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Member Update
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 program is brought to you thanks to the generosity of our featured associate member.
 
Here’s what’s in July's Multimedia Information Program kit:
 
Summer National Bulletin – The summer edition of MCA Canada’s National Bulletin includes updates on important association and industry programs, services, projects and events. See what the Education Council is doing and what’s next for the Service Division.
 
Construction Industry: The Basics – Your administration staff are invited to attend a webinar series on the basics of the construction industry for the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors of the industry. At the conclusion of the series, each registrant receives one Gold Seal Credit.
 
Membership Advantage Program: Mark’s Work Wearhouse – In the crowded apparel market, Mark's stands out for its commitment to comfort, quality, style and innovation. Although their roots are in industrial work wear, they have also become known for outfitting Canadians with casual and active wear for everyday living. Their clothes are engineered to function, feel and look better.
 
This month's program brought to you by HOLDRITE – HOLDRITE has established a reputation as a leading manufacturer known for innovative products and services in such categories as pipe and equipment support systems, acoustical plumbing solutions, water heater accessories, and water and firestop sleeving systems. HOLDRITE also offers value-added, no-cost services to the contractor, wholesaler and engineer to assist with multiple stages in the project. These VIP services include specification and submittal assistance, 3D product drawings, custom detail application pages, and material take-off assistance to help plan for product inventory levels.

As always, HOLDRITE will stay at the forefront of the construction industry by offering innovative and cost-effective products that are optimized to be the best solution for the total application.

For more information, visit holdrite.com.
 

The Construction Education Council fundraising golf tournament is set and ready to roll this Wednesday—July 8—at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario.

If you haven't already booked your foursome, act now. Head to the CEC website for information. 

Events such as this cannot happen without the generosity of our sponsors. CEC and MCA Canada would like to thank:.

Platinum Sponsors – Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario, Victaulic

Gold Sponsors – MASCO, Modern Niagara Group Inc, Ontario Pipe Trades Council, the UA

Hole Sponsors – OGCA, Bradford White, Lyncar Canada, Alberici, Watts, MCA Kitchener-Waterloo, MCA Toronto, Kilmer Environmental, Aecon

On-course Challenges – Bradford White, Noble, IPEX Inc,  MCA Canada, MSCC, GolfNorth, AON

Balls – Wolseley

Tees – Bibby Ste. Croix

Trophies – Sportvision

On-course Refreshments – AON

 
The HEAT Is On 2015 – MCA Canada invites you to join us in magnificent Palm Springs, California, for our 74th National Conference, November 16–19.
 
Our host hotel is the beautiful Omni Ranchos Las Palmas Resort and Spa. The conference committee has been hard at work planning yet another world-class event for our delegates. Business by day, party at night! Enjoy our Opening Night "California Dreaming" party, the Victaulic Opening Breakfast with former NHL All Star Clint Malarchuk, our annual John Bradshaw Memorial Golf Tournament at Desert Willow Golf Resort, and our all new Awards Gala Event. You’ll remember this conference forever!
 
You can check the Conference Pre-Planning Guide for event information and sponsorship opportunities. You can register online through www.mcac.ca, or through to the conference registration page. See you in Palm Springs!
 
MCA Canada’s Conference opening breakfast will feature former NHL goaltender and mental health advocate Clink Malarchuk.
 
No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and stress-ridden as that of an NHL goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career nearly cut short by a skate slicing across your neck. Clint Malarchuk shares his extraordinary and heart-wrenching life story—which includes his long battle with alcoholism and almost ending his life by a gunshot to the head—in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness and to help others who may suffer as well.
 
Malarchuk, who was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta, and raised in Edmonton, played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He went on to play professionally in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres, and in the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder. He compiled a career record of 141 wins, 130 losses, 45 ties, 12 shutouts and a .885 save percentage.
 
After leaving the NHL as a player, he served as head coach of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads. He was then a goaltending coach for the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He became the goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, going from there to the Calgary Flames, and retiring from the team in 2014.
 
