June 2018
 
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Association News
MCA board of directors and staff

With the 2018 AGM wrapped up MCA welcomes four new directors: Mike Charlton, Goldbar Contractors, Edmonton; Dale Chisholm, Chisholm Industries, Calgary; Cody Christman, Strathcona Mechanical, Leduc and Jamie Jaques, ATCO Gas.  Thank you Doug Hill, Justin Doty, Doug Brown and Troy Wenger, retiring directors for the representation, input and service you have provide through your involvement on the board. 

The MCA Alberta staff look forward to working with the new MCA board  to grow your association and to improve our industry.
MCA conference


The 2018 conference in Kananaskis was a great place to network and to make new connections. There were almost too many great things to mention: from Todd Hirsch opening the event with his economic forecast to our informative AGM. We experienced amazing views on both the newly opened Kananaskis golf course and at the top of the Yates Mountain during the hike - and that just takes us to Friday afternoon! 

We also had Graham Sherman who kept everyone in stitches and motivated us at the same time, as well as a truly passionate Denise Baril who spoke about networking. Plus, the amazing duelling Piano Kings ended the conference on a high note. 

To see more, visit our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
MCA members you're terrific

Many thanks to MCA contractors and suppliers for their  golf prize donations - Your support is greatly appreciated!
  • Frontier Plumbing & Heating Supplies
  • Altrek Industries
  • Saniflo
  • Lehmann Plumbing & Heating
  • EMCO
  • Western Canadian Furnace
  • Dee-Jays Plumbing & Heating
  • Mechanical Systems 2000 Ltd.
  • Energy Saving Products Ltd.
  • HSL Automation
  • Trotter & Morton
  • Canplas
  • Victaulic
  • Chemline Plastics
Our conference could not happen without the generous sponsorship from you so thank you very much! Click here for the full listing of sponsors.
MCA Conference 2019

If you had fun this year, don't forget to save the date for next year's Western Region MCA Conference at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

With MCA BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba collaborating, this should prove to be a very special conference.
Education and Training
Scholarship program

The Construction Education Council announced new scholarship programs last week that are now open to accept applications beginning on June 1. The application timeline is very tight with a closing date July 31, 2018. These scholarships are open to both owners and staff so please share the application information to membership and encourage participation. For the first time ever, there is over $20,000 available for scholarships in a single year. Let's fill the CEC application box and bring that money to Alberta!

Scholarships will be awarded to university, college and apprentice students. As part of MCA Canada's new "Women in Mechanical Construction" initiative, there will also be a specific scholarship for women studying in the mechanical field.

To view the scholarship criteria and applications, click here.
MCA recognition awards

Recognition awards were presented at the AGM on Friday, June 1. Congratulations to the following:
MCA 2017 Top Apprentice for Gas Fitter B - Jeremy Miko (Left).
MCA President Tim Padfield presents to Anthony Kelly and Terry O'Flaherty

MCA's 2017 Training Excellence Award Large member company:
Centurion Mechanical Ltd.
Trained 45 people in four courses.
Small member company:
Instant Plumbing Ltd.
Trained 17 people in four courses.
New Gold Standard contractors

MCA Alberta is proud to welcome Chisholm Industries, Western Canadian Furnace Company and Arpi's Industries Ltd., all from Calgary, to the growing list of MSCC Gold Standard contractors. This designation signifies your organization as an elite-level contractor in Canada. It verifies that your company implements industry-leading, best-business practices in specific key competencies including technical excellence, safety, training, documentation, security, customer service and business acumen. Congratulations to all teams at Chisholm Industries, Western Canadian Furnace Company and Arpi's Industries Ltd.

For more information on how to become a Gold Standard contractor click here.

As a service contractor you can also register (no cost) with the Mechanical Service Contractor of Canada (MSCC) as a member of MCA Alberta. Membership has its advantages; click here for more information and to access the MSCC application.
Learning Opportunities
June 19:  Cannabis awareness and worksite strategies course. Substance abuse and impairment are not new problems on construction work sites - but with the legalization of recreational marijuana in the near future, it is more important than ever that construction workers and managers effectively recognize and manage the safety risks of substance use, abuse and impairment. Click here for all information and registration.
June 20: Non-standard contract clauses - Can you afford to ignore them? This workshop by ACA is structured as an interactive exchange over the meaning and impact of non-standard clauses. This exchange will be followed by the participants responding to a tender containing a multitude of clauses and submitting a bid to the presenter who will analyze the bids and provide feedback. For all information click here.
June 21: Love my tender, love me true webinar. Since 2010, contractor legal rights regarding tenders have limited, yet the sense that bid shopping and other unseemly experiences have not been reduced. This seminar will review what legal rights you, as a subcontractor, might still have. For all information and registration click here.
June 26: Product specific training on hydronic components 101. Listen to Roy Collver explain the optimum implementation of new technologies in real-world situations, rotate through hands-on stations that include combustion analysis, trouble shooting thermostats, Wi-Fi controls, replacement of pump parts, panels and more. For more information click here.
Save the Date
June 21: Turner Valley Golf and Country Club. Learn more.
June 21Hansen Distillery tour. Learn more.
July 25: The Hamptons golf tournament. Learn more.
September 5: Alberta Springs golf tournament. Learn more.
November 23: Celebrate the OldTimers in our industry. Learn more.
May 30, 2019 - June 2, 2019: Western Regional MCA Conference. 
MCA New Members
Adam Holland
Address: 715 - 340 14th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2R 1H4
Phone: 403-830-9001
Email: info@ajhprojects.com
Clayton Gunner
Address: 4301 - 9 St. SE, Calgary, AB, T3M 0X1
Phone: 403-245-4005 or  403-478-0353 (cell)
Email: clay@gunnerfireprotection.com
Myron Ramage
Address: #15, 7503 - 35 Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2C 1V3
Phone: 403-243-2792
Email: Myron.ramage@glpcanada.com
Click here for more information.
Industry News
Clarity on new labour code offers additional flexibility for employees

