January 2019
The voice of the mechanical contractors industry in Alberta
Welcome to the MCA Connections, January edition eNewsletter. Check out our Association News section, where you will find MCA member discount programs and important conference details. And don't forget, there are deadlines coming up for some events, you may want to consider.
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Association News
Message from the Mechanical Contractor Association
As we wind down 2018, we will take this opportunity to say thank you. We know there are any number of industry associations that you can and likely do support. We appreciate that you choose to support MCA Alberta. To see a few highlights from MCA Alberta’s 2018 program and some things to look forward to for 2019 please read more here . 2019 Membership Renewals have been sent. If you have not received your membership renewal notice yet, please contact  v icky@mca-ab.com.
Legends of the Pipes
Last month we sent out a survey about our Legends of the pipes annual Old Timer’s event. For those of you who completed survey thank you very much.
We want to ensure we make positive changes that members are asking for. If you would like to be more involved to help make this night even better, please contact us if you are willing to sit on the committee.

If you missed the survey please click below to provide your feedback.
2019 MCA Western Region Conference
The four Western Region MCA’s are embracing change. In the spring of 2019 the Western Region MCA’s will present a joint conference, developed specifically to foster and generate greater opportunity for our mechanical contractor community. See the full conference schedule  here . All information about booking a room, registration and updates can be found online  here .

The MCA Western Region Conference will be held May 30 to June 2, 2019. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click   here   for exclusive exposure of your company for featured events and get your name out in front of the delegates from the four Western Provinces. Ask us about mix and match opportunities!
MCA Annual Curling Bonspiel
MCA Annual Curling Bonspiel happens January 24-27. If you have a last minute team please click  here  for online registration or fill out form here .
Education and Training
Product Specific Training -
December Review

A big thank you to Engineered Air for the second in the series product specific training they held for our service technicians in December. Seeing the Indirect Air Handling Unit up close looking at calibration and start up was very informative. We are looking forward to the last one in  February .

Thank You,
Suppliers & Manufacturers
We are looking for your assistance in Edmonton. Can you provide training on a product that is generic in nature with a hands-on portion? Do you have a location that could host 10-15 service technicians for a two-hour training session in the evening?

Please contact Lisa to discuss further at 403 250 7237.

Thank you in advance for your help!
Learning Opportunities
January 10: Constructive Feedback Seminar in Calgary. For all information and registration click   here
January 15: Managing Change Seminar in Edmonton. For all information and registration click   here
January 23: Comprehensive OH&S Management Pilot in Calgary. For all information and registration click   here

January 24 - 25: Construction Law course in Calgary.  For all information and registration click   here

January 30: Comprehensive OH&S Management Pilot in Edmonton.  For all information and registration click   here

February 6: The Value of a Safety Management System Pilot in Calgary.  For all information and registration click   here

February 11: Better Manage your Multigenerational Employees in Calgary.  For all information and registration click   here

February 11 - 12: Project Management Course Edmonton.  For all information and registration click  here

February 13: The Value of a Safety Management System Pilot in Edmonton.  For all information and registration click   here

February 14: Lean Principles Seminar Calgary.  For all information and registration click   here

February 27 - March 1: Estimating Conference in Calgary.  For all information and registration click  here

Please visit our events  calendar   for a full listing of education courses happening in 2019.
Save the Date
January 24 - 27:  MCA 69 th  Annual Provincial Trade Contractors Curling Bonspiel. Learn more  here
February 12 : Economic update in Edmonton. Learn more here
May 30 - June 2:  Western Regional MCA Conference. Learn  more
Safety - Priority One
Alberta "Creative Sentencing” Initiative

MCA was awarded funding provided by the Alberta Provincial court ”Creative Sentencing” Initiative in the aftermath of a serious workplace incident which led to a fatality. We have created two courses with input from you the mechanical contractor owners and safety managers. We encourage members to participate in one or both of the following programs.  

Comprehensive OH&S Management  - Designed for owners and supervisors.   
Register here:

The Value of a Safety Management System - Designed for frontline field staff and new supervisors. Each course will be piloted in Calgary and Edmonton in January and February and we would love your input.
Register here:

See our schedule here for all information, dates and locations. 
HR Corner
January Seminars focus on Feedback!
This month's seminars are perfect for HR staff, Supervisors, and Managers alike. Join us on January 10, for a 2 hour  Constructive Feedback Seminar in Calgary, where participants will explore factors causing poor feedback, bad habits, and creating a feedback plan. In Edmonton, on January 15, there will be a discussion on  Managing Change in your organization. If you are interested, please register now!
Employers, are you on the right track?
Find out if you meet legislative requirements for reporting work-related accidents, obligation to reinstate and more.

The checklist also identifies areas for improvement. Learn more here.
Industry News
Skills Exploration Days comes to Edmonton
Skills Canada is currently recruiting volunteer industry experts to assist at the Learn-A-Skill stations at  Skills Exploration Days  in Edmonton. Please contact the MCA office if you have any interest and availability by calling 403-250-3724.

Find Skills Canada in Edmonton between January 22-23, 2019 8:00am – 3:30pm

Volunteers will assist Jr High students at the Plumbing Learn-a-Skill station. The Learn-A-Skill stations allow students to explore their interests and passions as they learn about various career possibilities. In the morning on each day, groups of 24 students will rotate through the Plumbing station every 20 minutes for an opportunity for students to work one-on-one with industry experts using real life plumbing tools and materials. In the afternoon on each day, volunteers will assist students in the Plumbing station helping them use various plumbing materials and tools as they build a prototype that is associated with their design challenge.

Note: Free Parking, Free Lunch, and Volunteer T-Shirts will be provided
Call for Medical Gas Installation Course Developer and facilitator
SAIT is seeking a qualified individual to develop and deliver curriculum for a Medical Gas Installation course based on the CSA Z7396.1-12 Medical Gas Pipe Line Systems code.

Interested individuals should email a resume and cover letter clearly outlining relevant experience along with proof of any credentials or qualifications by clicking  here .

Please Include:
  • Qualifications and Experience
  • Journeyman Steamfitter or Plumber
  • 5+ years of experience in hospital construction and maintenance
  • 1+ years of experience in instructing and/or facilitating training sessions
  • 1+ years of experience in developing training content
  • Must hold Medical Gas Piping Installer Certification
Health and Benefits
How to Combat Post-Holiday Depression
Homewood Health TM   EFAP is pleased to release the January 2019 edition of our Life Lines newsletter, focusing on methods to combat post-holiday depression.

Read full article here .
Group insurance
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.
Featured Affinity program ATB
ATB is offering MCA members many discounts and bonuses on everyday banking needs. For a detailed list please see 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