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UPDATES from British Columbia E very fall, MCABC, along with its affiliated associations, re-sets itself with a refreshed Strategic Plan. We choose the fall because it is typically the beginning of “real” New Year as the construction peak of the summer begins to wrap up and move indoors in most parts of the country. By the time our association calendar year-end rolls around, we’ve got a good look at what’s ahead and are in a position to evaluate our successes and failures both past and anticipated. When this publication is circulated, the year is two-thirds complete. The calendar year past is but a distant memory. This time, though, there are some definite highlights for Western Canadian MCAs and MCABC in particular worth repeating. 2012 was a year of mixed successes. High on my list of genuine successes is one that stretches far beyond 2012. The celebration of our colleague and friend Judy Nagus whose career with MCA Saskatchewan came to a quiet close with her retirement at year’s end. Judy started working with MCAS around 1989 and for the past 24 years has provided leadership to her organization in transforming what was a struggling trade association into the flourishing success and standard-bearer for the mechanical sector that MCAS is today. Judy has always been a good friend to me and to her colleagues both in the west and across Canada, always willing to share ideas and successes, in addition to her affable nature and joie de vivre. Departing MCAS likely means more golf and sunshine. We raise a glass to you, Judy, and wish you well. In British Columbia, our goal in 2012 was to become more relevant and visible to industry members across the province, not only to grow membership but to show contractors the value of membership. We did this in two primary ways: golf and education. Membership and Events Director Jane Andrew has made it her business to ensure that MCABC is recognized for its programs and services. The result has been a significant expansion of our presence in the North (Prince George), the Okanagan and Vancouver Island with additional golf tournaments and seminars. In addition our efforts working with CMCEF to bring nationally recognized management courses to more locations around the province, have begun to pay off. In 2012, we conducted 15 courses or information sessions, 4 member socials and 8 golf tournaments around the province – a good showing for networking and training. In 2012 MCABC took on an ambitious project with a longterm vision: exploring the interest and efficacy of a Green Chamber of Commerce for BC. Launched in the United States for the first time in 2007 with the leadership of a San Francisco Bay area mechanical contractor, Green Chambers have become the leading movement across the US in nurturing and fostering the green economy. Green energy efficient buildings are a significant part of that economy – and green buildings mean more mechanical contracting! MCABC has invested resources to facilitate the creation of this new business group by gathering like-minded business owners into a planning group that is readying to launch the GCCBC by mid-2013. Several of the founders are mechanical and other trade contractors who share the vision of great opportunity in leading in the green building revolution. The goal satisfies our planning objective of connecting to and expanding the galaxy of mechanical contracting. Meanwhile, in the BC construction world, the chatter continues about soon-to-be tendered projects, multiple bidders on every job, lousy pricing and the grind of managing existing contracts. The term “cautious optimism” has been so overworked the past two years that substitutes are starting to appear. Try “probable hopefulness!” Politics are on the minds of many in the industry, as a provincial election looms in May 2013. If history repeats, and should the predictions prove correct, the fate of the province’s future economic health lies in the balance. While the association remains politically neutral, the business community generally expresses a concern that a return of the NDP brings uncertainty that will dampen economic recovery. And, despite a long list of prospects for new work, in an industry and trade that continues to see casualties from slow or no growth, the uncertainty will dominate both up to and through the spring election. 2012 is long gone, but while woe and wonder cast a shadow on construction forecasts for 2013, it is an opportunity for our association and our members to continue to work together as a stronger unified voice in our industry, and to manage the circumstances as they present themselves. ■ Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013 MCA British Columbia Events on the Web Visit www.mcabc.org/page/events.aspx 19 http://www.mcabc.org/page/events.aspx 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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