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 ECAO News


ECAO Conference Early Bird Draw Winners:

Congratulations to Sean Henrich ( AIM Industrial) and Kelly Scott Clairmont ( Clairmont Electric) who were the successful winners of the Early Bird Draw and have won a free upgrade to an Executive Suite at the JW Marriott Hotel during the ECAO Annual Conference in Nashville.

The registration for the conference is going very well. We encourage those wishing to attend should register soon as space is limited this year..

 ECAO Professional Training Events

Professional Development Seminar with Dr. Awad Hanna

ECAOfeb6_1.jpgDr. Awad Hanna is holding his seminars once again in March. A 2 day Construction Project Management Course on March 27 & 28, and Change Order Pricing on March 29.

To register or view more details click here.

For more information you can contact Cathy Frederickson at 

iCinfo Webinar Series: Top Ways to Improve Your IT Implementation

Get your ducks in a row! iCinfo will be holding a 5-part webinar series on the basics of adopting and managing information technology. The series will be presented by Claudia Mamros who has extensive experience and knowledge in helping small and medium sized businesses manage their information technology issues.

The webinars will be held as follows:

  • March 13, Wednesday
  • March 26, Tuesday
  • April 10, Wednesday
  • April 23, Tuesday
  • May 01, Wednesday

For more information you can contact Cathy Frederickson at 

 Industry News

Unlicensed electrical contractor fined for unsafe, illegal work in Ontario


Hamilton’s Provincial Offences Court has convicted Leonard Sankar, owner and operator of MJ Construction, for conducting unsafe electrical work without the necessary licence across Southern Ontario.

Sankar pleaded guilty to 13 charges on Jan. 15, 2019, including multiple counts of working without an electrical contractor’s licence and not taking out an electrical permit, along with one count of unsafe electrical condition, where a live wire was left hanging in a residential basement. If someone had touched the exposed wiring, they could have received a fatal shock.


David Long Appointed CEO of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

ECAO3_03053019.jpgThe NECA Executive Committee has unanimously approved the selection of T. David Long as the association’s next Chief Executive Officer. Long will officially join the NECA staff on April 1, 2019.

With more than 40 years’ experience in electrical contracting, David currently serves as the President of Miller Electric in Jacksonville, Florida. He brings demonstrated experience in strategic planning and a strong relationship builder, organizational growth, as well as leadership and mentorship of substantial teams. A dedicated NECA volunteer, David has held many roles within the association, including serving on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee and Council of Industrial Relations and most recently culminating as President of the Association.

David Long recently visited the ECAO Provincial office to share some of his NECA success stories as President of NECA.

The ideal national championship is back...and bigger than ever!



IDEAL Canada is excited to announce that the 2019 IDEAL National Championship qualifying round starts NOW and will run through October 4th. For Canada’s second year of 'The Nationals' IDEAL is cranking it up with more qualifiers, more events, and more prizes!

Last year IDEAL sent nine electricians and apprentices from two Canadian regions to participate in the Championship Weekend in Orlando. There, they were treated like rock stars while competing for the chance to win incredible cash prizes. In 2019 there will be even more opportunities to qualify - Canada will be divided into four official regions. IDEAL will be sending 18 challengers to Orlando.


Meet OOM: Could this off-the-grid technology be the future of electricity


OOM Energy, an Oakville, Ont.-based company has developed a new way of providing electricity to customers. They have developed a portable Integrated Energy Platform (IEP), an on-site power system that aims to take buildings off the sometimes unstable electrical grid while also reducing their carbon footprint.

OOM's unit shouldn't be confused with a generator, which creates mechanical energy and delivers it only as a backup, when existing systems fail. What Clydesdale's company provides is private, continuous electricity with no upfront cost for the unit. The customer just pays a regular bill directly to OOM each month.The current version uses natural gas, a battery and an inverter.

The unit only generates power when it has to. That's unlike power lines that deliver electricity to your home, which have to be constantly running just in case. OOM uses artificial intelligence to calculate a building's power requirements, so its customers only get what they need.


Hydro One upgrades in Ottawa


An image of the restored Merivale transmission station in Nepean, captured on Feb. 27, 2019. Hydro One spent $10 million repairing the station in Ottawa's west end after an EF-2 tornado blasted through the area in September 2018 and left it "completely destroyed."

The utility, which provides electricity to almost 1.4 million customers across Ontario, said it expects the suite of upgrades announced on Wednesday to cost almost $100 million over that five-year period.


IBEW Awards 2018-2019 Scholarships

The following are recipients of the IBEW 2018/2019 $1,000 scholarships:

  • Hannah Milic — Local Union 213, Vancouver, BC
  • Katrina Cayer — Local Union 2034, Winnipeg, MB
  • Sébastien Cormier — Local Union 37, Fredericton, NB
  • Jared Stringer — Local Union 1620, St. John’s, NL
  • Julianne Daniels — Local Union 37, Fredericton, NB

It is interesting to note that 3 of the 5 winners were females.


National Electrical Trade Council-Leadership Excellence Award

Nominations NOW Open!

The Leadership Excellence Award

Established in 2016, the NETCO Leadership Excellence award honours an industry training professional for his/her role for the success and their outstanding contributions to apprenticeship training and continuing electrical training. An industry training professional is defined as an individual who is involved with or supports apprenticeship training and continuing electrical training by virtue of his/her organization who has assisted and promoted education. Recipients of the Leadership Excellence Award demonstrate inspirational leadership to others.

Eligibility Criteria

The award recipient will have made an outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of apprenticeship and continuing electrical training in Canada or the province or territory in which they work.

To read more and download nomination forms click here.


 Industry Events

ESA 2019 Safety Awards Call for Nominations Now Open! We want to Hear Your Story This Year! 

Have you encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat to a homeowner, a family, or the community? Or perhaps you or someone you know has created an initiative or program that helps keep people safe from electrical harm.

If you have a story to tell, ESA wants to hear from you! We want to celebrate and recognize your contributions that make Ontario a safer place to live, work and play - in the workplace or in the community.

Submit your nomination today! 

Submissions are accepted from February 1 – May 24, 2019 in the following three categories:

  • Powerline Safety
  • Worker Safety
  • Consumer and Home Safety

The awards will be handed out at the annual Ontario Electrical Safety Awards in Mississauga on Sept. 26, 2019.

Here’s how to submit a nomination:

Click here and either download the form or fill out the online version.  ESA is here to support you with the entry process. If you need clarification on how to enter or for anything regarding the submission process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at:

Nomination deadline: May 24, 2019

Powering Tomorrow

Held in advance of the Awards luncheon, EHRC's Director of Programs, Mark Chapeskie will host an interactive panel discussion that explores the importance of shaping the future of our most important resource: Our people.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Kevin Weaver, Vice President, International, Workforce Development and Partnerships, Georgian College
  • Nicole Parsons, Senior Manager, HR Corporate Services, Nalcor Energy
  • Nicole Miller, Assistant Director, Learning and Professional Development, University of Ottawa
  • Robyn Simpson, Talent Acquisition Associate, FortisBC
  • Aisling O'Doherty, Policy Analyst - Safety Risk, Policy & Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority

To register click here.

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