The Western Journal 2013 - (Page 7)

Message from MCA Canada BRAD DIGGENS, MCA CANADA CHAIRMAN I t is my privilege as MCA Canada’s national chairman to again provide this Association update for the Western Journal. It’s hard to believe a year has passed since my last report. It went by so fast yet so much as happened since then. Last November, MCAC held its 71st Annual National Conference on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. Those who were there will agree that the venue and the quality of the conference program were “outstanding,” “first-class,” “one of the best yet,” to quote some of the conference attendees. Since Maui, we continued to publicize the profile, benefits and services of membership within the Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC), while also forging stronger working relationships with building managers and owners. We held a special MSCC forum during our Maui conference with excellent attendance and participation. Our Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation continues to grow and offer more programs to the industry than ever. MCA Canada’s new Strategic Plan, approved in November 2012, calls for added industry support for the Foundation, expanding the market and rebranding the organization with a view to meeting industry’s current and future requirements. Another important aspect of the Association is our involvement with several technical committees through the National Research Council, Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, and the Canadian Standards Association. Being personally involved with these committees for years, I can tell you that we have to be there to protect and promote the interests of our contractor member practitioners to ensure that we have proper codes and standards in place, not only to assist the membership, but also to protect the general public. Throughout the year, MCA Canada has been active with other organizations representing the interests of the membership. We are involved as participating members of the Canadian Construction Association and, as a consequence, we have representation on the Board of Directors (through yours truly), on the Chief Operating Officers Council through our President, and several CCA committees, councils, and task forces. Collectively we address such issues as future labour shortages, naming of major subcontractors on tender forms at time of tender and standard forms of contract, to name a just few. In addition, we are also represented on CCA’s Gold Seal Certification Committee by our Chairman Elect, Gaetan Beaulieu. We are also active members of the World Plumbing Council. In partnership with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, I am pleased to report that our efforts to promote World Plumbing Day in Canada, held on March 13, was a success! We also participate in the International Alliance of Mechanical Contractors Associations (IAMCA). This group, made up of international associations representing mechanical contractors from Canada, Australia, United States, and the United Kingdom, met last March on the occasion of MCA of America’s national convention in San Antonio, Texas. I was lucky enough to chair this meeting, representing Canada. Domestically, we make every effort to attend and participate at all of the provincial MCA conferences and AGMs every year and 2013 will be no different, as we plan be at the British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario meetings. In March 2013, members of our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Education Foundation Board of Trustees, and MCA managers will meet in San Antonio, Texas, on the occasion of MCA Canada’s midyear winter meetings, in conjunction with MCA of America’s convention. We use this occasion to review our new Strategic Plan which addresses: Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013 expanded membership; market expansion/repackaging of our current training programs; rebranding of our Education Foundation; increasing the number of mechanical student chapters in post-secondary institutions across the country; enhancing our associate member category, expanding trade representation on the national level, introducing new technologies and social networking, and increasing/enhancing our relations with other industry-related organizations, the design community, and the federal government. We let members know what’s going on through the annual Year in Review magazine, periodic bulletins, our websites (mcac.ca, cmcef.org, servicecontractors. ca and ntccc.ca) and our e-Newsletters. We have delivered several webinars to MCA managers, their boards and the membership on educational programs and membership services and will continue to do so in the months ahead. Our work with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) on strengthening of the Red Seal Program continues, as does examining pass/failure rates vis-à-vis the Red Seal exam and finding solutions. We are a founding association of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC), which is aggressively tackling the important issues such as working towards prompt payment legislation across Canada. The educational component of NTCCC also commands time and attention, as evidenced by our recent revisions to the Coalitions Guide to the CCA1 Subcontract and the delivery of a national webinar on this topic. Our working relationship with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) continues to mature. We held joint Executive Committee Meetings this past year, attended and participated in their conferences, and we have agreed to (more than ever) cooperate and collaborate on many of the issues that affect both contractors and suppliers on a regular basis. We also jointly met many members of parliament in Ottawa on April 30, 2012, introducing ourselves as one of the major components of Canada’s construction industry. Our partnership with Aon is progressing very well, as more and more MCA Canada contractors see the benefit 7 http://www.mcac.ca http://www.cmcef.org http://www.ntccc.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

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