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 ECAO News

Attention all ECAO Members, Affiliate Partners and Industry Partners!! 

ECAPfeb5_1.jpgThe ECAO Conference Early Bird Contest closes on February 28, so register today by clicking here. Your registration will be included in a draw to receive 1 of 2 executive suite upgrades during the conference.

 ECAO Professional Training Events

Professional Development Seminar with Dr. Awad Hanna

ECAOfeb6_1.jpgDr. Awad Hanna is holding his seminars once again in March. A 2 day Construction Project Management Course on March 27 & 28, and Change Order Pricing on March 29.

To register or view more details click here.

For more information you can contact Cathy Frederickson at 

iCinfo Webinar Series: Top Ways to Improve Your IT Implementation

Get your ducks in a row! iCinfo will be holding a 5-part webinar series on the basics of adopting and managing information technology. The series will be presented by Claudia Mamros who has extensive experience and knowledge in helping small and medium sized businesses manage their information technology issues.

The webinars will be held as follows:

  • March 13, Wednesday
  • March 26, Tuesday
  • April 10, Wednesday
  • April 23, Tuesday
  • May 01, Wednesday

For more information you can contact Cathy Frederickson at 

 Industry News

Occupational Health and Safety

Ontario Supporting Fire Safety on Farms
Prevention Practices Can Help Reduce the Risk of Barn Fires

Ontario's Government for the People unveiled valuable resources to help farmers reduce the risk of barn fires this winter, the time when most barn fires occur.

"As a former volunteer firefighter who has witnessed the devastation caused by barn fires, I am always saddened to hear when we face these kinds of losses on our farms," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "I highly encourage all farmers to learn more about the resources my ministry provides and to consult with their local fire departments or insurer on farm fire safety planning."

Quick Facts:

  • The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) tracks the fire incidents in Ontario, including barns housing livestock. Based on OFMEM data, there are approximately 80 reported fires involving barns housing livestock with an estimated loss of $18.5 million each year.
  • Approximately 40 per cent of all barn fires are caused by faulty electrical systems, which is one of the leading causes of barn fires.
  • In 2018, 24 barn fires in Ontario involved deadstock managed under the regulations. This compares to a total of 15 in 2017, and 22 in 2016


Progression and review at heart of powerline tech safety training


History isn’t covered in the Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Training offered by the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) at its Skills Development Centre in Mississauga. Yet there is a long history of this training created in 1915 to address the rising fatalities in the Powerline Industry.

Geared to electrical contractors and local distribution companies and taught to the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities’ training standard, (434A) the training consists of four two-week sessions — or Levels — which are interspersed within the 8,000-hour apprenticeship.

At the heart of the training is the need for working safely using approved utility industry methods, says Smith.


 Industry Events

ESA 2019 Safety Awards Call for Nominations Now Open! We want to Hear Your Story This Year! 

Have you encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat to a homeowner, a family, or the community? Or perhaps you or someone you know has created an initiative or program that helps keep people safe from electrical harm.

If you have a story to tell, ESA wants to hear from you! We want to celebrate and recognize your contributions that make Ontario a safer place to live, work and play - in the workplace or in the community.

Submit your nomination today! 

Submissions are accepted from February 1 – May 24, 2019 in the following three categories:

  • Powerline Safety
  • Worker Safety
  • Consumer and Home Safety

The awards will be handed out at the annual Ontario Electrical Safety Awards in Mississauga on Sept. 26, 2019.

Here’s how to submit a nomination:

Click here and either download the form or fill out the online version.  ESA is here to support you with the entry process. If you need clarification on how to enter or for anything regarding the submission process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at:

Nomination deadline: May 24, 2019


Leader of the Year: Congratulations Rob Lister, President and CEO of Oakville Enterprises

ecaofeb5_4.jpg.pngFor over 37 years, Rob has served and provided leadership in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Under Rob's leadership, OEC has become a leading energy and infrastructure services organization. Rob’s commitment to innovation and people at OEC is well-known. His participation and input on a wide range of provincial and national boards shows the respect he has garnered from peers, as well as his commitment to the industry overall.

Join Electricity Human Resources Canada, business leaders, and human resource professionals to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of those individuals and organizations at the forefront of industry HR best practice and leadership.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Where: Vantage Venues in Toronto, Ontario.

Powering Tomorrow

Held in advance of the Awards luncheon, EHRC's Director of Programs, Mark Chapeskie will host an interactive panel discussion that explores the importance of shaping the future of our most important resource: Our people.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Kevin Weaver, Vice President, International, Workforce Development and Partnerships, Georgian College
  • Nicole Parsons, Senior Manager, HR Corporate Services, Nalcor Energy
  • Nicole Miller, Assistant Director, Learning and Professional Development, University of Ottawa
  • Robyn Simpson, Talent Acquisition Associate, FortisBC
  • Aisling O'Doherty, Policy Analyst - Safety Risk, Policy & Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority

To register click here.

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