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September 20, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Events
Membership Advantage Program
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
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. 
 
As part of our arrangement with MCA America, we have been notified of a price increase for the MCAA Web Labour Estimating Manual (WebLEM). Please note the following changes, which are effective immediately:

MCA Canada member fees:
Subscription: $650 U.S.
Annual maintenance: $225 U.S.

Non-member fees:
Subscription: $5,500 U.S.
Annual maintenance: $750 U.S.

As you can see, MCA Canada members save significantly when compared to non-members.

WebLEM is the next generation of the popular Labor Estimating Manual (LEM), considered the industry's most reliable, authoritative source for comprehensive labour units for typical project tasks. This web-based product contains the detailed labour data contractors have come to depend on. With the WebLEM, you can quickly search for and retrieve information. The WebLEM also offers you the capability to export data into Microsoft Excel or CSV format for added flexibility. Data in the WebLEM is reviewed and updated periodically to reflect the latest products and joining methods.

If you have any questions, contact the MCA Canada office at 613-232-0492 or mcac@mcac.ca.
 
MSCC chairman John Warnica and executive director Daryl Sharkey will attend this year’s BOMEX Conference & Trade Show in Regina this week. Their priority: discuss the new MSCC partnership with the Building Owners and Managers Association and promote the MSCC Certified Contractor program. They will also address the chief staffing officers from across the country and the BOMA national board of directors.

If you are attending the BOMEX show, drop by Booth #4 on September 21 to say hello and learn more about our partnership with BOMA.
 
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 satisfy 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
Canada has an infrastructure deficit to the tune of $123 billion. That's according to Shovel Worthy? — Doing Infrastructure Smarter, a draft project plan that was published recently by Canada's Public Policy Forum.

 
A Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Dodge Data & Analytics report titled Healthier Buildings in Canada 2016: Transforming Building Design and Construction reveals new information about the factors influencing Canada’s building owners, architects, designers, contractors and public health professionals in their decisions for adopting healthier building practices and features.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
Join us in Winnipeg on October 19–21 for the Construction Education Council's newest education program.
 
Delivered in conjunction with MCA Manitoba, the conference 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
 
Events
The Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships’ annual national conference on public-private partnerships will take place November 14 to 15 in Toronto.

Within that conference, there will be a one-day P3 Fundamentals Conference that focuses on P3 basics (e.g. identifying the best candidate projects, procurement options, evaluating the success of the P3 approach, case studies).
 
Taco (Canada) Ltd.
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Parker Canada Division
Membership Advantage Program
MCA Canada has just renewed its partnership with Choice Hotels. Members can save up to 10 percent at any of Choice’s more than 325 locations nationwide—and its more than 6,300 locations worldwide. This MAP is a valuable corporate program and a great employee benefit. Your employees can use your company discount on personal travel too!

Book your stay through the Choice Hotels website or by calling 1-800-424-6423. To obtain your special MCA Canada discount, you’ll need your Corporate ID#, which you can find by logging into the MCA Canada website.
 
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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