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The Conduit
Edition # 14
December  2017
In This Issue
 Upcoming Meetings
Board Meeting 
December 4, 2017
Davidson Town Hall
Board Meeting & 2017 AGM
January 30, 2018 
9:00-1:00
Gordie Howe Bowl
Board Room
Saskatoon
  
 All members  are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 
 Copper Sponsors
 
 
Quick Links

CECA Newsletter
 
ECAS Website
On behalf of the ECAS Board, President Côme  Préfontaine and the staff, m ay the Joy and Peace of the Season be with you and all your loved ones!  Best wishes for a Safe and Prosperous New Year!
   
Wonder if Santa is licensed to do this work?

2018 Membership Drive
All renewal invoices for current members will be sent out via mail in early December.  Introduction letters and membership information will also be sent in mid December to over 1450 prospective companies who hold a contractor license in Saskatchewan.   Please complete and return your remittance ASAP to ensure you are listed in the 2018 Buyers Guide and you qualify for the Sask Power Registered Contractor program.  Information on both will be included in your mail out package. 

Executive Director Report
In 2017, the board and staff at ECA of Sk. continued to work on growing the membership, expanding member services, strengthening committee work, and securing methods of additional funding to meet growth objectives. Most importantly in 2017, the Association advocated for the efficient, safe delivery of electrical services in the province. Our strategy to do this was to promote enforcement processes and enhance requirements for electrical contracting in Saskatchewan with government and SaskPower regulators. A huge win for ECA of Sk. is the Registered Contractor program and the requirement to be an ECA of Sk. member. Please see more details about this program in this edition of the newsletter.
This newsletter contains information on many other ECA of Sk. initiatives from our government and industry partners. Please read and feel free to contact the ECA of Sk. office with any questions or comments you have.
In December, you will be receiving an invoice and information in the mail concerning membership renewal for 2018. I know this has been a challenging year for many of our member companies but we really need your ongoing membership and support if we going to continue the needed work on our many initiatives. We are making headway on many long-standing issues and can only sustain this momentum by your membership renewal.
     
ADVOCACY ISSUES FOR 2018:
  • Implementation of the "Registered Contractor Program" with SaskPower
  • Provide members with contact information for enforcement issues on jobsites
  • Finalizing a document with regulators on changes to the Saskatchewan Electrical Act through participation in the Sk. Electrical Licensing Committee. Items currently being discussed are implementation of a Master's Program, Home Owners Permits, Mandatory Code renewal for electricians and Bonding changes.
  • Working with the SCA Advisory Council to finalize Prompt Payment Legislation
  • Advocate for alternative delivery models with government and SaskPower regulators as it relates to electrical licencing and inspections.
  • Advocate and prevent the further erosion of the scope of the electrical trade
  • Communicate to members the enforcement of fire alarm regulations in the province
  • Participate and expand the newly formed Saskatchewan Electrical Technical Committee
  • Correspond with the design community to enhance communication and the quality of construction documents 
Please use your influence to encourage other contractors to join the Association with a special emphasis on distributors, manufacturers agents and suppliers.  
           
Thank you for your past and future support of the Electrical Contracting industry in Saskatchewan. We look forward to representing you again in 2018.

ECAS announces the Registered Contractors Program in collaboration with Sask Power
For the past 2 years members of the ECAS Board and staff have been working with the inspections division of Sask Power to develop a system that recognizes companies in the province who have a proven track record with inspections and have membership with our association.
The program will reward electrical contractors with a 10% discount for electrical permits taken out, after standards are demonstrated over a one year cycle.   
We are very excited to announce that the time and energy both parties have devoted will be realized with the introduction of the Registered Contractors Program in 2018.  
For an informational flyer click here.  

