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Volume 7 | April 07, 2022
Thank you to our Sponsors!
ECAO is grateful for all the support our Industry Partners have extended in sponsoring our upcoming ECAO-JEPP AGMs and Gala Night in Ottawa. A huge shout out to:

  • Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa (ECA Ottawa)
  • Federated Insurance
  • Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
  • RS Breakers & Controls
  • Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS)
  • Rubicon Strategy
  • The Home Depot
  • Electrical Contractors Association of Central Ontario (ECACO)
  • Teksmed
  • Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)
  • Graybar Canada
  • Thistle Printing
  • Noramco
  • Lakhani Campea LLP

We have a few spots left for the event. If you haven't registered, please Register Here.

ECAO has also secured special discounts rates with Air Canada for the event. Book Your Flights Here.

Some of our members and partners have asked about the attire for our Masquerade Gala on the evening of May 18th. While there is no strict dress code in effect, below you will find some photos of masquerade black tie events. While we will have masks available at the event, you can also consider some of the masks below. Be creative and have some fun with your outfit and of course there will be prizes for the best dressed.

The dress code for masquerade parties is usually black-tie attire or formal evening wear, however, we do not have a specific dress code in place; however, we can recommend what our guests can opt to wear. Guests can choose to dress up as characters like Batman, Catwoman, Zorro, mask from Phantom of Opera, Miss Masque, Gladiator, and more.

For attendees not dressing as a character, you could opt for anything from an evening gown, long skirt, or a jumpsuit to a tuxedo with a bowtie or a classic style suit. You can go for neutral colors like white, black, cream, grey or rich- Mardi Gras colors like deep red, emerald green, navy blue, gold, and more. You can match your outfits with your partners as well!

ECAO: 2021 Year in Review
ECAO 2021 Annual Report

D&I Leadership Surge Training: 3rd Session
May 10th, 2022 | 10am-12noon
The third session for D&I Leadership Surge Training is on May 10th from 10 am to 12 noon EST. Registrants will receive the Zoom joining link on March 28th.

Course Description for Third Session

This workshop enables your organization to take on implicit and unconscious bias by outlining a practical organizing framework that helps participants on their journey "beyond bias." By participating in this training, participants will:
  • Understand the various biases that people exhibit
  • Explore social identities and how those interact with bias
  • Learn how to go beyond simple awareness of unconscious bias and discover specific actions to break the habit of biases and their negative consequences
  • Leverage talent and cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion in a diverse and global workforce
  • Create an individual plan of action for each participant to overcome their specific bias challenges and contribute to a culture of greater authenticity and psychological safety at your organization

Register for ECAO 2022 Annual Industry Conference
September 18/19- 24, 2022
Conference Inclusions

  • 6 nights standard accommodation, September 18-24, 2022, inclusive of hotel taxes and service charges
  • Welcome Evening in the Hotel including Cocktail Reception, Dinner and Wine
  • Guided Historical Walking Tour of Old Town
  • 6 Full Breakfasts in the Hotel
  • 2 Half Day Business Sessions for ECAO Members & Affiliate Partners
  • 2 Partner Program Activities for Members’ Companions during the Business Sessions
  • Exclusive Group Dinner & Unlimited Wine & Beer at the Pilsner House
  • Exclusive Group Dinner at Mlynec Restaurant, including wine and Open Bar
  • ECAO Networking Lounge x 3 evenings
  • ECAO 1-hour Farewell Cocktail Reception including Canapes and Open Bar

CLICK HERE to view the Program of Events.

Diversity & Inclusion Column
Ramadan Toolkit
D.J.B Wright Award 2022 Application
It is that time of year again where we look to celebrate one of our own for their significant contributions to the ECAO and the electrical contracting industry.
Past recipients were recognized for their commitment to the work of the giving back of their own time to volunteer on numerous industry committees and contributions to their respective local communities.
If you wish to honour one of your members, please fill the 2022 application or reach out to Cathy and she would be more than pleased to help you fill in application for someone you feel is deserving of this award.

