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December 15, 2015 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Membership Advantage Program
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
The quality of this year’s national conference was greatly dependent on the much-appreciated contributions of our event sponsors. On behalf of our conference delegates, the conference committee and the board of directors, MCA Canada would like thank each for their contributions. Please support those who support your association.
Elite event level sponsors
  • IPEX
  • Victaulic
  • United Association, National Office of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

Gold level sponsors
  • Allpriser
  • Aon
  • Bibby Ste Croix
  • Derksen Plumbing & Heating
  • FloCor
  • M.A. Stewart & Sons Ltd.
  • Milwaukee Valve
  • QBE Insurance

Silver level sponsors
  • Anvil International Canada
  • Black & McDonald
  • Masco Canada
  • MCA Ontario
  • Ontario Pipe Trades Council
  • Trimble
  • Wolseley

Bronze level sponsors
  • Apollo Valves
  • Armstrong Fluid Technology
  • Bradford White
  • The Cahill Group
  • LynCar Products
  • MCA Kitchener-Waterloo Zone 7
  • Milwaukee Tools
  • Oakville Stamping & Bending
  • Oventrop
  • RF Contracting
  • Reliance Worldwide
  • SportVision
  • Taco Canada
  • Watts industries
Industry News
Federal officials warned the Liberal government just last month that its plan to steer billions in unspent infrastructure money directly to cities could run into roadblocks with the very cities and provinces they want to help.

A task force of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee is drafting a standard contract for projects undertaken using the integrated project delivery model.

Construction is a massive industry, representing $8.5 trillion worth of work worldwide every year and it accounts for nearly 10 percent of the GDP in most countries. Yet it's also an industry known for finishing on average nine out of 10 projects late, or over budget. When you compare labour productivity from the 1960s with today, you can see that not much has changed.

N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
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.

Innovation and Technology
While construction data may not seem as pivotal as big bank or health industry information, that perspective is misguided, said KPMG's national cyber-security leader.

By The Numbers
The Bank of Canada mused about setting a negative rate, but experts wonder if that would have any functional impact.

Municipalities issued $7.7 billion worth of building permits in October, up 9.1 percent from a month earlier. This was the first increase in three months.

The value of residential building permits rose 15.5 percent to $4.8 billion, while intentions for non-residential buildings edged down 0.2 percent to $2.9 billion. The value of permits issued for commercial buildings dropped 9.9 percent to $1.4 billion, while the value of industrial fell 22.4 percent to $430 million, and the value of institutional building permits rose 36.4 percent to $1.0 billion.

Join the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating on January 7 for an insightful webinar on the policy directions CIPH and its partners are developing to make our industry a better place. This information-packed webinar is free for CIPH members.
Some of the topics being discussed are: 
  • What are the major changes in the National Plumbing Code 2015?
  • When is the new code expected to come into force in the provinces?
  • What are we doing with harmonization of codes and standards between the US and Canada?
  • The Standards Council of Canada’s initiatives and projects update
  • The Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade and it’s impacts for us
  • The Automatic Adoption of Plumbing Codes for 2020
  • Looking for more inspectors, and why?
Registration is now open for CMPX 2016, Canada's national show for the HVACR and plumbing industries. Doors open March 16 for three exciting days!

The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Exposition is set to take place January 25 to 27 in Orlando, FL., at the Orange County Convention Centre.

The event attracts more than 60,000 professionals and will have 2,000 exhibitors. Over 80 percent of the show exhibitors are expected to unveil and showcase new or upgraded products, systems and technologies. The expo will host free seminars and certification exams presented by industry groups.

Miura Canada
Membership Advantage Program

Avis is the leader in premium commercial and leisure segments of the travel industry while Budget focuses mainly on the value-conscious market. Members can enjoy discounts on Avis's line of premium commercial and leisure vehicles and Budget's inventory of value-conscious vehicles. Coverage includes more than 10,000 locations in over 175 countries around the world.

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

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.

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


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