ECAS turns 60! 
In 1958 the association was incorporated under the leadership of Marshall Young.  For the past 60 years many thousands of contractors and companies have supported the association with membership and many have gone above and beyond by volunteering a great deal of time to committees and the board of directors.  The history of the first 25 years of the association was published by Norm Roach and is available on our website www.ecasask.ca.  Go to "About ECAS/History" tab.  Throughout this time many challenges have been faced and many decisions made that have supported the entire industry to maximum profitability, improve working conditions and training, reduce liability and accidents and improve customer loyalty and satisfaction. Throughout 2018 the Association, along with our local associations, will mark this special year with events and activities.    
ECAS awards scholarships 
ECAS offers two $500 scholarships annually. One each is presented to a 3rd and 4th year apprentice of an ECAS member employee who has done exceptionally well in apprenticeship courses.  In addition, Klein Tools provides a $500 tool voucher for each recipient.  Candidates are selelcted in consultation with Saskatchewan Apprenticeship.
Congratulations to the 2017  recipients: Tyler Merritt  4th year (Concept Electric) and Lance Boyer 3rd year (W.Hunter Electric) 
Lance Boyer Level 3 W. Hunter Electric Saskatoon (left) pictured with Côme Préfontaine (ECAS President) at the SATCC awards Dinner.
Picture for Tyler Merritt not available at the time of production.  
ECAS ANNOUNCES new Affinity Partner 
We are very pleased to welcome Cloverdale Paints to our list of Affinity member companies.  

All members and employees will receive 35% off on all paints and 25% to 30% on all sundry items.  To receive these benefits at the Saskatoon or Regina stores indicate your membership with ECAS and the following employee discount account #072ELECTRI.

 For a complete list of the benefits and companies available to our members or reduced rates or specials, go to www.ecasask.ca and click on the Activities TAB then Affinity.  
                    
Local Association NEWS
The Electrical Contractors Association of Regina (ECAR) will be hosting their annual Christmas lunch on  Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Seven Oaks Best Western - 777 Albert Street
Special Guest Speaker Mayor Michael Fougere

Ticket prices are $20 (ECAR Members) $30 non-members.  Each member company gets 1 free ticket. 
To purchase tickets, go to the ECAS website www.ecasask.ca  and click on NEWS/EVENTS Upcoming Events or to purchase tickets online go to: https://ecarchristmas2017.eventbrite.ca

The Saskatoon Electrical Contractors Association SECA will be hosting their annual Christmas Dinner on December 8, 2017 
Nutana Legion Branch 362
3021 Loiuse street
Cocktails 5:00PM Dinner 6:00PM
for more information contact Jessica at exec.seca@gmail.com or to purchase tickets online go to:  www.picatic.com/SECAChristmas2016
 
IT'S COMING...
JOIN US FOR
THE 2017 IDEAL SKILLS CHALLENGE
@ EECOL - Regina
Thursday, December 7th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Use IDEAL tools to complete The Challenge while racing the clock. The winner gets a prize - but more than that - the bragging rights to call themselves The Fastest and Most Skilled Electrician @ EECOL Regina!
STEP UP TO  THE CHALLENGE!
VISIT WWW.IDEALINDUSTRIES.CA TO WATCH OUR "HOW TO" VIDEO
© IDEAL Industries (Canada) Cortp. All rights reserved. 

For registration and program information: click here 


SaskPower Electric Service Requirements Bulletin 2017-01 2017 Electric Service Requirements (ESR) Update
The ESR has been under review and an updated document will be released for use January 1, 2018. Enforcement will coincide with quote acceptance. Any service quote accepted after January 1, 2018 will be required to comply with the new requirements. An updated version of the document will be available on the SaskPower website November 24 th at the following link:
To view the PDF document click here:


THE NEXT WORKFORCE
One of the greatest successes of apprenticeship is the many partnerships that exist to create skilled journeypersons.
 
To celebrate that success, the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) held the seventeenth annual Apprenticeship Awards ceremony on October 27th. The awards recognized 34 journeypersons who achieved the highest marks on the journeyperson exam in their designated trades between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
 
"It was pretty cool," said Casey Fitzsimmons, Outstanding Journeyperson in the Sheet Metal Worker trade. "It was very surprising, and very meaningful for all the hard work and hours I put in."
 
More than 400 people were in attendance at the event, where additional awards were presented to apprentices, employers, instructors, and Skills Canada Saskatchewan competition gold medal winners.
 
"I was really proud and honoured because I knew it was for women in non-traditional trades," said Cassandra Lasko of the Wendy Davis Memorial Scholarship she received.
 
The awards were supported by many industry sponsors.
 
"Supporting the apprenticeship awards is important because it recognizes the young people who have chosen to become journeypersons, or masters in their craft," said John Lax of the Saskatchewan Construction Association, a Platinum sponsor. "That's critically important to the economy and the development of our province, in terms of both the capacity and the quality of work."
 