A number of partner associations met with Minister Gray regarding the lack of flexibility in hours of work averaging agreements. Based on dialogue with Employment Standards in a follow-up meeting, MCA wishes to advise employers an averaging agreement period can be for up to 12 weeks and this period can repeat for up to two years before a new agreement is required. 

Please refer to section 23.1 of the Employment Standards code and the information found on the Employment Standards website

While averaging agreements require a work schedule, the schedule may be varied due to a variety of factors beyond the control of the employer, including weather (Section 16).
BFI Constructors Ltd.

BFI Constructors Ltd. (BFI) is a multi-disciplined construction contractor supplying construction personnel to large industrial and heavy civil construction projects across Canada. BFI has a diversified portfolio in executing projects that include oil refineries, potash and hard-rock mines, power generating stations, pumping stations, electricity transmission lines, petrochemical plants, and oil sands facilities.

BFI's key strengths are extensive experience, a long track record of productive labour relations, proven negotiating skills, a high-quality workforce, an experienced management team and a superb safety track record over many years of operation.

For three decades BFI has had a significant presence in Western Canada, executing construction projects in the industrial sector. Our company's success has been rooted in our people, our greatest asset. BFI has contributed millions of man-hours to the unionized construction section and continues to explore new opportunities through our union partnerships.
 
Phone: 1.888.485.2704 | Fax: 1.780.485.2704 | Web: www.bficonstructors.com | Email: info@bficonstructors.com
CIPHEX West - VIP promo code for MCA Alberta

MCA Alberta is giving a VIP promo code for the CIPHEX West show in November. Your code is: MCAA25

This code is case sensitive. It can be used an unlimited number of times for your staff and customers - and there is no charge to you for this.

By using this code, your members can register to attend CIPHEX West 2018 (exhibits) for free - a savings of $15 per person.

Plus, by using your promo code, you will also receive a $10 discount on each seminar. If you register for one seminar, the total discount would be $15 + $10. If you register for four seminars, the total discount would be $15 + $40.

The code will expire at midnight on November 6, 2018 - the night before the show. Early bird rates for all seminars and workshops are in effect up to October 12, so you can save the most by using your VIP promo code and by registering before October 12.
Safety - Priority One
Employee safety

"Your safety system has to be as strong as your worst day!" With much emotional and even more impact, Brent Radom, North Face Mechanical, with the assistance of Lorretta Bouwmeester, Mathews Dinsdale LLP, presented to the MCA AGM last week. 

Hearing about the aftermath of a tragic workplace incident that led to the loss of a life in 2014, hit-home and resonated with the MCA members. MCA members learned first-hand how a serious workplace incident can impact your business and have very real personal consequences.

Our speaker touched on the value of having a safety program in place, installing GPS on employee's phones and vans and ensuring companies have a drug and alcohol policy in place. With June 1, being the date that OH&S laws come into play, it was a very timely presentation.

The speaker challenged the mechanical industry to unite in its efforts to turn down unsafe work and to keep your workers in pairs.

For more information about the OH&S laws please click here.
HR News
Inability to measure current impairment means risk can't be managed

Learn about an employer who refused to hire an employee with a medical marijuana prescription on the basis of undue hardship.

Read more.
Registration is now open for June webinars

Alberta Labour is offering free online webinars about employment standards. Learn about calculating pay for overtime, general holidays and vacations. 

For more information, visit the webinar page and sign-up for a webinar using the registration page.
Health and Benefits
MCA group benefits plan

Looking to change your group insurance or looking to add a group plan for your employees? Give Vicky a call at 403-250-7237 or email vicky@mca-ab.com. She'll be more than happy to give you a quote. 

We have a core plan, bronze plan or for 10 employees or more, personalized flexible plans that can easily adjust to your company needs. We care about our members and we take the time to listen and understand what matters most.
Homewood Health newsletter

Homewood HealthTM EFAP is pleased to release the June 2018 edition of our Life Lines newsletter, "The Many Faces of PTSD." This newsletter provides examples of symptoms an individual can experience when suffering from PTSD; the factors that help minimize symptoms, and a personal journey of someone who overcame this disorder.
Discount programs

Increase your profitability with a systematic approach to labour estimating. If you are a member of MCA you are eligible for a huge discount on a WebLEM subscription from MCA of America. 

For all information click here and call the office for questions and to receive the order form.
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.