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October 6, 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
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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. Fixing the issue of payment delay will reduce delays in federal construction projects, lead to greater employment, expand small and medium sized businesses, and create more openings for apprentices.
The issue is two-fold. First, delays in processing valid invoices for work that has been performed according to contract, that is not in dispute, hurt contractors in a number of ways. 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, financial hardship for sub-contractors, sub sub-contractors and suppliers. Everyone in the chain is affected in a negative way.

Make sure the candidates in your riding—and their party leaders—are aware of this problem. 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—MCA Canada is proud to present several of North America’s top instructors at this year’s 74th Annual National Conference in Palm Springs, California from November 16 to 19. Here are just some of the sessions we have planned: 
Construction Technology Forecast: Collaboration, Integration and Cloud Computing – In this dynamic session, James Benham sorts through the latest trends in building technologies, identifying short-term fads and long-term game changers from tables and applications to virtual BIM and augmented reality.
Practical Applications of ‘Lean Six Sigma’ Concepts to Improve Efficiency and Organizational Productivity – Gregg Shoppman understands that the focus of many construction organizations remains fixed on cost reduction and efficiency. With downward pressure on prices, contractors continue to examine areas of their business where waste, however large or small, is prevalent.  
Top Ten Tips on Getting Paid – Construction legal expert Dan Leduc explains that while various Canadian jurisdictions wait for potential prompt payment legislation, there are ways to get paid faster. He outlines the top 10 tips recommended to keep your cash flow as neutral as possible.
Tech Toys Test Drive – Matt Abeles of BuiltWorlds will describe and demonstrate new technology of particular relevance to MCAC contractors from its partner tech companies. These start-ups represent the direction that technology is taking on the job site including virtual reality, wearable technology, 3D printing and augmented reality.
The Changing Face of Mechanical Contracting – Paul Doherty appreciates that global and local market conditions, process redesign and technology innovations are forcing the mechanical contracting industry to examine critically the value of design, engineering and construction data, which compromise the DNA of the built environment.

Thriving as a Service Contractor – Kevin Dougherty asks whether your service business is prepared for the changes facing the industry. This service-based program will help contractors establish goals and strategies to keep pace with the lightning-fast changes in the market, enabling you to not just survive, but also succeed.
See what’s in store by reviewing the Conference Pre-Planning Guide and register at www.mcac.ca. See you in Palm Springs!
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.

October's Multimedia Information Program includes: 
2015 Annual Review – The Fall Edition of MCA Canada’s National Bulletin: Our 2015 annual review includes updates on important association and industry programs, services, projects and events. See what the Education Council is doing and what’s next for the Service Division. It also includes annual reports from the provincial MCA offices and Associate Member profiles. It should arrive on your desk this week.
MCAC Annual National Conference – AGM: This month’s mail out includes the official notice of by-law amendments and association policy statements and recommended/best practices to be discussed at the upcoming Annual General Meeting, November 19 in Palms Springs, California.
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Bradford White products for residential, commercial and industrial applications are designed for installation by plumbing and heating professionals. For more information, visit bradfordwhite.com.
For those of you who use the Web-based Labour Estimating Manual, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America is implementing a price increase for WebLEM effective January 1, 2016. The cost for a new subscription will be $USD475 and the annual maintenance fee will be $USD195. The maintenance fee will appear on all invoices sent before the end of October.
Industry News
The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC), of which MCA Canada is a founding member, is encouraged by the outcome of a September 29 Canadian Construction Association (CCA) national Summit in Toronto on the issue of cash flow within Canada’s construction industry.

"The fact that the summit consensus was that the CCA should encourage the federal government to enact prompt payment legislation was a positive step towards deciding on a CCA policy on this particular matter," said NTCCC Chairman John Galt.

CCA’s Michael Atkinson gave a presentation on the Canadian infrastructure at the recent CanaData conference in Toronto.

The Broadbent Institute released a report recently calling for Canadian policy-makers to endorse long-term, significant public infrastructure spending as a means to not only to address Canada’s infrastructure deficit but also boost economic productivity.

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) is challenging Canadian college and university students to develop a viable plan to reduce water-use on campus.

Read CDBI's September newsletter for conference session highlights, responses to interesting design-build questions and information on tutorials.

N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The 2015 edition of the Construction Education Council (CEC) Estimating Conference is the first time this event has been offered in more than a year. It is a highly popular conference so if you would like to attend, please ensure you get your registration in today.
Scheduled for October 27 to 29, the conference 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.
The Construction Education Council and the University of Waterloo’s annual 10-day Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Course is now completely sold out. Hopefully you were able to register in time. 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.
Innovation and Technology
The CCA Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes outstanding construction firms in Canada who have implemented innovative construction practices within the past two years. These practices must have been a "first-time" use or adoption for use in Canada, but may have been previously applied or used elsewhere.

Canadian Construction Innovations (CCInnovations) has created a clearinghouse portal with the goal of becoming the "nerve centre" for construction innovation, explains its president Pierre Boucher.

New technology has significantly advanced safety standards, helping contractors to plan safer job sites, improve collaboration and information sharing, correct safety situations before projects begin, as well as reduce costly injuries and delays. Here are six ways technology is creating safer construction sites.

Lean manufacturing is a common enough term in the Saskatchewan construction industry. What isn’t as common is its use in today’s construction practices. But changes may be in the air, thanks to innovative industry leaders who have researched and implemented ways within their own organizations to eliminate "waste" and change the culture to their entire organization.

Researchers tell us that, in the United States, 20 to 30 percent of a building’s annual energy bill is wasted.

By The Numbers
The resources sector played the role of unlikely hero as July's results beat expectations.

Volatile financial markets and U.S. monetary policy have clouded the outlook.

The 27th Annual Construct Canada 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, with IIDEXCanada in the North building. Combined, all shows make up The Buildings Show. There will be over 1600 exhibits, including 100 international exhibitors. Registration is now open and there is free entry into the show.

Miura Canada
Important Dates
  • 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 2–4: Construct Canada, The Buildings Show - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, ON
  • December 10–14: Computerized Estimating Conference – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
MCA Canada is very proud to have partnered with Operation Eyesight. Together we are working to help eradicate a form of curable blindness caused by trachoma. 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. We need your help to continue this extremely valuable work.

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


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