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The Conduit
Edition # 18
Winter  2018
In This Issue
 Upcoming Meetings
Board Meeting & 2017 AGM
January 29, 2019
ECAS Board Room
1275 Albert Street

 All members  are welcome and encouraged to attend.
(meeting packages will be posted on the website members only section in mid December) 
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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!

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, sponsored by Titan Marketing, Klein Tools provides a $500 tool voucher for each recipient.  Candidates are selelcted in consultation with Saskatchewan Apprenticeship.
Congratulations to the 2018  recipients: Dylan Frey 3rd year (P.S Eleltric Estevan ) and James Hills 4th year (Humboldt Electric Saskatoon) 

Dylan Frey PS Electric Estevan (left) pictured with Côme Préfontaine (ECAS President) at the SATCC Awards Dinner.
Picture for James Hills not available at the time of production.  

Regina Trades and Skills Centre Awards 
On October 5th the Centre hosted their 8th Annual Awards ceremony to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in their training and work placements.
Congratulations to Jodi Milligan  from Croft's Electric on  receiving  the Hilti Award for M ost  Deserving.  

Pictured left to right Doug Folk, Jodi Milligan

Local Association NEWS  
ECAR will be hosting their annual Christmas event on December 13th at the Regina Trades and Skills Centre from 4 to 6 pm.  ECAR scholarship recipients will be presented and retirees of the association will be recognized. Tickets are $10.  For more information on the event or to purchase  tickets: (click here)

SECA will host its annual dinner on December 6th. To purchase tickets:  (click here)

Membership Renewals 2019
In mid December your company will receive an email notice for your 2019 membership renewal.  The renewals will be done through our new website.  You will receive information  on accessing your company page and completing the renewal process via our ecommerce portal.  You can pay by credit card, pay pal or remit a cheque and receive a receipt immediately upon completion. We trust this process will make it easier and more expedient for your office.   If you have any questions, contact our office.  

Executive Director Report
In 2018, 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 2018, the Association advocated for the efficient, safe delivery of electrical services in the province. Our strategy proved effective as we now have close to 200 members and have become the voice of the electrical industry with regulators and elected officials.  A large part of our membership growth was due to establishment Registered Contractor program which provides a 10% permit discount for ECA of SK. members who qualify. Please see more details about verifying your company as a Registered Contractor for 2019 in recent emails and in this edition of the newsletter.
This newsletter contains information on many other ECA of Sk. initiatives from our office 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 asked to go on-line to renew your membership for 2019. This is a new process for our office but should provide us with more accurate data, greater security and membership efficiency. If you have any questions about this process please contact our Office Manager, Howard Jesse. I know this has been a challenging year for many of our member companies but we really need your ongoing membership and support to continue the needed work on our many initiatives. We are making headway on long-standing issues and can only sustain this momentum by your membership renewal.
  • 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 and Regulations
  • Lobby for a Saskatchewan mandated Master Electrician Designation
  • Participate in the government's plan for a single services electrical agency
  • Work for a closer affiliation and relationship with local electrical associations
  • Working with the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (see article below)  and the SCA Advisory Council to implement Prompt Payment Legislation  
  • Advocate and prevent the further erosion of the scope of the electrical trade
  • Communicate to members the enforcement of fire alarm and other municipal regulations in the province
  • Participate and expand the newly formed Saskatchewan Electrical Technical Committee and the Saskatchewan Electrical Design Committee
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 2019.

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It's about Ability, Not Gender
The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) encourages women to explore opportunities in the skilled trades. 
Many women enjoy working with their hands, solving problems and admiring their creations at the end of the day. The question many ask is: Why aren't more women pursuing careers as skilled tradespeople?
As of June 30, 2018, 782 women were registered as apprentices, of which 383 were registered in predominantly male trades. Compare this to the total number of registered apprentices - 7,584 - and there is definitely room to grow the number of women working in the skilled trades. 
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) investigated this question at a " Supporting Women in Trades" Conference in Halifax, held November 6-7, 2018.
More than 300 people attended the forum. Presentations highlighted initiatives occurring across the country that prepare, encourage, support and retain women in skilled trades careers. Training sessions on recruitment, skills and employment were also offered.
The SATCC was pleased to sponsor this conference, as well as send two representatives to participate: Chief Operating Officer Loreena Spilsted and Director of Governance, Policy and Research Dawn Stanger. Spilsted, also a Construction Electrician Journeyperson by trade, was a panel member on "Female Inclusion from a Government Perspective" which discussed supports and funding for females in the skilled trades. According to Spilsted, it's important for employers and colleagues to work together to support women along their skilled trades journeys. 
The SATCC also works to ensure careers in the skilled trades are promoted to girls and women. Aside from profiling successful women working in the trades and promoting apprenticeship, the SATCC has also increased support for the  Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Program.  Two SYA Program Assistants have been hired to help grow the program and better target students from underrepresented groups. Their job is to present the benefits of apprenticeship, the skilled trades and the SYA Program to high school students, their parents and teachers. Students who complete SYA and register as apprentices within five years of graduation receive significant benefits: their apprenticeship registration fee and Level 1 technical training tuition are waived, and they receive 300 trade time hours. 
The SATCC also awards the Wendy Davis Memorial Scholarship to an outstanding new female journeyperson at the annual Apprenticeship Awards. This scholarship is awarded to the woman who achieved the highest mark on the journeyperson certification exam the previous year in a predominantly male trade. 
The 2018 Wendy Davis Memorial Scholarship recipient is Kelsey Stachyruk, an Automotive Service Technician from Moosomin. Not only did Stachyruk win this scholarship, she also received the Bruce Pearce Scholarship for achieving the highest mark on the journeyperson certification exam as an SYA graduate. Never before has someone won both the Wendy Davis Memorial Scholarship and the Bruce Pearce Scholarship in the same year. 
Moving forward, the SATCC will continue to seek ways to promote and encourage women's involvement in the skilled trades. 

