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ECAO 2018 Annual Conference in Barcelona


On the eve of the departure by many of us to our Annual Conference in Barcelona, the exciting work of Building our Community continues. After an absence of roughly one year, ECAO will rejoin the Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario (CECCO). Of the twenty five (25) Employee Bargaining Agencies in the Province, twenty (20) are members of CECCO which has as its vision statement: “Working in harmony with labour for the advancement of the I.C.I. unionized construction industry.” In addition to rejoining this council to facilitate the open exchange and information between Employee Bargaining Agencies, ECAO is also working to ensure that our Manager Labour Relations, Jodi Travers, is involved at the and board levels of CECCO.

Another step in outreach can be seen by my recent appointment to the National Electrical Trade Contractors (NETCO) Board of Directors. This appointment came as a result of my nomination by the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association of Canadian (CECA) earlier this month. I want to thank ECAO’s Past President, Dan Lancia, who held this NETCO position from June of 2016, until stepping down in April of this year. NETCO is jointly-sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and CECA providing: national leadership on workforce development linked to the Red Seal electrical trades; a national forum for inter-provincial collaboration in developing a certified, highly-skilled, and mobile workforce to meet the demands of the electrical industry; promotion of the Red Seal program and national standards; and advocacy on policy issues of importance to our industry; among other activities on behalf of our community.

In addition, ECAO has four (4) new and key people to introduce to our members.

  • Audrey Iozelli is our Office Administrator bringing a tremendous amount of energy and excitement to us from a vast array of experience world-wide.
  • Jennifer Catena brings a wonderful welcome to all and impressive professionalism as Receptionist and Administrative Assistant.
  • Paul Michael Wiggins joins us as  co-op student to work on labour relations research and similar matters, and does so near completion of his Human Resources Management Diploma following his Labour Studies Degree.
  • Kamakshi Ahluwalia comes to us, also as a co-op student, bringing her expertise in social media and marketing; near completion of her post-graduate degree in Marketing Management.

Adding these outstanding talents to ECAO’s existing core of dedicated and enthusiastic staff should give our members greater confidence in ECAO’s ability to provide greater benefit to you and expert more influence in our industry; it certainly does for me.

I look forward to seeing you during and/or after our conference. - Graeme Aitken, Executive Director. 

ECAO Members are encouraged to join us for this year’s AGM at Blue Mountain Resort. To book your rooms today, go directly to Blue Mountain Resort at and use our group code of GB00000302. More details will follow shortly.


“The Changing Role of Facility manager”

63% of facility managers are interested in implementing new digital technologies such as intelligent analytics to improve maintenance decisions and operations. (Schneider Electric study). The shift towards Internet of Things (IoT) enabled buildings has already started and changing the way the role of facilities managers. In a recent Schneider Electric study, they found 89% of these managers expect to achieve a return on investment within three years.

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Immersive Environments Lab to redefine smart buildings

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – is an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research recently announced the opening of its new Immersive Environments Lab, a facility purpose-built for applied research into novel augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D Web technologies — industries set to be worth $143 billion by 2021.

The Lab, which is part of CSIRO’s new $100 million research facility in Canberra, will allow researchers to develop new interactive computer graphics and computational imaging services, which will redefine industries including manufacturing and construction.



Labour News

Ontario expands women in skilled trades initiatives

The Government of Ontario recently announced it is expanding its Investing in Women’s Futures initiative with a number of new measures that include a Women in Skilled Trades program and a General Women’s Employment Training program.

The province is funding 17 projects that will provide women with the training they need to progress their careers in sectors where they have been historically underrepresented, such as skilled trades and information technology, said the release.


Industry News

Empowering Futures: Student Work-Integrated Learning Program Is Now Accepting Applications

In Photo: Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, during its launch, at Ontario Power Generation's Darlington Information Centre

Electrical Human Resources Canada (EHRC), Empowering Futures will create up to 1,000 new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity over three years. Wage subsidies up to $7,000 will be available to employers who create new WIL opportunities, such as co-ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects, or case competitions. 

The goal of the program is to help young Canadians make the transition from school to work through collaborative partnerships between the business community and post-secondary institutions, providing new entrants with practical skills and promoting practice-based learning opportunities for students through subsidized work integrated learning opportunities.


Industry Events

Construction Lien Act Webinar –June 12

The Ontario Construction Lien Act (Bill 142), which received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017, will have certain amendments in effect on July 1, 2018 and the major prompt payment and adjudication process will come into effect on October 1, 2019. This time frame will allow contractors to become educated and aware of the crucial elements of the Act.

The Surety Association of Canada (SAC) will be hosting a series of webinars directed at key stakeholder audiences to introduce changes that will affect the surety sector, as well as to provide an in-depth overview of what you need to know about Bill 142 - Ontario Construction Act that will affect how you operate your business. This session is targeted to Trade Contractors & Suppliers.

You can Register for "Trade Contractors/Suppliers Webinar: Bill 142 – Ontario Construction Act: What You Need To Know" here-  

The webinar is on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 and will be two (2) hours in length from 10AM to 12Noon (EST) and is being offered at no charge.

This new legislation is truly state-of-the-art in terms of creating a responsive and modernized approach to certainty and timeliness of payment for construction work in the Province. The Act brings into force several ground-breaking measures that will expedite the flow of money down the construction payment chain, as well as notable improvements with regards to the treatment of construction liens, holdbacks and trust funds.

Open House- Local IBEW 353 Training Centre

Local 353 is having their open house for vendors’ displays on June 5, from 3-7pm. You are invited to come out and network with other industry partners.

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