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Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!

ECAO Annual General Meeting (AGM) October 24, Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls.

Following the ECAO AGM this year we have a Keynote Speaker: Melanie Sodka, Capacity Creation, on Creating Capacity for Soft Skills.

Following Melanie, we have an Educational Panel: Are You Ready for the new Construction Lien Act?

• Ted Dreyer, Partner, Madorin, Snyder LLP • Dan J. Leduc, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP • Glenn Ackerley, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Our Legal Panel will address what contractors need to know to be ready for the new Construction Lien Act, also known as the Prompt Payment Legislation. Panelists will address how the new legislation and the proposed adjudication process will affect the way electrical contractors will be paid in the future.

There will also be a Companions Program featuring a wine tour with lunch at a winery, and also a trip to the Niagara Falls Outlet Mall. This is great chance to do some early Christmas shopping.


There are still some other available sponsorship opportunities for both our educational sessions on October 23 and some items for our gala evening event on October 23, The Great Gatsby. Sponsoring our event supports our community of contractors and industry partners.

Come support your industry association and partners in what will be a great opportunity to learn new things from our speakers and from your peers.

For more information please on the AGM or to find out about our Companion Program, contact Cathy Frederickson.

To register for the joint conferences and book your room please click here.

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ECAO Nashville Conference - Product Showcase

Two of our Affiliate Partners will be hosting a Product Showcase at the ECAO Conference on September 27 and 28 in the morning before the sessions. Both Noramco and Milwaukee will be in attendance and we encourage our members to make sure they drop by their show cases and check out their products.

Noramco is offering a promotional draw for a GoPro and Milwaukee will be offering their tools at a significant discount. Please note the draw is only open to conference attendees.

Check it out below:



 Industry News

Alberta and Ontario to collaborate on meeting future shortage of tradespeople

ecao-august14-2.jpgIn Victoria, B.C., in late July, Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Ontario’s Stephen Lecce agreed to co-operate for five years as they promote trades as careers of choice to youth, parents and teachers.


Adjudication Authority selected 

On July 18, 2019, the Ministry selected ADR Chambers to act as the Authority to provide adjudication-related services as set out in the Construction Act and the associated Regulations. ADR Chambers has provided dispute resolution services across Canada for over 20 years.


New Industry Appointments

ecao-august14-6.jpgAppointments and employments Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs 

Michelle O’Hara has been named executive director of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, taking over from Richard Boyes, who is retiring from the role after seven years. O’Hara was previously the association’s business development and operations manager.


Financial diagnostic: 10 Questions you MUST ask to stay financially healthy

"If you don’t know what “normal” looks like you won’t see “abnormal” coming"

An ability to understand your numbers and use them to make better decisions is no luxury.  It is a key to success. If you think it’s time to take your financial management up a notch, These are the questions you need to answer before you can do serious financial forecasting.


Code Changes Property Managers Should Know

On May 16, Ontario’s new Electrical Safety Code took effect and there are some changes that building owners and managers should know. The Ontario code adopts, by reference, the Canadian Electrical Code, and adds on top of that Ontario-specific amendments. Among the changes that could affect building owners and property managers:

  • Requirements for installing an identified (neutral) conductor at each control (switch) location of permanently installed luminaire;
  • Alignment with the Ontario Building Code to prevent the installation of high-voltage conductors over buildings;
  • Providing adequate working space for electrical workers to undertake necessary repairs, maintenance and installation of transformers greater than 50kVA;
  • Prohibiting of installation of cables in concealed locations in metal corrugated roof decking
  • Adding requirements for Energy Storage systems; and
  • Facilitating the use of Power over Ethernet (POE) cables to provide a pathway for sources of electricity.


US unionized workers in nuclear

An IBEW-backed bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would ensure that the country’s growing number of clean energy construction jobs will be filled by unionized electrical workers and by our highly trained brothers and sisters in other union trades.


AI in Construction

Listen in as five AEC industry experts discuss the present and future applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and big data throughout the construction project lifecycle.


IBEW CCO is Moving


As of August 28, 2019, our new address will be 5090 Explorer Drive, Suite 505, Mississauga, ON M4W 4T9 

Our current telephone/fax will remain the same.

Please update your records accordingly so that all correspondence reflects our new address. Email address and telephone numbers will remain the same. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Patty DeMonte at 

 Industry Events

Rocking Awareness: Battle of the Bands

ECAO contractor member, Modern Niagara is holding the “Battle of the Bands” to raise money for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

Four local construction company house bands compete for bragging rights while supporting an amazing cause. Who'll take the title: EllisDon, Smith and Andersen, Goodkey Weedmark, or Modern Niagara as they rock to raise awareness for mental health?

ECAO members in the Ottawa and surrounding areas should come out and support one of their own for a good cause.

To read more or buy tickets, click here.


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