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Message from British Columbia I DEAN LOEWEN PRESIDENT DANA TAYLOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT n BC, employment requirements related to residential and non-residential construction, buildings and industrial projects are currently sustaining balanced labour markets. A potential for mobility between the residential and non-residential sectors may help to meet market requirements, but skills portability and regional mobility of local workers may be limited for meeting labour demands in Northern B.C. for major projects. The age profile for many trades in our industry is much older than average, contributing to tighter market conditions. Replacement demand requirements are not currently being met by new entrants into the labour force. Workers from outside the local market may be required to meet demand later in the 2013 scenario period. [http://www.constructionforecasts.ca] As MCABC’s newly elected president, I have spent the past few months becoming better acquainted with our National MCA counterparts and association friends. My experience at MCABC continues to be a positive one as I get more involved with various associationrelated assignments, functions and professional relationships. Early spring is a busy, yet exciting, time for association members, as preparations come underway for an event-filled season of golf tournaments, conferences and our annual general meeting. As usual, our volunteers and staff are hard at work to make these events surprising, entertaining, and worth your while. Our 2013 annual conference and AGM is closer than you may think, on May 3rd and 4th, 2013. I’m certainly looking forward to the heat and adventure of Canada’s only desert as we make our way to Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, BC. It will be a wonderful mix of networking, industry relations, and desert diversions within this beautiful arid climate. In typical MCABC fashion, we welcome our national friends and fellow MCA westerners to this annual convention for a chance to meet and schmooze with our board, our members, our volunteers, and our association staff – come see your friends to the West! These conventions are your one chance each year to meet your board and competitors on an even playing field. As our frequent delegates will tell you, our conferences are known for our energetic participants, playful activities, and relaxed networking opportunities. I look forward to seeing everyone there. In 2012, we continued to enhance our provincial education and training courses by including an array of highly sought opportunities for professional development. We’ve offered courses in estimating, business management, dispatching, blueprint reading, Z320 commissioning, supervision, and asbestos awareness. Most recently, MCABC effectively prioritized Prompt Payment Legislation for trade contractors in the province, and will continue to push forward on this front as we move into 2013. BC’s Government Relations representative has worked hard to represent the industry on our behalf. Last year (and for the second year in a row), MCABC successfully obtained a proclamation from the province’s Attorney General declaring March 11th “World Plumbing Day.” This proclamation is set for renewal this year and hopefully, for many years to come. It’s about time that we all recognize the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. MCABC, in partnership with MCAC, endorsed a new Change Order Protocol developed, in part, by MCA Toronto. Collectively, we’re working for the betterment and advancement of the trade and mechanical contracting industry in Canada. I must commend the MCABC Board of Directors, volunteers, staff, and all members who continue to support the association’s initiatives. I believe that our team continually demonstrates a cooperative work ethic, a healthy openness to change, and a desire to problem-solve in everybody’s best interests: these characteristics are the very essence of an association and work to enhance our profile and better our construction industry. We hope that nonMCA members will appreciate the collective achievements and ever-growing value that our association affords. We can all help to enhance this industry by encouraging others to join and be part of not only a great tradition, but also a strong association that is built for change. ■ Respectfully submitted, Dean Loewen, P.GSC President, MCABC Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013 11 http://www.constructionforecasts.ca http://www.naylornetwork.com/mab-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2013

MCA Canada
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Inspiring Innovation with Current and Future Students
Balancing Industry Growth with Environmental Concerns
An Even Greener British Columbia
Saskatchewan Immigration and the Mechanical Contracting Industry
MSCC : Discover Your Service-Specific Association
Helping To Shape the Talent of Tomorrow
A Living Breathing Building: VIDOInterVac
Index to Advertisers

The Western Journal 2013

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