The Western Journal 2013 - (Page 9)

Message from Alberta T DOUGLAS HILL, JR. PRESIDENT HANS TIEDEMANN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR wo years ago, I accepted the privilege of being president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta. It is hard to believe that my two years have passed so quickly and I will be handing over the responsibilities to someone else at the Annual General Meeting, taking place during the annual conference on May 9 to 12, 2013, at the Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta. Once again, the conference will be combined with the Sheet Metal Contractors Association – the third time that we have done a combined conference. It had been decided that for our Strategic Planning meeting in early 2012, we would take a very hard look at what our Association had been doing over the last many years and where it was thought changes needed to be. Following are some of the highlights from this meeting. Although the attendance at our membership meetings in Edmonton and Calgary were relatively steady, it was thought that instead of having the “guest speaker and questions thereafter” type of meeting, we should instead try for more involvement of those in attendance in using a round-table type of discussion meeting. Although still in its early stages, this type of meeting has brought more member involvement into the discussions. The Board looked at our many social events and decided that most of them, although taking staff time, were of value to the members and our Association. It was, however, decided to do away with two of our five regional golf tournaments, since the support for those two events had been dwindling over the past couple of years. Advocacy is an important part of any organization. Following the footsteps of MCA Canada and its active part in the National Trade Contractors Association of Canada (NTCCC) in attempting to obtain Prompt Payment Legislation, MCA Alberta has also taken an active part in the newly established provincial Alberta Trade Contractors Coalition, which also advocates in favour of Prompt Payment Legislation in Alberta. MCA Alberta administers a Group Insurance program that is available for its members. The Board discussed the group insurance program, and since it is under the guidance of Trustees, passed on its ideas to the Trustees. At the Strategic Planning meeting, staffi ng was also discussed and it was at this time that the Board learned that Executive Director Hans Tiedemann was giving them ample notice of his desire to retire on December 31, 2013. A succession strategy was decided upon for 2013. The Board worked hard to revise and produce a Strategic Plan that provides the organization, its staff and membership with ways to further the success of the MCA. I have enjoyed my time on the MCA Alberta Board and as your President. I encourage you to give serious considerations about your willingness to serve, whether at a committee level or on the Board of Directors. We are participating in a lively and challenging industry and the best way to stay in the loop is to become involved. This is one way to give back to the industry that provides your livelihood. In closing, I would like to express my sincere thanks to my fellow Board members, our hard working staff of Corinne, Vicky and Hans, our volunteers on committees and at the numerous events we do each year, and especially our members. ■ Respectfully submitted Douglas Hill Jr. President, MCA Alberta Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013 9 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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