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Message from MCA Canada O BRAD DIGGENS, MCA CANADA CHAIRMAN nce again, I appreciate the opportunity to submit this National Chairman’s Report for the 2012 edition of the Western Journal of Mechanical, Plumbing and Piping Contracting. MCA Canada and its national Board of Directors have been working diligently on behalf of the membership and the industry over the past 12 months on many Association and industry related issues. This report will provide you with a snapshot of some of our activities that have occurred since our last report. Due to space restrictions, I am unable to elaborate on these activities as much as I would like so I will list them in bullet format for your viewing pleasure. If some of these issues are of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact the national staff who will be more than happy to elaborate. Here we go! We: • Continued to be involved with the ongoing development of national codes and standards. • Provided the membership with educational webinars. • Continued to work with the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada attempting to get prompt payment legislation introduced. • Held information meetings with the membership in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador. • Attended and participated in the provincial conferences of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. • Created a new membership directory and information catalogue for the membership. • Worked with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating promoting World Plumbing Day in Canada on March 11, 2012. • Developed a new strategic plan for the Association. • Continued our involvement with the Institute for Building Information Modeling in Canada. • Launched a new Membership Advantage Program with Aon Reed Stenhouse addressing our members insurance and surety needs. • Procured a new database program to make our communications with the membership more efficient. • Created a new Association website. • Offered and promoted a webinar for the membership on the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada Guide to the CCA Subcontract. • Continued to offer many management related educational programs. • Held a very successful Middle-Management Education Conference in March. • Planned for a “Day on Parliament Hill” lobbying politicians for prompt payment provisions within federal regulations. • Attended and participated in meetings of the World Plumbing Council and the International Alliance of MCA’s. • Represented the general membership at the national conventions of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the Canadian Construction Association, Mechanical Service Contractors of America, and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating. • Worked on our upcoming national conference, November 12–15, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Maui, Hawaii. • Volunteered to sit on a CCA Task Force dealing with the labour shortage issues. • Held meetings in the Western provinces with trade contractor representatives on the issue of prompt payment legislation in those provinces. • Delivered information seminars on the new CSA Z-320 Building Commissioning Standard. • Initiated discussions within the Canadian Construction Association regarding the issue of requiring general contractors to name the major subcontractors they carried at time of tender closing materializing into a CCA policy supporting same. • Continued meetings and dialogue with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) Training and other industry stakeholders on the subject of “Strengthening of the Red Seal Program.” Also working with CCDA addressing apprenticeship completions in various jurisdictions. • Worked with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating on enhancing the image of our industry. • Introduced a brand-new certification program for service contractor members. • Endorsed a new Change Order Protocol developed, in part, by MCA Toronto. • Sponsored the Canadian Skills Competition. • Drilled nine wells in Zambia through the “Chairman’s Charity” program saving hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. • Held a very successful national conference in September, 2011 In Québec City. So there you have it, a snapshot of our recent activities. As mentioned before, MCA Canada staff in Ottawa will be more than happy to elaborate on these and other issues you may have an interest in. I hope to see many of you at our conference in Maui, Hawaii this coming November. Respectfully Submitted, Brad Diggens, MCA Canada Chairman 7 Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2012

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