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December 8, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
By The Numbers
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
MCA Canada’s newly elected President Del Pawliuk is proud to announce the new MCA Canada board of directors for 2015–2016. The new board was elected during our annual general meeting on November 18 in Palm Springs, California.

Executive committee members: President, Del Pawliuk, R.F. Contracting Inc.; President-elect and Vice-president Western, Dave Flamand, Peak Mechanical Partnership; Vice-president Central, Dave Holek, Lekter Mechanical Services Inc.; Vice-president Eastern, Jack Bavis, G.J. Cahill; Secretary/Treasurer, Gaetan Beaulieu, Beaulieu Plumbing & Mechanical Inc.; Chief Executive Officer, Richard McKeagan, MCA Canada.

National directors: British Columbia: Wayne Davidson, Davidson Brothers Mechanical Contracting Ltd; Dean Loewen, Altac Services Inc.; Alberta: Tim Padfield, Pad-Car Mechanical; Brad Diggens, MJS Mechanical Ltd; Saskatchewan: Dave Flamand, Peak Mechanical Partnership; Ryan Tynning, Swift Plumbing & Heating Ltd; Manitoba: Brad Mason, DMS Industrial Construction Inc.; Ontario: Dave Holek, Lekter Industrial Services; Denis Carrier, E.S. Fox Ltd; Don Capotosto, Gimco Limited; Charles Webb, Anderson-Webb Ltd; Serge Robert, S & R Mechanical; Quebec: Alain Daigle, Plomberie Alain Daigle Inc; New Brunswick: Charles Savoie, Black and McDonald Ltd; Nova Scotia: Derrick Flinn, Western Plumbing & Heating Ltd; Prince Edward Island: Quentin Bevan, Bevan Brothers Limited; Newfoundland & Labrador: Jack Bavis, G.J. Cahill.; Associate Council President: Dan Milroy, Bradford White Canada; Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada President, John Warnica, Lowe Mechanical Services Ltd.

Meet the members of your 2015–16 board of directors
Front row left to right are: MCA Canada CEO, Richard McKeagan, Vice-president Western & President-elect, Dave Flamand; Secretary/Treasurer, Gaetan Beaulieu; President, Del Pawliuk; Vice-president Eastern, Jack Bavis; Vice-president Central, Dave Holek.

Back row left to right are: MSCC President, John Warnica; national directors: Serge Robert, Charles Webb, Alain Daigle, Charles Savoie, Wayne Davidson, Denis Carrier, Derrick Flinn, Brad Diggens, Ryan Tynning, Dean Loewen, Tim Padfield, Don Capotosto, Associates Council president, Dan Milroy and director Brad Mason.
MCA Canada is extremely pleased with our national partnership with Perkopolis, which is available through our Membership Advantage Program. Perkopolis provides discounts to MCAC members on entertainment, shopping, hotels, travel and more than four dozen products and services.

Please note that the access code to establish your new, free account with Perkopolis has changed. In order to obtain the new access code, please login to the members section of our website, call the MCA Canada office at 613-232-0492 or email daryl@mcac.ca.
Industry News
Employers in Canada’s construction sector fought through a difficult 2015 and emerged confident that they will grow their businesses in the coming year. Findings of the sixth annual Hays Salary Guide reveal that a general sense of optimism will carry construction firms into 2016. Nearly half of the companies surveyed have taken a more aggressive stance against industry skills shortages by instituting employee training and development programs.
Conducted in October, the Hays 2016 Salary Guide highlights employer confidence, a look at business expectations versus results and a snapshot of hiring trends and challenges. Heading into 2015, Hays found nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of construction respondents anticipated business growth during the year; however, one-third reported losses likely due to the general unsteady state of Canada’s economy. Even in the face of the slowdown and flat salaries, 37 percent of construction employers said they increased staff levels during the year. When asked how they feel about their prospects for 2016, the majority (76 percent) expect the Canadian economy to strengthen or remain stable, half (50 percent) anticipate increased business activity and nearly 40 percent intend to boost their company’s headcount.
Facing the skills shortage head-on 
While many of the country’s construction employers have plans for a strong 2016, the vast majority (78 percent) of industry respondents believe the sector suffers from a moderate to extreme skills shortage that impairs their ability to hire. Thirty-four percent said that this is a consequence of less training and development. An additional 31 percent blamed declining numbers of people entering the industry.
Encouragingly, construction firms have chosen to tackle the skills shortage head-on. Just over half (54 percent) of respondents have chosen to offer training and professional development programs as a talent recruitment strategy. Doing so also has the peripheral benefit addressing employee career development expectations as 29 percent of Canadian employees across all industries said they would leave an organization that doesn’t support their aspirations. 
"Training staff and supporting career development is no longer a nice-to-have perk. It’s a basic employee expectation not to mention a critical recruitment and retention advantage," said Rowan O’Grady, president of Hays Canada. "It’s encouraging to see that construction firms have decided to take the bull by the horns and attempt to resolve their own talent shortage problems. This is good for business, great for employees and the industry as a whole."
Additional findings:
  • 77 percent of Canadian employers have moderate to extreme difficulty recruiting talent
  • 61 percent of Canadian employers have moderate to extreme difficulty retaining staff
  • 29 percent of employees will leave an organization that doesn’t support their career development goals
  • 42 percent of employers feel that a skills shortage has resulted in productivity issues  
  • 49 percent of Canadian employers find social media to be an effective tool for recruiting staff
You would expect someone toiling in marketing, communications or academia to possess a resume steeped in five-dollar words and fanciful descriptions of past experience. But what about tradespeople whose claim to fame is the work they do with their hands?

