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 MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


ECAO1Jan72020.jpgAs we enter a new decade, I am filled with optimism for ECAO, our members, and our partners. While it could be reasonably assumed that such optimism arrives naturally with each new year and/or decade, it is far more than the change of the calendar that has me excited for 2020. The manner in which we closed 2019, our successes and growth during that year, and the tremendous dedication and commitment from our staff, members, and partners have us headed for a very memorable year upcoming.

If you have been at any of our events or read any of our dispatches over the past two years you will know that we are working hard to build our community; our entire community, and that we are moving from an era of cooperation to one of collaboration. It is this move to collaboration that excites me most- a collaboration with our members, among members, with and among our local ECAs and Affiliate Partners, with our labour partners, our customers, and government. I am confident that ECAO and our community are poised to, and will, lead the electrical construction and maintenance industry in 2020 and decade of the 20’s.

As we build our profile, grow our expertise, and strengthen our influence I believe it is also important that we take a much more aggressive and expansive approach to tell our story. There is little doubt that our significantly increased presence on social media, our greater participation in the construction industry, and our heightened appearance in the community is aiding in our telling the Province (and others) who we are. Nonetheless, we want to undertake a little more “marketing”, and one quick and easy step in this regard is the advertising of our projects. “The Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are lighting up communities everywhere. Yet few realize the important role they play behind the scenes.” This is from the Powering Communities website, and echoes the understanding that we have gleaned from travels across the Province recently; and it is our goal to change the few to many, and the presentation of our projects to the many is a key component. Ergo, we ask that you send in pictures and descriptions of ECAO-member projects that have helped to power our communities to Cathy Frederickson ( cfrederickson@ecao.org ). We want to utilize these pictures and descriptions of your tremendous work in our newsletters, magazine, presentations to the government (and others), our website, the Powering Communities website, and events. In other words, let’s tell our stories together- collaboratively.

I am also very encouraged with the manner in which our relationship with our partners, labour and others, continues to grow and flourish. This clearly demonstrates the sincerity of words and commitment to our community by all of our members. Most importantly, these words are now manifesting to actions; collaborative ventures between ECAO and the IBEW/CCO, as well as with our Affiliate Partners and other industry colleagues. We also plan on ensuring that many hear of these undertakings by ECAO and our community.

It may be that you have heard and read many reports of optimism simply as a result of the year and decade changing. You have now read about optimism founded on the building of a community, about optimism based on collaborative relationships throughout a community, about the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario. Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

R. Graeme Aitken
Executive Director


 ECAO EVENTS


ECAO 2020 ANNUAL INDUSTRY CONFERENCE- PRAGUE #ECAOPRAGUE
ECAO

Conference Speakers

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David Meade (Keynote Speaker)

David Meade is a first-class honours graduate from Ulster Business School. His work as a lecturer and researcher in International Business and Strategy, has built his reputation as one of Europe’s most sought after motivational and organizational speakers, trainers, and facilitators. Over 85% percent of David’s time is spent working at the executive level, motivating and inspiring some of the largest and most diverse organizations. David works with clients to help them improve business operations and performance, by working with all levels within an organization. He receives acclaim for clients that recognize the strong business value he offers organizations.

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Kristopher Lengieza

Kristopher Lengieza is the Director of Business Development at Procore. Kristopher will address how contractors can prepare themselves for future technological changes happening in construction. We are also working on securing a speaker from Europe-ON which was previously European Electrical Contractors AEI, to provide details on the European system for the training of electrical workers.

Early Bird Deadline is January 31st, 2020. Register before the deadline date and get a chance to win free hotel room upgrade!

Don't Wait and Register Today - www.inscriptweb.com/ecaoprague2020

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ECAO 2020 AGM - OTTAWA
ECAO

Join us in Canada’s Capital for our 2020 Annual General Meeting. This welcoming and beautiful city is a place where summer is a season of celebration, and the stories of Canada are revealed around every corner. Bring your partner and arrive early or stay a few extra days after and experience all that Ottawa has to offer! Summer high temperatures average 24–27 ˚C (75–81 °F).

More details coming soon!

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 ECAO SEMINARS & TRAINING


ECAO Affiliate Partner 4S Consulting Offering Exclusive Program
ECAO

ECAO Contractor Members can get WSIB rebates under the new Safety Excellence Program. If you are interested in being a part of an exclusive group of ECAO electrical contractors in helping you get your 2019 rebate, please contact Cathy Frederickson at cfrederickson@ecao.org.

