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President’s Message

Mark Lloyd, T. Lloyd Electric Ltd.


Happy New Year to all our members, affiliate partners, clients, and friends. I wish for all of you a safe, happy, and prosperous 2018.

What a ride 2017 was for ECAO as we saw success with amendments to the Construction Lien Act; a successful Annual Conference in Munich; working together with our Union partners on a number of issues; refocussing of committees and boards; JEPP successes and advancements, and a coming together of our Executive Board and Board of Directors. All of these were significant accomplishments in 2017.

ECAO doesn’t intend on applying the brakes this year. Continuing to represent your interests with government and owners; further building our relationship with the IBEW; our Annual Conference being held in Barcelona; staying abreast of legislative and industry issues that have a potential to impact our members and affiliate partners; strengthening our representation with all stakeholders; and a renewed examination of the manners in which ECAO will be able to provide the greatest benefits to you; all of these are on our agenda for 2018.

I am excited looking forward and looking forward with excitement to the upcoming year. I am, however, seeking your assistance. ECAO operates better with contributions by many, accomplishes more with everyone’s ideas and viewpoints, and benefits a greater number of members and affiliate partners when we get participation from all of our sectors. That is the assistance I am seeking from you- answer surveys, read our publications and e-news, attend ECAO functions and events, offer your point of view, and volunteer for ECAO committees.

On behalf of ECAO we are looking forward to hearing more from you and seeing you more often in 2018.

2018 New Year, New Energy and New Focus for your ECAO

Executive Director’s Message:

Graeme Aitken, ECAO Executive Director

ECAO01042018a.jpgWe understand that this is the time in publication cycles when messages of renewal, optimism, and excitement are sent to members such as you. Most often there is a real hope that these messages will prove prophetic. In this case, your ECAO staff is genuinely excited about the upcoming year and are eager to bring to fruition our lofty expectations, fresh approach, and professionalism.

From administrative rebuilding to accumulating top-notch talent, ECAO has undergone a significant transition over the past few years. Your current ECAO office is thankful to all who have come before; for they have laid the foundation and provided invaluable guidance. We continue to learn from our predecessors and aim to build on their efforts. Yet, while having learned from past ECAO personnel, your current ECAO doesn’t feel compelled to do things due to the fact that “it has always been done this way”. It is clear that our membership is looking for fresh approaches in a number of areas; fresh approaches we will embrace.

Your ECAO requires your views, comments, and participation to ensure that we build on the foundation of predecessors, rather than simply sit atop the established structure. We will be reaching out to you. In fact, we may be reaching out to you far more frequently than you are accustomed. It is our hope that you, our members and affiliate partners for whom we are here, respond in unprecedented numbers. We need your input and engagement! Let’s continue to build the ECAO into the association we, together, envision.

So, here we go. Bring on 2018; a new year with new energy and focus for your ECAO!

Tips and Technologies for Stronger Workforce Engagement

The construction industry faces a mass exodus of skilled talent in the coming years as industry veterans enter retirement and hang up their toolbelts for good. And as employers are well aware, the number of skilled professionals exiting the industry far outweighs the number of those willing and able to take their place. So as companies work to rebuild their workforce from a shrinking labour pool, it will fall on them to retain the talent they attract.


ECAO Staff Update

Do you know who to call at ECAO?

ECAO staff are always available to assist our members. There are a few new faces here at ECAO, so we thought it appropriate to provide you with contact information for future reference:

Graeme Aitken, Executive Director- Graeme oversees the management, administration and strategic planning of the ECAO. 416-675-3226 ext.3110

Jodi Travers, Manager Labour Relations- Jodi oversees and advises on labour grievances, and leads the ECAO on bargaining and negotiation issues as well as matters pertaining to occupational health and safety regulations. 416-675-3226 ext. 3140

Cathy Frederickson, Communications Specialist- Cathy coordinates the ECAO enews, Electrical Contractor magazine and the Affiliate Partner Program. 416-675-3226 ext.3130

