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MCABC matches member donations to the Canadian Red Cross: BC Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal

Our deepest sympathies and concern go out to everyone impacted.

This is an extraordinary ask during extraordinary times. The MCABC Board of Directors is appealing to members to come together during these early days of the recovery and relief effort. MCABC will match, up to a maximum of $10,000 overall, donations made by MCABC member companies to the Canadian Red Cross: BC Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal.

We are setting up an MCABC portal with the Canadian Red Cross; in the meantime, we know that our member companies have already donated to the Canadian Red Cross: BC Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal for this effort. For members who have donated prior launch of the portal, we ask that you forward acknowledgement/receipt of your company's donation to Our goal is to help the communities within which we live and work. We hope this effort to double your donation encourages you to show your support.

Thank you to all MCABC members who have already donated and are volunteering their time to help those in impacted communities. 

Please support the BC Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal

It's Renewal Time! 

MCABC's 2022 Membership Renewals will begin soon. Thank you, in advance, to all of our members for your ongoing support. Please keep an eye out for the membership renewal email with instructions.

And, if you haven't yet applied for membership, please act now -- the next review of new member applications is November 30th. Apply Now>>

      Your voices have been heard. We are progressing towards Prompt Payment Legislation in BC.

      Mechanical and electrical contractors in BC, along with other key trades and sub-contractors in the provincial construction industry, are credited for moving the needle towards Prompt Payment legislation.

      A strong show of support was in force at the October 28 town hall with the Attorney General’s Office. Co-hosted by MCABC and ECABC and moderated by BCCA President, Chris Atchison, the significant turnout set the stage for the subsequent two days of four additional townhalls co-sponsored by MCABC, ECABC and BCCA. The three provincial organizations have worked hard for several years to bring this issue to the forefront – this year, the renewed commitment was stronger than ever, including significant support from industry associations.

      Early in the town hall Tyler Nyvall, Legal Counsel, Policy and Legislation Division, representing the Attorney General's Office, indicated that he's ready to move forward when he has clarity that the Ontario model is working as intended. During final remarks, Nyvall said that he was going to update a briefing note to change the perspective that is going to the executive the following week.

      Nyvall confirmed that the government had been awaiting more results from the adjudication process in Ontario where Prompt Payment legislation is in force but the insight provided by industry legal expert and town hall special guest Dan Leduc, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, was not only compelling but provided the answers he needed. Dan’s background on the Ontario model helped shape the subsequent four townhall sessions.

      The release this week (Nov 17) of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services identified Prompt Payment as one of 143 recommendations for the provincial Budget 2022. Thank you BCCA for re-inforcing this message on our behalves.

      Read the PPT slides, updated to include Dan’s comments at the MCABC-ECABC town hall, and delivered as part of the four subsequent regional construction sessions>>

          New Program to Promote Associate Members' Products and Services

          We are excited to announce that we’ll soon be launching a new education initiative to promote the products and services of our Associate Members (suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors). These members have a wealth of information and expertise to share with mechanical contractors and our new program will tap into that. If you are an Associate Member and this has piqued your interest, learn more on our website>> 

            MCABC Jingle & Mingle at the 'Pub'

            Dust off your trivia skills and ugly Christmas sweaters because we’re hosting a Christmas social! Book 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday, December 2nd in your calendar for socializing, trivia competition and online auction. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new colleagues when we place you on a team to compete in pub-style trivia. This virtual event promises to be fun and engaging!

            Register now>> 

            If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, we have four sponsorship opportunities (download).  

            Donate Auction Items! All money raised will go to the Ending Violence Association of BC. Receive recognition on our silent auction website and through social media. Ideas: wine/alcohol baskets; tools; electronics; gift baskets; travel vouchers; sport/recreational equipment; and gift cards. Contact Ashling with your donation details at

              What BIM Training Does the Industry Need?

              MCABC is taking a proactive approach to preparing the mechanical contracting industry to harness the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM). As such, a survey was sent out to mechanical contractors and subtrades about their company’s interest in learning about BIM, and the level of training their team needs.

              Although the survey deadline has passed, we continue to collect feedback. 

              If you manage your company’s BIM department and didn’t receive the email, please contact our Manager of Member Services and Professional Development at

              Identifying the Foreperson of Tomorrow Starts November 23rd 

              Build your workforce from within!

              If you have employees who are candidates for becoming a foreperson or newly appointed forepersons, the “Identifying the Foreperson of Tomorrow” course is not to be missed.

              Renowned trainer, Tim Wentz, leads the course which also features local members sharing their experiences and guest panelists. It runs over four days in two-hour blocks (November 23, 24, 30 and December 1 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm).

              Topics include: How to participate effectively in a handover meeting; Identify and protect project scope; Understand performance metrics generated by estimating; Read and interpret project schedules; Apply a company’s safety program; Implement a project documentation strategy; Identify and manage changed conditions; Fundamental negotiating skills; and Effectively manage the crew and the project.  

              Register now>>

                Coffee Talk: Lean Construction December 8, 8:00am-9:00am

                Construction does not have to be notorious for waste. Lean is a driver of profitability and helps the bottom line by reducing waste. Lean has become a popular buzzword in reference to the many different ways to boost productivity on a construction site – but what does it really mean?

                During this Coffee Talk a Lean Construction specialist will provide a brief overview of how it is being applied in the mechanical contracting industry. Then we’ll open the floor to the audience to ask questions and share their experiences.

                Speaker: James Johnston, President, Quality Dynamics Inc. 

