Meet MCAC President and Board Chairman Dave Holek
Hometown: Tecumseh, Ontario
Occupation: President and General Manager, Lekter Industrial Services Inc. since 1988.
Hobby: Golf, and now playing with my 2 new granddaughters.
Favourite MCAC Conference: Hawaii. But with that in mind, I can honestly say that each year I attend provides outstanding memories and opportunities to connect with the people in our industry.
Q – How long have you been involved in the mechanical contracting industry?
A – I first started in the mechanical contracting industry in 1979 when I began my plumbing apprenticeship. From there I founded Lekter in 1988, and we’re still going strong!
Q – How long have you been involved with MCAC?
We joined MCA Windsor in 1988, and I joined the MCA Ontario Board in 2002. From that involvement came my opportunity to join the MCA Canada Board of Directors.
Q – What are some of your priorities as President and Chairman?
The motto of MCAC is “Building Smarter Together,” and I think this really captures what we are trying to achieve as the national voice of the mechanical contracting sector in Canada. Our industry is so broad with so many stakeholders; but if we can provide the tools and the resources to collaborate and connect with stakeholders, we can help our members work smarter, and better.
In terms of priorities, as our members know, the issue of prompt payment has remained at the forefront for our association for several years. We have seen some tremendous progress at the national level on this file, and we are seeing that momentum at the provincial level as well. With a new government now elected, we will continue to work hard at the federal level to see the required regulations, including adjudication, put in place to ensure prompt payment is the norm in our industry.
With that being said, our association is also exploring how we can better serve our members across Canada. The needs of our membership are shifting, as are the ways our industry operates. As a national association, we must continue to be proactive and enhance our value to ensure our members see MCAC as an essential resource.
I truly believe that as an association, we are well positioned to respond to the needs of our 1,000 members across Canada, and I am looking forward to what the future of our association has in store.
Q – What are some of the most important issues affecting MCAC members?
We have already mentioned prompt payment as an important issue for our members, but what we are hearing from across the country are a variety of other issues impacting MCAC members. Some of these issues include labour shortages, access to quality education and training, quality of design documents, new contractual provisions impacting our members, and new innovations and technologies that are entering the marketplace.
None of these issues are small, and it is important that we continue to work with our partner MCAs across Canada on how we can best address them. Part of our role as a national association is to help prioritize some of these issues on a national level, and identify the key stakeholders involved so that we can deal with these issues in a collaborative and constructive way.
I am looking forward to meeting with more of our members in the coming year to hear some of their feedback on these issues, and how we can best represent our members’ interests in these discussions.
Q – What is MCAC doing to respond to these important issues?
As I mentioned, MCAC has a close working relationship with a number of like-minded and stakeholder organizations from across Canada, as well as our continuing dialogue with our partner MCAs at the provincial and zone levels.
Federally, we maintain our ongoing advocacy work, including our annual Day on the Hill to meet and discuss key issues with federal Members of Parliament. We are also actively involved in the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) to ensure trade contractor interests are being advocated for in a collective way.
MCAC is also working very hard on several new programs, including the Women in Mechanical Construction (WiMC) initiative, and new efforts to ensure our members are kept up to date on new and emerging trends and innovations in our industry.
As many of our members know, MCAC is also proud to be known as the “Education Association” through the work of our Construction Education Council (CEC). We continue to identify new training opportunities and offer first-class seminars and programming across Canada. Since its inception, CEC has worked hard to offer outstanding training to our members from coast-to-coast, and we will continue to place emphasis on education and ongoing training for our members.
In all of these endeavours, we consistently meet with members and stakeholders to discuss how our efforts can help address the important issues impacting them.
Q – What message would you like to convey to MCAC members?
As a business owner in our industry, I am fully aware of many of the challenges and issues that our members face across Canada, and I am confident that we have the Board of Directors and national staff in place to help address these. I would encourage members to talk to your association representatives to ensure your voice is being heard, and to get involved with as many opportunities as possible at your local association. As I mentioned, our motto is “Building Smarter Together,” and I really believe that we are stronger and smarter when more of us are involved.
