May 2022

MCABC Members, 

Last Thursday’s Fortify Wellness event with former Vancouver Canucks Goaltender, Corey Hirsch, was an important segue into Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2 - May 8. Corey’s story, both painful and inspiring, is real, it’s raw, and as one member shared with me, it’s “humbling”. A very special thank you to MCABC member and Platinum Sponsor Pitt Meadows Plumbing for their generous contribution to the luncheon event at the Civic Hotel and to Fortify Wellness administrator and Presenting Sponsor ICBA Benefits. The spotlight is on empathy for Mental Health Week.

It was not only a big week but an even bigger month for opportunities to collaborate, learn and listen to some of the best in their craft. MCABC and Fortify Wellness were a proud sponsor of the ICBA Gala which included a thought-leading discussion with Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson on April 26. MCABC members attended culture, leadership and communication with business coach and strategist, Steve J. Thomas on April 19. A big congratulations to our members who completed the Medical Gas Installation Course and Braze test, our first collaboration with NAIT.

Committed to strengthening the mechanical contracting industry in BC, MCABC’s Board of Directors recently met with representatives from SkilledTradesBC to learn more about the new Act and ratios, to communicate why MCABC, as the representative voice for mechanical contractors, should always be included in future consultative processes and to reinforce the importance of certification of plumbers. Our industry is broad in scope and we are so very pleased to strengthen our focus in the service sector in BC. The inaugural meeting of MCABC's Mechanical Service Contractors Committee (MSCC) launched in March- its members are engaged on addressing key industry issues. Stay tuned!

While looking back, even a short time, is fun and informative, we couldn’t be more excited about the future. And when I say “future”, I mean this month – May!

We have our brewery tour and social at the Belgard Kitchen on May 19. What a great immediate response to the call for registrations. There are still tickets remaining but act fast – this networking social is proving to be popular.

And what is better than making your next stop the River Rock Casino Resort for MCABC’s inaugural in-person Business Conference May 31 and June 1. See below for more details.

MCABC continues to stay focused on progressing its five-year plan, with the guidance of our six pillars – Leadership,  Education, Skilled Trades, Advocacy, Collaboration and Innovation. Have an idea that you think will help strengthen the mechanical contracting industry? We’d love to hear from you.

Kim Barbero

Corey Hirsch with the Pitt Meadows Plumbing Team

Our people, climate change and technology is the focus of the 2022 MCABC Business Conference and an opportunity to move ahead of the pack. The mechanical contracting industry is balancing the challenges of a tight labour market, new climate mandates and the introduction of advanced technology. Now is the time to connect with one another, share lessons learned and be at the centre of the conversation.

Our conference committee has been hard at work to ensure we deliver a great event for you and your team.

Buy Your Ticket Now 

Confirm your space as a delegate to hear from captivating keynote speakers and panelists that will help equip our industry with the resources to navigate emerging trends. Delegate passes include all meals plus Shindig & Shenanigans, our evening of dinner and entertainment. Consider staying at the River Rock Casino Resort to get the most out of the experience.

Become a Sponsor 

MCABC has developed a robust sponsorship program for the 2022 Business Conference. With opportunities for businesses of all sizes, this program will allow businesses to promote themselves and gain exposure to the mechanical contracting industry of British Columbia and key industry stakeholders.

Be an Exhibitor

Get one-on-one time with your customers and showcase your products at the trade show. Time for delegates to visit the trade show has been purposefully built into the schedule, which also allows your staff to be part of the conference and attend the sessions.

Spread the Word About MCABC’s New Employee Benefits Plan! 

As you may have seen on our Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter pages, we have launched a campaign highlighting the many benefits of joining Fortify Wellness, our employee health benefits program.

Please share and like Fortify Wellness content as you see it.

Adding Fortify Wellness to your list of employee benefits also means strengthening the mechanical contracting industry.

MCABC Board Invites Nominations for Director positions

Are you an MCABC Mechanical Contractor interested in leading the change for the mechanical contracting industry in BC? If so, the MCABC Board of Directors would like to hear from you.

