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March 1, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
By The Numbers
Membership Advantage Program
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
MCA Canada’s third annual Student Chapter Summit held last week in Toronto was a huge success!

Students from McMaster University and the University of Waterloo spent two days with mechanical contractors and guest speakers learning about an industry that has significant career opportunities. Attendees were informed about the future of the construction industry from Kathryn Jacobs of the Ontario Construction Secretariat. They attended a special session held by MCA Toronto associate members (Trimble, Victaulic and Dobbin Sales) on how technology has changed in the industry and how it has made the industry more efficient. A third session focused on potential career paths, as well as advice on resume writing and building interview skills.
Students were then presented with a project from Milwaukee School of Engineering professor Blake Wentz. They were allocated 12 hours to prepare a bid. This was the first time many of the students has experienced this process. Once they completed their bids, teams presented in front of contractors and had to answer some pretty tough questions on the spot. Judges (and MCA Toronto executive members) Luciano Carinci, David Belluz and Al Prowse were highly impressed with the quality of the presentations and had great difficulty selecting a winner.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the trip to a Modern Niagara project at the Peel Memorial Hospital, where students were given the opportunity to see a mechanical project in the middle of construction.

On Saturday, the students were visited by past chapter members Tanya Tipnis and Mitch Rohner who shared their experiences as new professionals in the mechanical contracting industry and how their participation in student chapters helped them achieve their career goals.

The summit wasn’t all work. Students had the opportunity to network with each other and with contractors at a welcome dinner hosted by MCA Toronto on Thursday evening. On Friday evening, Victaulic treated them to a night out at a local establishment, Dave and Busters.

This entire event could not have taken place without the much appreciated sponsorship support of MCA Ontario, MCA Canada, MCA Toronto, MCA Hamilton, MCA Kitchener-Waterloo, MCA Ottawa, Victaulic, Aecon and Modern Niagara. Thank you to all our sponsors and congratulations to the students who participated.
The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete against each another at the national level, SCNC provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trades and technology careers. Through these competitions, Skills Canada also seeks to raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers. Students must compete at local, regional and provincial/territorial events to gain their place to represent their province/territory at SCNC.
Learn more about the competition at www.mcac.ca or visit www.skillscompetencescanada.com.
MCA Canada’s Career Centre is a single-source for our members to post job opportunities and find job candidates. It’s free and easy to use. Simply send an email to daryl@mcac.ca with a description of the available position in either an MS Word or Adobe PDF document. We will post it almost immediately and leave it on the site for up to four months. There are also resumes for potential employees.
Check it out at www.mcac.ca.
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada is very pleased to welcome the following companies as new members: Carmichael Engineering of Gloucester, ON and Master Mechanical Systems Ltd. of Edmonton, AB.
Industry News
The World Plumbing Day Chairman's has issued his message for this year's event on March 11. Please take the opportunity to distribute during organized World Plumbing Day celebrations, events and other parties. It provides a strong message regarding the value of effective plumbing in all communities around the world.
Be sure to also check out the resources available on MCA Canada's website and on the World Plumbing Day website
In the fall of 2015, CAF-FCA hosted four discussion forums across the country in Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver. Participants discussed apprenticeship-related supply and demand challenges. This report summarizes the main dialogue findings, highlights best practices and provides recommendations.

A panel says the federal government should save public dollars to build infrastructure for regions in which companies may not want to invest.

As Canada's premier welded construction standard, CSA W59 - Welded Steel Construction (metal arc welding) targets organizations involved in the welding of bridges, buildings, machinery, equipment and other products to better ensure fabrication to the highest quality and to protect public safety. CSA W59 details the requirements for the design of welded connections, workmanship, inspection of welds, electrodes and base materials, prequalification and fabrication/construction techniques. The latest edition also includes provisions for the welding of offshore structures referenced in CAN/CSA-Z19902.

The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) are offering up to $40 million to Canadian innovators producing energy efficiency and conservation, carbon dioxide utilization, methane reduction, or cleaner energy production and usage projects. CCEMC and SDTC have had great success jointly funding these types of projects in the past. This call is the first time the two organizations are offering an opportunity to access funding from both through a single application process.
For more information and to apply, visit ccemc-sdtc.ca. The application deadline is April 13 at 8:00 PM EDT.
CanBIM hosted its 15th Regional Session in Vancouver on February 16 and 17, making several exciting announcements. Of note, the CanBIM Awards nomination submissions opened on February 29, while CanBIM launched a new student affiliate membership and issued 43 certifications to BIM professionals.
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. This is a special and highly informative session that covers more than just the basics of pricing a job. Speakers dive deep into strategies you need to know to win more work.

The Construction Education Council will hold its highly acclaimed and very popular Gold-seal accredited Project Management Program 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 filled with all kinds of valuable insight.

By The Numbers
The federal government is projecting a deficit of at least $18.4 billion next year, a shortfall that's nearly five times projections from just three months ago and well past the $10-billion limit promised by the Liberals.

The HRAI Skills Centre at the 2016 CMPX Show is sure to be a big draw. Organized by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), the competition showcases some of the skill sets and knowledge required to be a successful heating systems technician." Secondary and post-secondary students will compete in industry-specific competitions.

Miura Canada
Membership Advantage Program

MCA Canada is proud to partner with Canada’s leading supplier of gas products, Praxair. Praxair promises more uptime, lower long-term costs, greater productivity and increased operational flexibility – so you can do more with less. Praxair offers quality products, technical expertise, services and best-in-class alliances for innovative welding and cutting solutions designed to help fabricators be more productive and more profitable. Their broad range of gases, equipment and consumables can be sourced by a single provider.

Find out how you can take advantage of the Praxair/MCA Canada discounts at www.mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.

Important Dates
  • 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 5-8: Skills Canada National Competition, Moncton, NB 
  • 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
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