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Employee Spotlight: Labour Managers

Posted on April 6, 2021

Our Labour Managers play a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of Modern Niagara’s business, as well as promoting a positive, productive, and safe culture among our field staff. To highlight the work of these dedicated individuals, we reached out to Ken Richmond and Dave Ross, two Labour Managers at Modern Niagara Alberta, who spoke to us about the… Read more »

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Employee Spotlight: Megan Mathes

Posted on March 31, 2021

Since 2009, March 31 has marked the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day celebrating transgender and gender non-conforming people in our communities. Today, March 31, 2021, in honour of this special occasion, we celebrate the story and work of Megan Mathes, General Manager of Building Services leading Modern Niagara’s services team in Calgary and Edmonton. Megan announced… Read more »

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Employee Spotlight: International Women’s Day

Posted on March 8, 2021

According to reports produced in the past few years*, women make up 12 per cent of the workforce in the construction industry in Canada. The vast majority of these women support Canada’s infrastructure in off-site, office-based roles. In fact, women in the trades who are employed on job sites make up just four per cent… Read more »

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Employee spotlight: Lane Campbell and Anthony Tacconelli

Posted on February 11, 2021

Modern Niagara is currently looking for new Estimators to join our growing team of talented professionals in Southwestern Ontario. As such, this seemed the perfect opportunity to reach out to Lane Campbell (Chief Estimator at Modern Niagara) and Anthony Tacconelli (Senior Estimator) to share their experiences about navigating the trades industry and working in Modern’s estimating department.  Lane Campbell first entered the trades as a teenager and found his way… Read more »

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Employee spotlight: Tyson Stewart

Posted on February 3, 2021

Our employee profiles provide the perfect opportunity to introduce some of our dedicated professionals and share their unique stories. Recently, we spoke with Tyson Stewart, a Sheet Metal Apprentice at Modern Niagara’s Ottawa shop, who shared his story about entering the trades, the experience of juggling both his apprenticeship and work as a referee, and his incredible experience officiating at the 2021 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Tyson first started his journey in the trades through an HVAC program at Algonquin College in Ottawa.   “I started in the trades when I was 21, when I went to Algonquin College and… Read more »

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Team Spotlight: Sam Huber and Kent Nedula

Posted on January 27, 2021

Modern Niagara Edmonton has a well-established tradition of delivering high-quality solutions to building owners and managers across the country and we are continuing to grow our Edmonton office with experienced professionals for upcoming projects. As such, we reached out to both Sam Huber and Kent Nedula, two Sheet Metal Apprentices from our Edmonton shop, who spoke about their journey into the trades, their experience… Read more »

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Employee spotlight: Ted Cottingham

Posted on January 6, 2021

Our team at Modern Niagara Edmonton have been delivering high-quality solutions to building owners and managers in the region since 2014. As we continue to grow our Edmonton office with experienced professionals for upcoming projects, it seemed the perfect opportunity to introduce one of our Sheet Metal Foremen, Ted Cottingham, who shared with us his story on how he began his career, as well as his work with Modern. Ted’s career in the construction industry began during his time at University, where he entered the trades during a summer job before his first semester of a Masters Program. 

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Team spotlight: Toronto site administration team

Posted on December 17, 2020

As we prepare to enter a new year, it is important to look back and reflect on the determination of our teams across the country, as well as the changes they had to make in order to persevere through this challenging period. We reached out to some of our Site Administrators from Modern Niagara’s Toronto… Read more »

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Top 3 assumptions preventing businesses from leveraging energy incentive programs today

Posted on December 9, 2020

Many facility and operation managers are facing a similar problem today: making a compelling business case for addressing aging facility infrastructure to senior leadership. In many instances, if an air handler or heating system isn’t directly contributing to a revenue generating activity, the ROI and payback period can appear unfavourable when compared to an investment… Read more »

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5 strategies to consider to achieve a net zero building (NZB)

Posted on November 20, 2020

What do you think contributes more to Canada’s carbon emissions: passenger cars or buildings? Surprisingly, the answer is buildings.

