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ECAO Annual General Meeting Niagara Falls October 23rd and 24th, Hilton Niagara Falls.

Join us this fall for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), being held at the Hilton Niagara Falls. This year we are excited to have the Joint Electrical Promotion Plan (JEPP) holding their meeting the day before and hopefully join us for the evening reception. Click here for registration and hotel details.

We have had a tremendous response from our members, affiliate partners and industry partners in sponsorship. We have a few more sponsorship opportunities available and if you are interested in promoting your support to the ECAO please contact Cathy Frederickson.

Our theme for this year’s reception is “The Great Gatsby” and we encourage attendees to dress in 1920s attire. Similar to last year, we will have a photo booth and a contest for the best dressed male and female.


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ECAO Annual Conference Nashville

The ECAO is finalizing the business speakers for Nashville. On Friday September 27 our speakers will be David Long, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) The National Electrical Contractors Association, and Lonnie Stephenson, International President IBEW. This will be a great opportunity for both our members and our Industry Partners in attendance. 


Ottawa Members help flood victims

ecao-5.jpgWhen the Ottawa River swelled to record levels this spring, IBEW members were there to help.

"Anytime there's a call, we always help out," said Toronto Local 636 Business Representative Mike Hall.

The end of April saw the river that forms part of the border between Ontario and Quebec rise to over 80 meters above sea level, higher than 2017's "flood of the century," reported the Ottawa Citizen.

According to Statistics Canada, 2,196 Ottawa dwellings were flooded or at risk of flooding. Across the river in Gatineau, 3,800 homes and cottages were affected. The western Quebec community of Pontiac was among the hardest hit, the agency said, with more than 20% of homes affected. More than 100 kilometres were flooded or put at risk, including 39 kilometres in Ottawa and 62 in Gatineau.


Ottawa's new prompt payment rules become law, firming up pay schedule for federal construction jobs

OTTAWA—A long-awaited bill that sets out strict timelines for paying general contractors and subcontractors working on federal construction projects has been signed into law.

Late last week, Governor General Julie Payette granted royal assent to a wide-reaching budget implementation bill known as C-97. With rules for paying construction contractors in a timely manner tucked into the final section of the bill, C-97 establishes the federal government’s first prompt payment legislation. The new regulations had cleared the Senate a day earlier.

Known officially as the Federal Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act, the rules apply only to federal government construction contracts.


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Toronto stands alone in remaining a “construction employer” as other Ontario municipalities embrace Bill 66 changes

ecao-6.pngToronto’s decision to opt out of legislation which would have allowed it to use non-union contractors for city construction projects puts the city in the unique spot as being the only Ontario municipality where unionized workers have sway over politics and business.

Other municipalities currently subject to mandatory collective bargaining with construction unions have decided to go along with the provincial government’s Bill 66, which ends the construction unions’ exclusivity unless cities specifically elect to opt out of the new rules.

Representatives of non-union contractors say they plan to take Toronto to court over its decision to continue with its status as a “construction employer”. The same litigation issue – but on the converse side – is anticipated in Hamilton, where its city council decided to “do nothing” — and by that, allow the Bill 66 provisions to go into effect.


Premier Doug Ford announces new Cabinet 

On Thursday, June 20, Premier Doug Ford announced changes to his Cabinet, after a fast-paced first year in government that saw 20 pieces of legislation passed in 117 days.

Some key changes include Minister Monte McNaughton and Minister Laurie Scott swapping portfolios with McNaughton becoming Labour Minister and Scott moving into Infrastructure. Ross Romano is now the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.


Promoting Apprenticeship from Coast to Coast- National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO)

ecao-7.jpgThe theme for 2019 is “Promoting Apprenticeship Success” and this year’s program will not disappoint.  There will be two educational sessions specific to providing delegates with tools to assist apprentices in their success from registration to completion.  NETCO training partners will share what’s new in their training centres through the popular Training Centre of Excellence Showcase series.


COCA presents its annual awards

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. — The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) recently honoured individuals for their outstanding contributions to the association and the industry at an awards dinner in Niagara Falls, Ont.

This year there were two recipients of the President’s Award — Alison Smith, executive director of the Barrie Construction Association (BCA) and Mike Carter of the London and District Construction Association.


RESCON: Help Wanted Report Maps Future for Skilled Trades Employment in GTA

RESCON recently commissioned reports on recruiting and retaining workers in the skilled trades in March, and supports the recent report released by the Metcalf Foundation, the Toronto Regional Board of Trade and the United Way Greater Toronto. It is called "Help Wanted: Modernizing Employment and Skills Training Services in Ontario," and this research comes at a crucial time in the GTA, as employers struggle to fill jobs and people struggle to find them.

This report complements RESCON's reports on recruitment and retention of talent in residential and infrastructure construction. RESCON believes that skills development and employment service programs – when designed in partnership with employers – produce better outcomes for all parties involved.


The Advantages of Virtual Reality in Construction

ecao-8.jpgFrom the design team to the contractors and owners, Virtual Reality (VR) improves understanding and expectation of deliverables across the board, greatly enhancing both project coordination and the review process. Managerial roles that, in the past, had been technology-averse now use VR for its intuitive view of the design BIM and investigating model elements in ways they would previously have avoided.

Virtual reality provides an unparalleled spatial sense for visualization at a lower cost than full-scale replicas. Today, VR is being used heavily in preconstruction to align owner expectations and educate design team stakeholders. For those already employing BIM solutions, coordination can be made much more effective by leveraging existing design models with very little added cost.


Guiding future electricians delivers ‘genuine satisfaction’ for Boorman

ecao-9.jpgSusan Boorman, was the topic of recent article in DCN covering her 37 years of experience in apprenticeship training within the unionized sector for electricians.

She was at the JAC for 22 years in a variety of roles. She was executive assistant, apprenticeship co-ordinator and assistant training director. It was a small office and she wore many hats.

Eventually, she decided it was time for a change and in 2006 became manager of human resources at the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO). The role entailed dealing with apprenticeship on a national level.

In 2013, she made the jump to IBEW Local 353 as apprenticeship co-ordinator.


Mohawk College recognizes people of distinction in the community with distinguished fellow designations

This year’s class are 11 highly accomplished leaders from several fields. Two of the winners are ECAO’s Affiliate Partners, Heather and Elaine Gerrie, of Gerrie Electric.

ecao-3.jpgHeather Gerrie Kwant, co-president and CEO of Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. Kwant focuses on strategy, vendor relations, retail lighting and human resources. She is Canadian Divisional Chair of Affiliated Distributors 


Elaine Gerrie Valentini, co-president and CEO of Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. As CEO, Valentini runs one of the largest independent electrical distributors in Canada. Headquartered in Burlington, the company has also been named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies. 


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