May 2018
The voice of the 
mechanical contractors 
industry in Alberta.
Association News
Feature speaker for conference

Enjoy an evening of craft beer, pub fare, games and be inspired by keynote speaker, Graham Sherman of Tool Shed Brewery. He is enthusiastic and loves what he does. Learn about his journey as an entrepreneur in the craft beer industry in Alberta. 

After hearing Graham's story and insights, you'll walk away incredibly inspired and with a clear path to unleashing your own disruptive behaviour to transform your business.
New Gold Standard contractors

MCA Alberta is proud to welcome CAON Services Inc. and Trotter and Morton Ltd. from Calgary, A.B. 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 both teams at CAON Services Inc. and Trotter & Morton Ltd.

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

Meet the newest member of the MCA. Skylar France is the friendly voice that has been greeting you since the new year. She started as our practicum student from CDI College where she was attending to achieve her Business Management Degree. She helped in the office immensely, so we decided to keep her!

Please say hi to her next time you are in the area. On that note, we have temporarily moved down the hall to suite #207 while our office is being renovated. No need to change when mailing as we can still access the same mail box.
Education and Training
April review

In April, MCA held a Construction Law course for a small group of contractors. The students enjoyed that the instructor was able to answer all of their real-life questions with good materials and that the course had a good presentation.

MCA also ran a pilot for a new course called Ethical Best Practices for Service Technicians. We had 30 people register and attend this great course. Participants enjoyed sharing stories to keep the course interactive and engaging. A huge thank you to Wolseley Inc. who sponsored this event to keep the costs low for our technicians, as they agree that ethics is vital in our industry!

Continue reading.
Learning Opportunities
May 18:  Effective communications seminar.  How do people effectively communicate with one another in a world that is constantly changing? Learn how to become an effective communicator so that you can ensure your directions, thoughts, objectives and feedback are being understood consistently no matter what mode of communication you use. Click here for all information and registration.
May 31:  Change order management course.  Changes are an inevitable part of the construction process but if not managed well, change orders can cause unnecessary project disruptions and lead to cost increases and schedule delays. This course will provide participants with best practices for successfully navigating this complex project management challenge. Click here for all information and registration.
June 2:  Extreme networking and business success seminar.  How to Leverage Extreme Networking in Your Business. Today, more than ever, you need to create a strategy to connect with potential clients both off and on line. People need to see your brand in action. In tough times it's the relationship and your stay-in-touch strategy that will drive results. Click here for all information and registration.
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.
Save the Date
May 16: Red Tail Landing golf tournament. Learn more.
May 23: Lobsterfest. Register now.
May 31 - June 3: MCA 2018 Conference at Delta Kananaskis. Early bird pricing extended until April 25. Register now.
June 4-5: Skills Canada National Competition. Learn moreWe are looking for volunteers.
June 21: Turner Valley Golf and Country Club. Learn more.
November 23: Celebrate the OldTimers in our industry. Learn more.
MCA New Members
Deer Bridge Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
Dan Marsh
Address: 4522 112 Avenue SE, Calgary, T2C 2K2
Phone: 403-252-1101
Industry News
Letter for change

Read the letter sent by ACA to Honourable Christina Grey, Minister of Labour on behalf of MCA Alberta and other provincial associations requesting a meeting to discuss changes to employment standards.

Western Canada's biggest trade show for plumbing, hydronics, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and water treatment returns to Alberta this fall. November 7 and 8, 2018.

For all information on product showcases, seminars and workshops click here.
Confidence in Canada

MCA Alberta is one of over 90 signatories in the message sent to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premiers Horgan and Notley in support of getting the Kinder Morgan Pipeline built. Read the entire letter. If you would like to support this movement and send a message directly to the government please click here.

Code interpretation:

14-FCI-003: Mobile/temporary cooking equipment.

To view more information related to Alberta's Safety Codes click here.
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: | Email:
Safety - Priority One
Alberta Bill 30 - Training compliance

Bill 30 comes into effect on June 1, 2018. On that day every employer in Alberta with more than four workers must comply with Bill 30 and have representatives and processes in place to protect the health and well-being of working Albertans. 

As with any new law, the first step towards compliance is training your employees. Under the bill there are different expectations for large and small employers. Click here to view the training requirements for both - courtesy of our members Cor Solutions.
HR News
Employment standards

As you may know, since the beginning of January 1, 2018 the employment standards code changes have now come into effect. Alberta Government provides products and services to help employers learn the new rules. For a quick view of the Employment Standards Guide for the Construction Industry, click here. Plus, take advantage of this free webinar regarding
averaging agreements.

Learn more.
Post-incident drug and alcohol testing

The recent decision in Canadian Energy Workers' Association v ATCO Electric Ltd. does not change the law with respect to post-incident drug and alcohol testing, but it does help to clarify when an employer may be justified in ordering the employees involved in an incident to undergo drug and alcohol testing. Something that is helpful as the legalization of recreational use of cannabis fast approaches (likely now to be in late summer or early fall).

In this article Mathews Dinsdale reviews why the Court decided that the employer was justified in ordering drug and alcohol testing following the incident.

Join MCA/CCA for a course on cannabis awareness and workplace strategies.
Health and Benefits
MCA group benefits plan

Just one more reason to join the MCA group benefits plan - We offer Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) to help all your employees 24/7 through Homewood Health, with no extra fees to your insurance plan. 

Click  here  for more information. If you're interested in the plan, call Vicky today at 1-800-251-0620 (or email ).
Discount programs

MCA Canada is proud to announce its brand new partnership with Shell. Save five cents per litre. Click here for all information and here to enrol. MCA Alberta encourages all of its members to make the switch to Shell!
Homewood Health newsletter

Homewood HealthTM EFAP is pleased to be sending you the latest issue of our Vitality newsletter - Tips for Leading Multi-Generational Teams. This edition provides managers and supervisors suggestions on how to lead a multi-generational team, from baby boomers to millennials.
Corporate employee policies

It is important for employer's to create policies around the extension of benefits for employees who are not actively at work. Employee absent events such EI sickness, weekly indemnity, long term disability, workers compensation, an approved leave of absence, and maternity/paternity leave are areas where adopting a corporate policy to follow can be critical in protecting and mitigating your organization's risk.

Learn more.  
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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.