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Volume 17 | September 08, 2022


Last Chance to Register for ECAO 2022 Safety Awards 🏆

Register for ECAO 2022 Safety Awards on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The event will start at 10 am EST over Zoom. Please see the Registration Link below.


Register Here


This year, Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Prevention Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will be joining us as a Keynote Speaker. Joel is a seasoned public health and occupational health and safety leader with over seventeen years' experience working in various labour organizations throughout the province of Ontario.

As a member of ESA’s senior leadership team, Joel led its future strategic direction to achieve its “getting to zero” vision of safety in Ontario. He has championed innovative approaches to harm reduction and regulatory oversight, and made equity, diversity and inclusion central to his philosophy of leadership.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please ensure to check you spam/ junk folder.


For any questions and queries, please contact Adam at .

PRAGUE: What To Know Before You Go

September 17/18-24, 2022

The 2022 ECAO Annual Industry Conference is less than a month away! It will be an exciting week and we just wanted to remind you of a few things before you go!


Know Before You Go

Please see what to know before you go, including travel information, weather, flight connections in Europe and more, Here.



A detailed program agenda is attached Here, outlining the times and locations for all events. Departure and start times are key - please ensure you arrive on time for event and tour departures, as well as the Business sessions.

A printed pocket agenda will also be provided to you upon arrival in Prague.

Get to know Prague!

Check out these links for more information about this beautiful destination.

Optional Activities

Please find all the optional activities you would like to book, here- The spa brochure is attached with this e-mail. Please note, the Vienna Day Tour option has been removed due to increased travel times.


Stay Connected

Get featured on our Twitter Wall displayed throughout the conference. All you have to do is to follow us on our social media platforms and, while posting, use the official hashtag #ECAOPrague.

Twitter: @ECAOntario

Facebook: ECAOntario

Instagram: ECAOntario

LinkedIn: company/ecaontario

YouTube: ECAO

Safe travels and see you in Prague on September 18th! 

For more information or assistance, contact Shelley Sparrow at or by phone at 647-505-1296.

ECAO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training with Alex Willis-Coming Back in Fall 2022

If you haven’t signed up for the ECAO’s DEI training with Alex Willis, it is time to join us for the next round with Alex, starting in September.

Hear directly from past participants on how they felt the training is impactful to change the construction culture and to keep the DEI conversation going.

Listen here:

To sign up contact Cathy Frederickson.

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association

Visit IHSA to access tools and resources to help you get started with COR™—and commit to keeping your workers safe.

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FREE “Level One” Certi-Fire Training Tuition Limited-time Offer

With the continued support of Employment Ontario under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) received a second round funding from the Provincial Skills Development Fund (SDF) for the Certi-Fire program to enhance its training capabilities in the fire alarm industry.

In Spring 2021, the Certi-Fire program received the first round of SDF funding to expand the courses in a COVID-19 friendly environment, by delivering programs online to accommodate “at-home-learning” for the “in-person-classroom” training. It was a great achievement for Certi-Fire!

The second round of SDF funding allows us to develop Virtual Reality (VR) Certi-Fire Lab Assessment; where a wearable device allows participants to learn to wire a fire panel, is currently under way.

Good news about this VR technology - we will be able to provide training in an innovative method that will eliminate the traditional need for large physical spaces and large capital investments. It will also resolve the indoor setting limitations and the geographical issues that were a barrier due to COVID-19.

ECAO is pleased to offer a limited, one time, opportunity for free LEVEL ONE Certi-Fire Training for IBEW members, and individuals who are 309A licensed electricians, or minimum third term apprentices with intermediate trade school. This promotion is on a first-come-first served basis, and applies to Level 1 only, within the given period of time. This free tuition offer will end on March 31, 2023 or until the seats are filled, whichever comes first.

*** Don’t miss this chance to become a Certi-Fire Fire Alarm Electrician who can provide one stop electrical services – install, test, verify, and maintain all fire alarm needs!!! ***

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at

Read Full Announcement Here

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ECAO and FLAC Member Danielle Gray named Top Young Professional

Danielle Gray, owner of a local electrical contracting company, is Brockville’s Young Professional of the Year.

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce made the announcement Friday, the third and final individual announcement ahead of October’s Awards of Excellence gala.

Gray, 35, the owner and president of Industrial Electrical Contractors Brockville Limited (IECBL), has been running her business since 2018, chamber officials noted.

While she holds a degree in political science, the electrical business is in her blood.

“My family are all electricians,” she said in an interview Friday.

“Growing up, we were always at the office helping.”

Gray grew up in Athens and how lives in Lansdowne with her husband.

