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September 15, 2015 In This Issue
Countdown to Federal Election 2015
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
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! 

As the election continues to roll forward and the race remains tight, it is imperative that you, as business owners and industry leaders, get the word out to each candidate in your riding that payment delays in the construction industry are unacceptable!

How is it that Canada has no legislation to eliminate payment bottlenecks when most of our trading partners do? The United States does, and 49 of its 50 states do as well. So too do the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

Meet with your candidates. Tell them you want payment delays on their platform and let’s get this done. You can also send a letter directly to all the confirmed candidates in your riding, and to each party leader by visiting promptpayment.ca and filling in the very short form.
National Conference News and Information
Don’t miss out on significant savings. MCA Canada’s conferences are recognized as truly world class events and Palm Springs promises to be one of the best. Our host hotel is the beautiful Omni Ranchos Las Palmas Resort and Spa.

The Heat is ON is our theme and it couldn’t be more appropriate. Fast paced business by day, hot fun and parties at night! Enjoy our Opening Night "California Dreaming" festivity, the 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. And that’s just the beginning. This will be one to remember.

Early bird pricing concludes at the end of this month. Click here to access online registration, the planning guide, sponsorship, showcase registration or service forum registration.
Member Update
Just The Fax, your weekly news and information source from MCA Canada, is moving from our Monday release date to Tuesdays at 1:00pm eastern time. We hope this move will allow our readers more time to peruse the valuable information contained in the e-newsletter.
Past issues can also be accessed through mcac.ca.
MCA Canada is pleased to welcome Aquatherm as our newest associate member.

Pipes are an integral part of every building. They provide us with water to drink, to bathe in, and even to heat and cool our homes. Quality of life deteriorates quickly when pipes fail, and they can be both difficult and costly to repair or replace. That's why Aquatherm makes pipe systems that don't fail, and they do it with the lowest environmental impact possible. Their pipes and fittings are made from engineered polypropylene-random (PP-R), one of the longest lasting and most chemically inert piping materials in the world. Each part is designed from decades of expertise and manufactured to exacting international standards.

Aquatherm’s endless drive for improvement and innovation has made the company the world leader in PP-R pressure piping systems for potable, hydronic, industrial and gray water applications. Its piping systems provide a better solution in nearly every type of building application and are used in leading hospitals, data centers, government facilities, schools, hotels, offices, industrial applications, large and small residences, and more. While Aquatherm is a German company, its North American presence began in Canada. Aquatherm Canada has grown significantly with widespread code adoption and hundreds of installations in a huge variety of applications.

2015 marks an historic year for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Hamilton (MCAH), which represents mechanical construction industry employers in the south central Ontario regions of Hamilton, Halton, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. As a not-for-profit organization, and an accredited bargaining agency founded in 1966 with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the association has created a short educational documentary entitled Reaching New Heights – Building Communities By Investing In People. The video captures a thought provoking look within the industry as a measure to commemorate the association’s 50th year.
The newly appointed MCAH 2015–16 board of directors wanted to reveal the association’s story to honour this milestone. The presentation describes MCAH’s humble beginnings and recognizes its industry leadership and organizational values. Developing policies and programing to offer innovative education, the promotion of construction leadership excellence, community partnerships and economic development reinvestment will continue to reinforce the construction industry’s highest standards for mechanical contractors, and our suppliers in the communities we live and work in.

 MCAH 2015–16 board of directors
(Front row left to right): Doug Cormier BML Multitrades Group; President—Jason Campbell Aecon Industrial, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.; Treasurer—Aron Shea Gowing Contractors Ltd.
(Back row left to right): Past President—Paul Shewfelt Modern Niagara Toronto Inc.; Henry Hildebrandt The State Group Inc.; George Furness Geonis Mech. Contracting Ltd.; Immediate Past President—Lorraine Waller Matrix North American Construction Ltd.
(Absent): Vice President—Anthony DeChellis E.S. Fox Ltd. 
The leadership of the board of directors governs the following association services:
  • Education programs and support through the Construction Education Council
  • Training and apprenticeship programs
  • Industry supplier associate memberships
  • Member education scholarships
  • Support for the McMaster University heavy construction chair and student chapter
  • Government liaison, community support and economic development partnerships
  • Member social networking opportunities and engagement

For more information, visit mcahamilton.org.
Industry News
The Alberta Trade Contractor Coalition (ATCC) commissioned a survey regarding slow payment and payment delays in Alberta. Alberta trade contractors struggle to receive timely payment from general construction contractors. Since contractors depend upon cash flow to operate, many countries (e.g., United States, Australia) have legislated decreased payment times to promote economic growth.

The ATCC randomly sampled its membership (14 percent completed the survey and of that total, 80 percent had over 10 years operating experience) to determine the extent, impact, causes and handling of delayed payments, and possible solutions. Most—86 percent—companies surveyed said late payments were a moderate or serious problem.
ATCC is made up of the Alberta Roofing Contractors Association, Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, Glass and Architectural Metals Association, Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta, Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Alberta, and Thermal Insulation Association of Alberta.
The inaugural meeting of the Prompt Payment Committee, spearheaded by the Alberta Construction Association took place last month. The committee is comprised of a variety of stakeholders including general contractors, subcontractors, public and private-sector owners, design consultants and the surety industry.

Created in 2001 as the Construction Sector Council, BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization committed to working with the construction industry to provide information and resources to assist with its management of workforce requirements.

BuildForce is proud to announce the release of its first annual report.

Read about the national association's latest board meeting and what the councils/committees are up to.

Is the "boys club" still a reality in the construction industry? What obstacles do women face? What challenges do employers encounter in hiring, retaining and advancing women?

N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada and its Education Council invite your administration staff to attend a distance learning series on the basics of the construction industry for the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors of the industry. At the conclusion of the series, the registrant will receive one Gold Seal Credit for attending the eight-hour program.

Registration closes September 25.

Based on Modules 1 and 2 of the Service Management Leadership Series, this workshop is designed for those service managers who recognize that today's successful service provider must do more than simply maintain and service their customers' mechanical equipment.

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, what a general contractor looks for in its selection process to name a few. The conference is led by Jack Wilhelmi and Tim Wentz from MCA America with a special session held by Dan Leduc from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Early bird cut off date is September 29.

CEC 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.

Innovation and Technology
Given the ability of technology to generate and collate vast amounts of data in relation to large-scale building and construction projects, new solutions may soon be needed to enable stakeholders to better manage and navigate these troves of information.

BIM and associated technologies have been touted as the savings saviours of the modern construction era and the expectations for a direct and quantifiable return are mounting, particularly from traditionalists – but at what cost to technological advancement, innovation, competitiveness and industry best practice?

The phrase "Internet of Things" is starting to come up more and more lately when people discuss technology, and the many ways we’re using it.

CCInnovations is pleased to announce the launch of its innovation clearinghouse that will serve as a hub for industry stakeholders to search, post or discuss innovative solutions in the construction industry.

With economic and political changes as well as construction booms and declines that impact the attitudes toward project delivery methods, design-build continues to be popular for owners, consultants, and builders who want to stay current and evolve with the times.

Presented by the Canadian Design-Build Institute and held on October 15 and 16, the 2015 Design-Build Conference will demonstrate the possibilities of design-build through tutorials, case studies, presentations and panel discussions. It is a must-attend event for individuals and firms looking to participate in a collaborative and innovative team-building environment.

Miura Canada
Important Dates
  • 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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