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August 10, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
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!
 
You are invited to participate in a unique opportunity to showcase your company to contractor delegates, members and invited guests from across North America at MCA Canada’s 74th Annual National Conference in fabulous Palm Springs, California. 

Our sponsorship program consists of several levels, each offering a unique blend of marketing and networking opportunities that allow delegates to familiarize themselves with the excellent products and services you provide. Sponsorships are designed for participation in a relaxed and social atmosphere offering face-to-face discussions with the leaders in our industry from Canada and around the world.
 
MCA Canada’s conferences are an exclusive, highly targeted medium for connecting with qualified partners in an intimate forum. They present the opportunity for credible exposure with a carefully targeted audience, while building and reinforcing one-to-one business relationships.
 
To find out more, or to review the various sponsorship opportunities, download the 2015 Conference Sponsorship Guide.
 
Industry News
Visit CCA’s Election 2015 portal to send a letter to your candidate and read interviews with the party leaders.

 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a plan to expand and extend its support for apprentices, their families and the businesses that hire aspiring tradespeople.

 
Occupational health and safety professionals spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep their people healthy and safe. Yet, health and safety efforts have traditionally been separated into silos with different personnel, reporting structures and marching orders. A more effective alignment of health and safety can magnify the potentially positive impact in the workplace, and employers are beginning to do just that.

 
The Institute for BIM in Canada and its program delivery arm buildingSMART Canada are pleased with the release of the latest National BIM Standard – United States, under the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance.

 
Read CDBI's newsletter for the latest news on session highlights, CDBI Awards of Excellence as well as Design-Build Tutorials.

 
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)
 
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.
 
Innovation and Technology
A recent McKell Institute Report declared that firms must "innovate or perish" and that executives are faced with a fundamental choice. They can either take "the ‘low-road’ of narrow cost-cutting and an unwinnable ‘race to the bottom’ or they can take the ‘high road’ of innovation to position themselves at the top of the value chain in an increasingly knowledge-based economy.

 
Rob McKinney talks about a webinar he delivered that focused on a short history describing the evolution of technology in the construction industry.

 
Transportation company Uber has popularized the "sharing economy" in which a web-based app can transform personal vehicles into cabs and allows users to become both buyers and sellers in a single marketplace.

 
Instead of speculating on how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — or drones — will transform the economy, California’s DroneBase is enlisting construction contractors as early adopters.

 
3Squared, the software development specialist working on the "Google Glass" trial with Autodesk, is now looking for industry partners in the construction and rail sector to trial its Bluetooth-enabled "SmartVest".


 
By The Numbers
Output continues to slide as experts spar over question of recession.

 
Events
Join the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum at a two-day symposium on October 22 & 23 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre. CAF-FCA will host roundtable sessions and face-to-face networking opportunities as members share new research findings about the demand for skilled tradespeople and mobility of apprentices. 
 
 
If you can’t make it to Ottawa, CAF will host one-day sessions in three additional regions throughout the fall. The theme for each is Tackling Skills Shortages in Canada: An Apprenticeship Focused Approach. 
 
Halifax, NS     November 3
Calgary, AB    November 10
Burnaby, BC   November 12
 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • October 15: CIPHEX Roadshow, Burnaby, BC (Hosted by CIPH BC Region)
  • October 18–20: CCA Meetings, Thunder Bay, ON
  • October 20: CIPHEX Roadshow, Edmonton, AB (Hosted by CIPH Edmonton Region)
  • October 22: CIPHEX Roadshow, Regina, SK (Hosted by CIPH Saskatchewan Region)
  • October 28: CIPHEX Roadshow, Brandon, MB (Hosted by CIPH Manitoba Region)
  • November 16–19: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, CA
  • November 18: CIPHEX Roadshow, St. John's, NL (Hosted by CIPH Newfoundland Region)
 
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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