The Western Journal 2013 - (Page 9)
Message from Alberta
DOUGLAS HILL, JR.
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.
Douglas Hill Jr.
President, MCA Alberta
Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013
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The Western Journal 2013