The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCA Canada) gathered in Halifax from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The theme of this year’s conference was “Reconnect 22,” after gathering for the first time since 2019.
Notable sessions included cybersecurity and technology solutions for mechanical contractors. Additionally, the conference held a panel discussion regarding the recruitment and retention of the next generation of tradespeople.
A very special moment occurred when Brent Cornelissen of OS&B was presented with the Doug Crawford Award by his son, Brad Cornelissen. The award is given to someone whose significant contribution to MCA Canada through long-standing voluntary participation, leadership, and commitment to ensuring the success of the associate members. Mike Miller of Taco Comfort Solutions was awarded the Gary Greig Memorial Award, which is presented to an individual for their outstanding support of the association and its annual national conference.
Shortly prior to the conference, Nova Scotia was blasted by hurricane Fiona. As such, the MCAC and its provincial partners announced more than $100,000 for hurricane Fiona relief through the Canadian Red Cross. “Extreme weather events such as Hurricane Fiona will have a significant impact on our infrastructure and those affected for years to come,” said Wayne Davidson, president and chair of MCAC. “Our industry has stepped up in the past to help our fellow Canadians, and it was particularly important to us as we hold our annual conference in the maritime region.” An online portal has been set up for members wishing to donate to the relief fund.
The next MCAC national conference will be held Oct. 18 to 22 at the Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, California.