                Register now>> 

                  Sponsor Coffee Talk for the Best Exposure You Can Receive for $40!

                  If you have products and/or services you’d like to promote or information to share about your organization, Coffee Talk Sponsorships are the answer. Benefits include five minutes to speak to the audience during the session, and plenty of logo exposure before the event. The cost to sponsor is the purchase of a $40 coffee gift card, which your company awards to the door prize winner. The December 8th session is still available. Contact Sarah to secure your sponsorship at

                  Heat Pumps 101 - Joint session with BOMA BC - November 23, 9:30am-11:00am

                  MCABC and BOMA BC are collaborating to deliver "Heat Pumps 101" for BOMA members (Building Owners and Managers Association). We are pleased to announce MCABC member Paul Noble of Davidson Bros. Mechanical will be sharing his expertise on heat pumps with commercial property managers.

                  The session covers commercial applications for heat pumps, the equipment heat pumps can replace, logistical installation challenges plus maintenance and servicing. The panel also includes a speaker from BC Hydro discussing incentives, and a property manager sharing a case study.

                  Learn more + register>> 

                  MCABC members are welcome to attend the session via BOMA’s registration system. First create a free profile and password at

                  New - Introduction to Understanding Systemic Racism: A Guide for Leaders and Managers 

                  As a BuildForce education distributor, MCABC is proud to announce a recent addition to its core course offering.

                  Even in the mildest forms, unconscious bias within an organization can have profound impacts on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour by limiting their potential for growth and eroding personal wellbeing.

                  A new course offered by BuildForce Canada will help industry leaders and managers gain a better appreciation of the issues around systemic racism, and provide tools to recognize, mitigate and eliminate the influence of unconscious bias on decision making.

                  This self-paced online course takes approximately three hours to complete and costs $100.

                  Click here to book or for more information>>

                    MCABC Member Employee Shares Her Gratitude - Wins Richard McKeagan Scholarship For Third Year

                    Scholarship Winner Mina Ariana with MCABC Past President Wayne Davidson, Davidson Bros. Mechanical Contractors

                    Scholarship Winner Mina Ariana with MCABC Past President Wayne Davidson,
                    Davidson Bros. Mechanical Contractors.

                    MCABC is honoured to recognize this year’s recipient of four scholarships in the Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series: Mina Ariana.

                    Mina a Mechanical Engineer/Estimator with MCABC member Davidson Bros. Mechanical, swept the series in BC, earning recognition and support from MASCO Canada, Mechanical Contractors Association Hamilton/Niagara, Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) and Uponor (Dan Kirkpatrick Scholarship).

                    A part time student, Mina expects to graduate in 2022 with a Master of Engineering in Building Science from BCIT. This follows Mina’s earlier studies which earned her a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.

                    “When I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher, then a zoologist and at some other point I wanted to be a doctor,” says Mina. “I couldn’t memorize anything so I couldn’t be a doctor but I was always very good at math and physics.”

                    While Mina loves math and says it “makes so much sense”, she wasn’t interested in becoming a mathematician; rather, she wanted to leverage her passion for numbers to land a job that would provide her career options.

                    “There are a lot of different things that go into mechanical contracting,” she says when talking about what she likes most about mechanical contracting. “You can become a welder. You can focus on safety. It’s about understanding what goes on on job sites and in the office. It’s all about what interests you and understanding that the industry is also becoming more inclusive in so many ways.”

                    To learn more about Mina’s decision to pursue a career in mechanical contracting, read the Q&A that followed the announcement of her scholarship wins in 2020>> 

                      Mentor Program for Women in Trades: Deadline to Apply is December 22! 

                      The Rosie Mentoring Program by the Prosperity ProjectTM addresses the limited access women have to role models and mentors.

                      The Program is designed for women entering, upskilling or pivoting to careers in STEM, skilled trades and leadership. Mentors guide and assist protégées one-on-one as they develop their desired skills and abilities, and work together to define goals and develop strategies.

                      The Prosperity ProjectTM is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit that was conceived by a diverse and inspirational group of 62 female leaders across the country to support the economic empowerment of women and underscore the economic importance of gender equality.

                      If you know or are a woman in trades, you (or your colleague) can apply to either receive mentoring, or be a mentor. Let's make a difference! 

                      Learn more about the Rosie Mentoring program>>

                      Download Program Details Poster>>

                      Download Mentor Poster>>

                      Online Education & Events Calendar:  

                      Nov 23

                      Identifying the Foreperson of Tomorrow Series: Good for employers + employees with candidates for and newly appointed forepersons Tim Wentz, PE, HBDP, LEED-AP. Register>> (Nov 23,24,30, Dec 1) - 1:00pm-3:00pm

                      Nov 23

                      Heat Pumps 101 - Joint Session with BOMA BC 9:30am-11am Learn More>> MCABC members create profile to register>>

                      Dec 2

                      MCABC Jingle & Mingle at the 'Pub': 3:00pm-5:00pm Register>>

                      Dec 8

                      Coffee Talk: Lean Construction 8:00am-9:00am Register>>

                      Tell us how we're doing TODAY and you could win a $250 Amazon gift card!

                      MCABC needs to know if we’re meeting your needs! A link to a member survey was sent to the main contact at each company from Alec Milne of Framework Partners ( Those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for a $250 Amazon gift card and $10 coffee card prizes.

                      The survey is only open until midnight on Friday, November 19th so please complete it now.

                      If you’d like the link re-sent, please email Ashling at

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