The MCAM Connector
January 29, 2019 In This Issue
The MCAM Board of Directors participated in the review of the Manitoba Builders' Liens Act.  The review, initiated by the Manitoba Law Reform, is complete and may be found at the link below.
To date the Provincial Government has not responded to participants of the report.  Closely related, MCAM and industry partners continue to work with Reg Helwer, MLA for Brandon West and champion of Bill 218, The Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act, for the preferred and more manageable standalone Prompt Payment Legislation.  The industry maintains that legislation addressing delayed payment should be isolated from the more litigious issue of non-payment.  
Bill 218 died after passing second reading when the government session ended prior to the Bill reaching Committee.  MCAM is a member of the Prompt Payment Coalition, a coalition of 32 industry stakeholders seeking standalone legislation.  MCAM is confident the Manitoba construction industry will see a reintroduction of a Prompt Payment early this spring.  
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The Apprenticeship and Certification Board (Board) and its Community Liaison Standing Committee is asking you to take approximately five to ten minutes to complete a short survey related to your experience with the apprenticeship and certification system by March 1, 2019. Your responses will help the Board to work to ensure that the apprenticeship and certification system remains responsive to and reflective of industry needs.
Increased employer engagement in the apprenticeship and certification system was identified as a priority in the Board’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. As an important employer in our community, your feedback is essential to the development and facilitation of a responsive and effective apprenticeship and certification system.
If you are an employer who currently has a registered apprentice, please click here to complete the survey.
If you are an employer who currently does not have a registered apprentice, please click here  to complete the survey.
Thank you for your interest in and dedication to Manitoba’s apprenticeship and certification system.
Wolseley Canada Inc
What your industry colleagues had to say about MCAM Fall Education Week...
"Great speakers! Excellent framework! Very beneficial!"
MCAM Spring Education Week will offer another great lineup of professional development. Featuring:
• Kevin Dougherty - project communication, how to be an effective foreman, thriving as a service contractor and importance of selling maintenance.
• Christine Paquette - organizational health and culture for greater results
• Outlook training, improving service documentation, innovation, industry tours and much more
Registration brochures will be circulated shortly!  Email to add your staff to our Education Week Email Circulation list.  
Twelve engineering students from the University of Manitoba attended the 2nd Annual Speed Interviewing in hopes of securing summer employment within the mechanical contracting industry.  
The Goal of the MCAM Student Chapter is to provide our future engineers exposure to the industry they will be designing for, working for or hiring.  If you missed the Speed Interviewing event and would like to interview one of our Student Chapter members for summer employment, email  
Thank you to the MCAM members who participated in the interviews.  Interested to see who was there?  Read more....
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Through valuable partnerships with industry, students are able to explore and discover working in the trades by taking part in the High School Apprenticeship Program as a part of the Winnipeg School Division’s Career Education Initiative. Students earn grade 12 credits and apprenticeship hours while gaining a better understanding of the trades and becoming ready to enter the workforce.
For additional information, contact:
Shanker Singh
Program/School Support Teacher
Winnipeg School Division
Phone: (204) 788-0203 ext 344 Fax: (204) 772-3911
VoIP: 101344 Email:
There are plenty of opportunities for the MCAM membership to become involved with the Red River CC Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Program: 
• Hire a co-op student
• Give a presentation or host a tour of your facility or a jobsite
• Support an industry advisory committee
• Help fund an MCAM MET Scholarship (email:

Why should you hire a Red River MET student?
• MET students have relevant industry training
• Attain tax credits (15% – $2,500 max)
• Reduce recruitment/training costs

For additional information, contact:
MET Co-op
204 632-2902
Your first choice for architectural and structural services
Westland Construction Ltd.
For over 35 years, Westland Construction Ltd. has proudly been the first choice for providing subcontractor services to many MCAM members. Facility upgrades and expansions that are primarily mechanical/electrical in nature often still require certain architectural and structural components. Westland provides an array of subcontractor services such as structural and concrete work, manufacturing plant upgrades, utilities construction, civil work and more to ensure your project is a success. Building a better way – Westland Construction.
