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February 9, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
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Member Update
MCA Canada has been discussing ways and means of creating "member interest" stories in our quarterly Bulletin newsletters. How will we do that? We ask our members! Every day our members, staff and associations do tremendous things that make the world a little bit better...and we would like to hear about them. Please submit a paragraph to MCA Canada so we can tell your "good news story."
MCA Canada's current Strategic Plan expired at the end of 2015. We are extremely pleased to advise the general membership that most, if not all, of the goals contained in the previous plan were achieved! Now we must move forward. This past weekend, the Strategic Planning Committee came together in Ottawa for two days of intense discussion and analysis. The new strategic and operations plans will then be developed, reviewed and finally approved by the national Board of Directors. You will be advised as soon as the plans are finalized.
MCA Canada urges you to start your planning now to celebrate World Plumbing Day on March 11. The day is intended to provide anyone or any organization involved in the global plumbing market with an opportunity to promote the important role played by the industry. Join us this year and let us know what you have planned.
Clint Cassia (1949-2016) - It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Clint Cassia, former MCA British Columbia member with Bartle and Gibson, friend, and long-time industry supporter.Clint passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the age of 66. Beloved husband, father and grandfather, a Celebration of Life takes place February 10 in Coquitlam, BC. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.
Industry News
Construction companies are constantly searching for ways to improve project efficiencies and avoid cost and schedule overruns.Industry experts have offered countless methods to accomplish this.Although the delivery method debate has typically been dominated by design-bid-build and design-build, a new method has been creeping into the narrative and demonstrating successful results: integrated project delivery (IPD).
The days of sustained growth in the Canadian construction industry enabled by a plentiful supply of labour will soon be over, reports BuildForce Canada in its 2016-2025 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast. Instead, BuildForce foresees a scenario over the next 10 years in which there will be strength in some regions, set against a backdrop of labour-supply transition stemming from the retirement of many thousands of experienced baby boomer construction workers with a smaller number of lesser-skilled younger workers poised to take their place. The national demand to replace the retiring boomers is estimated at 250,000 workers while there will be an estimated 221,000 new entrants into the construction workforce.
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
CEC will once again offer its highly acclaimed Estimating Conference in 2016. Mark the dates and place: May 9 to 11 in Saskatoon, SK.
Student Chapter members, faculty, contractors and MCA managers are invited to join MCA Toronto as they host the third annual, two-day MCA Canada Student Chapter Summit, February 25 to 27.
Construction businesses are experiencing greater pressure to become more efficient while increasing profits at the same time. Find out how implementing an automated construction software solution has helped numerous construction companies become more modern and grow their business, increase revenue, enhance productivity, reduce costs, and create a more streamlined operation overall. This free webinar is available to all MCA members
The Construction Education Council's Accredited Project Management Program will be offered over 10 days again this spring: from March 31 to April 4 and April 21 to April 25. Make a point to check out this great session. It's incredibly popular and filled with all kinds of valuable insight.
Innovation and Technology
Imagine walking onto a construction site to find a fleet of bulldozers, graders and excavators doing site prep without any operators behind the controls. Autonomous and semi-autonomous construction equipment is the future. Some worry that this technology will lead to the extinction of the operators in the construction industry. In reality, the opposite is probably true.
The world's first truly autonomous, electric vehicle has taken to the street of a Netherlands university town. The vehicle, known as a "WePod," will shuttle passengers around the town as part of a pilot project to test the driverless technology. The shuttle seats six and has no human driver safe-guard like similar projects. WePod has neither a steering wheel nor foot pedals.
By The Numbers
Statistics Canada - Employment was virtually unchanged in January (-5,700 or 0.0%) and the unemployment rate edged up to 7.2%. In the 12 months to January, employment increased by 0.7% ( 126,000). Over the same period, the unemployment rate rose from 6.6% to 7.2%, as the labour force grew at a faster pace than employment. There was little change in both full-time and part-time employment in January. However, compared with 12 months earlier, full-time work increased by 172,000 ( 1.2%) while part time was little changed. Over the same period, the number of hours worked rose by 1.2%.
OTTAWA—Employment growth in Canada sputtered in neutral last month as a net gain in Ontario jobs was offset by significant losses in Alberta—with its most dismal numbers in a decade—and in Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador, Statistics Canada said Feb. 5. While the national unemployment rate still crept up to 7.2 per cent from 7.1 per cent, more people entered the job market, the agency said in its latest labour force survey.
CanBIM Resional Session Vancouver - With the technological advancement in software utilizing cloud computing we are able to harness the power of infinite computing. With such a resource at hand, we can compute vast amounts of data within minutes, we can also utilize this technology to explore options in design and utilize Building Information Modeling.
Learn everything you need to know about the next 10 years in the Canadian construction and maintenance labour market. For the first time, our economist will be sharing insights on the industry’s next 10 years in an informative 1-hour webinar, followed by a question and answer period.
Miura Canada
Important Dates
  • February 16-17: CanBIM Regional Session, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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 9-11: CEC Estimating Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • May 12-15: MCA Alberta Annual Conference, Canmore, Alberta
  • 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
As we approach World Plumbing Day on March 11, why not consider supporting Operation Eyesight in its endeavour to provide basic plumbing and sanitation facilities to people in need?


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