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Executive Director’s Message
Graeme Aitken

Your representatives at ECAO have been busy assessing the electrical industry landscape over the past few months, including getting to know the construction community around the Province of Ontario. We have interacted with numerous associations and representative groups including Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA), the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS), the National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO), the Construction Employers Coordination Council of Ontario (CECCO), Prompt Payment Ontario, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, and numerous other external groups. In addition to these provincial and national groups we have also had considerable interaction with representatives from other trade-specific contractor groups in Ontario.

Most importantly Jodi and I have also embarked on our mission to meet with each of our area ECAs and sector representatives. It is my belief that ECAO requires an extensive assessment of how, where, and with whom to best represent our members. The initial feedback has been illuminating and instructive, as we expect our subsequent meetings to be. Whether face-to-face, telephone, or electronic communication we have been encouraged by the level of engagement, the clear commitment of our members, and the willingness to step forward to aid in the creation of an improved ECAO. There is a palpable excitement within our community with respect to our future, an excitement that motivates us to be our best for you.

Notwithstanding the engagement and commitment currently being demonstrated by our members, ECAO continues to seek new participants on a number of committees. One such committee for which we are seeking additional members is our Codes and Standards Committee. The Electrical Code is a key guiding document for each of our members, and it is constantly being reviewed. ECAO must, in my view, be intimately involved in the evolution of the Code, and to do so we require committed ECAO representatives to monitor, assess, and provide valuable input to those who draft and issue the Code. I ask that interested individuals please contact Cathy Frederickson at to find out more about how to contribute and volunteer to provide your expertise.

There are also a number of other opportunities to contribute to your association, your industry, your community. I invite you to visit our website,, and have a look at the committees of your fellow members working to make your industry better. We are always happy to welcome new faces, voices, and ideas.


Industry News

Pre-Apprentice Funding

The Federal Government announced $46 million Pre-Apprenticeship Program funding included in the February 27, 2018 federal budget.

The program will encourage underrepresented groups—including but not limited to women Indigenous Peoples, newcomers and persons with disabilities—to explore careers in the skilled trades. The government is fast-tracking the program design because the $46 million commitment over five years will start in 2018-2019 with $6 million and $10 million per year thereafter. ECAO and its stakeholders welcome the announcement and applaud the government in demonstrating its ongoing commitment to skills development.


Technology Adoption in the Trades

The days of managing a job site or service department with a pen and paper gone. To ensure productivity, and optimize project outcomes, firms must embrace the new digital tools of the trade. That includes construction management software that can manage the complexities of modern project and keep everyone on the same page.

Please read this insightful article by Matt Bradford who suggests some approaches to this issue.


Ministry of Labour Appoints New Chief Prevention Officer

The province has appointed Ron Kelusky as Ontario’s new Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) continuing its commitment to ensuring safe and healthy workplaces.

Ron replaced George Gritziotis who was the province’s first ever CPO, and recently became the CEO of the Ontario College of Trades.

Prior to his appointment as the CPO, Mr. Kelusky was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) and was responsible for health and safety solutions for Ontario's healthcare, education, government and First Nations sectors. Prior to PSHSA, Mr. Kelusky was with the Canadian Red Cross, as Director General and National Executive Lead for Health Programs.


Awad Training Seminars

Dr. Awad Hanna is coming back to deliver 3 seminars in May.

These sessions will be as follows:

  • “Basic Principles and Practices of Project Construction Estimating”-  May1st.
  • “Achieving Greater Project Success and Profitability through Pre-Construction Planning” – May 2nd
  • “The Top Habits of High Performing Foremen: - May 3rd.

All seminars are from 8:30 – 3:30 at the ECAO Offices, at a cost of $495 per person plus tax. Class size is limited to 20 people so register soon.

To register contact Cathy Frederickson at

Industry Events

National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) Conference 

NETCO 2018 Training Conference, June 9, 2018, Mont-Tremblant, QC

NETCO’s conference web site is available for online registration and payment.  NETCO will leverage the conference to support JEPP training partners, and other industry stakeholders, in securing funding from the new Pre-Apprenticeship Program as well as the Union Training and Innovation Program.   The conference will include a feature presentation on Best Practice Models for Pre-Apprenticeship in the Electrical Industry across Canada to showcase four industry-sponsored pre-apprenticeship training models used in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.  JAC-Toronto Director of Apprenticeship Erik Hueglin is one of the four panelists.  A contractor forum will channel the perspective of those who directly employ electrical apprentices. 

Read more or to Register click here

SHERRARD KUZZ LLP Workshop Bill 148: Understanding (and Complying with the New Obligations Under the Employment Standards Act

Intensive Workshop

This practical, half-day workshop is designed to assist employers comply with the new ESA obligations, using real-life scenarios and interactive learning. Topics include:

  • Equal Pay for part-time, temporary and casual employees: understanding and applying the new law
  • Scheduling: policies and practices to comply with the new obligations
  • Personal Emergency Leave: integration with existing leave policies and other paid entitlements
  • Vacation and Holiday Pay: how to calculate under the new regime
  • Critical Illness Leave, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Leave and (expanded) Pregnancy and Parental Leave: entitlements and obligations
  • Record Keeping: what’s new and how to comply
DATE (2 OPTIONS):  Each workshop is from 9:00am - 1:00pm 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
LOCATION: Sherrard Kuzz LLP, 250 Yonge Street, Suite 3300, Toronto
COST: $450 + HST

Member Benefit Highlight

New ECAO Affiliate Partner


Now that we know what Telematics actually is, what can it do and how does Telematics help your company and fleet management?

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