2022 MCABC Business Conference & Trade Show



Day 1: May 31st

Good Morning! Sign in to the Conference, fuel yourself for the day, grab your cup of coffee and make your way in to the trade show area. Click here for Exhibitor information.

Thanks to our Day 1 Breakfast Sponsor, Aalberts Integrated Piping Systems and Coffee Sponsor, Watts Water Technologies.

Delegates head to the main stage for conference kickoff.

One-Degree Shifts: Building Tomorrow’s Greatest Places to Work

If there is one thing we’ve all learned in the past months, it is that the future is impossible to predict. Knowing that, how do we build teams that thrive in the weeks, months and years to come? The answer lies in one-degree shifts: small, consistent changes that enable teams to build trust, remove friction, and build a culture of innovation.

In this engaging, and takeaway-loaded presentation, workplace expert Eric Termuende shares what years of research, stories, and insights uncover about the one-degree shifts leaders use to adapt to an ever-changing world around them and build incredible teams. From Domino’s Pizza to the British Cycling Team, discover how the consistent application of small, incremental changes improves camaraderie, belonging, psychological safety, and engagement. While the future of work is certain to be uncertain, there is nothing to say we can’t still thrive in it.

In this presentation, attendees will learn the secret of a one-degree shift to:

  • Reduce friction and build trust
  • Increase effectiveness of remote/hybrid teams
  • Build a culture of innovation
  • Understand your role in creating a ‘greatest place to work’
  • Discover what cilantro teaches us about strong workplace culture
Eric Termuende

Attendees are invited to visit the trade show area and refuel on coffee before the next speaker.

Thanks to our Coffee Sponsor, Watts Water Technologies and our Trade Show Sponsor, FortisBC.

Bill Ferreira, Executive Director, BuildForce Canada, will share what the future looks like for our industry in BC. And he has the data to prove it!

Attendees are encouraged to visit our Exhibitor Area. Click here for Exhibitor information.

Thanks to our Trade Show Sponsor, FortisBC.

Details coming soon.

Attendees are encouraged to grab a coffee and visit our Trade Show Area.

Thanks to our Coffee Sponsor, Watts Water Technologies and our Trade Show Sponsor, FortisBC.

Details coming soon.

Kick off our Dinner + Comedy Night with a cocktail reception in the trade show area.

Thanks to our Trade Show Sponsor, FortisBC.

There’s no better way to cap off the first day of the conference than with a reception, three-course dinner and entertainment. Get ready for side-splitting belly laughs through the clever sketches and fast-paced improvisations of HADACIOUS starring Dan Joffre and team. Dan is a Canadian Comedy Award Winner and was twice declared Just for Laughs World Improv Champ. A dinner and not-to-be-missed comedy event caps off the first day. 

Audience Testimonials:

“It was the best laugh I have had in a long time. THANK YOU. IT WAS GREAT!”

“Fantastic, excellent, five thumbs up.”

Day 2: June 1

Good morning and welcome to Day 2! Grab your breakfast and network with friends and colleagues in the Trade Show and Coffee Lounge.

Thanks to our Coffee Sponsor, Watts Water Technologies and our Trade Show Sponsor, FortisBC.

Whether pursuing an opportunity or overcoming an obstacle, MCABC’s feature panel, Grand Slams, will showcase the successes and lessons learned by members who want to share their experiences to enable a strengthened mechanical contracting industry. Their stories are relevant, timely and real. Listen, learn and ask questions in MCABC’s first Grand Slams session.

Creative Approach to Succession Planning at Kal West Mechanical Systems

We’re all hearing the same message – planning for transitional change takes time. It also takes employee entrepreneurship, creativity and a commitment to the company’s continued success. This is where the past and current team at Kal-West Mechanical come in.

Founded in 1987 by MCABC Past President and Lifetime Member, John Davina, and now owned by a group of Kal-West employees (since 2018), the company brand attributes of quality and integrity shine strong. And so do its employee-owners!
Join Kal-West General Manager Keith Pearce and former Owner/President John Davina as they share their stories of how this new ownership model came together and how it will evolve going forward.

Corporate Culture and Employee Retention at Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems

You have likely heard the quote from legendary management consultant Peter Drucker that states, “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. However, sometimes we struggle to understand what it means in real life. While strategy is important, if you peel back the layers, it means that the culture you create in your company can be a better predictor of success than any fancy strategy. In short, company culture is about people-the people we want to engage and retain. We all value our employees and want to engage and retain the skilled tradespeople, project managers, and admin and support staff who keep our companies running in a very tight labour market. In this Grand Slam session, James Zelinski, Chief Administrative Officer at Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems, will talk about employee engagement and what PMP does to create its unique culture that is designed to retain its valued employees.

James Zelinski

Details coming soon.

This will be the last opportunity to visit the trade show area.

Thanks to our Coffee Sponsor, Watts Water Technologies and our Trade Show Sponsor, FortisBC.

Hard-Hitting Provincial Political Columnist, Vaughn Palmer

Vaughn Palmer’s hard-hitting columns have seen him cover the feats and follies of B.C.’s premiers for 30 years. To date, he has covered 10 BC premiers and counting. An award-winning journalist, Palmer has been the Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist, based in Victoria, since 1984. He also does a daily commentary on B.C. politics on radio station CKNW.

Palmer is the recipient of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation, a co-winner of the Jack Webster award for reporting, and a recipient of the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism from the Canadian Public Policy Forum.

For decades, Palmer has examined an extensive range of issues, policies and personalities that have come to define B.C.’s political scene.

Mixing wit and humour with insight, Palmer’s keynote address to MCABC delegates will be an up-to-the-minute update on the current state of affairs in our provincial political scene. Palmer will give particular focus to dynamics impacting the mechanical contracting industry, including the tight labour market and skilled labour shortage and climate mandates.

Vaughn Palmer

From MCABC CEO, Kim Barbero

For MCABC members only

For MCABC members only

Don’t miss MCABC’s Annual General Meeting which also includes lunch and a guest speaker.

Speaker: Kelly Scott, President at BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Assoc.

At the centre of the BC floods recovery efforts were the BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association and its members. A trusted information source on the news and throughout this event was Kelly Scott, President of the Association. Join us for this insightful case study that demonstrates the strength of a unified response that includes industry, government, local communities and their people.

That concludes our 2022 Business Conference and Trade Show!

Corporate Culture and Employee Retention at Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems