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September 8, 2015 In This Issue
Countdown to Federal Election 2015
National Conference News and Information
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.
Countdown to Federal Election 2015

There are just

 

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

 
Payment delay problems are systemic in Canada’s construction sector. This includes construction work tendered and procured by the federal government. It is a significant problem for businesses, families, workers and taxpayers that could be addressed simply and at a low cost. Fixing the issue of payment delay will reduce delays in federal construction projects, lead to greater employment and create more openings for apprentices.
 
The problem is a product of two practices. First, delays in processing valid invoices for work that has been performed according to contract that is not in dispute hurt contractors. Second, delays in payments down the sub-contract chain, even when valid invoices for completed work are submitted, create bottlenecks and delays in federal projects.
 
Make sure the candidates in your riding are aware of the problem, as well as their party leaders. Visit promptpayment.ca and tell them you want to talk about delayed payments in the construction industry.
 
National Conference News and Information
The HEAT Is On 2015—Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Palm Springs, California on the occasion of our 74th Annual National Conference.
 
From November 16 to 19, we will educate you with North America’s top trainers, engage you with world class speakers and entertain you with all that Palm Springs has to offer. Early bird conference pricing is still in effect until the end of this month.
 
See what’s in store by reviewing the Conference Pre-Planning Guide and register at www.mcac.ca. See you in Palm Springs!
 
This year, MSCC will offer its Service Contractor Forum as an integrated part of MCA Canada’s National Conference. If you have a service department, or are considering opening one, this event is tailor made for you. "Thriving As A Service Contractor" is presented by Kevin Dougherty, one of North America’s most sought-after instructors, and covers the nuts and bolts of running a service company. You’ll also enjoy presentations by Jonas software and an open discussion on topics relevant to you. 
 
Visit www.servicecontractor.ca for more details and to download the forum brochure.
 
MCA Canada’s conferences are exclusive, highly targeted media for connecting with qualified partners in intimate forums. They present the opportunity for credible exposure with captive audiences, while building and reinforcing one-to-one business relationships.

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. Review our various sponsorship opportunities by downloading 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
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.

September's Multimedia Information Program includes: 
 
Plan to attend the MSCC Service Contractor Forum – 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." 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.
 
U.S. Service Contractor Conference - A World Class Education Event For Service – The 2015 Mechanical Service Contractors of America Educational Conference is a "must attend" event for any and all service companies. Take advantage of cutting-edge educational offerings that characterize this, the only industry conference specifically for mechanical service contracting companies. This conference features current issues and trends in service and service sales management, personnel, finance, marketing, training and recruiting. Conference sponsors and exhibitors display new and state-of-the-art products of special interest to mechanical service: automated systems, products promoting sustainability, supporting software, aids to unique service solutions and more. Educational sessions and unique peer-group communication opportunities invigorate attendees, preparing them for the year ahead. This year’s conference takes place October 18–21 in the magnificent Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information visit www.servicecontractor.ca.
 
Get involved in the upcoming federal election! – As part of its 2015 federal election strategy, MCA Canada, in partnership with the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada, is asking its members to reach out to candidates from all political parties. Visit www.promptpayment.ca and write your local candidates and the party leaders to show your support for the concept of federal prompt payment legislation. In addition, contractor members are encouraged to meet with their local candidates seeking their support. Supporting documentation is included in this mailer. If you have additional questions please contact the MCA Canada office at 613-232-0492 or email rick@mcac.ca.
 
This month's program brought to you by IMI Hydronic Engineering – The industry leader in green solutions for indoor climate control, providing high performing and quality products and services to more efficiently protect and control HVAC systems. Visit www.imi-hydronic.com today.
 
We are pleased to share with you the second edition of the Gold Seal Newsletter.

The newsletter is distributed to: 
  • Close to 400 subscribers (subscribe here)
  • COOs & LCA designates
  • Accredited course providers
  • Gold Seal champions, sponsors and employers (and their HR departments)
  • CCA's Twitter followers and LinkedIn connections
Our newsletter is another avenue to build awareness of the Gold Seal Certification Program. If you have any ideas, suggestions or information to add to the newsletter, feel free to forward them along to Stephanie Wallace, Manager, Gold Seal Program.
 
Bill Fallow, P.Eng., chief plumbing inspector, technical inspection services with Department of Public Safety, New Brunswick, is the 15th recipient of the Joseph K. Seidner Award. The presentation took place at the annual Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing Meeting in Vancouver, BC, on August 18. 
 
The Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing provides a forum for industry, regulators, and product certification organizations to share new concepts and ideas, to discuss policy and programs, and to review innovations and new technologies that affect plumbing standards, and the certification and testing of plumbing products.
 
The award is in recognition of Mr. Fallow's outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards.
 
Industry News
As Canada celebrates Labour Day, the construction industry is recognizing the contributions of 1.3 million Canadians who build, repair and maintain a whopping $2.1 trillion worth of infrastructure each year.



"We're very proud of our one million strong construction workforce," says Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. "Labour Day is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for what's been built, and to welcome the thousands of new faces who will lead the industry and build Canada into the future."

 
New version covers welding procedures and loss management.

 
The Liberals’ plan includes $125 billion in infrastructure investment over 10 years.

 
Work ethic, qualifications among leading concerns for business owners.

 
An historic opportunity to improve infrastructure on the cheap is in danger of being squandered.

 
The Design-Build Conference takes place October 14 to 16, in Toronto. To take advantage of the early bird discount and group hotel rates, register and book your hotel by September 14.


 
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
This survey is being conducted by the Canadian Construction Association in partnership with Bridgit Inc. Make an impact by filling out this survey!

 
The workers building a lavish new downtown stadium for the Sacramento Kings in California are being monitored by aerial drones and software that can automatically flag slow progress.

 
Thanks to smart sensors and networked lighting systems, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data have become viable for commercial buildings.

 
By The Numbers
Although economy faced losses first five months of year, some consolation provided by June bounce-back.

 
RBC CMI index dips below neutral 50.0 mark as output and employment fall.

 
Events
The popular program of one-day trade shows and seminars will be touring across Canada this fall. The CIPHEX Roadshow will make stops in Burnaby, British Columbia (October 15), Edmonton, Alberta (October 20), Regina, Saskatchewan (October 22), Brandon, Manitoba (October 28) and St. John’s, Newfoundland (November 18).
 
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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