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October 18, 2016 In This Issue
National Conference News and Information
Member Update
Industry News
Education and Training
Associates Corner
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
This year’s edition of the MCA Canada Annual National Conference is the 75th, and it is scheduled for November 14 to 17 on the grounds of Walt Disney World in Florida at the amazing Disney Yacht Club Resort.

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 registration information.

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.
 
The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada has booked its annual Service Contractor Forum for November 13, as part of the MCA Canada 75th Annual National Conference. Join your fellow service contractor members for an afternoon of education and open discussion about trends in our corner of the industry.

Again this year, the keynote speaker will be Kevin Dougherty. Kevin will lead three sessions on our forum theme, Accelerating Your Service Team.

For more information and to register, download our information kit, or check out the Events page on www.mcac.ca.
 
Attention associates: Want to demonstrate your newest wares at this year’s MCA Canada Annual National Conference? Then check out the all-new format for the Associates’ Happy Hour and New Product Showcase.

This year’s showcase takes place on three days: November 14, 15 and 17. Each day’s event will last for approximately one hour prior to the day’s major MCA Canada event and will be complemented with an open bar to give members the chance to mix and mingle.

Check out the information kit for details, or visit the Events page on www.mcac.ca.
 
If your company is celebrating its 100th year in business in 2016, please let MCA Canada know. We would like to acknowledge this tremendous achievement in our newsletter and at our Annual National Conference next month.

Download the 100th Anniversary Award application form, complete it and send it back to daryl@mcac.ca or fax it to 613-225-2793.
 
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 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
The Public Policy Forum says Canadian governments are expected to spend as much as $750 billion over the next 10 years on infrastructure but the plan lacks a clear, national vision.

 
A national asbestos inventory has been made public and while the document could create job opportunities in the construction industry, safety must be the top priority, several stakeholders stated recently.

 
The Canadian Construction Association board endorsed a new CCA Indigenous Engagement Best Practices Guide. The guide was developed for CCA by Indigenous Works and it is the first such guide focused specifically on the construction industry. It will be made available to all CCA members on the CCA website.

 
Canadian Construction Association board members are not mincing words on the subject of exclusionary causes, calling the practice offensive and a possible infringement of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 
Proposed pipeline projects such as Energy East, Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway continue to make headlines across the country with vocal opposition, but members of the Canadian Construction Association would like to voice their side of the story on resource development and extraction.

 
The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) held its second Annual CanBIM Awards on October 5 in Toronto. The event was a fun-filled affair complete with live music, photo opportunities and cocktails. Eight awards in total were presented, including the CanBIM Trades Award presented by MCA Canada, and one for Best In BIM handed out to the winner of the winners from the seven main categories.

 
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is inviting small- and medium-business owners and accountants to share feedback during a series of Serving You Better face-to-face sessions with CRA senior officials in October.

Small and medium businesses can register for the following sessions:
Come share your views on the service improvements the CRA has made to date and on new initiatives to help meet the needs of small and medium businesses. 

We want as many participants as possible to come to these sessions; but, if you can't attend in person, or if you want to share your feedback right away, the CRA invites you to give us feedback online.

The CRA recognizes the important role the small and medium business community plays in developing and maintaining collaborative efforts to ensure that CRA programs and services are fairer, more helpful and easier to use. We look forward to hearing from you.
 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The CEC Education Conference begins tomorrow in Winnipeg. CEC would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of all programs:
 
Platinum sponsor – Victaulic
Gold sponsor – MCA Manitoba
Silver sponsors – AON, IPEX and DMS Industrial
Bronze sponsor – Bradford White Canada Inc. 

Please support those who support your association. Without their sponsorship, conferences like this would not be possible.
 
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.

Act soon. Just two spaces remain! Register today.
 
Looking for training, but can’t afford to let your employees off the construction site for days of seminars? CEC can help.

Through eLearning programs developed by BuildForce Canada, CEC offers the following online courses: National Construction Safety Awareness Training, Confined Spaces Safety Awareness Training, First Level Supervisor Training, Introduction to BIM, Communication, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, Introduction to Construction Estimating, Construction Law, Construction Project Management and Construction Industry Ethics.

For further information, visit www.elearning.buildforce.ca or contact Tania Johnston at 613-232-5169 and tania@mcac.ca.
 
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
 
Associates Corner
The next meeting of MCA Canada's Associate Council Meeting will be on November 17 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. during MCA Canada's 75th National Conference. Representatives of MCAC's Associate Member companies are welcome to participate.
 
Please forward any agenda items immediately to Daryl Sharkey at daryl@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492. 
 
MCA Canada is very pleased to welcome our newest associate member, SFA Saniflo Inc.

For over 50 years, SFA Group's goal has been to allow anyone to easily install bathroom fixtures, laundry rooms and kitchens anywhere and without any major work. As the French inventor of the famous macerating systems, today SFA is among the top companies worldwide in bathroom fixtures. Synonymous with quality and technical expertise, their made-in-France products comply with the strictest requirements and consistently meet customer expectations. The SFA Group is a global player, with subsidiaries and distributors worldwide that offer a complete line of grinders and pumps designed for the home, multifamily housing, and boats. The company has also marketed water treatment plant equipment since their inception.

To find out more, visit saniflo.ca.
 
By The Numbers
Investment in non-residential building construction totaled $12.5 billion in the third quarter, down 0.5 percent from the previous quarter. This was the sixth decrease in seven quarters dating back to the first quarter of 2015. The decline in the third quarter reflected lower spending on commercial and industrial building construction, which more than offset higher investment in institutional buildings.
 
Spending on commercial building construction fell 1.6 percent to $7.2 billion in the third quarter, following a 0.8 percent increase the previous quarter. Investment in industrial projects was down 2.5 percent from the second quarter to $1.7 billion in the third quarter. Investment in institutional building construction rose 2.9 percent from the previous quarter to $3.5 billion in the third quarter, following two consecutive quarterly declines.
 
Taco (Canada) Ltd.
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Parker Canada Division
Important Dates
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice
In 2010, MCA Canada joined forces with Operation Eyesight to help eliminate trachoma, a completely preventable disease that leads to blindness.

Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing this needless tragedy. Their work is focused in places where blindness can be deadly, especially to those who are very young, old or poor.

Trachoma is an eye infection transmitted by flies and exacerbated by cultural and environmental factors. The most heart-wrenching fact about trachoma is that it, and many skin and respiratory diseases, can be eradicated with accessible clean water and basic sanitation.

MCA Canada continues to appeal to our members and the industry for contributions to help eradicate this curable situation. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far in 2016. Your dollars are making meaningful changes in the lives of people in the developing world.

For more information, visit mcac.ca, call the MCA Canada office at 613-232-0492 or email daryl@mcac.ca for your copy of the Operation Eyesight pledge package.
 
 

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