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Message from Saskatchewan
s I come to the end of my term as MCAS President, I am amazed by the changes that
have taken place. It has been a true honour to have served the association.
2012 was marked by MCAS’s 40th Annual Bonspiel, held in Regina. We had forty
teams for forty years and a great weekend of curling. Our AGM and provincial conference followed
in late spring. The combination of fascinating speakers, hilarious entertainment and a well-run
AGM combined to make the two days a success. In mid-June, we hosted two golf tournaments.
Mother Nature cooperated for the most part with only a sprinkling at each.
This year MCAS promoted World Plumbing Day in Saskatchewan for the first time. Proclamations
were made in eight cities and towns across the province. MCAS is looking forward to World
Plumbing Day 2013 with plans to expand our participation.
MCAS continued to provide post-journeyman training to our members. We kicked off the
2012 training year with the Z320 Commissioning Seminar held in both Regina and Saskatoon.
Training continued with the CMCEF Project Management and Dispatcher Training courses. One
of our goals is to develop our own training courses. We were pleased to offer our HVAC and our
Basics of Hydrocarbons courses. In 2013 we will be offering Level Two of the HVAC Technical
Series. Also, after discussions with CMCEF, and input from our training committee, the new Back
to Basics.... Estimating for Contractors course was developed at our request. This will surely be
a popular course.
The economy in Saskatchewan remains steady. The province continues to be a leader in Canada’s
construction trades with no end in sight. With growth come some growing pains: we have a shortage of qualified labour due to unprecedented demand. The construction sector alone estimates a
need for 6,100 new skilled tradespersons between now and 2020. That being said, it is a pleasure
to see Saskatchewan prosper and provide economic opportunities for businesses and consumers.
In response to the demand, MCAS is engaging sectors of the population that typically would
not choose the mechanical trades as a career. We proudly sponsored the Saskatchewan Institute
of Indian Technologies Applied Certificate Plumbing & Pipefitting program. This program began
October 1, 2012 with twelve students, half of whom were of Aboriginal descent. Guy Poncelet,
Dean of Trades and Industrial, met with MCAS staff to discuss the program and the importance
of engaging Aboriginal youth. Students completed the program in February of 2013, achieving
equivalent education and qualifications to students completing their first year of apprenticeship
at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.
MCAS also became a corporate member of Saskatchewan Women in Trades and Technology
[SaskWitt], which promotes skills trades and technologies to women in the province. Through professional development workshops and mentoring programs, SaskWitt supports women in the trades.
MCAS worked throughout 2012 toward an Expanded Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan
[TSASK]. The goal was the transfer of Gas and Electrical Licensing and Inspection and Plumbing
Inspection to TSASK. MCAS strongly believes that this single-agency approach is a central element
in cost-effective and timely delivery of public safety services, with the objective being long-term
safety of Saskatchewan’s building/construction environment. Unfortunately, the Ministry of
Government Relations has decided to not move forward with this initiative.
Building on a positive working relationship that has been established with TSASK, I am pleased
that MCAS and TSASK have begun establishing a Technical Committee. This committee will
discuss items of mutual concern and interest from both regulator and contractor positions. The
long-term goals of this committee are improved communication, improved legislative compliance
and an opportunity to promote public safety in Saskatchewan.
In 2012 we welcomed Dean Olsen of Maxim Chemical International Ltd. on our Board of
Directors as our Affiliate representative. Our Ex-Officio position was filled by Asif Ali, the new
Chief Gas Inspector from SaskPower. I know that both Dean and Asif will contribute to the success of our Association. A significant change occurred in November with our Executive Director
of 24 years, Judy Nagus, retiring. We had a wonderful, well-attended send off celebration held on
November 29th. We are very happy to welcome our new Executive Director, Carolyn Bagnell, as
we are confident that Carolyn will do a fantastic job going forward.
Respectfully submitted by
John Baker, President, MCAS
Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2013
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