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August 24, 2015 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Events
Membership Advantage Program
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
Don’t forget that you can post available jobs on MCA Canada’s Careers site at no cost. MCA Canada’s Careers site is a single-source for members to post job opportunities and review resumes. Also available on the site is the option to review the many career opportunities available for anyone considering a career in the mechanical contracting industry.

To post an available position—or to post your resume for employment—simply email your requirements or your resume in MS Word or PDF format to daryl@mcac.ca. Please note that posted job opportunities will be removed after four months. 

Check it out: mcac.ca/careers.
 
Has your company been in business for 100 or more years?
 
MCA Canada is proud of the longevity that many of our member and associate members companies have achieved. As such, we wish to formally recognize those companies who reached the century mark at our national conference and in our newsletter.
 
If your company has been in business for 100 or more years, please fill in this form and send it to MCA Canada (email daryl@mcac.ca or fax 613-235-2793) so that we may provide you with the recognition you deserve.
 
Industry News
Participants received 5 medals and 10 medallions of excellence in a variety of disciplines, including some in the field of mechanical contracting.

 
To help spread this message and educate both members, interested stakeholders and the public, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) has launched an interactive website called VoteInfrastructure.ca.

 
CCA, with the Industrial Security Program, has compiled a document that helps you optimize your Designated Organization Screening and Facility Security Clearance.

 
The Canada Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) is developing a website that will describe the documentation apprentices need to have if they move from one jurisdiction to another and want to continue their apprenticeships.

 
Despite an abundance of safety courses and training materials, falls remain the most costly accidents in construction.

 
Medicinal weed is moving into the mainstream and employers must have a strategy in place to manage the inevitable issues.

 
The path from data to information to knowledge to wisdom has to be designed and monitored by the top executives of the company including the CEO.

 
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 (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.
 
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!

 
Innovation and Technology
From all-encompassing construction management software to efficient point solutions, there is a massive range of construction software options available.


With this wide range of options, companies interested in upping their software game onsite may find it challenging to navigate the software buying process and find a solution that fits their needs and their wallets. Here are three critical steps to follow when buying software.

 
Those involved in the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industry face new challenges, including those associated with a dwindling workforce. To counter this development, the Canadian government is following the AEC industry’s broader lead and is investing in new construction technologies that improve designs, address safety issues, and—most importantly—increase project efficiencies to help eliminate rework, construction delays, costly overruns, and any associated litigation.

 
3D printing is starting to revolutionize how things are designed and manufactured, as well as who can build and where things can be produced. And with the potential introduction of giant 3D printers that can print concrete structures, small time manufacturing possibilities are no longer all 3D printers are capable of; instead, these technological wonders may be capable of building things as large as homes in the near future.

 
By The Numbers
The total value of building permits rose 14.8 percent to $7.7 billion in June, following a 13.9 percent decrease in May. The increase in June was mainly attributable to higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in Quebec, Alberta and Ontario, as well as institutional buildings in Alberta and commercial buildings in British Columbia.

 
The Conference Board of Canada’s index of business confidence rebounded strongly in the second quarter of 2015, suggesting that the worst of the oil shock-driven slowdown may be behind us. After dropping sharply for two consecutive quarters to a six-year low of 86.5, the index fully reversed its decline, jumping up to 105.6. The survey was conducted in the June and July.

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

 
  • What workers want: 35 percent said they want more vacation days, 17 percent more flexible schedule, 16 percent better benefits
  • The kitchen is where it’s at: 44 percent of Google searches for a contractor contained the keyword ‘kitchen’
  • Social media affects purchases: 68 percent of Millennials (those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) make reactive purchases due to the fear of missing out
  • Warm weather spending: 74 percent of Canadian agreed spending increases as the weather gets warmer
  • Kids lead by example: 86 percent use reusable water bottles, 75 percent pick up litter, 50 percent use rechargeable batteries
  • Housing’s impact: Canadians racked up $334 billion on housing-related spending in 2014
 Source: Mechanical Business Magazine, May/June 2015 edition
 
Events
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind conference and trade show dedicated exclusively to the hydronics market. Conveniently located at the International Centre by Toronto’s Pearson Airport, the show is scheduled for September 10. There, you’ll see demonstrations of the latest technologies and products from industry leading manufacturers, learn from HPAC’s informative speakers, network with colleagues and experts, enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks.

Modern Hydronics – Summit 2015 is Canada’s only hydronic-exclusive event. Don’t miss it! Learn more and register at www.modernhydronicssummit.com.
 
CanBIM is excited to head back to Calgary for its 2015 Annual General Meeting, Regional Session & Technology Exhibition September 30 & October 1. It is scheduled for Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, Alberta.
 
BIM technology and processes have the potential to be much more than a support tool in the process of implementing and executing a successful project. BIM, quite simply, is a business decision. With proper utilization of BIM technology and processes, your business will benefit from the adoption of BIM.
 
CanBIM's Calgary session will explore the many ways that your business will benefit from proper implementation of BIM. We will examine through case-study presentations the opportunities that exist to improve your business, the successful examples of how making "BIM your business" has resulted in large gains for those companies who have dedicated resources to a BIM strategy.
 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Membership Advantage Program
MCA Canada is proud to enjoy our long-term partnership with Praxair. Praxair Inc. is a industrial gases company. It is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and the third-largest worldwide by revenue.
 
As the leader in North America, Praxair provides you with cylinder and specialty gases, welding, cutting and safety supplies and a fully stocked inventory with more than 400 locations to serve you.
 
To setup your next project, contact Mario Brodeur, Praxair’s Sales Manager Distributors at Mario_brodeur@praxair.com or call 819-475-2457.
 
Important Dates
  • September 10: Modern Hydronics Summit, Toronto, ON
  • October 2–3: MCA Toronto Conference/AGM, Niagara On The Lake, ON
  • October 15: CIPHEX Roadshow, Burnaby, BC (Hosted by CIPH BC Region)
  • October 18–20: CCA Meetings, Thunder Bay, ON
  • October 18–21: MSCA Education Conference, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 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)
  • November 18: MSCC Forum For Service Contractors , Palm Springs, CA
  • November 19–23: Computerized Estimating Conference – Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
  • December 10–14: Computerized Estimating Conference – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
 
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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