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September 13, 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, Masco.
  • Registration for MCA Canada 75th Annual National Conference – This year's conference takes place on the grounds of Lake Buena Vista’s Disney World at the amazing Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort between November 14 and 17. Book your trip today! As a matter of fact, schedule the whole week for the whole family.

  • Registration for CEC Education Conference – Join the Construction Education Council and MCA Manitoba in Winnipeg, from October 19 to 21 to partake in three days of intense training. 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. You'll also explore how to embrace conflict and see it as a valuable resource. Other topics will include working with a multigenerational workforce, ethics in construction, time management, trends in construction contracts, construction contract interpretation, future trends in construction technology, learning how to draw presence to yourself and finally understanding liens on government owned lands.

  • Membership Advantage Program: Chrysler Canada – Members enjoy significant discounts on Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge trucks, SUVs, minivans and passenger vehicles featuring Chrysler Canada’s large account fleet discount program. For more details, visit www.mcac.ca.
This month's program brought to you by MASCO – Representing companies and brands that have over 100 years of experience in the Canadian marketplace, Masco Canada brings relevant, smart solutions for plumbing-related goods to their consumers and business partners. Responsible for manufacturing, product management, product development, sales and marketing, they meet the needs of our uniquely Canadian marketplace. www.mascocanada.com
 
Member Update
Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General announced last week that it would release the long-awaited report of the review of the province’s Construction Lien Act on September 26.

Recall that the review of the legislation was being led by construction law experts Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel, and it is expected to offer some insight into the need for prompt payment legislation in Ontario. The review has been underway for 18 months, and the report will be available on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website upon release.
 
Look for full commentary on the report's findings from MCA Canada in the weeks ahead. 
 
Registration for the Construction Education Council's newest education program is now open, and the early bird registration deadline is Friday.
 
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.
 
The accolades keep coming in for one of the industry’s top lawyers. Last week, Geza Banfai, who has worked with MCA Canada and the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada on several projects, was recognized by the Ontario Bar Association and his peers for his work in construction law.

The OBA presented Banfai with its 2016 Award of Excellence in construction and infrastructure law. The award recognizes exceptional contributions by individuals to the law and the construction sector. Banfai was also named the Best Lawyers' 2017 Toronto Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year," a title bestowed on just one lawyer in each practice in each community annually.

Congratulations, Geza. Thank you for all your exceptional work.
 
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.
 
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Ron Watkins, a former president and board member of MCA Kitchener-Waterloo (1979–1981) and past national chairman of MCA Canada (1987).



Ron passed away peacefully on September 6 at Hospice Wellington after battling cancer.

 
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
Congratulations to Modern Niagara of Toronto, Ontario and Trade-Mark Industrial of Cambridge, Ontario!

 
This video discusses some of the key concepts from Transforming Design and Construction, a book by the Lean Construction Institute.

 
With stories on new Gold Seal projects, new success stories and other information and events.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
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
While BIM is still a relatively young and evolving tool in Canada, many concerns regarding usage and liability have been addressed by the development of standard-form contract appendices. There has been only a handful of reported litigation involving BIM in North America, from which one might conclude that the cooperative approach by all project participants is working, despite fears of shifting liabilities.

 
By The Numbers
Even with the increase in the number of jobs, the unemployment rate crept up to 7 percent compared with 6.9 percent in July.

 
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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