4S Consulting is offering to host 3 half-day seminars for contractors to help them prepare the applications for the rebate.


AI - Coming to the Construction Industry- Webinar by icinfo
ECAO

Date: Wednesday January 15, 2020
Time: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

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We all know that cognitive learning – be it artificial intelligence, deep learning or machine learning - are at the center of innovation.

Claudia Mamros, ECAO Affiliate Partner from icinfo will give us a glimpse into the future and then open discussions to unveil how data and its use will impact transportation, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, government, politics, entertainment, retail, the arts, criminal justice, security, defense, and communication. These industries will be transformed.

As Andrew Ng puts it, “Data is the new electricity of the 21st century.” This session will explore how data will impact the way we live, work, think, and interact with each other. To register please contact Cathy Frederickson at cfrederickson@ecao.org.


Dr. Awad Hanna Seminars on Construction Project Management and Top Habits of High Performing Foremen
ECAO

Dr. Awad Hanna is back again next year in February to conduct his two-day Construction Project Management course and Top Habits of High Performing Foremen. 

Please contact Cathy at cfrederickson@ecao.org. All seminars will have a continental breakfast, working lunch and free parking.

  • February 26, Top Habits of High Performing Foremen
  • February 27 & 28, Construction Project Management

Location: ECAO Offices, 10 Carlson Crt., Suite 702, M9W 6L2 | Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


 INDUSTRY NEWS


#FillTheToolbox engagement and fundraising campaign launched by Skills Ontario
CONSTRUCT CONNECT

The goal of the #FillTheToolbox campaign is to give young people in Ontario the tools to learn about career opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies, says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario.

Skills Ontario launched the engagement campaign recently to raise funds and awareness. The campaign coincides with the 30th anniversary of Skills Ontario.

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OCS Research Studies 
ICI CONSTRUCTION

ecao6jan72020.pngThe Research Team at the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) thought it was the perfect time to remind the stakeholders about the numerous research initiatives completed over the past twelve months. If you may have missed one or two of the reports, please click here to access all the reports.


Review your New WSIB Rate
EMPLOYER ADVISOR

In 2019, you should have received a letter from WSIB outlining your new rate as of January 1, 2020 as well as your projected rate. 

If you did not get the letter, call WSIB and request a copy: 1-800-387-0750. You can also request an extended statement that will provide details on how the premium rate was calculated, the adjustments made based on claims experience, and a breakdown of claims costs.

It is important that you review your rate. If you believe the information in your letter is incorrect, contact WSIB as soon as possible at employeraccounts@wsib.on.ca.

You can also contact the Office of the Employer Advisor. They are planning to conduct webinars for Employers and more information can be found at www.employeradvisor.ca or by calling 1-800-387-0774.


Certi-Fire- Fire Alarm Distance Learning Level 1 and 3 Coming this Spring
CENTRIFIRE

Registration for Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Distant Learning Levels 1 and 3 are now open!!

The commencement dates for Level 1 and 3 are below:

  • Level 1: January 21, 2020
  • Level 3: March 12, 2020

Both the courses start at 6:30 in the evening. Participants are required to have an internet connection in order to attend the course via “Go to Meeting.” They can connect through a computer, laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone.

Spots are limited! For registration and more information please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at contactus@certifire.org or 1-800-387-3226.

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SHERRARD KUZZ LLP | Employment & Labour Lawyers:  HReview Breakfast Seminar
SHERRARD KUZZ LLP

Just What the Doctor Ordered: An Annual Labour and Employment Check-Up for Employers

As every HR professional will attest, employment and labour law are changing at a rapid pace. Compound that with a wide range of annual (and sometimes more frequent) employment-related administrative requirements, and the world of an HR professional can be overwhelming. The good news is we can help by working with you to design a range of compliance audits and checklists to keep you on track and on top of the law. Join us as we break down our Annual Labour and Employment Check-Up for Employers:

1. Employment Standards

  • What employment standards-related agreements must be in writing?
  • What records must be maintained?
  • Which requirements are best suited for an annual audit?

2. Human Rights & Accessibility

  • When are policies and training required? When are they recommended?
  • What and when are the filing obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?

