December 2018
The voice of the mechanical contractors industry in Alberta
Welcome to the MCA Connections, December 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
Open House and Christmas Party
Please join us for our Open House & Christmas Party!

When:     Wednesday December 19, 2018
Time:     1:00pm to 4:00pm
Place:     MCA Office 2725 – 12 Street NE

Please RSVP to  by December 17, 2018
The MCA office will be closed from December 24 to January 1 and will re-open January 2. Have a safe holiday season!
2019 MCA Western Region Conference
From the West coast to the prairie’s eastern edges, the Western Region MCA’s are coming together to celebrate our accomplishments, collaborate on our initiatives, conquer our differences, learn from those around us and enjoy and build new relationships in the company of our peers. 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!
Featured Affinity Program Aon

Save with Aon’s group home and auto insurance program. As a member of MCA Alberta, you and your family have access to discounted rates over and above what you already receive. For all information click here .
Education and Training
Product Specific Training - November Review
Basic Electrical Theory and Control Panel Troubleshooting was our topic for product specific training in November. We had so much interest in this topic that we ran two sessions that week! Our service technicians were happy to have small groups with hands on training from a great instructor. Thanks Tim and Brian for the effective hands on training and for the great trouble shooting guide.
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Scholarship winners 2018
Each year MCA Alberta proudly supports Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board with the promotion and development of a highly skilled workforce by providing scholarships for 8 deserving Alberta apprentices. 

We are pleased to inform you of the 2018 Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board MCA Scholarship winners.
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:
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 9: Webinar- Mechanical Insulation- Why should I care? Learn More here
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
MCA New Members
Unified Alloys
Contact: Travis Flood
Adress: #1, 7408 – 40 St SE
Calgary, AB
Postal Code: T2C 2L6
Phone Number: 403-370-0273

Unified Alloys is a distributor specializing in stainless piping materials such as pipe, flanges, fittings and valves. 

HVAC Rentals
Contact: Brent Wood
Address: 4040 Brandoin Street SE
Calgary, AB
Postal Code: T2G 4A8
Phone Number: 587-434-4762

HVAC Rentals is your 24/7 rental services company for immediate top-quality air conditioning, cooling, and heating systems, as well as, power generators. We have been proudly offering the best customer service in the industry for more than 45 years across Canada.
Industry News
Skills Exploration Days Edmonton and Calgary - Volunteers Needed
Skills Exploration Days is another way that Skills Canada promotes the trades and technology careers as valuable and rewarding career choice to youth. Skills Canada is currently seeking volunteer industry experts to assist in some of their Learn-A-Skill stations for both Calgary and Edmonton events. At this time, they are looking at recruiting 2-3 volunteers for Calgary and Edmonton. Please call the office if you have the time on the dates below. For more information click here or see the website here .

EDMONTON - Edmonton EXPO Centre, Hall H
Event Days:  January 22 & 23, 2019 -8:30AM-3:30PM
CALGARY - WinSport, Main Arena
Event Days:  January 29 & 30, 2019 -8:30AM-3:30PM
PLMR149 – Medical Gas Installation
This CSA recognized course, offered through NAIT, will prepare the student to challenge the "Medical Gas Piping and Systems Installations Certification" exam as outlined in the CSA Z7396-1 Standard. Read more here.

Section A01: January 21 to 26, 2019

Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:50 PM
Saturday, 8:00 AM – 3:50 PM

If you are interested in registering into this course you can do so by calling the Student Success Contact Centre at 780-471-6248 or online here .
National Building Codes Freely Available to all Canadians
Building construction is an important part of Canada’s economy, employing nearly 1.4 million Canadians. Building construction codes used throughout Canada are based on the National Building Codes, developed with the support of the National Research Council of Canada, to provide guidance for building products, design and construction. For small businesses—which account for approximately 99 per cent of Canada’s construction industry—the cost of purchasing building codes, and the lack of harmonization between provincial/territorial codes and national codes, make it harder to succeed and grow. 

The Government is proposing to provide $67.5 million over five years to the National Research Council of Canada, with $13.5 million ongoing, to make access to the National Building Codes free, and to provide sufficient resources for the federal government to address provincial, territorial, and other stakeholder code development priorities in a more timely way.

For more information here
Additional budget information can be found here .
Call for Medical Gas Installation Course Developer
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
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. 

The Value of a Safety Management System - designed for frontline field staff. Each course will be piloted in Calgary and Edmonton in January and February and we would love your input. See our schedule   here  for all information, dates and locations.
Health and Benefits
Holiday Stress and Anxiety Prevention
Homewood Health   EFAP is pleased to release the December 2018 edition of our Life Lines newsletter, “ Holiday Stress and Anxiety Prevention ".

Are you approaching winter celebrations with apprehension? We have practical tips on how you can find fun in your function!
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 . 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.
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