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September 7, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Innovation and Technology
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
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.
 
CIPHEX West 2016 returns to British Columbia this fall. The two-day trade show and conference will take place November 2 and 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It is the largest event for the HVACR, hydronics, plumbing and water treatment industries in Western Canada.

 
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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Industry News
The piloting of the Red Seal Occupational Standard in the Construction Electrician and Steamfitter/Pipefitter trades has been completed.

 
The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) is throwing its support behind two equity issues regarding expectant mothers and apprentices.

 
Eleven organizations, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, are calling on the federal government to implement a bold national plan for improving the energy efficiency of Canada’s buildings.

 
With stories on exclusionary bid practices, quality of documents, new CCDC documents, a new brochure on standardized specifications and contracts—and more.

 
With stories on infrastructure spending, ethics in construction, workforce challenges, labour forecasting and more.

 
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 next week. 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.
 
 
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
Read Lean Construction Institute of Canada’s co-chair Kathleen Lausman’s article in Construction Business magazine.

 
We have a lot of safety rules in construction and it’s practically impossible to monitor your job site for compliance of every single rule. To complicate matters, many rules are based upon exposure limits, especially when airborne particles are involved.

 
Relaxing current regulations, Federal Aviation Administration expects 600,000 UAVs to be operating in U.S. airspace within 12 months.

 
Taco (Canada) Ltd.
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Parker Canada Division
Important Dates
 
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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