This year we are hopeful that we can resume an in-person ECAO Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on May 18th and we would like to honour the 2022 recipient at this event.
Please raise this at your next local ECA meeting and discuss possible candidates for the DJB Wright Award. For reference past recipients are below:

  • Brad Vollmer, Vollmer Inc. (2021)
  • Fred Black, Adcoa Holding Inc. (2020)
  • Bill McKee, Carleton Electric Ltd. (2018)
  • John Wright, Stratford (2017)
  • Ove Bakmand, Net Electric (2016)
  • Dan Lancia, Holaco Installations Limited (2015)
  • Garry Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Electrical Contractor Inc. (2013)
  • George Docherty, Guild Electric Ltd. (2010)
Let us know if we can be of any help in pulling together an application for someone you feel is eligible for this prestigious award.
It is not often we can celebrate our members contributions, but this is one time we can.
Save the Date for R. Hugh Carroll Safety Awards
The ECAO Hugh Carroll Safety Awards recognizes ECAO members who strive to put safety first in their day-to-day operations. The award was first launched in 2000 to recognize the significant contribution ECAO member, R. Hugh Carroll made in the field of health and safety in the electrical contracting industry. 
Full detailed answers to application questions will ensure consideration of all the available information in the scoring process, giving your company the best chance of success in the evaluation process.

Prior to submitting an application, we encourage applicants to review the points below:

  • A 3-person panel will review each application and score each answer out of ten (10). The median of the three (3) scores will be the final question score.

  • Ensure that all questions have been answered. Unanswered questions will result in a 0/10 score for the question and effect the overall application score.

  • Best possible scores will be achieved where questions are answered thoroughly, including the detail required to allow the panel to understand the efforts.
  • Fully complete the accident statistics section.

  • For companies engaged in a health and safety management system, continuous improvement process, or have been audited by an accredited third-party health and safety provider, ensure that it is indicated on the application.

Typically, this event was done during our Annual General Meeting, however, in 2021 we launched it as an exclusive event! Once again, we are excited to recognize members who are working diligently to ensure safe working conditions. These efforts result in fewer injures, improved morale, better business performance and continue to show that we are leaders in health and safety. This year, Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Prevention Officer of Ontario will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker.

For any queries, please contact Adam at
Roundtable with Minister Monte McNaughton
ECAO was grateful to spend an hour with Minister Monte McNaughton, last week, to discuss apprenticeship, health & safety, DEI, and other topics under his Ministry and in the construction industry.
Certi-Fire Trailer is finally LIVE!
Multiple challenges face constructors post-pandemic
Ontario’s construction sector is moving on from COVID crisis mode and that means it’s time to take stock of multiple new challenges while revisiting prickly older problems that haven’t gone away.

That was the dominant theme of a panel discussion presented in Mississauga recently by the Ontario Construction Secretariat, titled Delivering Construction in Disruptive Times.

Ontario to tackle out-of-province skilled worker and apprentice mobility
“[We] want more skilled professionals and tradespeople to come here.”

Ontario says it will introduce changes that would help workers in over 30 in-demand professions move to the province and continue their careers.

EHRC 2022 Awards of Excellence 
April 28th, 2022 - Vantage Venues, Toronto, ON
Hybrid Event

The electricity workforce event of the year, recognizing innovative and extraordinary Human Resources leaders in the electricity sector!

Awards of Excellence is a unique, national event attended by employers, labour, education, and government representatives working for, and with, the sector. The aim of this event is to connect, convene and inspire the industry. It represents an exclusive opportunity to collaborate and learn with your peers.

NECA 2022 Large Contractors Spring Meeting
MAY 10-12 2022

  • Grande Colonial Hotel
  • Location: La Jolla, CA
  • Contact: Wanessa Alves
  • Email:
  • Phone: 301-215-4532
NETCO 2022 Conference
Energize and Educate EAST COAST STYLE! 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 27-28, 2022! 
In Person Conference

Teksmed Health Services for ECAO Members
We are excited to announce 2 new complimentary health services from our Affiliate Partner, TeksMed with just a call to our dedicated ECAO hot line at 1 833-355-3266(ECAO)

Quick Care Platinum: is a benefit that provides you with expedited medical services for non-work related injuries, at no cost. This benefit provides you the opportunity to fast track any diagnostic services your doctor prescribes for you such as MRI’s , CT Scans, and various specialist referrals such as cardiologists and neurosurgeons. See flyer for full details.

Quick Care Mental Wellness: provides members with the opportunity to receive digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at no cost. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or a panic disorder or just some guidance on how to handle life’s challenges. You can access free CBT training by calling our dedicated TeksMed number 1 833-355- 3266. See flyer for full details.