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ECAO Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 70s Reception

ECAO AGM and 70s night was a great success and fun was had by all.

Bill McKee was the recipient of the DJB Wright Award for his significant contributions to the electrical industry. Stay tuned for more AGM details in our upcoming issue of Ontario Electrical Contractor magazine.

Bill began his electrical career in 1964, and in 1988 opened Carleton Electric with partner Mark Conrad. Bill has been active with the Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa for over 30 years and has held many positions with them from Treasurer to President. Bill was also on the provincial ECAO Board of Directors as an active director for 16 years. Apart from giving back to his industry, Bill has been involved in promoting many sports teams in the Ottawa area, and continues to do so.

CEO and Registrar for the Ontario College of Trades, George Gritziotis was a key speaker at the ECAO’s AGM. He addressed key issues such as ratios and scopes of practice.

Thank you to our sponsors: Federated Insurance, ECA Central Ontario, ECA Hamilton, TJ Lloyd Electrical, Teksmed, icinfo, Lou Stranges & Associates, HealthSource Plus and Bandu Lakhani Campea LLP.

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ECAO Annual Industry Conference

Mark your calendar for September 25-29, 2019 for our next conference in Nashville Tennessee. Stay tuned for registration and early bird offers.


ECAO Hugh Carroll Safety Award Winners:

The State Group, BML Multi-Trades Group Ltd, Kudlak-Baird (1982) Limited, Mellon Inc. and Black and McDonald.


Graeme Aitken, Wes Pegg and Mark Lloyd.

ECAO Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following recipients of this year’s ECAO Scholarship Awards:

Matthew R. King, Courtney Norman, Bryan Marr and Rachel Norman.

Bryan Marr


 Labour News

Own Your Safety- Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA)


The ORCGA announced the first and only Utility Infrastructure Awareness program designed to train and educate individuals and organization on the complex utility locate process to manage their risk and be safe.

Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) is a non-profit organization that is working towards effectively eliminating damages to underground infrastructure through influential advocacy, meaningful education and impactful engagement and is also leading Ontario to enhance safety through the collaborative prevention of damage to underground infrastructure.

The ORCGA works to foster an environment of safety throughout Ontario for all workers and the public. This is accomplished by offering practical tools while promoting public awareness and compliance of best practices in regards to underground infrastructure and ground disturbance practices.

To Learn More about OWN Your Safety go to

 Industry News

Toronto architects join Microsoft IoT lab - September 13, 2018


Occupants working within spaces with the smart building technology by WZMH Architects interact with intelligent infrastructure through sensors triggered by touch, sound, and other interactive devices such as canes and mobiles. 

Image courtesy CNW Group/WZMH Architects.

Toronto-based WZMH Architects has been accepted into Microsoft’s global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs, a program designed to assist businesses in transforming the way people, devices, and data interact. The architecture firm developed a smart building technology designed to be integrated directly into the fabric of a structure—instead of applying it as an afterthought—with the goal of leveraging the connectivity of technology to help make buildings more energy efficient, user friendly, barrier free, accessible, and safe.


 Canadian Construction Association News 

Nominations now open for the 2018 CCA Awards of Excellence.


The CCA awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, organizations and projects that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry, whether through innovation, projects, or dedication to the industry. Nominations are now open until November 16. Visit for information on the awards, past years’ winners and to nominate a deserving. Nominate someone for an award.

Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) celebrates their 25 Anniversary

Robert Bronk, CEO of OCS opened the conference with TedTalk speaker Chris Cummins.


Panel discussions were held yesterday at the conference to feataure iron workers and talking about working with their contractors to enhance market share. They also shared news on opportunities and challenges presented by mega-projects...


 ECAO Upcoming Events - Save the Dates

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Town Halls on Risk Based Assessment

You're Invited: ESA Town Halls Are Coming To Your Area!

ESA is moving to Risk-based Oversight (RBO) for electrical wiring by 2020. We'd like your input on how these changes could affect you, your customers and your business. We will also like to review decisions made about the Authorized Contractor Program (ACP) in light of feedback received from the industry.

  • JOIN US at one of our Town Halls and provide feedback directly to ESA. Help us shape the future of electrical safety in Ontario
  • REGISTER for a RBO town hall in your area at
  • FREE There is no cost to attend the workshop. For those who are unable to attend, materials and information will be available online
  • ASK A TECHNICAL ADVISOR Q&A will be available to all RBO participants

Make sure to register today for a town hall near you by visiting!

North Bay:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1325 Seymour St.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am
Holiday Inn and Conference Centre 
20 Fairview Rd.
Thunder Bay:
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm
Valhalla Inn
1 Valhalla Inn Rd.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm 
Holiday Inn 
1696 Regent St.
Sault. Ste. Marie:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6 pm - 8:30pm
Water Town Inn
360 Great North Rd.
Monday, November 19, 2018
9 am - 11:30 am 
425 Bingemans Centre Dr.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm 
Tudor Hall
3750 Bowesville Road N.
Mississauga (2 sessions):
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am OR 6 pm - 8:30 pm 
Mississauga Grand
35 Brunei Rd.
Monday, November 5, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm
Ramada Kingston Hotels & Conference Centre
33 Benson St.
St. Catharines:
Thursday, November 22, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am 
Best Western
2 North Service Rd.
Monday, November 5, 2018
6 pm - 8:30 pm 
Edward Village Hotel 
50 East Valhalla Dr.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am
Best Western Lamplighter Inn 
591 Wellington Rd S.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
10 am - 12:30 pm
Best Western Otonabee Inn 
84 Lansdowne Street E.
Friday, November 30, 2018
9 am - 11: 30 am
Holiday Inn Ambassador Bridge 
1855 Huron Church Rd.

ESA will be looking for input from ECAO members on the Electrical Licensing of Contractors. ESA is planning to look to make changes in the upcoming years to make it more streamlined and efficient for contractors to get approved and renewed. If you have any comments please either send to Joe Kurpe or to Cathy Frederickson at

Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference


Preliminary program is available on conference website. View program.

Registration opens Monday September 24.

The conference website will be updated with all the conference-related information and you can register starting next Monday.

 Member Benefit Highlight

Ideal Industries Releases New SecuriTEST IP Tester

This product enables testers to install, test, troubleshoot and document IP/digital, HD coax and analogue CCTV camera systems with a single unit. It can also provide power to cameras via PoE or standard 12 V DC power using its internal Li-lon battery. 


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