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October 19, 2015 In This Issue
Countdown to Federal Election 2015
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
By The Numbers
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

 

 

 

 

 

Today is election day. If you haven't already done so, please go out and vote. This is your opportunity to make a difference in the future of our country.

 
During the 11-week federal election campaign, MCA Canada has been advising our members to reach out to their local candidates and federal party leaders to explain the importance of prompt payment legislation in our industry. Our efforts are paying off!

We were advised last week of the various stances of the three major federal political parties.

New Democratic Party: "Tom Mulcair and the New Democratic Party favour prompt payment legislation as a means of correcting the unfair payment squeeze contractors all too often find themselves in."

Conservative Party: "We support the great work done at committee and intend to study federal prompt payment legislation."

Liberal Party: "Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Canadian economy, but they often face serious barriers to success including, as you identified, delayed payments for services rendered. A Liberal government will help SMEs grow and create an environment that reduces barriers to their success. We are committed to working with the provinces and territories, as well as key stakeholders, to solve the issue of delayed payments to SMEs."
 
National Conference News and Information
The HEAT Is On 2015—Join MCA Canada 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.

Register today at mcac.ca. See you in Palm Springs!
 
There’s still time to sponsor MCA Canada’s National Conference, the highlight event of our year. 

MCA Canada offers a range of sponsorship levels. Each offers a blend of marketing and networking opportunities that allow delegates to familiarize themselves with your products and services. With hundreds of delegates gathered in Palm Springs, this is a rare opportunity to connect with a captive audience and build (or reinforce) business relationships.

Download our Conference Sponsorship Guide for further details.
 
If you are an MCA Canada associate member and plan to attend this year's conference, be sure to participate in our Supplier Innovation Showcase. It's an excellent opportunity to introduce your company and its products, services and greatest technologies to a select group of Canada’s leading contractors.

Access to the show is free to delegates who register for the entire conference, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now.

For more information, download our Showcase Registration Form.
 
If you have a service department or are considering opening one, MSCC’s Forum for Service Contractors—held during the MCA Canada National Conference—is tailor made for you.

This year, MSCC presents Thriving As A Service Contractor, a special session hosted by Kevin Dougherty, one of North America’s most sought-after instructors. The seminar covers all 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 servicecontractor.ca for more details and to download the forum brochure.
 
Member Update
Please join us in welcoming Environmental Products and Services as our newest associate member.

Environmental Products and Services is an environmental engineering business committed to the principles of sustainable development. The company has extensive experience in oil/water separation technology and is working to manufacture a calorifically enhanced renewable energy biomass that uses fats, oils and greases. Their Intelligent Grease Trap has earned 18 international awards, and repeatedly demonstrates superior functionality, cost savings, revenue generation and environmental benefits.

For more information, contact Stephen Kennedy at 800-459-5796 or stephen.kennedy@epas-ltd.com.
 
MCA Canada offers our members an array of nationally negotiated discount programs. Our partners offer everything from new vehicles and insurance coverage to work clothes, debt collection services, fuel discounts and much, much more!

Learn all about these programs at mcac.ca. Login for specific program information. 

Don’t miss out. You’ll be amazed at how much money you can save.
 
Industry News
Although parents and youth say they believe career opportunities in the skilled trades to be limited, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum recently published a report that shows the opposite is true.

 
North America’s construction sector has a terrible record of investing in research and development. In Canada, construction ranks at the bottom of all industries as measured by their R&D expenditures.



That's one of the findings that's being reported in the first draft of Green Building in Canada: Assessing the Economic Impacts and Opportunities, which is being prepared by the Canada Green Building Council.

 
Technology was the hot topic of the Construction Management Association of America's recent National Conference & Trade Show. Sessions about new innovations and tools, as well as the risks that come with them, dominated the show schedule. Conference experts agreed that change is coming, and construction professionals need to adapt to the ever-evolving industry landscape.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
It has been proven over and over again that an educated staff can be a key element to your long-term success as a contractor. That's why the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada has partnered with the Construction Education Council to deliver the very best in mechanical service specific courses. MSCC offers programs for dispatchers, sales, marketing, bidding, service management, customer service, service supervision and more.

Visit servicecontractor.ca and click the "education" tab to see our complete course list. 
 
By The Numbers
Investment in non-residential building construction amounted to $12.9 billion in the third quarter, down 0.5 percent from the previous quarter. This was the third consecutive quarterly decline and largely reflected lower spending on the construction of commercial and industrial buildings.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • October 20: CIPHEX Roadshow, Edmonton, Alberta (Hosted by CIPH Edmonton Region)
  • October 22: CIPHEX Roadshow, Regina, Saskatchewan (Hosted by CIPH Saskatchewan Region)
  • October 28: CIPHEX Roadshow, Brandon, Manitoba (Hosted by CIPH Manitoba Region)
  • November 16–19: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, California
  • November 18: CIPHEX Roadshow, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (Hosted by CIPH Newfoundland Region)
  • November 18: MSCC Forum For Service Contractors , Palm Springs, California
  • November 19–23: Computerized Estimating Conference – Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • December 2–4: Construct Canada, The Buildings Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Ontario
  • December 10–14: Computerized Estimating Conference – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
MCA Canada and its charity committee chairman, Brad Diggens, are extremely proud of the generosity demonstrated by our members over the last few years. You have graciously donated more than $155,000 to Operation Eyesight, and the money you have raised has helped the charity drill nearly 30 wells.

As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered to help eradicate blindness caused by trachoma—a completely curable disease. With your further support, we can provide people around the world with access to clean water, and wipe out trachoma in the process. 

Please consider contributing to this extremely worthwhile charity to save lives. To obtain your copy of the Operation Eyesight Pledge Package, visit mcac.ca, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.
 
 

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