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2017 MARS Annual General Meeting *Note Date Change*

The Manufacturers Association for Relocatable Structures– MARS will be holding its Annual General Meeting on November 22, 2017. The meeting and associated events include the AGM, and reception and dinner.

Date: November 22, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm – Annual General Meeting
5:00 pm – Reception
6:00 pm – Dinner

Location: Delta Edmonton South Hotel – Edmonton, AB

To register or secure a sponsorship opportunity, please complete the below form and return it to info@marsassociation.ca.

AGM Registration Form

Event Sponsored by the Following:
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GLP Canada

2017 MARS Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Thursday, June 8, 2017
River Bend Golf & Recreation Area
Red Deer, Alberta

Registration and sponsorship for the MARS Annual Charity Golf Tournament is now open!

To register a team or to secure a sponsorship opportunity, please complete the Registration
Form and forward by email to info@marsassociation.ca.

Please direct all questions regarding the tournament to Roger Lemieux at 780-862-7755.

Registration & Sponsorship Form

October/December 2016 Update

Events

MARS held its Annual General Meeting on November 1, 2016 at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel. Due to the economic conditions the industry finds itself in, the events were scaled back to the AGM itself and a reception. Quorum was achieved and the business of the organization was carried out including a review of the results of the September 2016 member survey. The new Board of Directors will consist of the following individuals:

Chairman - Craig Mitchell, Britco LP
Vice Chair - Wes Patterson, Brokel Industries Inc.
Director - Larry Roeske, Alta-Fab
Director - Ron Hegdahl, BCT Structures INC.
Director - Dustin Olson, Skyline Building Systems Inc.
Director - Kelly Babichuk, Atco Structures & Logistics
Director - Mark Armstrong, Black Diamond Group
Director - Graham Schulte, GNS Industrial Trailer Services

 

Honourary Members Committee

Due to the scaling back of the AGM events the presentation of honourary memberships was postponed until later in 2017. Watch for a future announcement on this matter and you are encouraged to plan and attend to support the individuals who were instrumental in establishing MARS.

New Strategic Plan

The association will be developing a new three year strategic plan in January 2017. The previous plan reached a conclusion this past year. Input into the new plan will include the results of the September 2016 member survey and a planning session to take place on the 16 & 17 of January in Edmonton. Any members wishing to participate in the planning session are encouraged to contact the MARS office.

Technical Committee Update For 2016

Overview – The primary focus in relation to the technical direction of the MARS Technical Committee has been to support in whatever way possible the creation of a National Standard for Relocatable Structures. This was and is being carried out in conjunction with the successful applicant, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) who are contracted to manage by the Standards Council of Canada as per contract with MARS. Part 10 has been used as a “seed document” as a start to build this Standard which will be referred to as CAN/UL, 2600 Standard for Relocatable Structures.

2016 Key Actions and Events in the creation of a National Standard for Relocatable Structures

  1. Based on the majority of the recommendations for panel expertise from MARS, a Standards Technical Panel (STP) was created by UL to begin carrying out creating a new Standard.
  2. MARS provided UL with a substantial size parking lot list of current and future concerns as it related to what we had experienced from our Alberta Part 10 as a back drop to our current industry compliance status.
  3. UL using Alberta’s Part 10 as the starting document, converted the Part 10 code into “Standards” format for the Standards Technical Panel (STP) to review as the starting point.
  4. Following a number of conference calls and a 2 day face to face panel working session, basic adjustments that could be made to this first addition standard were covered off and incorporated. This needed to follow a strict timeline in order for the required steps to be covered in order to meet the contract March 2017 deadline for Standard to be in place.

    IMPORTANT – The goal of MARS and UL was to meet the contract date of March 2017 knowing that the actual first addition Standard was basically a rewrite of current Part 10. The addressing of the various concerns and forward thinking noted in the Parking Lot list would be forth coming in the second addition. After March 2017, UL would be responsible for building of the second addition. UL Team and MARS consensus was that this was the best opportunity to build more credibility into this National Standard as this would put us in a favorable submission position for adoption into the National Building Code.

  5. 1. Following #4 actions, the panel immediately began working on the second addition of the national standard. A number of small task groups were set up to research and debate specific issues for version #2 (examples are walkways, firewalls, clustering of units, categorization of units, other). This would end 2016.

The Underwriters Laboratories of Canada under a mandate from the Standards Council of Canada, is progressing nicely in the early stages of advancing the new National reference Standard for Relocatable Structures.  A review panel from across the country, made up of representatives from industry, government, and specialists, is being assembled which will guide the development of the standard. They plan to meet in their first face to face meeting in late October to review the first draft of Alberta’s Part 10 Code seed document conversion to a Standards document submitted by Underwriters Laboratories.