Ania Paliwoda- Sr. Office Coordinator- Ania administers the Certifire Program, ECAO events and supports the Executive Director in office administration. 416-675-3226 ext.3160

Cristina Pezzente- Administrative Assistant- Cristina is responsible for all administration, reception and meeting coordination for ECAO, and membership liaison. 416-675-3226 ext. 3000

Lou Stranges-Accounting. Lou is responsible for ECAO’s day to day and year-end financial reporting. 416-675-3226 ext. 3150


ECAO Barcelona Conference 2018- Early Bird Registration ends Friday January 5.

Tomorrow is the last day for members to enter the early bird contest to win one of 2 Double Occupancy Sea View Suites Upgrades for 6 nights, including Club Access. Don’t wait and click here to register.


Legislative Updates

2018 Canadian Electrical Code, (CEC) Part I: Top 15 changes

The 24 edition of the CEC will be released this year. While the changes have not been adopted into the Ontario Electrical Safety Code at this time, this article provides a high level view of the top changes made in the national code which could also be included in the next Ontario Electrical Safety Code.  


Safety Corner

Ripley-Huron fire chief reminds everyone of electrical fire safety

This article is a great reminder that consumers should always hire a licensed electrical contractor to do renovations and to conduct electrical safety inspections in their homes. Please feel free to distribute this widely, as our end-users need to know the critical nature of contracting with licenced electrical firms like those belonging to ECAO.


Industry Events

Electricity Human Resources Canada 2017 EHRC Awards of Excellence

EHRC will be holding its annual awards presentation on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Toronto. The recipients of the awards will be announced at EHRC’s Awards of Excellence Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm., at Vantage Venues (the former St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre) in Toronto, Ontario. Dedicated to the electricity industry workforce, the 2017 EHRC Awards of Excellence recognise and highlight the outstanding achievements of those at the forefront of industry HR best practice and leadership.

New for this year: EHRC will be hosting a special arm-chair panel session between 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. with employer, educator and labour representatives. The panel discussion will be an opportunity to present and discuss the preliminary findings emerging from EHRC’s 2017 – 2022 Labour Market Information (LMI) Study for the Canadian Electricity industry, and will include representatives from education, employment and labour.


ECAO Professional Development Seminars

Sherrard Kuzz Breakfast Seminar: Bill 148: What it Means for Employers

In June 2017, the Ontario Government introduced An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and to make related amendments to other Acts, referred to as the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017” (“Bill 148”).  Bill 148 introduces significant amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act, and limited amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Many amendments came into force on January 1, 2018, and some as early as November 2017.

By the date of this seminar, Bill 148 will have been in place for two months.  These changes will impact current employer practices on wages and paid leave for critical illness. Members are encouraged to learn how this will impact their business and their employees. Take stock and learn more about these significant amendments and best practices at this upcoming seminar. 

This free breakfast seminar will be held on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at Hazelton Manor, 99 Peelar Road, Concord, ON   L4K 1A3.  Details, including how to register, can be found here.

Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Annual Conference Banff, March 12-15, 2018

This will be the 100th anniversary of CCA’s Annual Conference. One of the conference speakers will be R. Bruce Reynolds, who was instrumental in drafting the Ontario Construction Lien Amendment Act. For more details on the conference click here.

Member Benefit Highlight


Jim Peplinski Leasing is pleased to announce fleet rebates for ECAO members on 2018 Chrysler, RAM & Dodge vehicles.

This exciting new program offers members significant fleet discounts, regardless of their individual fleet size. When combined with open-ended lease product these concessions offer savings of up to $14,500 off the dealer cost price.

Rebates available on:

2018 Ram 1500 Quad/ Crew  $13,250
2018 Ram 2500/3500 $14,500
2018 Ram Promaster City   $5,750
2018 Ram Promaster 1500/2500   $7,750
2018 Ram Promaster 3500    $8,250

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