She was a junior shareholder at Industrial Electrical Contractors Limited, which sold to Modern Niagara in 2016. The family bought it back in 2018 and she has been running it ever since.

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Are you using the latest Ontario Electrical Safety Code edition?

If you are using the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC), you should ensure you have the latest edition on hand. The 28th edition of the OESC (2021) is now incorporated by reference into regulations for electrical installation in Ontario.

The OESC (28th edition/2021) combines the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CSA C22.1:21), and Ontario-specific amendments of CSA C22.1:21 to enhance electrical safety and help protect electrical workers and the public in the province. The important updates in the 28th OESC edition include:

  • clear electrical safety installation requirements for energy storage systems;
  • guidance for electrical installations in flood hazard zones;
  • requirements for electrical installations in buildings housing livestock;

and, in Ontario, also the requirements for:

  • mitigating the potential for shock or electrocution when structures are erected in close proximity to customer-owned powerlines
  • keeping reduced conductor sizes for services and feeders for dwelling units by following current installation practices

Get no-fee view access to the 28th OESC edition

Is Your Eye on the Horizon or on the Map?

ALMOST AS CONTENTIOUS AS THE CHICKEN AND EGG DEBATE, "Are managers and leaders the same?" has been pondered for years. The terms can be used interchangeably. There are some similarities between "leadership" and "management," but there are far more differences. Just because you are a manager doesn’t mean you are in leadership, and just because you are a leader doesn’t mean you are in management. Most successful companies have a healthy mix of managers, leaders and a few individuals who work effectively as both. A vital component of this success formula is the right balance between them.

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Calling ECAO Members for Prompt Payment and Adjudication Testimonials

The use of adjudication under Ontario’s Construction Act has been quite low since the Act was passed into law, and adjudication became available to contractors to secure payment several years ago. In large part, this is the result of extremely low awareness of adjudication across our industry.

To combat this low level of understanding of adjudication in our industry, COCA is developing an awareness campaign to inform contractors.

To form part of our campaign, we are seeking positive testimonials about the adjudication process. Testimonials will be an important and compelling element in our campaign.

We are hoping that some of the member contractors who might are interested in providing COCA with positive testimonials about adjudication under the Construction Act. Please let us know if you are interested to provide an endorsement?


Alcumus: Do you know the top 3 safety program challenges in the electrical industry?

Do you know the top 3 safety program challenges in the electrical industry? Find out what they are and learn how to solve them! View this infographic from Alcumus, a risk management solution, to learn how to avoid and solve common pitfalls in the electrical industry.

Teksmed Health Services for ECAO Members

TeksMed is excited to tell you about the newest benefits available to your employees, as part of your ECAO membership: QuikCare Platinum and QuikCare Mental Wellness.

Quick Care Platinum: When an employee’s physician recommends a diagnostic scan, or refers them to see a specialist in one of the below mentioned specialties, and the wait time is greater than 21 days, they can simply contact the QuikCare Platinum Helpline at 1-833-355-ECAO (3226) for rapid

intervention. TeksMed will liaise with the employee to obtain the required documentation to utilize our exclusive network of specialists and diagnostic imaging services. Appointments typically occur within two weeks, as opposed to the months it may take in the public healthcare system.

Quick Care Mental Wellness: QuikCare Mental Wellness aims to provide an accessible and clinically proven resource for the improvement of mental health, which your employees can access from the privacy and comfort of their own home, helping them learn techniques to better manage negative moods and stress. Your employees can

simply contact the confidential QuikCare Mental Wellness Helpline at 1-833-355-ECAO (3226) for rapid assistance, and TeksMed will look to obtain the required information needed to arrange for an assessment to be conducted. The worker will then be connected with a therapist, who will guide them along the 12-week long cognitive behavioural therapy program.

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CCDC Document Webinars

CCDC Document Webinars are a unique opportunity for anyone involved in construction projects. These author-led sessions are designed to explain the underlying principles behind CCDC documents and teach you their correct application and use.

Register Here

Ontario Construction Secretariat 2022 AGM & Conference

The Ontario Construction Secretariat 2022 AGM & Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 5 & Thursday, October 6, 2022 at JW Marriot The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.

Click here for registration details, agenda, speaker lineup, and hotel information.

NECA 2022 Convention and Trade Show

Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

When: Saturday, October 15 – Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Registration is open for the 2022 NECA Convention & Trade Show in Austin, TX. Attendees will gain access to industry-leading education and top-notch speakers to keep you at the forefront of the electrical contracting industry. With sessions on a wide range of topics, NECA Austin has both your professional growth and your company’s future covered!

Register Today!

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