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ECAO Annual General Meeting, Blue Mountain, September 12-13, 2018


Join us for our 1970s dinner reception and start shopping for your outfit. 

For registration and room bookings contact Cathy Frederickson 


Industry News

Premier Ford Cancels White Pine Wind Project

Energy Minister Greg Rickford announced last week that the PCs are cancelling the Prince Edward County White Pines Wind Project, along with 758 other green energy projects. While it will cost $100 million to cancel, Doug Ford states it will save $790 million in the future.

One of Ford’s first actions came with Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018 which outlines Hydro One accountability, cancellation of White Pines and back to work legislation for York University.

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Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) Enforcement Still Lacking in Face of Fines on Illegal Electrical Work.

On June 29, CBRE Limited was fined $80,000 after a worker received an electrical shock. While there has been no further action from OCOT or the Ministry of Labour, it appears OCOT has not ramped up its enforcement on unqualified electrical workers as stated by James Barry, “We can only hope that OCOT steps up before someone is killed. There’s a reason there are rules stating that only electricians should be doing electrical work,” says James Barry, Executive Chairman of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario.


ecao18072018E.jpgBridging North America consortium to start work on cable-stay Gordie Howe Bridge, July 9, 2018

The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will be constructed by the Bridging North America (BNA) international consortium, the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced. The cable-stay bridge will be constructed under a 30 year concession, with full-scale construction to start later this year. Aecon will be working on this project and many of the businesses participating also worked on the Herb Grey Parkway project which connects the bridge to Highway 401.


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Clarice Crocker entered the workforce as a labourer tearing and rebuilding fire and flood damaged houses. She took advantage of Conestoga College’s Women in Skilled Trades program and within a year she became a carpenter’s apprentice, a progression she credits to the program, her employer and her own strong work ethic.

She has recently been appointed as volunteer vice-president/treasurer at the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC).

In 2010 she shifted from residential construction into the ICI sector, securing employment with Waterloo Region-based Melloul-Blamey Construction where she completed her carpentry apprenticeship and carried on as a health and safety representative.


IBEW 353 and Women in Construction

Alisha Kelloway, a second-term apprentice with IBEW Local 353, talks about what it’s like to be learning the electrical trade as part of the IBEW – the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“I love the sense of community with IBEW,” Kelloway says. “When you go to different locals you’re always welcome.”

While some apprentices are taken on directly at a union hall, Kelloway was sponsored by Neutron Electrical Contractors after she completed their pre-apprenticeship course. In 2016, she became a member of Local 353 through Neutron, as they are an IBEW partner company.Competition for apprenticeship placements is always tough, no matter which avenue you take. Kelloway placed top of her class in her pre-apprenticeship program, out of a field of 20 male candidates. “My mom cried at my mini-graduation, she was so proud of me. Both of my parents were,” she says fondly.


Occupational Health and Safety

City of Brampton requiring COR in 2019

City of Brampton announces the requirement to be CORTM certified starting in January 2019 for construction projects over $25M. 


Industry Appointments

IVP Daniels Retires: Letter to All Members

Incoming Canadian IVP Tom Reid  far left , and outgoing IVP Bill Daniels, next toPrime Minister Justin Trudeau

Bill Daniels, past International Vice President (IVP) IBEW has retired and Tom Reid has been appointed as the new IBEW IVP.


ECAO Scholarship – Nominate a Student Today

In recognition of the importance of education and having post-secondary graduates enter into the construction industry, ECAO established a Scholarship Program in 2004. The program provides financial support for deserving students attending recognized post-secondary institutions.

The deadline for applications is July  20,2018. Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

ECAO’s Douglas J.B. Wright Award Nominations

The Douglas J. B. Wright Award pays tribute to individuals who best exemplify the dedication and commitment to the electrical contracting industry as exhibited by Doug Wright through his years of service. 

Submit your nomination by July 20, 2018 to: 

The Douglas J. B. Wright Award Committee
c/o Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario
10 Carlson Court, Suite 702, Toronto, ON  M9W 6L2
Fax:  416-675-7736 or email:

Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

Last year's winner, John Wright

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