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August 9, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Multimedia Information Program
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
By The Numbers
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, Epcot, 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.
 
Multimedia Information Program
The MCAC Member Multimedia Information Program delivers timely and valuable information to our entire membership via email (Just The Fax), the internet (www.mcac.ca) and direct mail. The program’s goal is to provide every MCA member with regular information on upcoming events, programs and projects. In addition, each communication will feature one of our Membership Advantage Programs, which can save you thousands of dollars each year.
 
This month's program is brought to you thanks to the generosity of our featured associate member, HOLDRITE.
 
Here’s what’s in August's Multimedia Information Program kit:
  • CEC Education Conference: early bird deadline is September 16! – Join the Construction Education Council and MCA Manitoba for three days of intensive leadership training. Our new program runs from October 19 to 21 in Winnipeg, and those who register before September 16 will receive special early bird pricing. Attendees will learn a bit about their own approaches to leadership, management and supervision, and explore other topics such as conflict, ethics, generations in the workplace, time management — and much more! Check out the full program.

  • Membership Advantage Program – You already know FedEx as a world leader in shipping, but did you also know that FedEx offers discounts of up to 33 percent on shipping costs for MCA Canada members? What’s more, FedEx offers a suite of solutions to simplify the shipping process. Manage labels online, monitor inbound and outgoing shipments, track package status — and more. Whether you’re shipping within Canada, to the U.S. or around the world, count on FedEx to deliver peace of mind and reliability. Sign up today at mcac.ca.
This month's program brought to you by HOLDRITE – HOLDRITE is a leading manufacturer of innovative products and services in such categories as pipe and equipment support systems, acoustical plumbing solutions, water heater accessories, and water and firestop sleeving systems. HOLDRITE also offers value-added, no-cost services to the contractor, wholesaler and engineer to assist with multiple project stages. These VIP services include specification and submittal assistance, 3D product drawings, custom detail application pages and material take-off assistance. For more information, visit holdrite.com.
 
Member Update
Once again, former MCA Canada chairman Brad Diggens and his daughter Jennifer are embarking on their Hike4Life.

Their annual fundraiser for Operation Eyesight started five years ago. Over that time, the Diggenses have helped to raise thousands of dollars for MCA Canada’s charity of choice. Along the way, they’ve hiked some of the most beautiful and remote trails imaginable: in Iceland, along the Rocky Mountains and through northern Ontario.

This year’s hike takes Brad and Jennifer to the Chilkoot Trail. They started in eastern Alaska and hiked 53 kilometres into northwestern British Columbia.

As well as spending time together and enjoying the rugged wilderness, their goal is to raise even more money for Operation Eyesight. If you’d like to contribute to their hike — all of the money they raise goes to the charity — visit their fundraising page.

Keep up the great work, Brad and Jennifer!
 
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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Kurtis Brian Derksen passed away unexpectedly on July 31. He was the second oldest of Kurt and Risa Derksen's four children.
 
Kurtis was bright, well read and an incredibly analytical thinker. At a very early age, he showed an intelligence well beyond his years. He could and would passionately engage in debates and discussions or a good game of chess — with anyone that was prepared to match his vigour. He wanted to be challenged and could argue either side of any topic. He loved to soak up tidbits of information and random facts; if you had a trivia question, you asked Kurtis. He often had the answer. Kurtis had a thirst for knowledge and was driven to succeed. This was evident in his business acumen and willingness to work hard to learn everything he could about his chosen career. He will be sorely missed by his partners, Christopher Derksen and Zachary Derksen, at Derksen Plumbing & Heating (1984) Limited. 

 
Industry News
Interested in joining the board of directors of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum? In preparation for its November annual general meeting, CAF is calling for nominations from members to fill four seats on its board. 
  • employer (1 position)
  • equity (1 position)
  • jurisdiction (1 position)
  • labour (1 position)
Any interested champion, patron and supporter members can complete and submit a nomination form. Please forward completed forms and/or questions to CAF executive director Sarah Watts-Rynard.
 
On September 14, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will host Working with Indigenous Peoples in the Skilled Trades: Tips and Strategies in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.

 
This month, Defence Construction Canada will begin accepting online electronic bids for tenders that require bid security, using the service provider MERX, an independent private sector tendering service. E-bids for tenders that do not require bid security are already accepted.

 
Latest version was updated in 2015 to reflect the challenges currently facing global businesses.

 
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 methods 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.
 
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
A recent Dodge Data & Analytics study on how various large construction project stakeholders — with $50 million or more in annual value — use and perceive building information modeling (BIM) revealed that 50 percent of trade contractors, construction managers and general contractors use BIM on more than half of all projects.

 
Imagine being able to walk to the centre of a room, hold up your smartphone, then turn around; Tango will present a three-dimensional map of the room. Pair that technology with the augmented reality app called Through the Wall, and the user would be able to hold up his or her device and be able to see where pipes, electrical wires and ducts are positioned.

 
When industry professionals reference construction technology, the first topics that might come up are likely drones, building information modeling, 3D laser scanning technology, virtual reality, 3D printing and advancements in high-performance versions of long-time material staples like concrete. However, how often do construction experts associate progress in technology with the worker in the field?

 
By The Numbers
According to the Canada Green Building Council, the second quarter of 2016 has seen steady growth for LEED-registered and -certified projects with 81 certifications and 106 registrations between April 1 and June 30. Currently, there are 2,757 LEED-certified projects across the country.

 
The Canadian labour market lost 31,200 net jobs last month as the country suffered its biggest one-month drop in full-time work in nearly five years, Statistics Canada said Friday.

 
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 Diggenses' Hike4Life fundraiser, and 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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