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August 4, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
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.

Your August 2015 Multimedia Information Program kit includes:
CEC Project Management Program – The Construction Education Council (CEC) proudly presents the exclusive CMCEF Gold Seal and Blue Seal Accredited Project Management Program. The highly acclaimed program is offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo. The program takes place over a 10-day period and is split into two five-day sessions. This will mark the 37th session offered. To date, more than 800 industry managers have graduated from the program. 
CEC Estimating Conference: Project Procurement and Strategies – Would you like to turn your estimating efforts into a sales tool? Would you like to improve your estimating accuracy? Would you like a better analysis of your risk during the estimating process? Would you like to improve your success rate in project procurement? If you answered yes, then consider attending CEC’s highly acclaimed Estimating Conference in Toronto, ON, from October 27 to 29.

Membership Advantage Program: FedEX – As an MCA Canada member, you are eligible for member discounts on select FedEx shipping services. Whether you’re shipping within Canada, to the U.S. or around the world, count on FedEx to deliver peace of mind and reliability. For more details, visit www.mcac.ca.
This month's program brought to you by MASCO – Representing companies and brands that have more than 100 years of experience in the Canadian marketplace, Masco Canada brings relevant, smart solutions for plumbing-related goods to their consumers and business partners. Responsible for manufacturing, product management, product development, sales and marketing, they meet the needs of our uniquely Canadian marketplace. To find out more, please visit www.mascocanada.com.
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!
Are you a service contractor? Are you thinking of setting up a service division? If so, the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC) has just the thing for you.

On November 18, MSCC will host the ninth edition of its Annual Service Contractor Forum. This year’s theme focuses on ‘Thriving As A Service Contractor'. We kick things off with lawyer Dan Leduc providing the "Top Ten Tips on Getting Paid" followed by our Supplier Innovation Showcase with our Associate Members introducing new and innovative products and services. Next, Kevin Dougherty, one of North America’s most sought-after instructors, will deliver a special course on the forum theme, while Jonas Software will discuss their products and provide tips and tricks on service-based features to help you get the job done. Finally, MSCC will host an open discussion on issues of common interest to mechanical service contractors in Canada.
The forum will be held at the Omni Ranchos Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs, California from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as part of MCA Canada’s annual national conference. This will be the only time the MSCC program will be delivered in 2015, so reserve November 18 in your calendars.
Visit www.servicecontractor.ca for more details and to download the forum brochure.
The 2015 edition of the CIPHEX Roadshow will travel from coast to coast this fall.

"The CIPHEX Roadshow connects manufacturers with regional buyers, designers and installers or plumbing, hydronic, HVACR, water treatment and electrical equipment decision-makers who are in the market for new products and suppliers," stated Paul McDonald (Bradford White), Chairman of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH).

"The CIPHEX Roadshow is a simple and cost effective way to put buyers and sellers together in markets that do not have major trade shows," added Ralph Suppa, President and General Manager of CIPH. "Each show takes place in a single day to minimize costs and time commitment for exhibitors".
Show locations and dates include: 
  • Burnaby, British Columbia - October 15 (Hosted by CIPH BC Region)
  • Edmonton, Alberta - October 20 (Hosted by CIPH Edmonton Region)
  • Regina, Saskatchewan - October 22 (Hosted by CIPH Saskatchewan Region)
  • Brandon, Manitoba - October 28 (Hosted by CIPH Manitoba Region)
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland - November 18 (Hosted by CIPH Newfoundland Region)
The shows provide an opportunity for contractors, wholesalers, engineers and other industry members to meet face-to-face with exhibitors, learn about new products and technologies and attend seminars.
CEC is pleased to announce that it will once again offer the highly acclaimed Estimating Conference in Toronto, ON, from October 27 to 29. This will be the third offering and first since June 2014. It is a unique conference focusing not on how to estimate but rather project procurement and strategies. Sessions covered will include deal breakers, project risk and go/no go strategies, putting together a proposal, and what a general contractor looks for in its selection process—to name a few.
The conference will be led by Jack Wilhelmi and Tim Wentz from MCA America with a special session held by Dan Leduc from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Check out the CEC website for conference details and registration information.
Industry News
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) is developing a new labour mobility tool that will help employers and apprentices ensure they have the proper documentation they need before moving from one jurisdiction to another.

On an agenda focusing on improving the country's economic position, Canada's Premiers addressed several major issues affecting the provinces including productivity and innovation, internal and international trade barriers and infrastructure.

The problem is not figuring out what to do about the skilled trades shortages and how to do it—it is actually doing it.

Apprenticeship stakeholders gathered on Parliament Hill on July 24 to hear about new projects focused on engaging more women and Aboriginal peoples in the skilled trades. The Hon. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, and Member of Parliament Royal Galipeau were on-hand to announce funding for two Canadian Apprenticeship Forum initiatives.

A project collecting best practices for retaining Aboriginal apprentices received $210,000 over three years from the Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity program. The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will create an action plan for employers with practical strategies for engaging Aboriginal apprentices.

Minister Leitch noted, "Our Government believes that an inclusive workforce that respects and reflects the diversity of Canada's population will contribute to a stronger Canadian economy. That's why we're pleased to provide funding that will help employers in key industries attract and retain Aboriginal apprentices learning a skilled trade."

A second project focuses on increasing opportunities in apprenticeship programs for Aboriginal, rural and immigrant women. It will create an online network for women and employers, providing opportunities to connect and to share information. Promising practices for recruiting and retaining female apprentices will be highlighted, helping employers integrate women into their skilled trades workforces. The project received a $229,645 grant from Status of Women Canada.

Bobby Watt, President of RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons and a member of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's Board of Directors, pointed to the monumental effort underway to restore the stone on Parliament Hill's West Block as an example of how female tradespeople contribute their talent. "We are proud to include women as stonemasons and carvers on this project and actively recruit them as apprentices. These professionals will carry of piece of Canadian history with them throughout their careers, telling stories about this restoration to their children and grandchildren."

Sarah Watts-Rynard, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's Executive Director, added, "With skilled tradespeople in high demand, there is an ever-louder call for workers with the aptitude, interest and skills to undertake well-paid careers in the trades. By collecting insights from employers who are already finding success engaging Aboriginal and female apprentices, we look forward to inspiring others to do the same."
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED. The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

The CCPPP conference is the largest P3 conference in the world that brings together many of the key experts and players in the P3 and infrastructure space.

The deadline is approaching to submit a project for the CCPPP 2015 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.

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
Safety is everyone’s concern and new wireless network technology being deployed in the harsh environments of chemical plants and refineries could soon start to show up on construction sites.

The John W. Olver Transit Center zero-net energy (ZNE) project is a high-performance building designed with reduced energy loads, passive design strategies, maximized efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems, and on-site power generation.

Miura Canada
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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