The Canadian Electrical Contractors Association. 
Working for You!

As mentioned in one of my previous articles, CECA is a member of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) This has been a busy time for NTCCC as we make the final push towards having Prompt Payment legislation passed.
We have been on Parliament Hill on many occasions to lobby government. Our most recent action was to take out a full-page ad in the Parliament Hill Newspaper, The Hill Times. It was in the Oct 24 paper. I have posted the articles in the News section of the CECA website
The feedback we received indicates that the ad caused considerable attention on the Hill but we still have more work to do. We have more meetings scheduled and we need to create as much public pressure as possible on the MP's and Ministers who are going to make the decision. 
How can you help move Prompt Payment forward? You can send a letter to the Honourable Bill Morneau to let him know you support Prompt Payment. To make this easy for you, CECA has sent a letter template and key message to your provincial association, so they can share with their members. Get a copy of the letter, sign your name and send to Parliament Hill to show your support. (Click here for the template letter)
If you have any questions about NTCCC or the work we have been doing on your behalf, please send me an email at   or call me at 416-491-2414.
Respectfully yours,
Gregg Whitty
CECA Operations Manager


WorkSafe Sask announces workplace fatalities in Saskatchewan increase in 2018   (for the complete article and stats click here)

WorkSafe Sask educates workers,employers on workplace impairment

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Saskatchewan Construction Association Advocacy Update
ECAS Newsletter - November 2018
Procurement Reminder to Members
If you are encountering any issues with provincial government or Crown procurement that falls outside of Priority Saskatchewan guidelines, contact us immediately. It is possible to address problems in tenders while they are active. This is not the case once tenders are closed.
Stay tuned for updates in the coming months on the transition to a centralized procurement process across all provincial ministries. The organizational work towards this "single-window" approach is already well under way.

Prompt Payment Legislation
The SCA continues to work towards introduction of prompt payment Saskatchewan legislation in Saskatchewan. Prompt payment addresses consistent and systemic late payment in construction. The Prompt Payment Saskatchewan (PPS) working group agreed to pursue the following key principles:
  • A payment cycle;
    • The right to suspend work;
    • A dispute mechanism;
    • Interest on overdue payments; and
    • Transparency and disclosure.
We expect the government will follow through on its commitment to introduce prompt payment legislation in the fall session of the Saskatchewan legislature, which ends on December 6, 2018.
Details of the Saskatchewan bill will be available once it has been introduced in the legislature.

Marijuana Legalization
Recreation marijuana is legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018. Specific rules around sale, usage, and handling are set at the provincial-level, just like with alcohol. 
Cannabis legalization poses one unique problem because there is no test which can distinguish between marijuana intoxication 'right now' vs. 'residual levels of marijuana from previous off hours usage (the active intoxicant in cannabis, THC, is fat soluble unlike virtually all other intoxicants - so it stays in the body system long after the affects have worn off).
However, employers need to understand that legalization - or even medical direction to use - does not entitle anyone to be impaired at work. If an employ is not fit for duty, any employer has the right to remove them from the workplace. 
In session after session hosted by the SCA and others in the year leading up to legalization, professionals have continually advised erring on the side of safety when an employer or supervisor is suspicious. If testing determines that an employer was wrong about intoxication after removing an employee from a work site - simply apologize, pay for wages lost, and chalk it up to a successful demonstration of your business' commitment to the safety of your employees, partners and job sites.
Procurement Day
Looking for new opportunities? Planning your business for the year ahead?
Register today to save your spot for Saskatchewan's first-ever Procurement Day!
This is the only construction focused procurement forum in the province - bringing the contracting community and public and private infrastructure owners together to discuss capital plans and procurement policies.
This is your opportunity to hear what's coming down the pipeline in 2019 and determine what criteria owners and general contractors are evaluating in their upcoming projects.
Connect with new and key general contractors, owner representatives, consultants, and suppliers to develop the valuable relationships that can drive your business to the next level. Time will be set aside for structured networking to help you make the right connections.
Over lunch, attendees will hear an expert panel discuss the Saskatchewan economy moving into 2019. The first inductees into the Saskatchewan Construction Hall of Fame will also be announced.
Seating is limited. Tickets to spend the day with general contractors, owners and key industry partners are only are $50. Secure your spot before it's too late!
Owners in attendance will include Nutrien, Federated Co-op, Arbutus, Dream, SaskPower, City of Saskatoon, University of Saskatchewan, SaskBuilds, and others.

Federated is a Copper Sponsor of your Association and offers us great support at events and leadership opportunities for our association.  As a leading Insurance Company they also provide a great understanding of the needs of contractors.  They will be offering information on risk mitigation to support your business. This edition will feature:
Employee Dishonesty and how to prevent it! 
by Raza  Kamrani 

W elcome New Members
Welcome to the following who have become new members since our last edition. 
To download a copy of this logo for your company letterhead or website click here.

FNA Electric Kindersley
EB Horsman  Saskatoon ( supplier)
Essential Power Inc.  Saskatoon