October 2017
 
The voice of the 
mechanical contractors 
industry in Alberta.
Association News
Aon developing 'Insurance Captive' for MCAC members

The MCAC Board has approved the development of an Insurance Captive for MCAC members. Right now, is an important opportunity for your company as an MCA Alberta member. Even if you choose not to participate in the initial captive offering, which will be open for the next four to six months, you will want to review the material to understand this opportunity.

Learn more.
Annual Curling Bonspiel

Plan to attend the 68th Annual Provincial Trade Contractors Curling Bonspiel. This great event is hosted at the Red Deer Curling Rink from January 11-14, and is for all levels. Two days of curling, two dinners, a calcutta auction, poker tournament, prizes, and much more!

Early bird registration is now open for $1000 per team. Sign your team up here.
OHS system review survey

As part of the ongoing government review of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation, the province has released a survey for Albertans to fill out. We are encouraging all of our members to fill in the survey so they can have their opinions known by the government for this crucial piece of legislation.

The survey ends on Monday October 16, so please  click  here to fill out.

ACA has once again produced a guide for filling out the survey. It will guide you through the questions and inform you on their rationale in the answers given to the survey. If you would like a copy please email Jonathan.Williams@albertaconstruction.net.
Education and Training
Become a Gold Standard certified technician for free now! 

If you take your exam before December 31, the fee will be waived. Gold Standard certified technicians have their journeyman status, endorsement from employer, a commitment to ongoing training, maintain an outstanding safety record and high level of customer service.

For all information on how you can become certified now click here .
Education and training programs

MCA Alberta offers education and training programs through a variety of learning opportunities designed to meet unique mechanical and service contractor needs. This is accomplished through member meetings featuring guest presenters on broad industry topics, product specific technical training, HR and other soft skills training, business skills and succession planning.

These programs are designed for owners and senior management, service managers and technicians, HR leaders, frontline field and office staff to keep you current and grow your career. View our upcoming learning opportunities below and view our yearly calendar here.
Learning Opportunities
October 23 & 24: Construction supervisory and management skills course. Click here for all information and registration. Only three seats left!
October 25: Sensor faucets and flushometers training for service technicians. Click here for all information and registration.
November 2: Mechanical thermoplastics information night. Hosted by MCA's Young Executives. Click here for all information and registration.
November 15: Backflow prevention training for service technicians. Click here for all information and registration.
November 17: Coaching and mentoring seminar. Click here for all information and registration.
November 22: Becoming a trusted advisor course. Click here for all information and registration.
November 23 & 30: How to be effective with difficult people webinar. Click here for all information and registration.
December 15: Change management and continuous improvement seminar. Click here for all information and registration.
October 16 - 17, in Edmonton with the CIPHEX Roadshow

One and a half days, two breakfasts, one lunch, six featured speakers and nine hours of expert level content.
 
Learn  - How to build increasingly compelling cases for this great technology.
 
Explore  - Alternatives to warm floors.
 
Understand  - The Alberta marketplace and where it is going.
 
Advance  - Your business with new techniques and terminology to excite customers.
 
Register now and use code CHC17 to save.
Save the Date
October 17: CIPHEX roadshow. Edmonton, AB.
October 19: Old Timers Night. Edmonton, AB. Please take a look at the invite poster and register here.
November 6-9: Waves of discovery national conference. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii. Register here.
November 14: Armstrong sustainability symposiumTopics include introduction to sustainability, national energy code for buildings, next generation pumping innovation and energy performance manager.
November 17: Young Executives mechanical  tour  of Rogers Place in Edmonton.
December 8:  Old Timers Night. Calgary, AB. Register here.
December 13: Edmonton Young Executive annual bowling with mentors.
January 17: Edmonton member meeting on an economic update and successfully adapting to unwanted change. Learn more
Industry News

Estimating can make or break your bottom line in the construction industry. As competition increases, the number of bidders per project increases, creating more demand for professionally trained construction estimators.

Experienced and new estimators can benefit from further training in this area. Estimating applies to many sectors, including residential and commercial construction, engineering and architectural firms, contractors and those working in the trades.

Learn more.
Medical gas installation course

NAIT offers a CSA recognized course for medical gas line installation. This course will prepare students to challenge the medical gas piping and systems installations certification exam.