This has been deemed to be a critical project for the industry regardless of the current economic conditions. Its development will bring new recognition for the modular relocatable structure industry across Canada and even into the U.S.

2017 Key Actions and Events – National Standard for Relocatable Structures – CAN/UL, 2600

  1. With the UL target deadline of end of February/March, the STP will be working on the next priority group of parking lot list issues for inclusion in the second addition. Any issues/concerns after that can still be worked on but will go into the second version standard as a revision to.
  2. A second 2 day Standards Technical Panel face to face working session to finalize second version changes is set for February 21st and 22nd.
  3. A final STP ballot will confirm to UL to move the second addition forward to the necessary steps in order to be in a position to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 National Building Code.
  4. During the course of the summer, any public or other comments returned to UL requesting change will be considered by the STP for change and then consensus thereafter for the change if it is proposed as such.

In conclusion, we are fortunate to have expertise both directly and indirectly that has seen the value in this initiative and have been genuinely engaged in supporting this process.

Members Web Site Update

Have you checked out your corporate information on the MARS web site recently? Make sure the company contacts and related information are current and that you are listed in the Products and Services Directory under the appropriate categories. Contact the MARS office with any update requirements.

MARS Donation

MARS received a thank you for the proceeds of the June 2016 golf tournament which were directed to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. (See below)

Beverley Sawchuk, with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Craig Mitchell Chairman, MARS

Beverley Sawchuk, with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Craig Mitchell Chairman, MARS

Have a wonderful Christmas season and a happy New Year!!

August/September 2016 Update

Events

The Manufacturers Association for Relocatable Structures– MARS will be holding its Annual General Meeting on November 1st, 2016. The meeting and associated events include the AGM, a trade show and reception and a dinner.

Date: November 1st, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM – Annual General Meeting
5:00 PM – Trade Show and Reception (Sponsored by the Exhibitors)
6:30 PM – Dinner & Guest Speaker – T.B.A.
Location: Delta Edmonton South Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballroom – Main Floor, 4404 Gateway Blvd. Edmonton AB.
Hotel Rooms: MARS has a limited block of hotel rooms available; contact the hotel at 780-434-6415
Cost per Person: Dinner – $95.00; AGM, Trade Show – No Charge

Honourary Members Committee

The Honourary Members Nominations committee, chaired by Paul Kirkland, reviewed all applications and forwarded their results to the MARS Board of Directors for final ratification. The 2016 inductees into MARS Honourary Membership include: Walter Kmet – Atco Structures, Sid Braaksma – Northgate Industries, Ron Yates – Travco, Ray Tailefer – Alta-Fab Industries, and Fred Newman – Custom Structures. The induction ceremony will take place at the AGM dinner in November to which all inductees have been invited. If you are interested in serving on the committee or have any questions on the process please contact Paul directly at 780-935-850.

Technical Committee Update

The Underwriters Laboratories of Canada under a mandate from the Standards Council of Canada, is progressing nicely in the early stages of advancing the new National reference Standard for Relocatable Structures.  A review panel from across the country, made up of representatives from industry, government, and specialists, is being assembled which will guide the development of the standard. They plan to meet in their first face to face meeting in late October to review the first draft of Alberta’s Part 10 Code seed document conversion to a Standards document submitted by Underwriters Laboratories.

This has been deemed to be a critical project for the industry regardless of the current economic conditions. Its development will bring new recognition for the modular relocatable structure industry across Canada and even into the U.S.

Members Web Site Update

Have you checked out your corporate information on the MARS web site recently? Make sure the company contacts and related information are current and that you are listed in the Products and Services Directory under the appropriate categories. Contact the MARS office with any update requirements.

MARS Donation

MARS received a thank you poster from the Canadian Red Cross for its $1000.00 donation to the Fort McMurray fire recovery.

Red-Cross-Thank-You

June/July 2016 Update

Events

The MARS Golf Tournament was held on June 23, 2016 at the Red Deer, River Bend Golf & Recreational Area. Given the economic conditions the event was very successful with some 48 golfers registered, as opposed to 72 in better times in 2014. The weather conditions were ideal, the golf course in superb condition and the meal following the golf was excellent. Although the prize contributions were down, as expected, those present dug deep to support the chosen charity, the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. Final financial details will be announced in the next newsletter. Roger Lemieux (VIPCO) graciously accepted to chair the event again this year and did his usual yeoman effort. We all appreciated his efforts this year particularly since he couldn’t golf. Thanks to all the golfers and the sponsors for your ongoing support.

Information regarding the date and location of the 2016 Annual General Meeting and associated activities this fall will be announced in the next few weeks.

