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August 30, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
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.
 
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 insights on the latest industry trends, our newest educational programs and our upcoming events.
 
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Federated Insurance and CEC are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 scholarship!

After careful review of the applications, the scholarship committee has selected David Gowland as the beneficiary of this year’s award. David will be attending McMaster University in September to complete his five-year Mechanical Engineering and Management degrees. David is a member (and treasurer) of the McMaster/MCA Hamilton Student Chapter, and he will be part of the McMaster competition team on the MCA of America Student Chapter Competition.
 
Congratulations, David. Good luck in your studies this fall.

CEC would like to thank Federated Insurance for the continued support in the scholarship program. This is the 11th year that Federated Insurance has donated to this worthwhile cause.
 
Industry News
This year’s submission focuses on three areas: supporting apprenticeship training and increasing labour mobility; ensuring Canada’s trade-enabling infrastructure can support the expected increased export growth flowing from the new opportunities created by landmark trade agreements; and increasing industry productivity through the use of tax incentives.

 
The government is taking action by launching the employment insurance (EI) service quality review, a nationwide consultation process with key stakeholders and the public to seek their input on ways to improve services to EI claimants. The review will examine how Service Canada administers the EI program so that resources are focused on providing the best possible service to Canadians, with a focus on streamlining applications, reducing wait times for service delivery and reducing administrative burden for employers.

 
Construction sites are inherently hazardous places with dangers around every corner and under every ladder. But some of the risks workers face don't reside in the workplace; they are brought in from outside.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
If you haven't already signed up for CEC's Computerized Mechanical Estimating course, you'd better act soon. The program runs from September 13 to 16 — that's just two weeks away. And when you couple that with the comparatively small class sizes — just eight people per session — why wait?
 
The 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 for the Construction Education Council's newest education program is now open, and the early bird registration deadline is fast approaching. Sign up before September 16 for best rates.
 
Delivered in conjunction with MCA Manitoba, the conference takes place from October 19 to 21. It features three days of intense training by some of North America’s most talented and well-versed instructors. Participants will learn about themselves as leaders, managers and supervisors — 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.
 
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.
 
Provincial and zone MCAs have booked the following courses for the fall season. Click through for further information. Registration cutoff is two weeks prior to the start date of the course.
 
Dispatcher Training

Kick Starting BIM Because You Must: A Primer for Entering BIM

Developing Frontline Leadership

Supervisor Training
 
Innovation and Technology
Kitchener, ON-based Bridgit has found the formula for disrupting markets. Through deep industry knowledge, a tight focus on customer value, and sheer hard work, its founders — Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake — are changing the way the construction industry shares data across Canada and in major U.S. cities.

 
By The Numbers
A new Conference Board of Canada report has downgraded its projections for economic growth in 2016 from 1.6 percent to 1.4 percent, despite a strong start to the year.

 
The Fraser Institute study says our tax tally includes many hidden business taxes that are passed along in the price of goods and services purchased.

 
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Parker Canada Division
Important Dates
  • September 13–16: CEC Computerized Mechanical Estimating Course, Vaughan ON
  • September 20–22: BOMEX Conference, Regina SK
  • 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 Diggens' 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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