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Early Bird Registration Ends January 31, 2020

Register today and be entered in our Early Bird contest to win a stunning room upgrade at the Mandarin Oriental.


Prague is a city that will steal your heart. A walking and strolling city – really, there is no hurry – everything is at your doorstep. Explore and discover something new every day and return to the oasis of the Mandarin Oriental for a drink in the ECAO Lounge, no better place to share stories and memories. There is truly something for everyone here. From the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Prague – itself a piece of history, dating back to the 14th century - you are set to explore this most unique of European cities.

This year’s conference will be exceptionally unique since ECAO has the entire hotel booked for the event, so this offers an intimate opportunity to network with peers and industry partners.

Our conference speakers


David Meade (Keynote Speaker)

David Meade is a first-class honours graduate from Ulster Business School. His work as a lecturer and researcher in International Business and Strategy, has built his reputation as one of Europe’s most sought after motivational and organizational speakers, trainers, and facilitators. David works with clients to help them improve business operations and performance, by working with all levels within an organization.


Kristopher Lengieza

Kristopher Lengieza is the Director of Business Development at Procore. Kristopher will address how contractors can prepare themselves for future technological changes happening in construction.

To register, click here.


ECAO Affiliate Partner 4S Consulting Offering Exclusive Program

ECAO Contractor Members can get WSIB rebates under the new Safety Excellence Program. If you are interested in being a part of an exclusive group of ECAO electrical contractors in helping you get your 2019 rebate, please contact Cathy Frederickson at

4S Consulting is offering to host 3 half-day seminars for contractors to help them prepare the applications for the rebate.

Dr. Awad Hanna Seminars on Construction Project Management and Top Habits of High Performing Foremen

Dr. Awad Hanna is back again next year in February to conduct his two-day Construction Project Management course and Top Habits of High Performing Foremen. 

Please contact Cathy at All seminars will have a continental breakfast, working lunch and free parking.

  • February 26, Top Habits of High Performing Foremen
  • February 27 & 28, Construction Project Management

Location: ECAO Offices, 10 Carlson Crt., Suite 702, M9W 6L2 | Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


Ontario launches new site to attract skilled labour

As part of the government's Open for Business, Open for Jobs strategy Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, launched a marketing campaign to highlight good-quality, well-paying and flexible careers in the trades, under the slogan 'Find a Career You Wouldn't Trade.'



Ontario takes Action to Address Skilled Trades Shortage

The Government of Ontario is taking action to attract more people to the skilled trades and employers to hire more apprentices. The province is facing a serious labour shortage which has the potential to get progressively worse. On any given day tens of thousands of jobs go unfilled and many of those are in the skilled trades.  


New Ontario trade recruitment campaign called a ‘smart first step,’ by industry

Ontario construction stakeholders praised the government’s new marketing campaign designed to attract new recruits to the skilled trades, calling it a smart first step in dealing with labour shortages in the sector.

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, launched the multi-media campaign Jan.10 at Toronto’s George Brown College, noting that last year there were 200,000 job postings that went unfilled in Ontario — 13,000 in construction.

The program carries the tagline Find a Career You Wouldn’t Trade and includes a series of videos and graphics that will be presented at movie theatres, Tim Horton’s outlets and online over eight weeks.


Apprenticeship Training Programs on the rise

According to StatsCan, in 2018 new registrations in apprenticeship programs rose 11.6 percent, while certifications in trades were up 6.6 percent — the first boost for these numbers since 2014.

The rise in these numbers is part of an overall trend of strong employment growth across the country in the previous two years — especially in the construction industry.

These increases coincided with strong employment growth in Canada over the previous two years, particularly in the construction industry.


Minister of Labour stays neutral on Bill 124

Ontario labour minister sees his role as a ‘neutral overseer,’ as unions challenge Bill 124 in court

Amid building labour unrest in Ontario, with throngs of unions launching court challenges of the Ford Progressive Conservatives’ public-sector wage cap, Labour Minister Monte McNaughton sees his role as a “neutral overseer.”

“I’m going to be on the side of working people in this province, whether they’re union or non-union,” McNaughton claimed in a recent interview, discussing the labour climate in the province at the onset of the year; in later comments, McNaughton backed the government’s law as “fair and responsible.”


Why understanding PoE now is crucial for electricians

ecao5jan232020.pngTo ring in the new decade, IDEAL Networks is urging electricians to master new skills and equipment now to cope with the growing use of Power over Ethernet (PoE) in intelligent lighting applications. In particular, the manufacturer contends that its PoE testers can help electricians to cost-effectively conduct quick, accurate PoE validation, eliminating guesswork while getting the job done faster.


New Health and Safety requirements for Vaughan construction bids

The health and safety of construction workers will soon become more visible in Vaughan, a city located north of Toronto.

As of March 2020, construction contractors working with the city will have to have registered for a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) to be eligible for the procurement process.


Bruce Power releases its' first Ontario Energy Report

Bruce Power released its first-ever Ontario Energy Report at the Toronto Regional Board of Trade.

The report said that nuclear continues to be “the workhorse for the province, meeting 61 percent of Ontario’s electricity needs in 2019.”

The report also claimed that Ontario’s residential electricity rates are among the lowest in developed countries and almost 30 percent below the 2018 world average of 17.33 cents/kWh. It said it’s “largely due to Ontario’s nuclear fleet, which is a key contributor for keeping prices down.”