To that end, I want to make sure that I thank our members from coast-to-coast for their ongoing support of MCAC. It is a very exciting time for your national association, and I am looking forward to the positive progress we can make on your behalf and for the Canadian mechanical contracting industry.
MCAC Introduces its 2019/2020 Board of Directors
Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada Awards $25,000 in Scholarships
In total, 16 scholarships awarded across Canada to assist students in mechanical education streams
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) was pleased to award 16 scholarships to deserving students across Canada, amounting to $25,000 in financial assistance, as part of the Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series.
Since 2006, MCAC has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships, with the 2019 year marking the most significant amount to date. The program expanded in large part due to several MCAC Associate Members stepping up to provide their own scholarship funding through the program. These members included Federated, Taco Comfort Solutions, Franke Kindred, OS&B, Bradford White Canada, Masco, Wolseley Canada, Uponor, and RWC. New this year, several contracting firms have added to the list of contributors, DMS Industrial Constructors, Lowe Mechanical, and MCA Hamilton-Niagara. In addition, the broader Associate Membership of more than 100 members agreed to fund a single MCAC Associate scholarship.
As part of the program, scholarships are awarded to university, college and apprentice students studying in mechanical fields. As well, in conjunction with MCAC’s continued emphasis on women in construction, there are specific scholarships available for women studying in the mechanical field.
The following students received scholarship funding through the Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series in 2019:
- Bradford White Canada – Thomas MacDonald, University of Guelph
- DMS Industrial Constructors Inc.- Jamal Wood, NWCC – Coast Mountain College
- Federated Insurance – Manuel Lemos, McMaster University
- Franke Kindred – Jesse Holmes, Sask Polytech
- MASCO Canada/Delta Faucet – Taylor Davies, McGill University
- MCAC Associates Council – Jason Dales, McMaster University
- OS&B – Thomas MacDonald, University of Guelph
- Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) – Kristin Bennett, McMaster University
- Taco Comfort Solutions – Christine Yaromich, University of Toronto
- Uponor (Dan Kirkpatrick Scholarship)
- Sarah Kennedy, University of Waterloo
- Stacey Maddox, Memorial University
- Kirstin Bennett, McMaster University
- Mina Arabkhedri, BCIT
- Taylor Campbell, Wilfrid Laurier University
- Wolseley Canada – Braedon Grace, College of the North Atlantic
- Women in Mechanical Construction, sponsored by MCAHN – Kristin Bennett, McMaster University
- Women in Mechanical Construction, sponsored by Lowe Mechanical – to be announced shortly
More information about the MCAC Richard McKeagan Scholarship Series, managed through MCAC’s Construction Education Council, is available online at www.mcac.ca/cec/scholarships/.
Almost $8,000 Raised for MCAC’s Charity of Choice!
#MCAC In Music City
2019 Conference Recap – Nashville, Tennessee
MCA Canada’s 78th Annual National Conference in Nashville provided unforgettable experiences and a fantastic education program. Combined with the great networking opportunities throughout the week, the MCAC National Conference once again proved to be a “can’t miss” event.
In total, more than 300 delegates from across Canada joined MCAC in Music City!
Thank you all who joined us, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Thank You to Our 2019 Conference Partners
Supporters and Partners
- Anvil International
- Black & McDonald
- Bradford White Canada
- Jonas Software
- M.A. Stewart & Sons Ltd.
- MCA Kitchener-Waterloo
- MCA Newfoundland and Labrador
- MCA Ontario
- Milwaukee Tools
- Ontario Pipe Trades Council
- Peak Mechanical
- RF Contracting
- Taco Comfort Solutions
- Team Builder Solutions
- Thermal Insulation Association of Canada
- Wolseley Canada