February 2020
ASSOCIATION NEWS
Last chance: Register for the Member Meeting in your area!

Dr. Goodarzi will give a clear outline of what radon is, why contractors & Canadians need to know and care about being exposed to it and speak about the teams most recent radon research. He will outline how any Canadians can get involved in this citizen scientist based public research, and what to do if you find high radon exposure in your home, or workplace. Radon is the most preventable of the most common and lethal types of cancer.

February 20 Edmonton Meeting. Register now
February 25 Calgary Meeting. Register now
Curling Bonspiel 2020 A Huge Success!

Thank you to the 24 teams for coming to Red Deer last month and helping to make the bonspiel a great event. A huge thank you to Marking Services Canada Ltd and Aon Reed Stenhouse for sponsoring and hosting our hospitality suites.
Thank you to ATCO Gas for the door prize and a big thank you to all the companies who sent prizes. They are appreciated.

Here are the winners:
"A" EVENT         
WINNER             Triple G Mechanical
RUNNER UP       Petrin Mechanical
Consolation       ATCO Gas Calgary
Consolation       Wolseley #1
 
"B" EVENT          
WINNER              Ipex/Butler
RUNNER UP      Stringer/Wolseley
Consolation       Excel Systems
Consolation       ASM/Caon
 
"C" EVENT          
WINNER              Deerfoot Mechanical
RUNNER UP       ATCO Red Deer




“D” EVENT
WINNER              ASM/Caon
RUNNER UP       Kehoe Equipment
 
“E” EVENT
WINNER              Wolseley #3
 
“F” EVENT
WINNER              Nortec Plbg & htg


Congratulation to all the teams! See you all next year!
MCA Canada Changes

We are sending this note on behalf of MCAC President and Chairman Dave Holek and the MCAC Executive Committee to inform you that last week, Pierre Boucher advised of his departure from his position as CEO, and that his last day of work with the Association will be February 28. We know it was not an easy decision for Pierre, and we would like to wish him all the best and thank him for his hard work on behalf of the Association.

At this time, the MCAC Executive Committee is working closely with MCAC staff to determine the next steps to be taken in this transition, and we expect to have more information made available in the coming weeks.

If there are any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Tania Johnston or myself, or any members of the MCA Canada Executive Committee. 

KEN LANCASTLE
Executive Director, Communications, Industry Outreach & Innovation
Tel: (613) 232-0017
Save the date!
Join us in Jasper June 4 - 7, 2020 for our 70th annual conference.

Book your rooms now here

For all Sponsorship Opportunities click here
Caution: Read this article before you agree to use a 3 rd party pre-qualification company.

What you may not know, but should, is that a data amalgamator has latched onto the brilliant opportunity of collecting data from the construction sector and offering it for sale. Not only that, they have figured out how you, a contractor, will help finance their business development.

Full Article here
SAVE THE DATE
February 20: Member Meeting Edmonton. Evict Radon Register now
February 25: Member Meeting Calgary. Evict Radon More information here
March 3-6: AC Theory & Labs Training Session in Saskatoon, SK. More info here
March 9: International Women's Day Conference & Celebration . For all information click here
April 29: All- Trades Symposium in Red Deer More info here
May 20, 2020: Lobsterfest More information here
June 4-7, 2020 MCA Conference Jasper Park Lodge. Book your room here
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Did You know?

MCA held 31 training courses and trained 356 employees in 2019!!

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


Feb 20: Project Accounting & Cost Control course in Edmonton. Register here
Feb 21 Negotiation & Conflict Management course in Edmonton. Register here
Feb 26: Indirect Fired Heating (DJM Controller) Product Specific in Calgary.
Register here
Feb 27: Water treatment (corrosion inhibitors) Product specific training in Edmonton. Register here
Mar 5: Field Scheduling course in Calgary. Register here
Mar 6: Field Productivity course in Medicine Hat . Register here
Mar 10: Plumbing & Gas Code Seminar Series #1 Mechanical Room . Register here
Mar 11: Intro to Blueprint Reading Course in Calgary . Register here
Mar 13: Field Scheduling course in Edmonton. Register here
Mar 18: Quality Management course in Calgary. Register here
Mar 18: Performance Management & Progressive Discipline Seminar in Edmonton . Register here
Mar 20: Field Productivity course in Edmonton . Register here
Mar 24: Consistent Sales Success seminar in Calgary. Register here
Mar 25: Change Order Management course in Calgary. Register here
April 8: Becoming a Trusted Advisor course in Calgary. Register here
April 8: Boiler Maintenance & Cleaning Product Specific in Calgary. Register now
April 20 & 21: Construction Estimating course in Edmonton. Register now
April 27 & 28 Construction Estimating course in Calgary. Register now
April 22: Orientation & On boarding seminar in Edmonton. Register now
April 29: Packaged Cooling with Heating (CTRAC and DMJ Controllers) Product specific in Calgary. Register here