His memoir, The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, was published in 2014.
 
Join us for Clint Malarchuk’s special keynote address at the MCA Canada opening breakfast on Tuesday, November 17, from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. 
 
If you have a son, daughter or legal ward who wants to enter the mechanical contracting business, then the Construction Education Council may be able to help. Each year, Federated Insurance sponsors a scholarship through the CEC. Participation is open to MCA Student Chapter members and the children of employees of MCA Canada member companies.


Visit http://www.mcac.ca/cec/cec-and-federated-insurance-scholarship-now-open to view the full article online.

 
Industry News
Few Canadians know that Canada’s construction industry contributes close to seven percent of Canada’s GDP, that it employs over 1.3 million Canadians, (1 in every 14 working Canadians), or that it is in fact the fifth largest construction market in the world.

Visit http://www.industryandbusiness.ca/development-and-innovation/the-canadian-construction-industry to view the full article online.

 
The word "fascinating" could best describe a comparison of Canadian put-in-place investments versus trends statistics when it comes to construction’s investment forecast.

Visit http://www.industryandbusiness.ca/insight/The-Construction-Industrys-Financial-Future to view the full article online.

 
Some of the top apprentices in the pipefitting trades from across Canada converged in Toronto in June for the United Association’s national apprentice competition – the eighth such event and the third to be held in the city.

Visit http://www.hpacmag.com/news/apprentices-compete-for-five-national-titles/1003692764/ to view the full article online.

 
It is interesting to compare the Top Contractors list of 25 years ago with the ones in a much more recent list in On-Site magazine. There have been changes, but a surprising number of the companies that were on the list then, still dominate it. It is not as if the industry has not changed – the companies that have survived and thrived at the top have had to adapt to very challenging circumstances.

Visit http://www.on-sitemag.com/news/canadas-top-construction-firms-evolve-adapt-to-change/1003689912/?&er=NA to view the full article online.

 
Canada’s construction industry is undergoing the most dramatic demographic shift ever. Thousands of baby boomers are retiring and opening up all kinds of career possibilities for the next generation.


Visit http://www.industryandbusiness.ca/employment-opportunities/replenishing-canadas-workforce to view the full article online.

 
While the economy rebounds and the projects roll in, Baby Boomers are leaving but Millennials (the generation born between 1980ish and 2000ish) aren’t taking their place.

Visit http://www.isqft.com/start/managing-millennials-in-construction/ to view the full article online.

 
Leaders in the construction industry today deal with many challenges on a daily basis—finding and winning work, managing large and complex projects, meeting deadlines, satisfying clients, addressing near-continuous obstacles and much, much more. In the midst of the daily whirlwind, it can be easy to overlook one of the most critical aspects of leadership—developing others.


Visit http://www.constructioncitizen.com/blog/developing-great-leaders-construction-industry/1506221 to view the full article online.

 
Strong municipal infrastructure is critical to attracting people to our economic hubs, improving the quality of life for our work force and remaining globally competitive. However, according to this quarter’s C-Suite survey, Canada is only partly succeeding in addressing these needs, despite a growing focus by all levels of government on this backbone of our economy.

Visit http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/canada-must-do-more-to-keep-cities-moving-executives-say/article25050319/ to view the full article online.

 
The Canadian Design-Build Institute’s latest newsletter elaborates on some of the upcoming conference’s sessions and talks about the teaming agreement, one of the CDBI membership perks.

Visit http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d4a3ed65a1&id=53a1bb2b02 to view the full article online.

 
N-Two Cryogenic Enterprise Inc.
Victaulic Company of Canada
Bradford White Canada Inc.
Education and Training
The Construction Education Council's Computerized Mechanical Estimating course is an introductory course that provides participants with an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to estimate mechanical project costs using estimating software.


CEC has partnered with Trimble Accubid for the delivery of this program. It is not a course that will teach the ins and outs of the software program but rather how to do a proper take off.