Of the 11 MCABC Board positions, five are up for election at the MCABC AGM June 1 at the River Rock Casino Resort.  The positions, two-year terms, must be filled by Contractor and Affiliate members who are keen to collaborate with a motivated and dynamic Board of Directors that is committed to progressing the industry in support of MCABC’s five-year plan. There couldn’t be a more exciting time to be a part of the only dedicated voice for the mechanical contracting industry in BC!

If you are interested in putting your name forward or learning more about being a Board Director, please reach out to the 2022 Nominations Committee:

  1. Piero lamartino, Nominations Committee Chair and MCABC Board Director:
  2. Miles Murray, Associates Representative, MCABC Board Director:
  3. Trevor Hildebrand, MCABC Chair:

The Nominating Committee will present the slate to the MCABC Board of Directors at its meeting May 18.

Welcome New Members 

We are pleased to welcome the following new MCABC Members.

We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about them.

From Foreperson to Supervisor

If you know a foreperson who is interested in becoming a supervisor, we have the perfect course this fall that will provide basic and advanced tools for forepersons and field supervisors to become effective project managers. For new project managers who need to deliver successful construction projects, this course introduces the essential tools of project planning and execution in a contracting environment.

Participants practice project management techniques on a simple turn-key construction project that is developed through the complete project life cycle, from initial project proposal and definition, through project implementation, and finally to the often neglected project completion phase. Participants will have the ability to implement a structured process to successfully deliver construction projects of any size for their organizations and for their customers.

Staff Acquisition & Retention Part 2

The series continues May 25 as we learn more about overcoming employee turnover. In the first session the root problem of the Great Resignation was identified. It’s actually the Great Discontent, which stems from the long-lasting job dissatisfaction that has existed for decades.

In this session, Simon Sabeti of Ucora will discuss how IVY can be used within your organization, and the five steps companies can take in order to implement it. If you have not watched the video of part 1 yet, it is highly recommended.

Safety Manual Leads to New Health & Safety Group

Having a new Safety Manual for mechanical contractors wasn’t the only positive outcome for MCABC. Watching our volunteer members speak spiritedly about OH&S, share stores, build comradery and learn from one another made it very clear that the rest of the membership could also benefit from being part of an industry Health & Safety Group. A task force will be meeting to discuss the needs of our industry and to shape this new group. Stay tuned for details.

From L to R: Terence Chan, Impetus Plumbing and Heating Ltd, Aidan Mabbott, Black & McDonald Ltd, Sean Hamilton, First District Mechanical Group Ltd, Simon Miller, Haakon Mechanical Services.

The Mechanical Service Contractors Committee (MSCC) is focused on progressing core priorities for the service sector. Interested in contributing? Reach out for more details.

Building a Future with Next Gen

The Next Gen Committee is meeting soon to formalize a strategy and structure. The committee was beginning to build steam two years ago and then the pandemic hit, bringing the momentum to a halt. The Next Gen Committee is a priority for MCABC and we are excited to see where this group of leaders takes the industry.

May 10 12PM-1PM | Understanding the Next Phase in the City of Vancouver’s Proposed Regulations on Residential Space and Water Heating

The City of Vancouver would like to provide an update to the HVAC industry on proposed recommendations for residential space heating and water heating.

City staff originally proposed to bring four recommendations to Vancouver City Council in May 2022 for space heating and domestic hot water equipment in one and two family detached homes. 

May 19 | Brewery Tour & Social at the Belgard 

Join your colleagues for a craft beer or cocktail at The Belgard Kitchen in Vancouver. The event includes a 30-minute tour, complimentary drink and appetizers, and time for socializing.

Federal Budget April 7th

The federal budget outlined several programs where our members are critical: 

  • Retrofits/Green Building and Construction
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program Improvements
  • Workforce and Skilled Trades

Latest editions of the National Model Codes now available

As of March 28, 2022, code users can access the latest, updated editions of the National Model Codes, including the National Building Code of Canada 2020. manufacturers representatives for boilers and water heaters mechanical contractors association of British Columbia

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