The Western Journal 2013 - (Page 13)

Message from Manitoba A BRAD MASON PRESIDENT BETTY MCINERNEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR s with all of us across the country, a lot has happened this past year. We have a stronger profile with government departments, our membership is up, our finances are solid, and business is booming. 2013 looks to be moderately prosperous for our members in spite of the serious global economic situation. Building permits continue to increase and the unemployment rate in Manitoba is one of the lowest in the country. In a recent Winnipeg Free Press article (February 13, 2013), salaries for non-unionized workers in Manitoba are expected to rise at one of the fastest paces in the country. And this just out! The UA, Local 254, has just negotiated a five-year contract with the Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba! MCA Manitoba celebrated its 40th anniversary of serving the mechanical contracting industry in Manitoba. We enjoyed a gala event at the Hotel Fort Garry in April, very likely the most well-attended event in our history. All of the events hosted by MCAM this year have been tremendously successful. Our golf tournament was not rained out this year, which makes three years in a row! It was a beautiful day with 168 golfers. Pioneer Night was held in October and Ray Desmarais, a contractor with over 30 years in the industry and a past member of our Board of Directors, was inducted as our newest Pioneer. And we offered our congratulations to two top-achieving students who are currently undertaking their apprenticeship at RRC. They were recipients of the William J. Atkinson award. Brant Bell from Derksen Plumbing & Heating completed his level 2 Plumbing, and Michael Oman from Ambassador Mechanical Ltd finished his third level Steam Fitting. Our Christmas reception attracted more attendees than ever before and was, as always, beautifully hosted by the Victoria Inn. All of the courses and seminars that were offered in Winnipeg in 2012 ran successfully with no course cancelled. This is due in part to the 50 per cent subsidy that our members receive from our Association. Membership definitely has its advantages. This was especially true with the Project Management course that ran successfully in January and February. Every member company that sent staff to this course received a substantial subsidy which more than covered their membership dues for the year. MCAM was again in attendance at the 4th Annual Construction Career Expo, held in May. It was a very exciting, informative and rewarding experience for Grade 9 and 10 students and their teachers. The feedback from everyone was enthusiastic praise of the event. Our thanks goes out to the journeypersons from Mikkelsen-Coward and Derksen Plumbing & Heating (1984) who demonstrated some tricks of their trade and gave handson opportunities for many students to cut pipe, and solder materials together. We also thank the Manitoba Association of Sheet Metal and Air Handling Contractors for the four-foot-high tin men that the students were able to assemble and disassemble. The entire event was a learning experience, not only for the students but for everyone who took part. MCA Manitoba hosted the Manitoba Delegate dinner in Maui in November with over 40 Manitobans. It was a superb event at Gerard’s, one that will be hard to beat. And we are all looking forward to the MCA Canada National Conference here in Winnipeg, September 2013. On a sad note, we lost a dear friend and colleague this year. Jamie McNabb passed away June 18, 2012 at the age of 49. He began employment as an apprentice with ABCO Supply and Service Ltd. in 1980 and eventually became Vice President of the Mechanical Construction Division. During those years, Jamie demonstrated extensive dedication to apprenticeship training in Manitoba. He sat on Advisory Committees at Red River College, the Steamfitter/Pipe Fitting PAC and was an employer representative on the Apprenticeship Certification Board. He was a staunch advocate of the plumber and steamfitter trades and worked tirelessly to ensure that both apprenticeship programs reflected the needs of the mechanical contracting industry as well as the apprentices going through the programs. Jamie is very much missed by everyone at MCA Manitoba. ■ Respectfully submitted, Brad Mason President, MCAM Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013 13 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

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