The course is scheduled for September 15 to 18 in Vaughan, Ontario.

Visit http://mcac.ca/cec/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/04/Computerized-Mechanical-Estimating-Form-2.pdf to view the full article online.

 
The Construction Education Council is pleased to present an exclusive webinar series called Hiring Right. The program is a series of five webinars; each is approximately 90 minutes in length

The seminars are aimed to give the attendee insight on the importance of a good hire and how to avoid making costly mistakes. The cost of a "bad" hire can have devastating effects on any business. Don’t let this happen to you!

Course registration is $500 per person/login. At the conclusion, the attendee will also receive a Gold Seal course certificate, awarding them one point towards Gold Seal Certification.

Register here. You can also email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.

Module 1: September 18    (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 2: September 25    (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 3: October 2           (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 4: October 15         (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
Module 5: October 23         (12:00pm – 1:30pm EST)
 
The Construction Education Council and the University of Waterloo partner annually to offer a 10-day Gold Seal Accredited Project Management Course. To date nearly 1,000 students from across Canada have completed the course. The program qualifies for 70 PDUs towards PMI certification and 10 points towards Gold Seal Certification. It is also Blue Seal Certified in Alberta.


Each course topic is taught by a specialist. 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.


This year’s program is scheduled for November 19 to 23 and December 10 to 14 at the University of Waterloo. There are only 24 spaces available, and the course sells out quickly. Don’t delay!

Visit http://mcac.ca/cec/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/04/Courses_CEC_FORM-Waterloo-2015-2016.pdf to view the full article online.

 
The Construction Education Council (CEC) is pleased to present an exclusive webinar series on the basics of the construction industry. The program is a series of four webinars, each of which lasts for approximately two hours in duration.

In this series, participants will have the opportunity to explore facts and figures and the industry in which they work. They will become more familiar with the material, processes and job roles as well as the work-related language that will serve as an introduction to the rest of the materials. At the conclusion of the series, participants will learn how important this industry is in the job creation and the important issues it faces.

Cost to register is $425 per person/login. Following the course, the attendee will also receive a Gold Seal course certificate, awarding them one point towards Gold Seal Certification. Register here. You can also email tania@mcac.ca or call 613-232-0492.
 
Module 1: October 6           (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
Module 2: October 13         (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
Module 3: October 20         (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
Module 4: October 27         (12:00pm – 2:00pm EST)
 
Innovation and Technology
An internal government memo underlines chronically sluggish business innovation as an area "of great concern" for Canadian productivity.

Visit http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/manufacturing/canada-lags-on-business-innovation-despite-billions-of-incentive-dollars-150590/ to view the full article online.

 
A new take on an old idea has been developed as the industrial world continues its scramble for more and more clean energy.

Visit http://dailycommercialnews.com/Technology/News/2015/6/The-power-of-gravity-helps-upgrade-an-old-idea-1008566W/ to view the full article online.

 
Rachel Armstrong, medical doctor and architect, tells Toronto conference that buildings in the future will be less inert artifacts than organic structures designed to incorporate natural processes.

Visit http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/06/18/homes-in-future-will-feed-us.html to view the full article online.

 
Miura Canada
Bibby-Ste-Croix
Franke Kindred Canada Ltd.
Important Dates
  • July 8: CEC Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Waterloo, ON
  • October 18–20: CCA Meetings, Thunder Bay, ON
  • November 16–19: MCA Canada's 74th National Conference, Palm Springs, CA
 
MCA Canada's Charity of Choice

As you know, Operation Eyesight and MCA Canada have partnered together to help eradicate blindness caused by trachoma, a completely curable disease.

Since 1963, Operation Eyesight has prevented more than 35 million people from facing the tragedy of needless blindness. The most heart-wrenching fact about trachoma is that it can be eradicated with accessible clean water and basic sanitation, something near and dear to our hearts.

To donate to this worthwhile cause, call 613-232-0492 or email mcac@mcac.ca.

 
Important Links
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