Please visit our events   calendar   for a full listing of education courses happening in 2020.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Medical Gas Installation Training

NAIT has completed a blended delivery of the Medi Gas Installation training. This blended course includes 32 hours of theory delivered online and 4 hours of practical lab delivered face-to-face on NAIT campus.
This course is a prerequisite to write the CSA Medical Gas Piping Installer exam with CSA.
We can organize an MCA class and would need 12 student to run with NAIT. Please contact Lisa 403 250 7237 if you have interest.
1st All Trades Symposium

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel
Red Deer, Alberta


Presentations on issues Trade Contractors need to know about:
  • Prompt Payment
  • Dispute Adjudication
  • Onerous contract clauses
  • Market disruptors in financial pre-qualifications
  • Employment and termination protocols to protect your business

Presented by Alberta Trade Contractors Coalition 
Proposed changes to 2015 National Energy Code undergo final public review.

 The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes has extended an invitation to anyone interested in taking part in a public review of the last set of proposed changes to the 2015 National Codes. These include the National Building Code, National Fire Code, National Plumbing Code and National Energy Code for Buildings. The review will run on the  Codes Canada   website from Jan. 13 to March 13, 2020.

For all information on proposed changes and how to submit comments please click here

Furnace Replacements Need Inspections Too!
As per the Safety Codes Act Permit Regulation 12(1) any gas appliance (furnace) that is getting replaced and is having new venting systems or gas line alterations to complete this replacement requires a Gas Permit and the required inspections to be completed.

For more information, visit the City's residential gas permits web page here
SAFETY
Do you know when to report?

If your worker has been injured, you are required by law to submit the employer report of injury form within 72 hours after becoming aware of an injury or work related illness. The sooner WCB receives your information, the faster they can determine entitlement for your worker to benefits and services. 

To find out what dictates a report to be submitted click here for full article.
Fall Protection Training

Join Ultimate Tradesmen Safety Services for Fall Protection Training Saturday February 22, 2020

*Special pricing for MCA Members*

For all information click here
Changes to joint work site health and safety committee rules.

Health and safety committee (HSC) and representative (HS representative) requirements have changed.
Key changes:
  • Employer-based rather than site-based requirements for HSCs and HS representatives. Employers have until January 31, 2020 to comply.
  • Eliminating the Part 1 prerequisite HSC/HS representative training.
  • This change is effective immediately.

Click here for all details.
Check out our Member Discount Programs
today! Click HERE
HEALTH & BENEFITS
Hour Bank Group Insurance – MCA Employee Benefit Plan
MCA Alberta is pleased to offer hour bank group insurance to our members through our MCA Employee Benefit Plan.

C overage includes: Life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, health care (including eye exam, prescription drug and paramedical services coverage), travel insurance and dental care.

For more information or a free, no obligation proposal for a plan that will best suit your company, please contact Vicky at 403-250-7237 or Vicky@mca-ab.com
Critical illness Insurance
If you have insurance with MCA or not, you are eligible to apply for the attached $25,000 critical Illness insurance for you and your family. The attached provides the appropriate online links for applications. Offer expires February 29, 2020 with no medical questions.  
Please call Vicky at 1-800-251-0620 if you have any further questions.
See attached PDF and print for your employees.
Homewood Health TM EFAP is pleased to release the February 2020 edition of our Life Lines newsletter,
“The Many Faces of Anxiety”
Click here to continue reading.

Also attached is the facts and general information on Coronavirus .
Member and Family Assistance Program
Bring info home today!
Did you know that if you are covered by MCA insurance you have access to Member and Family Assistance Program (MFAP)? With this program you have advice, counselling, and coaching 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, internet or in person. All calls are confidential and private. These services apply to your whole family- spouses and youth!
Please read more here and print off for your break rooms.
FEATURED DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Icon Tinting & Graphics
MCA Members receive 10% off signage vehicle graphics, printing and design by Icon Tinting and Graphics.

M ore information here
HR CORNER
Did you know that we offer HR seminars in Calgary and Edmonton? Register yourself or a team member for the following:

March 18: Performance Management & Progressive Discipline in Edmonton. Register here
April 22: Orientation & On boarding in Edmonton. Register here
May 20: On-boarding New Employees in Calgary. Register here