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September 22, 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
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! 

With the federal election now less than a month away and the race as close as ever, it’s even more important that you get the word out to your local candidates that payment delays in the construction industry are unacceptable!

MCA Canada understands that payment delays have a significant impact on everyone in the industry. Along with our partners in the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada and in all the provincial MCAs, we are asking you to make a stand to remove payment delays from our industry. Talk to those who can change the system: the politicians. Meet with your candidates. Tell them you want payment delays on their platforms. 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.

Let’s bring Canada in line with the rest of the world by establishing prompt payment legislation.
National Conference News and Information
The heat is ON! It’s not only our conference theme, it may also apply if you haven’t already registered for this year’s annual national conference. Early bird pricing ends October 2—just 10 days from now. Don’t miss out on huge savings by waiting too long.

MCA Canada has put together another memorable conference starting with the Opening "California Dreaming" Welcoming Event and includes special guests speakers, North America’s best educators, our MCA Canada Cup tournament, golf and the Closing Night Gala Awards Events.

Don’t delay. Register today.
Member Update
If you're considering attending the CEC's exceptional Estimating Conference next month in Toronto, then you should register soon. Early bird pricing ends September 29.
This year's session will be the first time in more than a year that CEC has offered the conference. Scheduled for October 27 to 29, it will focus on 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.

Check out the CEC website for more details and registration information.
Registration for the CEC's webinar on the basics of the construction industry closes on September 29. If you or someone you know wants a good introduction to the industry or just a refresher on some fundamentals, this is the course for you. 
The program is a series of four webinars, each of which lasts for approximately two hours. Participants will learn about industry facts and figures well as materials, processes, job roles and essential industry-specific terms.

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)
MCA British Columbia member Paul Myers, owner of Keith Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver, has donated $25 million to Lions Gate Hospital in Metro Vancouver. The donation is believed to be the largest gift from an individual to a hospital foundation in B.C.’s history.
The 82-year-old, who is still at the helm of the company where he started as a plumbing apprentice in 1954, says his multiple visits to Lions Gate have all been crammed into the last seven or eight years. The South Acute Tower at Lions Gate Hospital has been renamed the Paul Myers Tower and a new building in the redeveloped hospital site will also take his name.
Industry News
Essential skills are the foundation for learning all other skills and are needed for success in work and life. Integrating them into technical training will help apprentices successfully complete their apprenticeship training, evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change—in other words, it will help them to succeed.

The Sustainable Essential Skills in Construction website can help you help your apprentices.

A growing number of independent safety consultants are trying to reduce the number of construction workplace accidents by modifying workplace safety culture. "Safety culture" is a nebulous but handy catch-all term that comprises workers' attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values around safety.

The Canadian Construction Association’s awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, organizations and projects that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry, whether through innovation, projects, or dedication to the industry. The submission deadline for 2015 CCA awards is November 20. The awards will presented at CCA's annual conference in March 2016.

N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
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
With the federal election campaign in full swing, the Conference Board of Canada has prepared a series of primers for Globe and Mail readers on the top economic and social issues our next federal government must address.

Although drones are not new in Canada, there is little hard information on the unmanned aerial vehicles and how they could be used in construction, said Pierre Boucher, president of Canadian Construction Innovations.

For more than 2,500 years, the crane has ruled the construction site. But is all that about to change? Drones have rushed into the world of construction.

By The Numbers
Ontario led the way in July's wholesale sales, which were offset by declines in many provinces.

Organization says resource-dependent countries are feeling the pinch of a global slowdown in demand.

The 27th Construct Canada show will be held December 2 to 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It is being held simultaneously with the PM Expo, HomeBuilder and Renovator Expo and the World of Concrete Pavilion in the South building, and IIDEXCanada in the North building. Combined, all shows make up The Buildings Show. There will be more than 1,600 exhibits including 100 international exhibitors. Registration is now open and there is free entry into the show.

Organizers of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum 2016 conference, Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future, have extended the deadline for submission of presentations. Slated for June 5 to 7, 2016, at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC, the 2016 conference theme revolves around the work multiple stakeholder groups undertake together to improve apprenticeship outcomes.

Interested speakers may submit presentation abstracts by October 16.

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
Since 2010, MCA Canada has supported the efforts of Operation Eyesight and our combined goal to eradicate blindness caused by trachoma, a completely curable disease. With access to clean water and access to basic sanitary conditions, we can make this happen.
Since partnering with Operation Eyesight, MCA Canada members and offices have donated more than $155,000 to the drilling of wells and water capture and reclamation projects. With your continued help we will continue to positively affect thousands of lives.

To donate to this worthwhile cause, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.


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