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Blueprint Reading Fall 2019

This course is Gold Seal accredited!

The ability to read mechanical and architectural drawings is a foundation skill in construction and trades. Everyone in the building industry, regardless of whether they are working in the field, in the office, or as a supplier of material, must know how to read blueprints.

This session introduces the student to the reading and understanding of Mechanical and Architectural drawings, and schematics used in a mechanical environment. Students will learn how to read and interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations found on these drawings. This session will benefit anyone entering or already in the trades, as it will teach them to recognize plans, elevations, and sectional views, identify a view by its placement on a drawing, list what working drawings include, and interpret dimensions marked on piping drawings.

New: Register more than two people and save 12% on each additional registration!

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MCABC Secrets to Success Breakfast Panel

Please join in on the inaugural MCABC Secrets to Success Breakfast Panel, presented by the Next Gen Committee.

Join the Next Gen Group for breakfast and connect with some of the most influential entrepreneurs and professionals in mechanical contracting! This is a networking breakfast and panel discussion consisting of seasoned entrepreneurs sharing their best advice on what it takes to achieve success. Panelists will be ready to answer your questions!


  1. Dale Miller, recently retired from award-winning Division 15 Mechanical, where he was a founder and principal for 14 years. Dale’s long experience in Alberta and BC’s energy sectors helped Div15 become the leading BC contractor for District Energy Systems.
  2. Paul Myers of Quadra Enterprises and previous founder and owner of Keith Plumbing and Heating. Paul donated a cool $25 million to Lions Gate Hospital for the building of the Paul Myers Tower, the then-largest individual donation ever to a BC Hospital foundation.
  3. Kyle Wisniewski is a rising star with Black & McDonald. The youngest member of our panel, Kyle has been with Black & McDonald since he graduated from Mechanical Systems at BCIT in 2005 and has been their division manager for the last five years.

Tickets (price includes breakfast)

Everyone: $55 + gst

Parking: $5 + gst (optional)

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***Photographs will be taken during the event, and may be used by MCABC for promotional purposes on MCABC’s website and social media. By attending this event you are consenting to MCABC using photos in which you may appear.
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Was Darwin Right? Risk Allocation in Subcontracts & Economic Darwinism – Burnaby

Join us for a legal seminar with Dan Leduc,
Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Was Darwin Right?
Risk Allocation in Subcontracts & Economic Darwinism

One of the worst kept secrets in the construction industry is that the provision of construction services is egocentric and inefficient. Risk assessment is a dark art, and risk allocation is an exercise in economic Darwinism – the food chain can often end with subcontractors.

This seminar will identify examples of where inappropriate risk allocation can hurt you as a subcontractor and how to address those issues. The topics will include such issues as ‘pay when paid’ clauses, scheduling, onerous payment terms, indemnities, and more.

Location: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby

7:30AM – 8 AM:     Registration & Networking Breakfast Buffet
8 AM – 11 AM:         Seminar with Dan Leduc

ECABC & MCABC Members: $155 + GST
Non-Members: $215 + GST


~ Seats are limited so register early! ~

Dan J Leduc, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Dan Leduc practises primarily construction law and dispute resolution. He is frequently called upon to advise and represent owners, subcontractors, suppliers and builders in such front-end services as contract review, tender issues and general construction matters, as well as in litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Leduc has over 25 years of experience in negotiating, mediating, arbitrating and litigating construction disputes including construction liens, trust claims, delay claims, construction insurance claims, and architect’s and engineer’s errors and omissions. He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating various forms of construction contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Mr. Leduc also has experience in surety bonding claims on construction projects, including performance bond claims and labour and material payment bond claims, and managing cases involving large volumes of documents, at times in excess of 300,000 documents.

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BC stalls while others in the country move ahead with Prompt Payment

For more than a dozen years, MCABC, myself and the Council of Construction Trades Associations (COCTA) have presented governments – both Liberal and NDP – with solid arguments as to why Prompt Payment legislation is good for workers, trades, general contractors, suppliers and the provincial economy in general.  Yet no sitting government has embraced, championed […]

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Community Benefits Agreements: Are they the scourge some would have us believe?

I recently attended a one-day conference hosted by the BC Building Trades on Community Benefit Agreements. Before it began, this event was criticized by Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) president Chris Gardner in a Vancouver Sun Op-Ed.  His criticisms were rife with opinions and assumptions with little or no evidence to support them. This […]

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Lower Dues

New Horizons – Lower Dues & Do More!

Big news: MCABC has lowered most Voting Contractor dues. In 78 years of operation, MCABC has been funded by various methods: individual membership dues, to grants from union contractors’ collective agreements, to the current structure where dues are based on company payroll. But this is the first time – to my knowledge – that dues […]

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Futureproofing: Organizational Response to Disruptive Trends

Attending my association’s annual conference in late October, I glimpsed MCABC’s future, at least what it could be through the eyes of Canada’s association leaders. The conference theme was “Associations: Future Proof,” and it provided numerous presentations and workshops on existing trends in association management and operations, and some guidance of how to lead, manage […]

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