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August 17, 2015 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
By The Numbers
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
National Conference News and Information
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 present a special two-part series on the forum theme. Between these presentations, representatives from Jonas Software will discuss their products and provide tips and tricks on service-based features to help you get the job done. The day concludes with 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.
 
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.
 
Member Update
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.
 
They did it again! Not even a recent heart attack could slow down our intrepid treasurer, Brad Diggens and his daughter Jennifer as they embarked on their most recent "Hike For Life" in support of MCA Canada’s Charity, Operation Eyesight. 

On July 18, they began their accent of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, across the rugged quartzite peaks of the La Cloche mountain range. (It is named after Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael’s painting "La Cloche".) They ended their adventure on July 23 after spending five nights and a half a day hiking out. They completed 93.88 kilometres in total, and climbed some 17,000 plus feet of ups and downs along a trail that at many times resembled a billy goat trail at best. 

Brad Diggens said, "It was an extremely tough hike, but certainly one well worth doing for the charity our association supports so well: Operation Eyesight. We would like to thank the association once again for having the wherewithal to support such a worthwhile cause, and one that relates to what we all clearly understand: that clean water and sanitation not only provides a healthy environment to live in, but it is essential in providing good health to everyone on the planet." 

MCA Canada is once again in awe of Brad and Jennifer’s dedication to the promotion of our national charity. Their selfless commitment of time, energy, money and most importantly, risk to their own health and safety, is truly remarkable. We are sure that every person involved in the MCAs across the country is captivated by the devotion the Diggens family has to making this charity a huge success.

To show your support for Brad and Jennifer’s efforts, download and complete the Operation Eyesight pledge form or contact Susan Deike at Operation Eyesight, Tel: 403-670-2635, Email: DeikeS@operationeyesight.com.

Congratulations, Brad and Jennifer and we are all very happy you made it home safely!
 
The 2015 edition of the CSA B149.1 – natural gas and propane installation code is now available in hard copy and pdf formats. An important resource for gas and propane industry workers across Canada, the new edition reflects the latest advances in industry technology and the most current safety requirements. Standard features include an updated scope, simplified references and new clauses, making it the most comprehensive edition yet. An interactive format is accessible on most iOS and Android mobile devices.
 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Clowater on August 2. Gordon was a second-generation owner of E W Clowaters & Sons Plumbing and Heating, along with his two brothers Donald and Wesley, in Fredricton, NB, and he was a former Board trustee for many years. Gordon was a member of the Nashwaaksis United Church, Fredericton City Club, Y’s Men Club and Nashwaaksis Old Timers Hockey. Gordon enjoyed coaching hockey and baseball and playing golf, biking and bowling.
 
A celebration of Gordon’s life took place at York Funeral Home, 302 Brookside Drive, Fredericton, NB, on August 6 with a private interment at Fredericton Rural Cemetery. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society or Jumpstart. Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com.
 
Industry News
On August 3, NRCan released a new Canadian 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for medical offices in Canada. This score provides 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.
 
If you need to know more technical knowledge about the tool, a pre-recorded webinar is available on demand on NRC's training resources page.
 
To learn more about the Canadian adaptation of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, please visit the NRC 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 NRC at info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent campaign announcement that, if re-elected, he’ll extend and increase the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit is encouraging news from the perspective of the Canadian Construction Association.

 
Top piping trades apprentices from across Canada, including a female welder from Alberta, are poised to showcase their skills at the international level at an upcoming competition in Ann Arbor, MI.

 
The construction industry is forecasted to lose 250,000 skilled tradespeople to retirement over the next decade: an unprecedented level of skilled labour challenge. More than 46 percent of Canada’s workforce is now over the age of 50. While this means advancement opportunities for young workers, it also means a huge demand for rapid skills development. One of the biggest challenges will be to transfer the skills and knowledge of journeypersons to apprentices entering the industry. Efforts to train the next generation of skilled workers must start now to meet these demands.

 
Hear from three apprentices and their employers about how the skilled trades have changed over the years and how innovation plays a key role in their 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)
 
By The Numbers
The total value of building permits rose 14.8 percent in June to $7.7 billion, following a 13.9 percent drop in May, according to a Statistics Canada report released on Aug. 7.

 
Construction across the country is better this quarter than the previous two with infrastructure projects giving the biggest boost in the industry.

 
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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