3. Workplace Safety & Insurance and Occupational Health & Safety

  • What are the record-keeping, posting and reporting obligations?
  • What policies, programs, and training must be reviewed annually?
  • What are the inspection and risk assessment obligations?
  • Which requirements are best suited for an annual audit?

4. Employment Agreements

  • Which provisions of an employment agreement should be reviewed annually?
  • How to implement a new and updated employment agreement with an existing employee.
DATE & TIME Wednesday February 26, 2020; 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.  (Breakfast 7:30 am; program 8:00 am)
LOCATION Hazelton Manor - 99 Peelar Road, Concord ON
COST Complimentary
REGISTER By Monday, February 17, 2020, at https://www.sherrardkuzz.com/events/?data-category=hreview

SHERRARD KUZZ LLP | Employment & Labour Lawyers
250 Yonge Street, Suite 3300, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2L7
Main 416.603.0700 | 24 Hour 416.420.0738 | Fax 416.603.6035
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 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATES


IHSA PPE Webinar 
INFRASTRUCTURE HEALTH & SAFETY ASSOCIATION (IHSA)

ecao10jan72020.pngBe prepared for the personal protective equipment inspection blitz beginning this month. IHSA and the Ministry of Labour are co-hosting a one-hour webinar for workplaces in the construction sector. The webinar takes place on January 16 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. 

Registration is limited to the first 200 registrants.

Follow this link to register.


Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario: 2018-2019 Annual Report 
ONTARIO.CA

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has published its 2018-19 Health and Safety Annual Report: Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario (April 2018 - March 2019)

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Local MPP Hon. Monte McNaughton, Ontario Labour Minister, eyes Skilled Trades as 2020 Top Priority
STRATFORD BEACON HERALD

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Tackling the critical shortage of skilled tradespeople in Ontario is the No. 1 priority of Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton for the coming year.

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 MEMBER BENEFITS


Scorpion Track

Scorpiontrack is a Canadian Fleet Management Company that has a solution for small to large businesses. The partnership offers us the opportunity to introduce our product and service to the ECAO community. It can become increasingly difficult to manage vehicles and keep drivers safe as a business grows. A typical over-the-road fleet can spend up to 40% of its time idling, with a leadfoot driver using up to 15 - 20% more fuel than the average driver. Drivers who know their behavior is being monitored tend to perform according to company and Ministry of Transport standards, which can reduce accidents and damage to vehicles, equipment, and freight.

Scorpiontrack fleet and asset tracking can help ECAO members manage — and even accelerate — the growth of their business by tracking their vehicles and delivering the information they need to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and improve driving behavior. Selecting the right solution for a business is critical to helping them get the results they want based on the goals they have set.

Below are the ECAO rates. For more information please contact Rita Taliana at 905-577-7267 or rita.taliana@scorpiontrack.ca

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Park N Fly

ecao8jan72020.pngStart and end your trip at Park’N Fly, Canada’s leading airport parking company. With a network that spans coast-to-coast, we currently operate in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, and Halifax. Our goal is to provide our customers with cost-effective parking options while enjoying a park happy experience with every stay.

ECAO is all set up with Park’N Fly. Please use the discount number- 192679. All ECAO members must go to one of Park'N Fly's 7 facilities across the country and simply check out with the discount code provided.


Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Westin Toronto Airport Hotel

ECAO has secured an individual traveler corporate rate for their members, we encourage our members to utilize the special rates. Please check the rates below:

  • Sheraton Toronto Airport, 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, M9W 1J5. Phone: (416) 675-6100

How to book: Send an e-mail to reservations@sheratontorontoairport.com or call 1-866-932-7058

The daily rates below are including complimentary high-speed internet access and local and toll-free phone calls.

Traditional Room Club Room
$202.00 + taxes $262.00 + taxes
  • Westin Toronto Airport, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, M9W 5N4. Phone: (416) 675-9444

How to book: Use this link: Book your corporate rate for Westin Toronto Airport Special Business Rate

The daily rates below are including complimentary high-speed internet access, and shuttle to/from Pearson Airport; also includes a 24 hours cancellation policy, prior to the date of arrival.

Traditional Room – City View
$185.00 + taxes

This allows savings for bookings of up to 9 rooms without the need for group codes or other administrative nuisances. Bookings can be made by contacting the chosen hotel directly and requesting ECAO corporate rate. Any questions can be directed to Audrey Iozelli, Office Administrator - aiozelli@ecao.org

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