The construction sector has pledged to speed up the fight against climate change with the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

Read CDBI’s November newsletter for conference follow-up, interesting articles and information on upcoming tutorials.

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Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Construction Education Council recently announced new dates for its popular Gold Seal and Blue Seal Accredited Project Management Program.

The program will be offered over 10 days this spring: from March 31 to April 4 and April 21 to April 25. As always, it will be run in partnership with our friends at the University of Waterloo.

Make a point to check out this great session. It's incredibly popular and filled with all kinds of valuable insight.

By The Numbers
Municipalities issued $7.1 billion worth of building permits in September, down 6.7 percent from the previous month. Construction intentions for non-residential buildings rose 1.6 percent to $2.9 billion in September, the first increase in three months, while the value of residential building permits declined 11.6 percent to $4.2 billion.

In the institutional component, the value of permits rose 15.6 percent to $744 million in September, the first increase in three months. The value of permits issued for industrial buildings rose 16.3 percent to $550 million, following two consecutive monthly declines. Construction intentions for commercial buildings fell 7.8 percent to $1.6 billion in September, following a 10.9 percent increase in July and a 2.4 percent advance in August.

The Canadian economy has grown largely in line with its October projections, said the central bank.

Most of the 35,700 job losses are attributed to the spike in employment triggered by the federal election.

Statistics Canada said that GDP grew at an annualized rate of 2.3 percent during the three-month period that ended in September.

A new report from CIBC World Markets shows that Ontario and British Columbia are in step to be the biggest drivers in a "still-sluggish" Canadian economy next year.

The 12th International Energy Agency Heat Pump conference is being held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, at the World Trade Centre from May 15 to 18, 2017.

The two-day event will begin with a series of workshops focused on energy conservation, and the conference will have speakers from key stake-holders in the market as well as the Annexes. A call for papers has been issued and researchers are encouraged to share their opinions and show their latest developments in the industry at this event.

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Important Dates
  • February 25–27: MCA Student Chapter Summit, Toronto, Ontario
  • March 6–10: CCA Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • March 11: World Plumbing Day, Worldwide
  • March 15–17: MCAC Winter Meetings, Orlando, Florida
  • March 16–18: CMPX Trade Show, Toronto, Ontario
  • March 17–24: MCAA Convention, Orlando, Florida
  • March 31–April 4: Project Management – Part 1, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • April 10–16: MCA Ontario Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • April 21–25: Project Management – Part 2, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • April 29–30: MCA British Columbia Conference, Okanagan, British Columbia
  • May 4: MCA Manitoba Annual General Meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May 9–16: CEC Estimating Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • June: Eastern Regional Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 15–17: CCA Meetings, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 26–28: CIPH Annual Business Conference, Banff, Alberta
  • July 13: CEC Golf Tournament, Waterloo, Ontario
  • September 26–29: CCA Meetings, Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • November 14–17: MCAC 75th Annual National Conference, Orlando, Florida
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.

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