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Employee spotlight: Miriam Jordi

Posted on October 29, 2020

October marks the annual Women’s History Month celebration in Canada. The theme of this year’s celebration, #BecauseOfYou, focuses on the lasting impact that women have made, and continue to make, on this country.[1] This month of celebration provides the perfect opportunity for us to introduce Miriam Jordi, one of our many dedicated and talented tradespeople… Read more »

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Modern Niagara’s Mental Health & Well-being Manifesto

Posted on October 7, 2020

We at Modern Niagara recognize our important role in contributing towards mental health awareness. Our efforts to address this issue have also been galvanized by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and all the changes it has forced on our people and our work during these times. The present circumstances, combined with the ongoing necessity to address… Read more »

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Employee Spotlights: Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020

Posted on October 6, 2020

Modern Niagara is not only committed to supporting the wellbeing of our employees through the more traditional dimensions of health and safety, but also by addressing the often-underplayed issue of mental health. As such, Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020 provides the perfect opportunity to highlight some of our dedicated Modern team members, who participated in… Read more »

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4 strategies for cleaner air

Posted on October 2, 2020

With COVID-19 and social distancing now a common reality, and the winter and flu season unfolding quickly across the country, we are spending far more time indoors. In the midst of this pandemic, it is now more imperative than ever that we explore and apply ways to reduce the presence and transmission of microorganisms and pathogens in indoor air. In order to do so, improvements to the HVAC systems in our buildings are necessary. Here are five proven strategies for improving indoor air quality.

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R22 refrigerant replacement amid 2020 import and production ban

Posted on August 27, 2020

As R22 supply becomes limited, commercial and industrial building operators across Canada are looking for cost-effective solutions that minimize impact to their daily operations. We are actively working with customers to address R22 based equipment and can work with owners and operators to determine energy efficient solutions that meet operational needs.

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A preview of Modern Niagara’s residential projects in Ottawa

Posted on August 18, 2020

Modern Niagara is working on a number of residential projects in the Ottawa region. These buildings are designed to cater to the city’s growth and meet the needs of its neighborhoods, communities, and its people. Among those are 3 key developments that will become the home of people from all ages and backgrounds.

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Employee spotlight: Scott Lafontaine

Posted on August 10, 2020

At Modern Niagara, we have a rich history of working on residential high-rises in the Ottawa region. As we continue to grow our team of experienced professionals for upcoming projects, it seemed the perfect opportunity to introduce one of our Sheet Metal Foremen, Scott Lafontaine, who shared with us his story on how he began his career as well as his work with Modern.

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4 activities to consider for your manufacturing facility in the new normal

Posted on July 23, 2020

Industrial and manufacturing facility operators are under enormous pressure to keep a lid on operating expenses, justify capital expenditures, and keep production moving. It’s a tough job at the best of times despite how advanced building systems have become. On top of that, the impact of COVID-19 has created new challenges for profitability and productivity… Read more »

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From 3D model to machine: Modern Niagara finds innovative ways to manufacture building system parts

Posted on June 26, 2020

At Modern Niagara, our teams are constantly looking for innovative ways to transform our processes towards higher efficiency, motivated by a need and desire to have a positive impact on Canada’s infrastructure and our communities. For the Virtual Design & Construction department, this means leveraging opportunities that make the engineered concepts fabricable and installable in… Read more »

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Energy benchmarking: An opportunity to save energy and costs

Posted on June 17, 2020

As a result of COVID-19-related public health guidelines, many buildings across Canada are operating with significantly reduced occupancy. For building operators, this is an opportunity!

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The faces of Modern Niagara: Meet 3 of our VDC designers

Posted on June 12, 2020

Lopa Shah Growing up with a father who is a mechanical engineering consultant, CAD sketches and drawings were a familiar sight for Lopa Shah at a very young age. As a child, she knew she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and ultimately work with CAD drawings and virtual models. Lopa started her career… Read more »

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Mental Health Resources

Posted on May 4, 2020

Modern Niagara is committed to supporting our team’s mental health and wellness. At times of high levels of stress and mental health vulnerability, tending to your mental health becomes more important than ever. Here, we gather reliable and trusted resources and strategies to support you through maintaining your mental health throughout the COVID-19 situation. If… Read more »

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Challenging career stereotypes this International Women’s Day

Posted on March 8, 2020

Every day of the year, Modern Niagara strives to ensure that all individuals are presented with equal opportunities. Watch the first of many career path stories of Modern employees.

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2019: A Year in Review

Posted on January 14, 2020

A run down of Modern Niagara’s greatest achievements in 2019 with examples of their positive impact on energy costs and the environment.

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Modern Niagara gives back to local communities this holiday season

Posted on December 30, 2019

Employees across the country spent the 2019 holiday season giving back to their local communities.

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