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November 10, 2015 In This Issue
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.
National Conference News and Information
The HEAT Is On 2015 – MCA Canada and more than 300 delegates will come together at the beautiful Omni Ranchos Las Palmas Resort and Spa in magnificent Palm Springs, California, for our National Conference, November 16–19. 

The conference committee has been hard at work planning yet another world-class event. You’ll enjoy exceptional educational programs, workshops and social events: the opening night "California Dreaming" party, the Victaulic 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.

You’ll remember this conference forever! See you in California.
Member Update
MCA Toronto hosted the Construction Education Council’s third annual estimating conference, Project Procurement and Strategies, and it was a resounding success!

Students attended in-class sessions with former MCAA President Jack Wilhelmi, ASHRAE vice-chair and University of Nebraska Professor Tim Wentz, and legal counsel Dan Leduc from Norton Rose Fulbright. Some of the topics discussed included the acquisition process, branding and team building, deal breakers, modular estimating, go and no-go strategies, client decisions, proposals, and effective turnover meetings

The sessions involved a great deal of hands-on work and group collaboration. Students left with tools and ideas to consider when putting together their next estimate.

Conferences like these cannot take place without the tremendous support of sponsors and the local associations. Thanks to Victaulic for hosting an awesome reception at Dave and Busters, Allpriser for the notebooks, MCA Ontario for the education sessions and portfolios, Fastest Inc. for the USB sticks, Norton Rose Fulbright for the stylus pens and calculators, and MCA Toronto for the use of its facility and for hosting the first-day dinner. Thanks also to everyone who attended.
Please join us in welcoming MCA Canada’s newest associate member, Contractor Qualification Network (CQN).

CQN is a Canadian information technology company that specializes in contractor management software and support services. Their web-based software provides simple contractor management tools that are customizable and scalable.

The new CQN Advantage application is designed specifically for purchasing contractors to administer contractor prequalification and document management functions in a low cost and low maintenance manner. With scalable software tools and a growing database of subcontractors, CQN Advantage helps purchasers increase business efficiency and effectively manage risk.

For more information, visit cqnadvantage.com.
Industry News
As a follow up to a recent low-lead webinar, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating and CSA Group have come together to provide clarity on the status of integrating low-lead requirements into national standards.

CIPH recently issued a frequently asked questions document that clarifies the current activities in Canada. The document includes a list of commonly asked questions, a recent schedule of standards and a provincial adoption chart. Each will be updated periodically as new information become available. These FAQs are to be used as advisory only.

"The plan is to strike a task force of members of this board and we would invite the NTCCC (National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada) to add some members to that task force to work together with us on this," explained Anibal Valente, CCA chair, at the association's recent board meeting in Thunder Bay, ON.

Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is a missed opportunity for creating new jobs in all sectors of the North American economy, says Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions.

LCI-Canada has developed terms of reference, established membership fees, set out objectives, formed its governing council and set out its priorities.

N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Construction Education Council is pleased to announce a second set of dates for the CMCEF Gold Seal and Blue Seal Accredited Project Management Program.

Run in partnership with the University of Waterloo, this acclaimed program will be offered again next spring—from March 31 to April 4 and April 21 to April 25.

Innovation and Technology
A Montreal construction company is building a 10-storey condo building from the top down. The unusual method is being tested on the Rubic construction site on René-Lévesque Blvd. at Amherst St.

Hundreds if not thousands of people visit a business’s site every month and judge its brand. Following are five mistakes to avoid with a website to make sure it presents a "wow" first impression.

A construction site in downtown Sacramento, Calif., is offering people a glimpse of how drones might be of use on almost any large, complex project.

By The Numbers
The private sector added 41,300 jobs while the public-sector grew by 30,500 jobs, but experts think the federal election helped boost results.

Miura Canada
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
MCA Canada’s Charity of Choice is Operation Eyesight Universal, an initiative that aims to wipe out trachoma, a disease that causes blindness. Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has helped save the vision of more than 35 million people—simply by providing them with access to clean water and basic sanitation.

To date, MCA Canada and its members have generously raised enough money to build 30 wells through Operation Eyesight. Let’s keep up the great work. Consider giving to Operation Eyesight this holiday season.

For more information, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.


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