2022 EDUCATION SERIES KICK-OFF - Mechanical Contractor Migraines

April 21, 2022

 

Hosted by MCA Manitoba and MCA Canada, this event will explore current industry issues, as well as strategies to mitigate those "migraines."

About this event

7:30-8:15 BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
8:15 WELCOMING REMARKS
8:30-9:30 ECONOMIC AND LABOUR FORCE UPDATE

The Canadian mechanical contracting sector is experiencing significant labour shortages across the country. This, combined with ongoing public sector investment, and pent-up private sector investment, is putting a strain on the sector as it seeks to build capacity to meet future demands. This session will provide some insight into some of the key drivers of construction activity moving forward, as well as where the most pressing needs will be in terms of skilled labour.

Speaker: Bill Ferreira, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada

9:45-10:45 SUPPLEMENTARY GENERAL CONDITIONS - WHAT TO WATCH FOR AND HOW TO MITIGATE THEM

Supplementary General Conditions (SGCs) are not a new issue in construction contracts, but their increased use is challenging the trade contracting sector. This session will look at some of the more common SGCs, and provide some insight on what mechanical contractors should look out for in their construction contracts.

Speaker: Dan Leduc, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

11:00-12:00 MITIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF PRICE VOLATILITY AND SUPPLY CHAIN

Supply chain and price volatility are significant issues for contractors across Canada. The impact of this issue can lead to significant challenges on construction projects, both during the tender phase and the actual project phase.

This session will look at different strategies to mitigate supply chain and price volatility challenges for contractors.

Speaker: Branden Kotyk, Victaulic

12:00 LUNCH SERVICE
13:00-13:30 CHANGE ORDER MANAGEMENT - NEW MCAC GUIDE TO CHANGES

Change Orders and Change Directives create unique challenges on construction projects. Most projects should expect some changes to occur, but how these changes are managed are critical to delivery a project on-time, and on-budget.

To help provide guidance, MCAC has recently finalized a new Guide to Changes. This session will look at some of the key considerations in the new Guide, and how best to mitigate the impact of Changes on a project.

Speakers: Dan Leduc, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright & Tania Johnston, CEO, MCA Canada

13:30-14:45 RETROFITS AND NET ZERO- WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION LOOK LIKE?

Canada's built environment has often been referenced for its contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

The mechanical contracting sector is expected to play a key role in this transition. Find out more about what this strategy might look like, and how mechanical contractors should be prepared for this change.

Speakers: Scott Hammond, SMS Engineering & Brennan Laidlaw, Mikkelsen Coward

15:00PM-16:00PM ARE COLLABORATIVE CONTRACTS THE CURE TO MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR MIGRAINES?

With the challenges being faced by contractors across Canada, many firms are looking at new ways of doing business to help mitigate many of these issues. One common theme is the emergence of collaborative contracts and techniques such as BIM and Integrated Project Delivery. This session will explore some of these contracting methods, their pros and cons, and how they can help address many of the challenges addressed throughout the day.

Speaker: Geza Banfai, Partner, McMillan LLP

16:15-17:15PM COCKTAIL AND NETWORKING RECEPTION

Join industry colleagues and MCAM University of Manitoba Student Chapter representatives for a cocktail and networking reception

MCA Manitoba Member Registration - $266.23
NON Member Registration - $372.32

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