Next PLMR149 medical gas course intake:
January 9 to January 25, 2018: Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 
Saturdays on January 13 and 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For all information click here.
The harmonization initiative

Since the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) announced its strategic plan to harmonize 30 Red Seal trades in most jurisdictions by 2020, with an effort to harmonize training for two-thirds of Red Seal apprentices by 2017, the CCDA has made great progress.

The CCDA is proud to announce that the goal of harmonizing training for two-thirds of Red Seal apprentices by 2017 was met. Strong momentum and collaboration with industry across the country has resulted in the implementation of nine trades in most jurisdictions in September 2016, as well as in the implementation of nine additional trades in most jurisdictions in September 2017.

Work is also well underway to harmonize the next set of five trades by September 2018.
The CCDA would like to commend the strong collaboration between industry, training stakeholders and apprenticeship authorities who make the harmonization of apprenticeship training possible.

The list of Red Seal trades harmonized, and those that are upcoming are listed here.
Environmental Safety
National skilled trades and technology week, November 5-11, 2017

Skills/Compétences Canada's plan is to work with its member organizations and partners to facilitate and host skilled trade and technology activities in regions across Canada, to engage business and political leaders in discussions about the importance of these careers for our country, to focus media attention on these careers and to highlight those individuals that pursued these paths themselves.
 
NSTTW is a key date in the annual Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) calendar. The goal of this week-long event is to promote and host awareness raising events around the many career opportunities in skilled trades and technology in Canada. During NSTTW organizations from across Canada get involved with SCC in a "hands-on" way to promote skilled trades and technology careers to youth, parents and the public.

To learn more about this event please take a look at this poster and additional information.

If you are hosting an activity please contact Sharon Côté.
STANDATA updates

Sewage notice:
A new private sewage notice has been posted and is now available on the Safety Services Branch website .

Building update:
Municipal Affairs has developed a user guide for Section 9.36. of the Alberta Building Code 2014 (ABC) in consultation with municipalities, industry and safety codes officers. This information is designed to assist code users for compliance with both prescriptive and performance paths under Section 9.36., ABC. 

It provides code users with key considerations for submitting permit applications to the authority having jurisdiction, samples of a project summary and trade off calculations, clarification of code requirements for airtightness and checklists for energy code compliance under Section 9.36. of the ABC.

Variances:

Tall wall generic engineered details.
Wind data for low-rise buildings guideline.
 
Interpretations:
Mechanically vented appliances.
Health and Benefits
Group health insurance benefit program

Competitive, flexible, comprehensive, and efficient. Let MCA provide you with a no obligation proposal today! Contact Vicky at 1-800-251-0620 or vicky@mca-ab.com.
Improve your well-being at work

A healthy team is often a more energetic and productive one. Find out how you can create an environment that supports your employee's physical well-being by r eading this great article.
How to incorporate meditation into your lifestyle

Homewood's Health EFAP is pleased to share their October newsletter called LifeLines, with MCA members. This issue focuses on mindfulness meditation and everyday practice and provides information on the benefits of meditation and how to begin practicing mindfulness meditation.
Discount program

This month we feature Petro Canada as they give MCA members significant savings of
  • 2.7 cents per litre on gasoline.
  • 2.7 cents per litre on diesel.
  • 20 per cent off on car washes.
For all information click  here and apply for your card  here.
Important Links
MCA Alberta

MCA Canada

Construction Education Council

MSCC - Service contractors

MCA-AB - Contractor membership

MCA-AB - Associate membership (wholesale and suppliers)

MCA-AB - Affiliate membership (construction trade)

Provincial and zone MCA's

MCAC Canada coming events

MCA Canada's charity

Ontario Prompt Payment

National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada NTCCC
About the MCAA

Since the early 1900's, Alberta's plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, gasfitters and mechanical contractors have utilized the united voice, programs, information, service and social network of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta (MCAA).

Today, the MCAA strives to create value for its members by identifying and mitigating  issues that affect the industry, the development and delivery of high-quality education programs, providing a competitive group health insurance benefit plan, facilitating member benefit programs and services, and providing opportunity for social and professional networking.