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Volume 12 | June 25, 2021
ECAO NEWS
ECAO Mobile App LAUNCHED!
Our new iOS and Android App is live now!
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If you have any technical issues, please contact Kamakshi at kahluwalia@ecao.org
ECAO Announces Winners of Hugh Carroll Safety Awards
ECAO is pleased to announce the following winners of this year’s Hugh Carroll Safety Awards based on 2020 safety metrics. This year the award expanded the criteria for smaller contractors and used safety program indicators to evaluate their health and safety records over 2020.

G2 UNDER 20,000 – MASS ELECTRIC
G2 20,001-100,000 – AMPERE
G2 100,001-250,000 – MELLON
G2 250,001-500,000 – VOLLMER
G2 OVER 500,000 – BLACK & MCDONALD
 
G4 UNDER 20,000 – GEMOR
G4 20,001-100,000 – TP ELECTRIC
G4 100,001-250,000 – AECON

ECAO Hugh Carroll Awards will be presented at a virtual event on September 1. Full details and registration to follow shortly.
Featured Spotlight
ECAO’s Future Leaders Advisory Council (FLAC) 1st Year Anniversary
Melissa Peroff, Co-Chair of the ECAO’s FLAC along with Clark Thomas, Co-Chair would like to acknowledge their first year of success.

"Well, it has definitely been an interesting year.

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed, and FLAC is turning one, yet when I look back at the year, and all the great things we have done, it's hard to believe it hasn’t been longer.
I will say I am very honoured to be part of the ECAO’s Future Leaders Advisory Council and equally honoured to be one of the Committee’s Co-Chairs. I feel we have had a very productive first year, and have grown in so many ways; through the relationships and opportunities, we developed with other committees and groups, as well as the learning and growth that has happened within the members of our committee.

Over the last year the FLAC Committee had the amazing opportunity to virtually meet with the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s Youth Advisors Group, participate in the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board Conference, participate in the 2021 WINFL, Women in NECA & Future Leaders virtual Conference, and collaborate with other industry groups, including some outside of Ontario.

In early June, FLAC had the opportunity to put on our first inaugural event, “Focusing on Mental Health in the Workplace.” We were very fortunate to have an amazing guest speaker, Nathan Kolar, and are in the process of donating the profit from the sponsorship funds raised to a non-profit organization focused on assisting youth struggling with mental health. If you missed this event, I encourage you to watch the recorded webinar available on the ECAO’s website.

I am personally very excited for the year ahead. I hope that the FLAC Committee can continue to develop and grow, positively affect change, collaborate with other organizations and associations, impact youth in the industry and let us not forget….have some fun!"
ECAO Expands the Health and Safety Excellence Program to Affiliate Partners
ECAO is excited to announce that we are extending an invitation to our affiliate partners to join us in the Health & Safety Excellence Program. Keeping your team safe and healthy at work is good for business. The Health and Safety Excellence Program provides a clear roadmap for you to improve safety in your workplace, whether you are just getting started or want to improve systems and processes you already have in place. ECAO is here to help you develop a program that is suitable for your business.

Don’t wait! Get started today by visiting our Website.
Ontario Moving to Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen on June 30
With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve, the provincewide vaccination rate now surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, and on the recommendation of the the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Originally, the province was slated to move into Step 2 on July 2 after moving into Step 1 on June 11. Each step was supposed to see a minimum of 21 days in between.

Diversity & Inclusion Column
June 21 was the National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. #NIPD2021
This year is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind, and the survivors of the residential schools. #NIHM2021

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866 925-4419 is there to listen and support.
INDUSTRY NEWS
The NETCO Minute
News for the National Electrical Trade Council, Summer 2022 Edition

NETCO is jointly sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Canada and the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) to address workforce development for Red Seal Electrical trades.

Electrical Business Annual National Survey
How’s the past year been? Let us know!

Electrical Business has launched their Annual National Survey of electrical contractor Charge-out Rates and Revenues—which only takes about 5 minutes and is completely anonymous—and they need your input.

The deadline to participate is July 30. The results will be shared with everyone, as usual, in our September 2021 edition. Thanks in advance!

Constructing Winning Bids in 2021
Stay competitive in the post-pandemic market by creating bids that win you more work.
Bidding activity is up, surpassing pre-pandemic levels, which means the industry is more competitive than ever.

UPCOMING WEBINARS
Energy Storage Market Member Workshop by CES
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 1 PM- 2 PM

Customized Energy Solutions is providing a series of energy storage webinar workshops for ECAO members that reviews the basics of energy storage applications and market opportunities. CES is a recognized thought leader in energy market services and emerging technologies and is the largest third-party operator of advanced energy storage in North America, scheduling over 300 MW into wholesale markets across multiple jurisdictions, including Ontario.
This is the fourth and final webinar in a series offered to ECAO members by Customized Energy Solutions, and will review the following for members:
Workshop 4: Advanced Storage Applications & Project Examples
  • Storage-as-Wires & Dual-Use Storage
  • Case Studies

Vaccine passports: The ticket to the new normal and the technology to take us there
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. ET

As coronavirus vaccinations become more widespread, critical questions arise around the role of proof of vaccination and other forms of digital health evidence in creating the new normal. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits
This session qualifies for CPD credits in some regions. More detailed information can be found on the event page.

ECAO Health and Safety Program of Excellence Informational Webinar
Jul 8, 2021 | 11:00 AM ET

ECAO’s Health and Safety Program of Excellence is ramping up and if you are still interested in learning more about the Program, please join us for our next ECAO Informational Webinar on WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence Program on July 08 at 11:00 am