Honourary Members Committee

The Honourary Members Nominations committee, chaired by Paul Kirkland, will be accepting honouree applications for 2016 until July 29, 2016.They will review all applications and forward their results to the MARS Board of Directors for final ratification. If you know of someone who would qualify please complete the nominations form and forward it to MARS.

If you are interested in serving on the committee or have any questions on the process please contact Paul directly at 780-935-8504.

Technical Committee Update

As noted in the last couple of newsletters MARS has now entered into a contract with the Standards Council of Canada to have developed a national reference standard using an updated Part 10 as a guide. A RFP for accredited standards developers was released by the Standards Council and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) was the successful developer chosen. Initial material review and organizational matters between the Council, UL and MARS have been initiated.

The development process with the Standards Council is very detailed and extensive and will require some time to advance. The MARS contract with the Council calls for the entire project to be completed by the end of March 2017.

This has been deemed to be a critical project for the industry regardless of the current economic conditions. Its development will bring new recognition for the modular relocatable structure industry across Canada and even into the U.S.

Members Web Site Update

Have you checked out your corporate information on the MARS web site recently? Make sure the company contacts and related information are current and that you are listed in the Products and Services Directory under the appropriate categories. Contact the MARS office with any update requirements.

Web Site Advertising

Advertising page banners (see the spaces at www.marsassociation.ca) are available on the MARS web site. Contact Roger Soucy at the MARS office for details.

MARS 2016 Golf Tournament winning team
MARS-2016-Golf-Winning-Team

Roger Soucy (far right) presenting awards to Chris Gibbs, Vincent Myers, Wes Patterson, and Bob Amyott.

April/May 2016 Update

Events

The dinner meeting held on April 27, 2016 at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel & Conference Centre was a real success given the economic situation faced by the industry. Some 45 attendees participated representing 25 member companies. A presentation by Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, a professor at the U of A – Hole School of Construction Engineering was well received. Dr. Al-Hussein researches and consults to industry in the areas of modular and offsite construction, lean manufacturing and construction process optimization. His presentation included offsite prefabrication and industrialization of construction practice, technological innovations in prefabrication of construction and systems and manufacturing technologies – products and components.

The MARS Golf Tournament will be held on June 23, 2016 at the Red Deer, River Bend Golf & Recreational Area. As noted in a recent notice sent to the membership we would like everyone to register as early as possible so that we know we have a viable tournament and don’t lose our deposit. We are also looking for a major door prize and other prizes. Roger Lemieux (VIPCO) has graciously accepted to chair the event again this year. All questions regarding the tournament should be directed to him. Details and registration forms are available on the MARS web site or through the MARS office. Thanks for your ongoing support.

Honourary Members Committee

The MARS Board of Directors, in follow-up to the discussions at the Annual General meeting, has established a committee which will be responsible for sourcing and vetting candidates to receive honourary memberships in MARS. The Honourary Members Nominations committee, chaired by Paul Kirkland, will review all applications and forward their results to the MARS Board of Directors for final ratification. If you know of someone who would qualify please complete the nominations form and forward it to MARS.

If you are interested in serving on the committee please contact Paul directly at 780-935-8504.

Applications will be accepted for 2016 until July 29, 2016. Nominations forms, which include the qualifications, are now available through the MARS office and will also be available shortly as a download from the MARS web site.

Technical Committee Update

As noted in the last newsletter MARS has now entered a contract with the Standards Council of Canada to have developed a national reference standard using an updated Part 10 as a guide. An RFP for accredited standards developers was released by the Standards Council with the return date of April 22, 2016. A Standards Council appointed committee, with MARS representation, will evaluate the proposals the next week followed by the selection of the winning bid in the next two weeks. A contract will then be established with the winning developer. The development process with the Standards Council is very detailed and extensive and will require some time to advance. The MARS contract with the Council calls for the entire project to be completed by the end of March 2017.

This is about 3 months longer than we had discussed with you at the AGM last October but will represent a very solid standard with national recognition. The standard will be vetted by various interested federal and provincial government entities as well as technical agencies such as fire Marshalls. MARS will have representation throughout the development process.

The cost for this project has not been fixed at this moment as the RFP selection process has to be completed. However, all the costs will be covered through funds currently held by MARS. Initial estimates were in the $75,000 to $125,000 dollar range. As part of the RFP commitments the developers are obliged to maintain the standard going forward.

This has been deemed to be a critical project for the industry regardless of the current economic conditions. Its development will bring new recognition for the relocatable industry across Canada and even into the U.S.

Members Web Site Update

Have you checked out your corporate information on the MARS web site recently? Make sure the company contacts and related information are current and that you are listed in the Products and Services Directory under the appropriate categories. Contact the MARS office with any update requirements.

Web Site Advertising

Advertising page banners (see the spaces at www.marsassociation.ca) are available on the MARS web site. Contact Roger Soucy at the MARS office for details.