In addition to the awards celebrated that evening, there were 100 high school students who received a Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarship at their Grade 12 graduation ceremonies.
 
Each year we hope many high school graduates decide to pursue a post-secondary education through an apprenticeship that will lead them to careers in the skilled trades. The skilled trades give people a chance to work with their hands and solve problems, to be creative and perform tangible, meaningful work; and to support themselves and their families.
 
"At Saskatchewan Apprenticeship, we promote the skilled trades as a first-choice career option, and apprenticeships as a way for young people to receive a combination of on-the-job and classroom training leading to certification," said Jeff Ritter, CEO of Saskatchewan Apprenticeship. "One of the ways to encourage and support young people entering the trades is through the SYA program, and the scholarship."
 
The SYA Industry Scholarship is set up to reward Saskatchewan students who have completed the SYA program, and have decided to pursue careers in the skilled trades.
 
In order to redeem their $1,000 scholarship, students need to begin their career journeys within two years of high school graduation-either by apprenticing with an employer and finishing Level 1 technical training, or by completing a pre-employment program.
 
The scholarship fund is administered by the SATCC, but the bulk of the funds are donated by industry organizations who believe in the apprenticeship system and the importance of supporting our future workforce.
 
Since the scholarship's inception in 2009-10, more than 40 organizations have donated $680,000 to the scholarship fund. The SATCC is looking to add to its list of donors. In the past, donations have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000, so organizations are able to choose an amount that fits within the budget.
 
A $10,000 donation means that the sponsor will receive a named scholarship that will be awarded to a new graduating student every year for 10 years. Similarly, a $1,000 donation means that they will receive one named scholarship for one year. Industry donations helped fund the 100 SYA Industry Scholarships awarded to SYA graduates across the province in the spring of 2017.
 
"We need your help promoting the trades to our province's young people," said Ritter. "Your contribution will help ensure that Saskatchewan's youth continue to discover the rewards offered by the skilled trades."
 
There are many benefits to donating. More information can be found on the SATCC website: saskapprenticeship.ca/employers/sya-industry-scholarship/
You can also call 306-787-0187 or email youthapprenticeship@gov.sk.ca for more details.


Congratulations to Carly Oferdorfer, a first year apprentice from Active Electric in Regina. She received the Don Hoium Award of Excellence at the Annual Regina Trades and Skills Awards Program on October 13, 2017.

Pictured above (left to right) Carly Oberdorfer & Don Hoium 


Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association is seeking your input! 
Dear Valued Member/Stakeholder, 

The SCSA Guide to OHS Legislation app has been very positively received in the industry since its release on September 6, 2017. As we look to Phase II development we want to know what you would value most. Please take 2 minutes and give us your thoughts by completing the following 5 question survey. 

Haven't had a chance to check out the app? To download the app from either the Apple or Google app stores, simply search "SCSA" using each store's search tool.

To preview the web-based version visit: ohsguide.scsaonline.ca   


As a Copper Sponsor of our Association we are pleased to bring this information to your attention.  For current Federated Insurance Policy Holders -- make your loonie go further with Federated Insurance!
 
For only $1, ECAS members can get a bundle of unique insurance coverages to complement their Federated Insurance policies.
With the one loonie bundle, your business can get protection like Identity Theft Coverage, Hole-in-One Insurance, Debris Removal and more!
Visit ONELOONIE.CA/ECAS today to learn more.


Member  Recognition
Has your company received special recognition from industry or business  related agencies?  Let us know.  We want to recognize you and make sure your colleagues and other business associates are informed of your achievements. Upcoming newsletters will report on the SATCC, SCSA, Work Safe, SCA, Merit and other organizations which                 acknowledge the work and achievements of our member 
companies.  

2018 Buyers Guide


The 2018 Guide is being prepared for release in February 2018. For advertising rates and layout information click here;   for space reservation  click here   . Our association receives a rebate on this publication based on net revenue.  Please consider their request.

W elcome New Members

Welcome to the following who have become new members since our last newsletter publication.  We trust your membership will provide great value to your organization/company and be assured your support is invaluable to the ongoing interests of the electrical industry in Saskatchewan.
To download a copy of this logo for your company letterhead or website click here.
Lite Way Electric Prince Albert