Tees – Bibby Ste. Croix
  • Trophies – Sportvision
See you on the green next year!
 
Brad Diggens, former chairman of MCA Canada and president of Calgary’s MJS Mechanical Ltd., is an avid outdoorsman and climber. Years ago, he dedicated himself to supporting the MCA’s Charity of Choice, Operation Eyesight, by climbing and hiking to raise money. He was dealt a significant setback—in the form of a heart attack—last winter. The good news is that he has been medically cleared to pursue his passion again.

In the following letter to MCA Canada President Richard McKeagan, Brad tells the story of his recovery, his eagerness to get back on the hiking trail, and why raising money for Operation Eyesight is so important to him and his family. He invites MCA Canada members to join him in supporting this case, which is making important strides in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Read on. 


Dear Richard,

Despite my health setback five short months ago now, I have been provided the go-ahead by my cardiologist team to continue, carefully, my backpacking adventures. Jennifer and I will take this opportunity to backpack on another one of our week long or so unguided journeys. We are going to tackle the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, starting July 18 through the 23 or 24. This is another one of Canada's top ten backpacking trails.  
 
I was hoping that MCAC could once again advertise this latest backpacking event to try to motivate our members into remembering once again what's most important to all of us: health, life, and being there for others when the needs are there. One of these opportunities lies with the ability we all have to again help provide life-saving wells that will help to save the lives of so many marginalized families. Whether these lives are in our backyard, or in other countries such as those in Africa, every life saved is important. I know that there are always many charities we could support right here at home, but I would once again implore our members to support this cause if possible. Operation Eyesight is doing wonderful work, and of course they are not as prevalent as other charities simply because the work they are doing is in some far flung country and some part of the world most of us will never visit, let alone will any of us ever meet or see those we all so generously help. But that's what makes it so special. With faith, prayers, and very little money, we all can be involved in helping those less fortunate than us. We live in such a wonderful country, a part of the world where life is lived with so much to offer. But if we lose sight of the fact that there are so many others out there that have so little, so many that have virtually nothing at all, then we stand the chance of further alienating ourselves in a world that is fast recognizing that others have so much, and yet sometimes share so little. 
 
I know we could all find many noble charities to support right here at home. And of course many have lost loved ones to so many deplorable diseases. My wife, my children and I support many of those charities, such as Colon Cancer, Lung or Brain Cancer, Heart and Stroke, MS, hearing loss, mental illness, and so many others. Such a sad world at times, and the needs are so many, but I would still implore all of us to keep those other charities in our hearts that are not so prevalent. Their needs are so great, and the charity MCAC has so wisely chosen to support, Operation Eyesight Universal and their Wells in Africa Campaign, is truly making a difference. They are saving lives in the process of eradicating the diseases such as trachoma that was their primary objective when venturing forth with their charitable mission, and of course with our members generous support. 
 
I admit I love to backpack and hike, and maybe some may feel I'm selfishly doing something I love anyways, so why support the cause. But please don't not support the charity because of the event, or not support it if the hike itself is perhaps an issue. Please support the event or charity because those people need you most of all. I'm doing the backpacking event to raise awareness to the charity, but I don't want the cause to be affected negatively in any way. I fully realize that any backpacking anywhere is nowhere near any hardship that any of those that Operation Eyesight is helping will face each and every day. We are only trying to bring back more awareness to a charity and a need that is easily forgotten in a world where there are so many other needs. 
 
So please either support our efforts through our upcoming backpacking event (you can follow the event here) or donate directly to Operation Eyesight Universal. And while doing so, help to eradicate a horrible disease, and save lives in the process. And don't forget those many other charities that are trying to eradicate those other diseases we all have likely faced as well in our own lives. The needs are great, but a little goes a long way.
 
Kindest regards always,
Brad
 
MCA Canada is pleased to welcome our newest Associate Member!
 
Johnson Controls delivers products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs in buildings for more than one million customers. Operating from 500 branch offices in 148 countries, Johnson Controls is a leading provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and security systems.
 
Johnson Controls has been involved in more than 500 renewable energy projects including solar, wind and geothermal technologies. Their solutions have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 15 million metric tons and generated savings of $7.5 billion since 2000.
 
For more information, visit johnsoncontrols.ca or email Tim Ingham.
 
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada, a division of MCA Canada dedicated to service contractors, is very pleased to announce the following new member:
 
Pad-Car Mechanical Ltd
Contact: Tim Padfield
3271 17th Ave S.W.
Medicine Hat, Alberta
 
Industry News
The Canadian Construction Association's director of government relations discusses CCA's lobbying efforts.

 
Every day, tradespeople get to make something new. In this video series, real tradespeople show off their stuff – skills, talent, expertise and pride.


 
Promoting skilled trades careers to youth, parents and educators remains an important priority among apprenticeship stakeholders. CAF-FCA convened a roundtable on May 28 in Saskatoon to provide insight into the objectives, approaches and design of youth apprenticeship programs in different parts of the country. Discussion encouraged participants to identify ways they can support youth apprenticeship programs, maximizing the impact of these programs as a pathway into the trades.
 
A report on the event is now available, along with a host of related resources.
 
On August 3, NRCan will release a new Canadian 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for medical offices in Canada. This new score will provide powerful metrics specifically created for medical offices in Canada, including dental and psychiatric outpatient care facilities that will enable users to quickly understand how their buildings are performing relative to similar buildings nationwide.
 
NRCan will also offer a series of webinars alongside the release of the new score to support not only medical offices, but also hospitals in their efforts to benchmark their energy use and become more efficient.
 
These webinars will teach participants how to use the basic functions of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, with a particular focus on energy benchmarking for healthcare facilities.
 
Join us for one of the following webinars:
If you need to know more technical knowledge about the tool, a pre-recorded webinar is available on demand on our training resources page.
 
To learn more about the Canadian adaptation of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, please visit our website. We also invite you to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency, to keep up to date with the latest information on the Canadian adaptation of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and the new ENERGY STAR score for Canadian medical offices.
 
If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please contact us at info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

 
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
Construction is well underway on Apple Campus 2, Apple's planned new Cupertino headquarters. No expense is being spared on the futuristic building, nicknamed the "spaceship" and costing an estimated $5 billion. Due to be completed at the end of 2016, it will accommodate 12,000 employees and features a $161 million auditorium, as well as a vast leafy green space at the centre of the site.

 
A technology start-up run by two Cambridge physics graduates is working with a major UK-based international contractor to develop a method of testing concrete strength using "Internet of Things" sensors and processing.

 
Looking at a simple pinecone, Chao Chen, a Royal College of Art student, envisioned a building material that can shapeshift to the weather around it.

 
Not many people even raise an eyebrow at the mention of 3D printing a house or an apartment. After all, people in the construction industry know these things have been done, and that other, more ambitious projects are under way.

 
Events
The Canadian Hydronics Council will be presenting a webinar on CSA B214 and Hydronic Installation Inspection and Enforcement led by Robert Bean on August 26 at 11:00 am ET.

 
A variety of opportunities allows the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and its membership to directly connect and develop industry contacts, exchange ideas and information, and network.

 
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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