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MCAM would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our generous sponsors and volunteers for our 2019 Holiday Hamper Day. We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to partner up with the Salvation Army and provide holiday hampers and gifts to families in need! This day would not be possible without the dedication of our amazing members! We were able to provide an amazing hamper to 13 families, including gifts and toboggans for 31 children!
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Your top secret mission is here! Save the date for the MCAM 2019 President’s Ball. Dress to impress and enjoy an evening of entertainment and mystery! Secure your table and sponsorships, as spots are limited.
                  Sponsorship Opportunities:
                          Platinum $5,000.00
                          Gold $2,500.00
                          Silver $1,000.00
                           Bronze $500.00
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The MCAM Next Gen committee has had great momentum and looks forward to planning a variety networking events throughout the year. The committee feels passionate about giving back to the community and making a difference. On Thursday, February 7, the committee will be spending the morning at Siloam Mission preparing breakfast and serving it to the community. Every day, hundreds of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Winnipeg are helped by Siloam Mission and volunteers like our Next Gen Committee. We are very proud to work with a great group of individuals like our Next Gen Committee.
The Next Gen Committee is excited to host their first annual Ice Fishing Derby! This day will be targeted towards employees that are 35 years and younger to network with the MCAM Board of Directors. Motor coach buses will be transporting the group to Matlock, Manitoba for an afternoon of ice fishing followed by a sunset BBQ. We are looking forward to some friendly competition and special hot beverages in toasty ice shacks! It will be a wonderful, unique day!
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Western Corporate Solutions
MASMAHC - The Manitoba Association of Sheet Metal
May 30 - June 2, 2019 marks the first annual Western Region Conference!
Today more than ever, successful businesses are in a constant state of transition. Whether you are a contractor, manufacturer, wholesaler or supplier, the need to embrace change has never been greater.
Registration is now open!  Join us at the Banff Springs Hotel in beautiful Banff, Alberta.  Whether your company is transitioning to the next generation within your family or exploring new technologies, do not miss this opportunity to network and learn how your industry colleagues are embracing change.    
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The MCAM Board of Directors is committed to maintaining a charitable profile. MCAM is developing a multi-year approach to support a Manitoba-based charity. MCAM members are invited to submit a charity for consideration for the remainder of the 2017-2022 MCAM strategic planning period. The deadline for nominations is February 10, 2019.  
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by Brian Dagg, Gallagher Insurance
As the world becomes more data-driven and interconnected and our reliance on technology increases in the day-to-day function of both our personal and business lives, our exposure to a cyber-attack impacting the operations of our business also increases.
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As we begin 2019, many of us have set personal goals for our physical health. Workplaces often begin the year by encouraging employees to participate in quit-smoking programs or to meet goals – but most organizations don’t set similar goals to encourage their employees to take care of their mental health and be "psychologically fit." This month’s newsletter focuses on mental fitness.
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Dear Wayne,
     I am a contractor within the mechanical contracting industry.  Safety for my employees and jobsite are a primary concern.  With the legalization of cannabis, I am hoping you might have some advice on how to properly address the challenges this may create.  - Signed - Dazed in the Haze of Weed at Work
Dear Dazed,
     You are not alone!  I shared your concern and was intrigued by the presentation offered during the MCAM Fall Education Week Impairment (Cannabis) and Workplace Safety by SAFE WORK Manitoba.  I attended the session, and it helped answer many of my questions.  I've attached the presentation to this article, I hope it helps!!  MCAM will be hosting a full Cannabis in the Workplace Day this coming spring, including legal, medical, safety and human resource presentations, I hope to see you there! - Signed - Wise Wayne
Do you have a question for Wise Wayne?  Email your concern to
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NEW! MCAM Classified Section -  See what industry-related items MCAM members have for sale. 
This section will be found in each newsletter and is highlighted on the MCAM website. See what’s available by clicking here.
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