Welcome to the League of Champions: Joint Electrical Promotion Plan (JEPP) 

ecao2jan222020.jpgWe are pleased to announce that Joint Electrical Promotion Plan (JEPP) has joined the League of Champions.

JEPP is a joint Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) / International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) program that promotes better job site safety standards and professional practices in electrical work. The program helps to keep their workers safer and ensures that IBEW labour is synonymous with top quality workmanship.

Welcome to the team, JEPP Safety Champions! Together, we will inspire and influence leaders to become health and safety champions. Click here to read more about JEPP.

Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Distant Learning Level 3 and 5 Coming this Spring

Registration for Certi-Fire Fire Alarm & Protection Certification Program Distant Learning Level 3 is now open!! The commencement date is March 25, 2020. The course starts at 6:30 in the evening. Participants are required to have an internet connection in order to attend the course via “Go to Meeting”. They can connect through a computer, laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone. Spots are limited!

Did you notice your Certi-Fire credentials have expired or are about to expire? Under the agreement with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, the Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Certificate must be renewed every five years. We are planning to run the Distant Learning Level 5 Recertification course in late Spring. If you would consider taking the Distant Learning course, please contact our Certi-Fire Program Administrator at or 1-800-387-3226 for more information.

It’s official! Wesco is acquiring Anixter in $4.5-billion deal

After some back-and-forth, the boards of Wesco International Inc. and Anixter International Inc. have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, under which Wesco will acquire Anixter in a transaction valued at about US$4.5 billion.


Raymond, Howarth Porter, November 15, 1935 - January 6, 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ray Porter on January 6, 2020, at Clearwater Florida. He was the best friend and loving husband of Kathleen for 61 years and loved and respected by his children and grandchildren.

Ray spent his entire 49-year working career at Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd. and served as President until his retirement in 2003.

A celebration of life will be held on February 16th from 1-4 pm at Meadowbrook Golf Club, 11939 Warden Ave., Gormley.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Leadership Excellence Award 2020



Established in 2016, the NETCO Leadership Excellence Award honours an individual for their outstanding contributions to apprenticeship training and continuing electrical training. The award is presented nationally every year during the National Training Conference to an individual with a NETCO training partner organization. Recipients of the Leadership Excellence Award demonstrate inspirational leadership to others.

The Leadership Excellence Award will be awarded to an industry training professional for his/her role for the success of apprenticeship training and continuing electrical training across Canada. The recipient of the award will be honoured by the NETCO Board of Directors at the annual National Training Conference. 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.

Do you know an individual that fits the description above? Call for nominations now Open! Please click below!

Leadership Excellence Award Nomination Form

Nominations Close February 24th, 2020.


Scorpion Track

Scorpiontrack is a Canadian Fleet Management Company that has a solution for small to large businesses. The partnership offers us the opportunity to introduce our product and service to the ECAO community. It can become increasingly difficult to manage vehicles and keep drivers safe as a business grows. A typical over-the-road fleet can spend up to 40% of its time idling, with a leadfoot driver using up to 15 - 20% more fuel than the average driver. Drivers who know their behavior is being monitored tend to perform according to company and Ministry of Transport standards, which can reduce accidents and damage to vehicles, equipment, and freight.

Scorpiontrack fleet and asset tracking can help ECAO members manage — and even accelerate — the growth of their business by tracking their vehicles and delivering the information they need to increase productivity, reduce operating costs and improve driving behavior. Selecting the right solution for a business is critical to helping them get the results they want based on the goals they have set.

Below are the ECAO rates. For more information please contact Rita Taliana at 905-577-7267 or


Park N Fly

ecao8jan72020.pngStart and end your trip at Park’N Fly, Canada’s leading airport parking company. With a network that spans coast-to-coast, we currently operate in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, and Halifax. Our goal is to provide our customers with cost-effective parking options while enjoying a park happy experience with every stay.

ECAO is all set up with Park’N Fly. Please use the discount number- 192679. All ECAO members must go to one of Park'N Fly's 7 facilities across the country and simply check out with the discount code provided.

Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Westin Toronto Airport Hotel

ECAO has secured an individual traveler corporate rate for their members, we encourage our members to utilize the special rates. Please check the rates below:

  • Sheraton Toronto Airport, 801 Dixon Road, Toronto, M9W 1J5. Phone: (416) 675-6100

How to book: Send an e-mail to or call 1-866-932-7058

The daily rates below are including complimentary high-speed internet access and local and toll-free phone calls.

Traditional Room Club Room
$202.00 + taxes $262.00 + taxes
  • Westin Toronto Airport, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, M9W 5N4. Phone: (416) 675-9444

How to book: Use this link: Book your corporate rate for Westin Toronto Airport Special Business Rate

The daily rates below are including complimentary high-speed internet access, and shuttle to/from Pearson Airport; also includes a 24 hours cancellation policy, prior to the date of arrival.

Traditional Room – City View
$185.00 + taxes

This allows savings for bookings of up to 9 rooms without the need for group codes or other administrative nuisances. Bookings can be made by contacting the chosen hotel directly and requesting ECAO corporate rate. Any questions can be directed to Audrey Iozelli, Office Administrator -

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