The MCAM Connector
 
July 2019 In This Issue
INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS
MCAM IN ACTION
MEMBERS CONNECTING
MEMBERSHIP ADVANTAGE
INDUSTRY INNOVATION & ASSISTANCE
INDUSTRY IN FOCUS
INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS
  
Bill 245 - Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act passed first reading June 3, 2019. The Manitoba Prompt Payment Coalition (MBPP), a growing coalition of 32 provincial trade associations and unions, has worked diligently with government and industry stakeholders to ensure the bill is responsive to Industry concerns. 
 
Reg Helwer, MLA from Brandon West and champion for prompt payment legislation, introduced Bill 245, acknowledging the extensive work contributed by the construction industry. 
 
To access Bill 245, click here.
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On May 2, 2019, the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan unanimously passed third reading of prompt payment legislation. Saskatchewan becomes the third province in Canada to pass a law protecting contractors against delayed payments. 
 
This journey began three years ago, spearheaded by an industry coalition that advanced the case for  legislation and won the support of both the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP. Seldom are there issues the two parties can come together on, but they agreed contractors deserve to be paid for work  completed.
 
While the bill passed, work will now begin on development of accompanying regulations.
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On June 21 in Ottawa, her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, gave royal assent to Bill C-97, the Budget Implementation Act, 2019.
 
The bill contained the Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act, which lays the foundation for prompt payments throughout the construction chain on construction projects procured by the federal government.
 
Sandra Skivsky, chair of the NTCCC, said, “We have been working on this issue for well over a decade and are very happy today. Prompt payment is crucial to the efficiency of all construction work throughout the sector, on jobs big and small."
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Bibby-Ste-Croix
Wolseley Canada Inc
MCAM IN ACTION
  
Randall Plumbing and Heating Ltd. is proud to celebrate employee Jeremy Koop for achieving Commercial Refrigeration Journeyperson status, as well as being selected for the Highest Achievement Award through Apprenticeship Manitoba!  
 
Jeremy Koop is an MSCC-certified technician and has been employed with Randall Plumbing and Heating since 2012. 
 
 
 
 
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  Robert Maxwell

Robert Maxwell, local 254 member and employee of Randall Plumbing and Heating, won the Western Canadian Regional United Association of Pipe Fitters Apprenticeship Competition for Refrigeration held in British Colombia. Robert went on to compete at the UA Apprentice National Competition in Toronto, and successfully won the Canadian competition. He's now heading to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to represent Canada at the North America competition.
 
Great job, Robert!

Website Launch
 
MCAM is thrilled to announce the launch of an all-new MCAM website going live inSeptember 2019. The updated website will provide additional value-add features for members, increased accessibility for the board of directors and improved messaging highlighting the work of the association. Following an active competition, the MCAM Membership Committee was pleased to award the development contract to Winnipeg digital creative agency Unite Interactive
 
Is there something you would like to see on the website? Let us know!
 
Membership Packages
 
The 2019-2020 MCAM membership packages were mailed out to all active members at the beginning of May. Packages included a wide variety of content, from contact lists, by-laws and policies to a variety of membership benefits. If your company has yet to complete your membership update form, please do so and submit to yasmine@mcamb.ca! We have launched some amazing programs, such as our Social Media Take-Over, MCAM Advantage Program and MCAM Product Guide. Make sure to check it out! 
 
Vehicle and Window Decals
 
Vehicle and window decals have been provided within the membership packages! Want some more? We would love to provide them to you!   

 
  
The Mechanical Contractors Association would like to give Vern Wall of Trotter and Morton a warm welcome to the board of directors. Vern began his career in mechanical contracting with MCW Consulting in 1979. He spent 27 years with Comstock Canada as a project manager working on industrial projects across Manitoba, Ontario and Western Canada. He is currently the mechanical manager for Trotter & Morton Industrial Contracting Inc. in Winnipeg.   
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The MCAM Board of Directors is always looking for ways to provide additional value for your membership. MCAM is pleased to announce the launch of our Membership Advantage Program! The launch has started off with seven companies, offering you tangible discounts and value! Participating companies are Park N' Fly, Torque Brewing, Western Corporate Solutions, BDO Canada LLP, Aspire Fitness, Go Oil Canada and Attorney Sam Goszer. 
 
