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August 3, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
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.
National Conference News and Information
November seems like a long way away, which means there's plenty of time to start planning for the MCA Canada annual National Conference.

This year’s edition is the 75th annual National Conference, and it will take place between November 14 and 17 on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Florida at the amazing Disney Yacht Club Resort.

Plan to bring the whole family. In addition to our usual schedule of courses, meetings and speakers, there will be plenty to do for the whole family. Tour the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and several water parks. Shopping, restaurants and nightlife are all available right outside the door.

Check out mcac.ca for further details and for registration information, and watch this space for regular conference previews and teasers.

Be a sponsor!
MCA Canada’s conferences are recognized as world-class events in large part due to the generous contributions of our exceptional sponsors. If you would like to become a sponsor, check out this year’s sponsorship brochure, or contact Daryl Sharkey at 613-232-0492 or daryl@mcac.ca.
 
Member Update
Big news for service contractors: BOMA Canada has agreed to promote the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada's National Certification program to its members. As a result, building owners and managers across the country will have lists of pre-qualified companies they can draw from to perform work on their buildings.
 
Your job: get certified. Undoubtedly there will be a big rush among MSCC members to be among the first to earn this important certification. The sooner your company earns its credentials, the greater the competitive advantage it will have over those that haven't.
 
To learn more about this MSCC-exclusive certification program, visit servicecontractor.ca, call 613-232-0492 or email dsharkey@servicecontractor.ca.
 
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.
 
If you want to keep up with the latest industry news and goings-on at MCA Canada, please join us on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. We'll post updates and insight on the latest industry trends, our newest educational programs and our upcoming events.
 
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Industry News
The Government of Canada will invest $120 billion over the next 10 years to build strong, inclusive and sustainable communities and they want to hear from you. Phase 1 is already underway, and now the Government of Canada is inviting you to share your views on Phase 2 of Canada’s infrastructure plan.
 
Visit infraconsults.ca to provide your feedback in five ways: eWorkbooks, discussion forums, photo and video submissions, written submissions, and community-led events.
 
The Government of Canada is particularly interested in your thoughts on four important themes:
  • Community Infrastructure, which is about your needs and the infrastructure priorities in your community.
  • Green Infrastructure, which is focused on Canada's ongoing transition to a clean-growth economy.
  • Public Transit Infrastructure, which is geared towards improving and expanding public transit systems in communities across Canada.
  • Social Infrastructure, which is about building stronger communities through social infrastructure projects like affordable housing and cultural and recreational infrastructure.
 
BuildForce Canada has been providing labour market information (LMI) forecasting for the construction and maintenance industry for more than a decade. BuildForce periodically reviews its LMI program to keep in touch with stakeholders’ views and  demonstrate results to the industry and government funders. The survey gathers data on how the LMI is being used, the impact this information has on organizations and the industry, and if there are areas to improve on.

Complete the survey by August 18.
 
Construction work is hard on the body and being able to retire with a full pension before the age of 65 should be considered as the Canada Pension Plan evolves, says a human resources professor.

 
During the CDBI Design Build Tutorials across Canada, we are frequently asked about the limitation periods for legal actions in the various provinces. Unfortunately, there is no one common rule across Canada. Many of the provinces have undertaken a review of their limitation legislation and changes are happening, albeit slowly. As a general trend, provinces are enacting a two-year limitation period in respect of a known cause of action, along with a 10 or 15-year ultimate limitation period.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
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.
 
The Construction Education Council and MCA Manitoba would like to invite you to the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, from October 19 to 21 to partake in three days of intense training by some of North America’s most talented and well-versed instructors. At our Building Tomorrow’s Construction Leaders Today conference, you will have the opportunity to learn a little more about yourself as a leader, manager and supervisor—all of which are key components for building strong relationships and effective leadership.

Attendees will also explore how to embrace conflict and see it as a valuable resource, as well as other topics such as working with a multi-generational workforce, considering ethics in construction, using effective time management, identifying trends in construction contracts, interpreting construction contracts, spotting future trends in construction technology, learning how to draw presence to yourself and understanding liens on government-owned lands.

Registration is now open. Register by September 16 for early bird rates.
 
Every year, the Construction Education Council and the University of Waterloo partner to offer the hugely popular, Gold- and Blue-Seal accredited Project Management Program.

This year’s session marks the 39th time the program has been offered, and to date nearly 1,000 people have taken the training. The program takes place over a 10-day period and is split into two five-day sessions. The first runs from November 24 to 28, and the second between December 15 and 19.

Topics include project administration, scheduling, managing individual differences, safety, change orders, construction law, job cost controls, meetings and communication, dispute avoidance and claims, labour relations/due diligence, and project completion.

Attendance is limited to just 24 people, and this event always sells out. Don’t delay. Register today.
 
Innovation and Technology
An assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech has studied much of the existing literature and identified various problems in the industry’s current practices. Young-Corbett explores a new field of engineering known as Prevention through Design, which suggests the optimal method of preventing occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities is to "design out" the hazards and risk with tools, equipment, systems and facilities. Wearable technology has become a major part of this new way of thinking.

 
By The Numbers
The Composite Leading Index, a new Conference Board of Canada economic measure that tracks short-term indicators of the economy, inched down 0.2 points in May, its first decrease in three months.

 
Events
The conference will open discussion on plumbing’s critical and essential role in providing a healthy and safe environment for the people of the world. It will also address the plumbing role in ensuring, through regulation, that the four pillars in which plumbing operates—energy, sanitation, environment and water—are never compromised on the altar of greed and non-compliance.

When: September 15–16
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa
 
For more information, visit www.wpc2016.co.za
 
 
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Parker Canada Division
Important Dates
  • September 13–16: CEC Computerized Mechanical Estimating Course, Vaughan ON
  • September 26–29: CCA Meetings, Fort McMurray AB
  • October 5–6: CanBIM regional session, Toronto ON
  • October 13–14: Canadian Design Build Institute Conference, Winnipeg MB
  • October 19–21: CEC Education Conference, Winnipeg MB
  • November 14–17: MCAC 75th Annual National Conference, Orlando, Florida
  • November 24–28 and December 15–19: CEC/UWaterloo Project Management Program, Waterloo ON
  • November 30–December 2: Construct Canada, Toronto ON
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
In light of the great work that MCANL did to raise $23,000 for Operation Eyesight last month, we thought we'd encourage all members to host their own fundraisers for MCA Canada's Charity of Choice.

On the Operation Eyesight website, you'll find a Fundraising Toolkit that provides everything you need to plan and execute a successful event—and one that will help raise money for the charitable cause.

Check out the toolkit and start planning your fundraiser today!
 
 

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