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May 3, 2016 In This Issue
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Associates Corner
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
Important Dates
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
Important Links
Ecco Heating Products Ltd.
FastEst, Inc.
Member Update
On May 10, representatives from MCA Canada and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) will meet with Parliamentarians and senior ministerial advisors to discuss prompt payment and the harmonization of model codes and regulations. This event is importance because it gives contractors, manufacturers and distributors of mechanical products the opportunity to educate decision makers about the impact of these issues on our industry.
Look for more news on this in future editions of Just The Fax.
In celebration of MCA Ottawa’s 50th Anniversary, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, local dignitaries and a delegation from MCA Ottawa will be recognized at a ceremony held at City Hall and presented with a proclamation from the city on May 4. In addition, MCA Ottawa’s flag be raised high over the city and fly all day as part of the ongoing festivities. Congratulations to MCA Ottawa on their 50th Anniversary.
Please take a few moments to complete a short survey about your company’s use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. We’d like to hear about any obstacles you face, and any needs you have with regard to deployment and use. CanBIM and the Trades Committee, in which MCA Canada participates, will use the results to align future efforts and tasks to satisfying these specific needs.
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC) is proud to announce that Peak Mechanical Partnership in Saskatoon, SK, is now an MSCC Certified Contractor. This certification confirms that Peak Mechanical Partnership deploys industry-leading best practices while employing Canada’s best-trained and qualified service technicians. The MSCC Certified Contractor designation is a high-impact marketing tool, exclusive to MSCC members, that can be leveraged increase both business and profits. Congratulations to the entire team at Peak Mechanical Partnership for this significant achievement.

To find out about becoming MSCC Certified, visit www.servicecontractor.ca.
Member company Cofley Adelt Ltd has changed its name to ENGIE MultiTech Ltd.

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Industry News
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, recently announced 198 new training projects aimed at helping thousands of Canadians get the skills needed to overcome barriers to employment and join the middle class.

Suffolk Construction has paired an experienced, 66-year-old, not-so-tech-savvy superintendent with an inexperienced, 30-year-old, tech savvy assistant project manager. That’s the combination that nightmares are made of, right?

Across the country, savvy employers are building strategic partnerships and integrating Aboriginal apprentices into their skilled trade’s workforces. The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s Hiring and Retaining Aboriginal Apprentices offers tips and strategies for success. Learn from employers in mining, oil and gas, shipbuilding, construction and transportation. Find out about First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations who offer recruitment and retention supports tailored to meet your needs.

Project owners who believe in the benefits of lean construction must woo construction stakeholders to their way of thinking by showing them not only what the future looks like, but also how bright it is. Here are three tips to get stakeholder buy-in.

Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Service, when managed properly, can help specialty contractors drive consistent revenue and profits. Learn how to avoid the most common causes of service inefficiency for specialty contractors and how the right mix of people, processes and technology can effectively position your service business for rapid growth and increased profits.

Learn more about this free, members-only webinar on May 18 from 11 to noon EST, and register here.
The Construction Education Council’s Computerized Mechanical Estimating course provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using Trimble Accubid estimating and graphical takeoff solutions. Participants will learn to apply proven principles and methodologies of mechanical (piping) estimating in an instructor-led, hands-on approach. The topics covered focus on key tasks of proven estimating method such as; creating and applying estimate breakdowns, takeoffs of common systems and items, such as fixtures, equipment, drainage waste and vent, pressure and process piping. Participants will use Accubid Enterprise Estimating and LiveCount software tools during the course.

By the end of the course, participants will submit a bid along with their peers. The course is delivered over four consecutive days and blends face-to-face instruction with internet based instruction.

Registration is now open for the September 13 to 16 course in Vaughan, Ontario. But act now. Class size is capped at just eight. Download the registration brochure.
Associates Corner

Here's what's happening in the world of MCA Canada associate member firms:

  • Peter Ashton of Masco Canada Limited has been named Vice-president of Trade Sales
  • Travis Lutes of IPEX Group has been named President & Chief Operating Officer
Congratulations, gentlemen!
Innovation and Technology
The construction industry is responsible for undertaking some of the biggest and most expensive projects on Earth. Huge amounts of resources and work go into major construction projects and of course this means that huge volumes of data are generated.

By The Numbers
Country's GDP dips 0.1 percent in February following four months of growth.

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
Important Dates
  • 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
How much do you actually know about MCA Canada's charity of choice? Operation Eyesight's SightLines newsletter contains interesting information about projects abroad and the great work being done by Canadians to support an important cause.



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