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November 3, 2015 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Innovation and Technology
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
National Conference News and Information
The HEAT Is On 2015—MCA Canada has a host of top speakers booked for the 74th Annual National Conference in Palm Springs, California. Join us from November 16 to 19 to hear from:
  • James Benham, who will deliver his construction technology forecast and identify the latest trends in building technologies.

  • Gregg Shoppman, who will speak about practical ways to introduce lean six sigma concepts into your workplace to make it more efficient and productive.

  • Dan Leduc, who will share top tips on getting paid and give advice on how to keep cash flow as neutral as possible.

  • Matt Abeles, who will test drive the latest tech toys of interest to MCA Canada members.

  • Paul Doherty, who will talk about the changing face of mechanical contracting, with a particular focus on how local and global market conditions are affecting design, engineering and construction data.

  • Kevin Dougherty, who will ask whether your service business is prepared to keep pace with the lightning-fast changes in the market.   

  • And our keynote speaker, former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk, who will share his extraordinary story of survival and his battles with mental illness.

Check out the Conference Pre-Planning Guide for more information, and register for the conference today at mcac.ca. See you in Palm Springs!
 
Member Update
The MCA Canada Member Multimedia Information Program delivers timely and valuable information to our members 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 by the generosity of our featured associate member.
 
November’s Multimedia Information Program includes:
  • CEC Project Management Program: By popular demand, the Construction Education Council announces a second set of dates for the exclusive Gold Seal and Blue Seal accredited Project Management Program. Offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo, the highly acclaimed program will be offered from March 31 to April 4 and April 21 to April 25. Nearly 1,000 industry managers have graduated from this outstanding program.
  • Membership Advantage Program – Chrysler Canada: Thanks to MCA Canada's partnership with Chrysler Canada, our members can save thousands of dollars on Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. And as a special end-of-year bonus, Chrysler is giving our members an extra $500-discount in November and December. Visit mcac.ca or call us at 613-232-0492 for more details.
 
This month's program brought to you by Victaulic. Since 1919, Victaulic has been the world's leading producer of grooved mechanical couplings and pipe-joining systems. Over the years, Victaulic has continued to develop innovative solutions focused on ensuring efficiency, reliability and safety. Check them out at victaulic.com.
 
It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of Roy Pyper, former MCABC member and industry supporter. Roy passed away on October 19 at the age of 82.

Roy began his long and successful career in the HVAC industry with the Powers Regulator Company Ltd. in Winnipeg, and was transferred to manage the Vancouver Branch in 1963. In 1970, he founded Canadian Aqualine Products Ltd., where he remained until his retirement. Roy also founded Aqualine Industries Ltd. and purchased Pump Engineering & Maintenance in the early 1970s. He became a life member of ASHRAE and the National Rifle Association and was a long time member of the Richmond Rod & Gun Club, the Custer Sportsmen's Club, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of BC.

Roy loved to travel. During his retirement years, he visited friends across North America and Europe, and spent time in his Vancouver, Winnipeg and Miami Beach homes until 2013. Roy will be greatly missed by many special friends. He is survived by his wife Florence "Frocia", his sister Cecilia, and several nieces and nephews.
 
Industry News
"Anytime you've got a new government elected, they're going to have a lot of building to do," CCA president Michael Atkinson said during the CCA's fall board meeting in Thunder Bay, Ontario. "We'll be keen to see who are put in key cabinet positions that are important to us, working with their new implementation chain, discovering who their new staff people are going to be. That's going to be one of our top priorities."




 
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum introduced a new labour mobility tool for apprentices at its recent apprenticeship symposium.



On the Move: Resources for Apprentice Relocation is a one-stop, online reference for apprentices who move prior to being certified and employers who hire apprentices from other parts of the country. It outlines apprenticeship regulations, inter-provincial agreements and processes to support recognition of previous on-the-job hours and technical training. Immigrants can also access information about the trade qualifier process in each province and territory.

 
Canadian engineering firms are poised to benefit from broadened government procurement in the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, but Canadian construction firms will not likely be jumping into the international waters as eagerly.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Innovation and Technology
Equipment, machines, and clothing are becoming "smarter" every day, even things we never thought about as technology, such as the recent development of the smart hard hat. Tapping into technology allows users greater and easier access to ever important data and, in some instances, safer work environments.

 
A report by National Public Radio in the United States evaluated the likelihood of specific construction jobs being automated in 20 years, based on current robotic trends. It notes that low-paid, labour-intensive jobs such as roofing will be among the hardest hit. Only certain specific trades such electricians are relatively safe from the wave of technological change likely to sweep over the building industry.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • 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: Project Management – Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • December 2–4: Construct Canada, The Buildings Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Ontario
  • December 10–14: Project Management – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered to help eradicate blindness caused by trachoma, a completely curable disease. With your support, we can provide people around the world with access to clean water, and wipe out trachoma in the process. Our members have graciously donated to the drilling and support of 30 wells or water points, but there’s still much work to be done.
 
Your contributions 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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