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April 5, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Events
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
M.A. STEWART & SONS LTD.
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
MCA Canada president Del Pawliuk gave a short speech to the MCA of America's board of directors during MCAA's annual convention on March 19. He spoke about such issues as: the annual meeting of the International Alliance of Mechanical Contracting Associations, the joint MCA Hamilton/McMaster University winning last year's national student chapter competition, prompt payment and several other topics. He also extended an invitation to MCAA board members to join MCA Canada at our national conference in November.

You'll find an excerpt of Del Pawliuk's remarks in our next edition of the National Bulletin, which you will receive later this month.
 
Each year, on the occasion of MCA of America's national conference, representatives from mechanical contracting associations from Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom come together to discuss issues of common interest. The annual meeting of the International Alliance of Mechanical Contracting Associations provides each country with an opportunity to understand how other parts of the world deal with topics such as BIM, prompt payment, insurance and much more.

Look for more details on this important meeting in our spring edition of the National Bulletin.
 
Long-time MCA Canada associate member and Radiant Professionals Alliance member John Goshulak, P.Eng., of Weil-McLain Canada has received the prestigious Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence. The award is bestowed upon an individual for his or her combined dedication to teaching, mentoring, and raising funds for philanthropic causes on behalf of the North American steam and hydronic industry.

 
The annual golf fundraising event for the Construction Education Council is now open for registration. Come out and enjoy a day of golf with industry colleagues while supporting your own education delivery body. Mark July 13 on your calendars and join us at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario! 


For further information, contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 or tania@mcac.ca
 
Please join us in welcoming the following new members to the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada: 
 
Academy Mechanical Services Inc.
6031-92 Street
Edmonton, AB T6E 3A5
Contact: Don Patterson
Tel: 780-438-1750

CAON Services Inc.
1143 42 Ave. S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 1Z3
Contact: Kelly Young
Tel: 403-279-6641

D & A Mechanical Ltd.
1536 Myron Drive
Mississauga, ON L5E 2N6
Contact: Wojtek Stobinski
Tel: 416-629-0845
 
Wes-Man Mechanical
927 Dugald Road
Winnipeg, MB R2J 0G7
Contact: Roger Phaneuf
Tel: 204-774-4202
 
MCA Canada is now on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Follow us for up-to-date information on our latest initiatives. We'll post updates and insight on the latest industry trends, our newest educational programs, and our upcoming events.
 
Chat with us, give us feedback and help spread the word about the great work we do!
 
Industry News
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has developed the Skilled Trades Network, a centralized resource to help women learn more about the trades and access the resources they need to progress in their training and careers. Any feedback from women interested in the trades, female apprentices or female tradespeople is appreciated. CAF will use your suggestions to improve the site and help more women succeed in the skilled trades.

Please complete a short survey after exploring the Skilled Trades Network.
 
Visit Gold Seal Certification's new and improved website.

If you'd like to be featured in one of the site's success stories, complete a short survey.

Follow Gold Seal on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to be among the first to hear what's new.
 
A new CSA Group guide provides equipment selection and safety strategies for managers.

 
Of 1,600 family businesses surveyed, 47 percent had no succession plan. In another study, while 80 percent of first-generation firms intended to transition, only 30 percent of the companies successfully made the transition.

 
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.

 
Innovation and Technology
The building industry is notoriously slow when it comes to adopting and utilizing technological solutions. However, Google’s Project Tango could be about to change all that if its self-3D mapping software becomes impossible to ignore, as expected. Our thirst for faster and more accurate data is increasingly leading all industries to finally reach the eureka moment of how digital technology can and will revolutionize their industry.

 
A researcher in Australia has come up with a smart vest that could help reduce fatalities or illnesses because of heat stroke.

 
As the construction sector in Australia strives to improve safety, the use of intelligence gained through sensors embedded in personal protective equipment is emerging as a critical area of opportunity.

 
By The Numbers
The manufacturing sector grew by 1.9 percent in January, helping push the GDP up by 0.6 percent.

 
The Bank of Canada says poor prices for oil and other resources could become the "dominant source of drag" on the economy.

 
Events
Spring is officially here and now is the time to make plans to attend Canada's only national apprenticeship conference.



Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future will take place June 5 to 7 in Vancouver, BC. This is a great opportunity to hear about innovative programs and approaches to apprenticeship training, while networking with your colleagues from coast to coast. Some elements of this conference are already full, so register soon!

 
Come join AECO industry leaders and practitioners in an open discussion about BIM. We will host a series of presentations and panel discussions aimed at addressing this central question: Why Not BIM?

A lot has been said about BIM's purpose and value, but now it's time to discuss the direction of BIM in Canada's eastern provinces and how this technology will affect your business.
  • What are the key issues surrounding BIM for the various stakeholders?
  • What does the next two to five years look like?
  • What are your options when adopting BIM?
  • What risks do we face from lagging behind other regions and countries?
  • What impact does a lagging BIM adoption have on our workforce in Atlantic Canada? 
This event will be the best opportunity to participate alongside industry leaders, stakeholders and decision makers in one room. You will not want to miss the opportunity to participate and perhaps ask the questions that affect you most.
 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
QuoteSoftware
Important Dates
  • April 10-16: MCA Ontario Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • April 13: CanBIM regional session, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 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 1-2: CanBIM regional session, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • June 5-7: CAF Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future conference, Vancouver BC
  • 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
  • October 5-6: CanBIM regional session, Toronto, Ontario
  • November 14-17: MCAC 75th Annual National Conference, Orlando, Florida
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
You may already know that Operation Eyesight Universal does a lot of fantastic work overseas to help people get access to clean water and basic sanitation. But did you know the charity reports on its work through its social media channels? You can connect with Operation Eyesight on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
 
Give them a follow and see for yourself how the donations you and your fellow MCA Canada members have made are making a real difference in the lives of people in the developing world.
 
And if the stories on Operation Eyesight's social feeds inspire you, why not donate? MCA Canada is always accepting contributions from members who wish to support this important cause. Get involved today by emailing mcac@mcac.ca or calling 613-232-0492.
 
 

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