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ECAO welcomes new Executive Director

On behalf of Mark Lloyd and our Board of Directors, the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) is proud to announce that Graeme Aitken will be assuming the role of Executive Director on December 11, 2017.

For the past five and a half years, Graeme has been with EPTCON Ltd., a Cambridge-based high-voltage EPC contractor overseeing labour relations and contracts. During this time, Graeme also served on various EPSCA committees, the Board of Directors and as President of the ECACO, member of the ECAO Line Committee and Provincial Line Committee, on the ECAO Board of Directors, and as an alternate to the ETBA.

With over thirty years of experience in the unionized construction industry across Canada, and a particular focus in the Province of Ontario, we are confident that Graeme will provide the stewardship and professionalism we seek from our Executive Director. Graeme has a unique blend of legal education (LL B and LL M), apprenticeship training (309A journeyperson), and professional development (various programs in ADR, negotiations, and administration as examples) that he brings to his role as an advocate for ECAO members.

Please join us in welcoming Graeme to the ECAO.

Join us in Barcelona - ECAO 2018 Conference Registration is now open!


Register now for ECAO’s 2018 Industry Conference being held in Barcelona, Spain from May 26/27 to June 2, 2018. CLICK HERE to register for our 2018 Industry Conference.

EARLY BIRD deadline is January 5, 2018 for a chance to win an early bird prize of one of 2 Double Occupancy Sea View Suites Upgrades for 6 nights, including Club Access.


An exceptional program is being planned including business and networking sessions as well as a chance to explore Barcelona’s hospitality and culture.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!


WSIB Rate Framework Webinar: November 28

New changes to WSIB rates could impact your company’s bottom line. Join us, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 28, as Michael Zacks, Director and General Council at the Office of the Employer Advisor (OEA), explains how these changes will affect your company and what you need to do now to prepare. This presentation is designed for employers who have some experience dealing with the
WSIB from a premium/assessment perspective.

You will learn about:

  • the fundamental shift to a prospective system
  • the change in the number of Rate Groups and new risk bands
  • the impact on employers with two or more lines of business
  • what happens to associated employers
  • when this new plan is expected to be phased in

This is the proposed individual employer WSIB rate calculation


To register for the webinar please contact Cathy Frederickson at or call 416-675-3226.


ECAO’s WSIB Committee is mandated to oversee relevant WSIB changes that impact electrical contractors and to report these back to our members. The Chair of the committee is Fred Black, and he is also on the WSIB Chairs Advisory Council. ECAO is reaching out to ask volunteers to join the committee. The latest WSIB changes are the most significant changes over the last 10 years, and it is important for ECAO to speak on behalf of our members on changes that will impact their bottom line.

Interested volunteers are asked to contact Jodi Travers at ECAO for more details.

Completing your accessibility compliance report- AODA Tool Box

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) has released their AODA Tool Box to help employers complete their accessibility compliance report. Businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees and public sector organizations must submit their reports by December 31, 2017.

The AODA is having webinars for employers to learn how to comply with the Accessibility Ontario Disabilities Act. For more information employers can contact


Sign up for free, interactive webinars to learn more about accessibility and your requirements.


The Digital Edge: Boosting jobsite productivity through collaborative technology

It's no secret that productivity is dipping on jobsites across the construction sector. In fact, the McKinsey Global Institute's early 2017 report, Reinventing Construction: a Route to Higher Productivity, the stats show that the global construction industry has averaged a lackluster 1% labour productivity growth annually over the past 20 years, placing it below the 2.8% growth for the total world economy.


Voluntary OHSMS Accreditation and Employer Recognition-Ministry of Labour

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) Prevention Office has released draft Accreditation Standards for public consultation until December 20, 2017. ECAO is in the process of reviewing them. 

MOL is introducing a voluntary accreditation and employer recognition program to motivate employers to improve their injury prevention and workplace safety through the implementation of an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) that goes beyond minimum OHSA compliance. The Chief Prevention Office will oversee the accreditation of an employer’s OHSMS.

MOL research suggests that employers with an OHSMS experience improved safety environments, reduced rates of lost-time injuries, and a decrease in workers’ compensation premiums.

In addition, the accreditation will provide employer recognition by providing incentives to implement an effective OHSMS.

To download the slide deck presentation click here.

The Accreditation Standard and Consultation Document can be found here.

Unlicensed Contractor Ordered to Pay $50,625 for Unsafe, Illegal Electrical Work in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

November 1, 2017- Electrical Safety Authority

Jose Julio DeNobrega has been convicted in a Burlington court and ordered to pay a $45,000 fine plus a $5,625 victim fine surcharge for conducting unsafe electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence at 14 locations in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville.

The most serious instance was when DeNobrega removed an electrical meter from an apartment building wall, leaving live wires and electrical parts exposed to the public and putting himself at major risk of an electrical injury. If someone touched the exposed wires, they could have received a fatal shock.


CSA Free Webinar: Significant Changes 2018 Canadian Electrical Code UpdateCSA webinar.jpg

Learn about the most significant changes to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I from an experienced and trusted leader in the electrical industry.

The 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I features a number of significant changes, additions, and updates that all users of the CE Code across Canada should be aware of.

Register now for CSA's free 2018 Canadian Electrical Code Update webinar on November 22, and get up to speed on the new edition of the Canadian Electrical Code.

Join subject matter expert, Robert A. (Bob) Nelson, who has over 30 years of experience working with the CE Code, Part I and has participated in the development of the 2018 edition, as he walks participants through these changes and explains their potential impact.

Register Now (Spots will fill up FAST!)

Click here to see the full invitation.

Industry Events

EFC Holiday Celebrations 2017 • Toronto

Thursday 30 November 2017
Location: Woodbridge, Ont.

Electro-Federation Canada invites you to start the holiday season off right by celebrating with industry colleagues and friends from coast-to-coast at an EFC reception. Registration is now open.

The Toronto reception is being held at the Paramount Conference & Event Venue in Woodbridge, Ont., November 30, 2017.

ESA License Holder Meetings

ESA’s last annual Licensed Electrical Contractors & Master Electricians meeting is scheduled on November 21 in Mississauga.  This is a great opportunity to get updated on ESA’s yearly strategy and to ask any relevant questions regarding contractor licensing.

To review location and time or to register click here for the registration form.

ECAO Member Benefits

Affinity program Offers Exclusive Savings for ECAO Members

A reminder to all ECAO members that ECAO has teamed up with key providers to the electrical industry to help members save on items and services they use every day through negotiated price reductions and value-added packages. These benefits are only available to current ECAO members. The details can be found in the Members Only section of the website. Login as a member with your username and password then click “Member Services” at the top of the page to access these great savings. If you need your username and password, please contact Cristina at

Gold Seal Certification

Information Webinar November 15, 12:00 – 13:00 EST Tune in to learn what it takes to get Gold Seal certified. Register now.

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