Would your company like to join this exclusive program? Let us know
 
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MEMBERS CONNECTING
  
MCAM hosted the 007 James Bond President's Ball, Friday on April 26, 2019. Thank you to our sponsors for another record-breaking year. Due to the generosity of our sponsors and growing attendance, we are able to offer the many special touches our membership anticipates at our annual MCAM celebration. 
 
The MCAM Social Committee loves planning and preparing for the President's Ball, and planning is already underway for next year! Keep your eye out for the Save the Date! 2020 will be even better than 2019!
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MCAM is looking forward to the 2019 Memorial Jamie McNabb Golf Tournament, to be held Thursday, August 15 at Breezy Bend Country Club! The social commitee continues to dedicate a significant amount of time making this tournament a highly sought-after event! Due to increasing demand, the golf committee is looking at options to increase the capacity of the tournament while maintaining success of the current venue and platform. 
 
Sponsorship is limited but still available; please contact the MCAM office for more details. 
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Western Corporate Solutions
MASMAHC - The Manitoba Association of Sheet Metal
MEMBERSHIP ADVANTAGE
  
MCAC is proud to announce their upcoming 78th annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. From October 2-5, come enjoy the ultimate Southern hospitality in Music City at the Hilton Nashville Downtown. The theme is "Orchestrating the Industry's Future, and there is an incredible lineup of keynote speakers and unique evening events! Don't forget to pencil in Manitoba Night on Friday, October 4! 
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What keeps you up at night? Do you have questions for the MCAM Board of Directors? The MCAM Board Of Directors would like to hear from you! If you have questions or concerns related to Industry issues, reach out to the MCAM office. Your concern will be added to the next board meeting agenda.

  
This year, MCAC has over $26,000 available in scholarships due to the generousity of national associate and contractor members. Please share this information with your employees so more MCAM members have the opportunity to experience the value in MCAC membership. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2019.
 
Full scholarships may be reviewed here.
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Women in Mechanical Contracting (WiMC) has been officially launched. Alongside all the MCA’s across Canada, we would like to encourage you to please share this information with your employees/colleagues and encourage them to join! The first 14 registrants have received a copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s novel “Lean In” (compliments of TESC Mechanical Contractors). Follow WiMC on social media to stay updated on news and events! We are so proud to have two of our Manitoba members on the committee: Jennifer Lowe from Lowe Mechanical Services Ltd. and vice chair of the committee Judy-Lynn Mason from Servco Canada Group of Companies!
 
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SMS Engineering
Ipex Inc.
INDUSTRY INNOVATION & ASSISTANCE
  
Dear Wise Wayne,
 
I am a mid-size ICI mechanical contractor. What is the current procedure for contacting OFC and Hydro regarding inspections for natural gas-fired equipment? Who do you call first and who coordinates?
 
Signed,
 
Keeping Up in Manitoba!
 
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Dear Keeping Up in Manitoba,
 
Great question! Several years ago, in an effort to streamline the permit process and improve customer service for our Manitobans, the OFC developed and implemented a new central booking process for gas inspections. The process involves having the gas fitter book their inspections through the OFC office by calling the gas inspection scheduling clerk at 204-945-3395. If Manitoba Hydro also needs to attend the inspection, the scheduling clerk will coordinate and book a mutually acceptable inspection time and date with Hydro. All requests for OFC gas inspections must be requested by the permitting gas fitter and booked using the central booking system at 204-945-3395.
 
Signed,
 
Wise Wayne
 
Do you have a question for Wise Wayne? Send him an email!
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INDUSTRY IN FOCUS
  
In the new MCAM Classified Section, you can 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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