September 2018
The voice of the mechanical contractors industry in Alberta
Welcome to the MCA Connections, September edition eNewsletter. Check out our Association News section, MCA needs your input with a short survey. And don't forget, there are deadlines coming up for some events, you may want to consider.
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Association News
Charge-out rates survey
In 2015, we surveyed the service sector for labour and overhead costs to determine where your service dollars go. Members have been using these charge-out rates with their customers and have since asked for updated pricing. For us to provide new charge-out rates we need your help to complete the attached confidential survey and send it back to Vicky .
The Aon cup
Thank you to all our golfers who have joined us throughout the summer at our golf tournaments. We awarded Chris Bottoms from ATCO with the Aon cup.

Thank you to Aon and every sponsor for bringing prizes, sponsoring hole in ones, skill holes and raffle prizes. These tournaments could not happen without your generous support.
Book your room now
You can now book your hotel rooms for both the “Legends of the Pipes” celebration on November 23 at the Fairmont Palliser here. The cut off date is October 23 with pricing as low as $114.00.

As well, you can book the Fairmont Banff Springs for our “Western Regional Conference” May 30 to June 2, 2019 here. The cut off is April 30.
Featured Affinity Program
Esso Business Card Program saves MCA members 2.5 cents per litre whether you have a small sales force or a large fleet of service vehicles.

For all information   click   here  to get application.
Education and Training
Courses year-round
Please visit our events calendar for a full listing of education courses happening during the remainder of 2018 as well as 2019. These programs are designed for owners, senior management, service managers, technicians, HR leaders, frontline field staff and office staff to keep you current and grow your career.
If you are looking to complete your Gold Seal certification we have quite a few courses that have gold seal credits.

If you have any questions about training and education or courses that you think we should add to the rotation, please contact Lisa at 403-250-7239.
Learning Opportunities
September 13: Time management, meetings and emails seminar in Calgary. We all have the same amount of time in a day; 24 hours. What separates successful, goal achieving professionals from victims of circumstance are the decisions we make every moment on how to leverage the most out of this limited resource. For all information and registration click here.
September 25: Time and priority management seminar in Edmonton. Time is a truly non-renewable resource; once it’s spent, it’s gone. This interactive workshop will provide you with tools to help you decide what to do and when to do it so you can re-gain control over your workday (and your life). For all information and registration click here.
October 15: Drug and alcohol policy development course in Calgary. For all information and registration click here.
October 16: Quality management course in Calgary. For all information and registration click here.
October 19: Public speaking course in Edmonton. For all information and registration click here.
October 25: Effective communications seminar in Calgary. For all information and registration click here.
October 29 & 30: Project management course in Calgary. For all information and registration click here.
Save the Date
October 18: Norther District Old Timers Night. For all information and registration click here .
September 19 - 21: MCA Canada Annual Conference, Whistler, BC. Learn more and register with MCA Alberta’s VIP promo code MCAA25.
N ovember 7-8 : CIPHEX West and BUILDEX Calgary. Learn more .
November 23: Legends of the Pipes Celebration. Join MCA as we honour the industry OldTimers and help them party like they use to! Learn more.
May 30, 2019 - June 2, 2019: Western Regional MCA Conference. Learn more.
MCA New Members
Carignan Mechanical
Contact person: Rene Carignan
Address: 102 Bow Meadows Cres,
Canmore, AB
Postal code: T1W 2W9
Phone numbers: 403-678-3416 or 403-679-1287

Cascade Flow Control Solutions
Contact Person: Scott Harvey
Address: 5728 – 10 Street NE,
Calgary, AB
Postal Code: T2E 8W7
Phone Number: 1-800-661-6129
Fax Number: 1-877-710-9440

Cascade has provided flow control solutions for 35 years as a leading Western Canadian distributor of valves, fittings, strainers and heat exchangers. Cascade stocks and distributes everything from ABS fittings to exotic alloy high performance valves, having a solution for all requirements of the commercial market.  

Cascade is pleased to join the Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta and looks forward to meeting you at the next event.
Industry News
BUILDEX Calgary is Alberta’s largest trade show and conference for the construction, renovation, architecture, interior design and property management industries.

With more than 175 plus exhibits and 40 plus accredited seminars, BUILDEX attracts 3500 attendees annually.

View seminars, speakers and exhibitors here.
Canadian Hydronics Conference
Attend western Canada’s biggest show for plumbing hydronics, HVAC and water treatment. Register using MCA Alberta’s VIP promo code MCAA25 to receive free registration and 10 per cent off of seminar registrations.
Planned updates for building, fire and energy efficiency codes
The next editions of the Alberta building, fire and energy efficiency codes are planned to be updated to the 2015 national code editions, including the 2017 interim changes to the National Code of Canada for Buildings.

The Alberta Government is working collaboratively with Alberta's Safety Codes Council to review the code content and complete the publications. Further details on dates, training, costs and other related matters will be made available throughout the year as the codes are developed and made ready for updating.

Learn more.
Safety - Priority One
Occupational health and safety awareness survey
As you may know MCA is in the process of building a series of safety related courses that are scheduled to be presented in early 2019. To design the materials specifically to you the mechanical contractor please take two minutes to complete a survey on occupational health and safety awareness.

Click here to complete this quick two-minute confidential survey.
HR News
Drug and alcohol policy development
Canada’s changing cannabis laws, along with existing legislation for medical use, make for a complicated landscape in the employment context.

This course is designed to support employers with developing a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy (not just a cannabis policy).

Join us October 15 to take a deep dive into cannabis outlining employer/employee obligations, the duty to accommodate and safety sensitive positions.

Register here.
Stay continued to see highlighted courses just for HR team members. Please let us know if there are topics you would like to hear more about.
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 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.
Health tip
Fall health tips to keep you strong.

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Homewood Health newsletter
Homewood HealthTM EFAP is pleased to release the September 2018 edition of our Life Lines newsletter, “Addiction & Recovery.” This newsletter looks at what an addiction is, what treatment options are available for various addiction severities, and how to support someone with an addiction.
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