The Western Journal 2012 - (Page 13)

Message from Manitoba I BRAD MASON PRESIDENT BETTY MCINERNEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR am honoured and pleased to be taking over the reins from Bob Modjeski after his three years of inspiring leadership. Bob clearly enhanced the momentum of this Association and it is my intention to carry on in that direction. As with all of us across the country, a lot has happened this past year. We have a stronger profile with government departments, our membership is up, our finances are solid, and business is booming. 2012 looks to be moderately prosperous for our members despite the serious global economic situation. Building permits continue to increase and the unemployment rate in Manitoba is one of the lowest in the country. All of the events hosted by MCAM this year have been tremendously successful. Our AGM and President’s Dinner and Dance were held in Gimli at the Lakeside Resort in late May. It was very well attended, partly due to a Vendor Showcase which was held the same day as the AGM. Our Associates Committee really stepped up for this event. MCA Manitoba is very grateful. Our golf tournament was not rained out this year. This makes two years in a row! It was a beautiful day with 169 golfers. Pioneer Night was held in October and Jim Mills, retired from Central Hydronics, was inducted as our newest Pioneer. Our Christmas reception attracted more attendees than ever before and was beautifully hosted by the Victoria Inn. In February, we hosted a fascinating presentation by Todd Craigen from PCL Constructors. Todd demonstrated to close to 50 members how BIM (Building Information Modeling) has been essential in the design and construction of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. This building is stunningly complex. Erecting this building in three years would not have been possible without BIM and virtual construction. In June, MCA Manitoba invited design consultants to a seminar delivered by Giovanni Marcelli, the founder of Accubid. Mitigating the Impact of Change Orders is a seminar designed to expose the true nature and associated costs of change orders and help project managers, engineers, architects and owners fully appreciate the detrimental impact of change orders and to streamline the process with professional and consistent documentation to support the price. Mr. Marcelli was well received with excellent reviews from the over 90 people in attendance. MCAM was again in attendance at the third annual Construction Career Expo, held in May. It was a very exciting, informative and rewarding experience for Grade 9 and 10 students and their teachers. The feedback from everyone was enthusiastic praise of the event. Our thanks goes out to the journeypersons from Mikkelsen-Coward and Derksen Plumbing & Heating (1984) who demonstrated some tricks of their trade and gave hands-on opportunities for many students to cut pipe and solder materials together. Our thanks also go to Rick Levesque and Jim Kazuk for coming up with the ideas of building a pipe sculpture and creating tin men. I am very pleased to report that after two years of dedicated work by our Association, the Province of Manitoba has agreed to incorporate Gas “B” Licensing as a mandatory component of all piping trades: Plumbing, Steamfitting/Pipefitting, Refrigeration and Air Condition Mechanic (Commercial and Residential), and Gasfitting. We can all breathe a sigh of relief. That was a little too close for comfort for our members, but we learned a valuable lesson through this exercise. We must never become complacent with what goes on with our trades programs. A new initiative has been put in place that has been approved by our members and that has to do with education. Financially, MCA Manitoba is in fairly good shape. Our Board of Directors came up with a formula whereby, 30 per cent of our excess revenues will be put toward subsidizing training in Manitoba. This is good news for our members and their employees. It is also good news for CMCEF. Since the inception of this new initiative, MCA Manitoba has spent more than $30,000 in tuition subsidy! In a period of twelve months, we have successfully offered and run five CMCEF courses/seminars. None were cancelled due to insufficient registration. On a sad note, we bid farewell to one of our strongest members, Jim Kazuk. Jim was a long standing employee of Mikkelsen-Coward and MCA Manitoba’s Second Vice President on the Board of Directors. He will be greatly missed. It’s been a great year, and I look forward to hosting our 40th Anniversary Gala at the Hotel Fort Garry on April 27th, 2012. ■ Respectfully submitted, Brad Mason President, MCAM Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2012 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2012

MCA Canada Message
Alberta Message
British Columbia Message
Manitoba Message
Saskatchewan Message
Alberta Update
British Columbia Update
Manitoba Update
Saskatchewan Update
World Plumbing Day
Victim of Its Own Success
First of Its Kind in Canada
A New Approach: The Future of the Construction Sector Council
Protecting One’s Right to Timely Payment
Clean Energy Pays Big Dividends to Environment and Bottom Line
Index to Advertisers

The Western Journal 2012