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Message from Alberta I DOUGLAS HILL, JR. PRESIDENT HANS TIEDEMANN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR n May 2011 I was honoured to be elected as provincial president at our Annual General Meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta. I have succeeded Mr. George Doty, who has left enormous shoes to fill. George was an outstanding president who gave incredible amounts of time, leadership, knowledge, and guidance to our organization. I look forward to the upcoming term and hope I can be as successful as George and the other previous presidents. Our AGM was held in conjunction with our annual conference. For the first time, the MCA held a joint conference with the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Alberta (SMCAA). It brought a new aspect to the issues and concerns that affect all contractors. Both organizations felt that it was a successful conference and have decided to continue the relationship by having a joint 2012 conference at the Fairmont Hot Springs resort in B.C. in May. 2011 started with much of the same issues as 2010: many bidders on few projects. The low bids were very aggressive. Some companies did not survive, while others weathered the storm and came out stronger and more focused. Projects numbers started to increase in the later part of the year, with a slight rise in the selling price of those projects. 2012 continues to grow with project numbers and there are anticipated labour shortages for the second half of the year. MCAA membership and group insurance numbers remained static for 2011. The Edmonton membership meetings had an upswing in attendance at the end of 2011, with Calgary maintaining normal numbers. The Calgary Old-timers celebrated their 50th annual dinner at the Calgary Palliser Hotel in early December. Vice President Tim Padfield gave a very thoughtful speech on this great occasion, with many other special guests honouring those in attendance with much deserved good wishes. Edmonton Old-timers was also very well attended, with some very funny stories during the speeches. Our provincial bonspiel in January was down in numbers, with similar numbers projected for the 2012 event. This can be attributed to the state of the economy. MCA Alberta members serve on many committees and boards. These gracious volunteers represent the MCA and the member contractors on such committees as the Safety Codes Council (Plumbing, Gas, and Building technical committees), Alberta Construction Association, Canadian Labour Relations, Merit Contractors Association, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, and the construction associations located in the major cities of Alberta. As well we have members sitting on such national organizations such as the MCA Canada, Canadian Standards Association, and National Research Council, to name a few. This gives a much needed voice of the Mechanical Contractors Association in all areas of the province and allows a unified voice in advocating our needs and concerns. The MCAA will continue to ensure that our voice is heard through these individuals. At the last Board of Directors meeting in 2011, the questions, “Are we doing enough?” and “What can the MCAA do differently in the future?” were raised. These questions generated much discussion at the meeting, and more since. The consensus is that it is time to review the direction of the MCA and develop new strategies for the future. With that, the Board has decided to hold a facilitated Strategy Session in early March 2012 to develop a comprehensive three-to-five year plan for the future of our organization. This would include plans for membership, government advocacy, communication, dues structures, bylaws, and working with other trade organizations. This will be a very busy session with hopefully many ideas to enhance the MCAA for the member companies. I look forward to updating you on the results of the session later in the year. In 2011, several national trade contractors’ associations achieved some success with a new organization called the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC). This organization was assembled by the various (sub) trade organizations to have a unified voice at the national level with the federal  government, as well as assisting with provincial legislation and changes. The first item that they are 9 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