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August 31, 2015 In This Issue
Countdown to Federal Election 2015
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Countdown to Federal Election 2015

There are just

 

left before Canada goes to the polls in the 2015 federal election! 

 
Delayed payments are a very serious issue. Now that’s an understatement! 

Delayed payments have a significant impact on everyone in our industry. Why should we stand for this? Other countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States (including 49 of 50 states) have eliminated delay issues by implementing prompt payment legislation. Canada has not and we want this to change now through the implementation of prompt payment legislation in government contracts.

MCA Canada and the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada were ready for the election call and have in place an existing election strategy to put prompt payment on the lips of every candidate. Our goal is that prompt payment becomes part of every party’s election platform.

This is where you come in. We have prepared the tools for you to bring prompt payment to your local candidates. We are asking you to contact their offices, meet with the candidates, bring the backing material and make sure prompt payment is on the agenda of everyone involved in the election. 

On its way to you this week, in our monthly mailer, is an election kit, which includes a memo from your National Chairman reiterating our request. It also includes a one-page overview of the effects of payment delays to support your request.
 
We are also asking you to visit www.promptpayment.ca where you can quickly fill in a short form that automatically sends a letter in support for prompt payment directly to your local candidates and to the party leaders. 

Don’t delay. Contact your local candidate today to discuss the very serious issue of payment delays in our industry.
 
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.
 
If you are an associate member of MCA Canada and plan to attend this year's National Conference, November 16 to 19 in Palm Springs, you have the opportunity to participate in our Supplier Innovation Showcase. As a registered delegate for the entire conference, the showcase is complimentary.

The 2015 showcase is an excellent opportunity to introduce your company and its products and services, along with new technologies and innovations to a select group of Canada’s leading contractors. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now. For more information, download our Showcase Registration Form.
 
Member Update
Mark Vreugdenhil, president of Marked Business Media Inc., has completed the purchase of industry publication and MCA Canada associate member Plumbing & HVAC magazine. Vreugdenhil has been the publisher of Plumbing & HVAC magazine for the past 11 years. 

"I am very excited about investing in this magazine and this market," he said. "We will continue our commitment to third-party editorial content and the most highly qualified circulation in the industry."

Simon Blake remains as editor and the company plans to add another salesperson very soon. Marked Business Media Inc. will continue to work out of Newcom’s office at 451 Attwell Drive in Etobicoke, ON, for the foreseeable future. Congratulations to Mark and his team.
 
Ready to get Gold Seal Certified? Interested in challenging the Gold Seal exam? Apply today!
 
Exam dates and application deadlines for the upcoming year are:
  • October 16, 2015 – application deadline September 4, 2015
  • January 22, 2016 – application deadline December 4, 2015
  • April 15, 2016 – application deadline March 11, 2016
To learn more about Gold Seal or to complete your application, visit goldsealcertification.com.
 
Federated Insurance and CEC are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 scholarship.  

After careful review of the applications, the scholarship committee has selected Liam Irwin as the beneficiary of this year’s award. Liam will attend Conestoga College in September to pursue an engineering degree. His father Paul is an employee of E.S. Fox Ltd. in Niagara Falls, ON, and a member of MCA Ontario/MCA Niagara. Congratulations, Liam. Good luck in your studies this fall.
 
CEC would like to thank Federated Insurance for its ongoing support of the scholarship program. This is the tenth year that Federated Insurance has donated to this worthwhile cause—the company has donated $10,000 in total.
 
Industry News
Given the dire need for domestic infrastructure investment, it may seem perplexing that the Canadian institutional investors are increasingly forced to look abroad for predictable, long-term investment opportunities. But this is exactly what’s happening in Canada, because the opportunities for private investment are scarce.

 
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) is hosting a panel event delving into how gender bias manifests itself in the industry, with four notable women leading the discussion, providing insight and potential strategies to help overcome it.

 
While the time of the Baby Boomers in the construction industry is coming to a close, there is still a severe shortage that is not being filled quickly enough by the Millennial generation.

 
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Integrated Project Delivery, but with it has come many misconceptions, misunderstandings and miscommunication about what IPD really means.


 
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!

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
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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