Monthly Archives: September 2016

August/September 2016 Update


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.