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Volume 01 | January 11, 2023


ECAO 2023 R.H Carroll Safety Awards: May 02, 2023

To recognize the Safety and Health Week (May 1-6, 2023), we have moved the ECAO R.H Carroll Safety Awards to May instead of September. The event will be held in person and will start around 10 am to 12 noon EST. More details will be released soon!

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. The due date to submit the application is February 28, 2023.

Apply Now!

Apply for ECAO Douglas J.B. Wright Award

It is that time of year again when 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 giving back of their own time by volunteering on numerous industry committees and contributing to their respective local communities.

If you wish to honour one of your members, please take a look at the attached 2023 application or please let me know if I can help you in pulling together an application for someone you feel is eligible for this prestigious award.

ECAO will be honouring the 2023 recipient in-person at our ECAO Annual General Meeting in Toronto on June 02nd. The due date to submit the application is April 05, 2023.

Please raise this at your next local ECA meeting and discuss possible candidates for the DJB Wright Award. For reference past recipients are below:

  • Robert Ritzmann, Alltrade Industrial Contractors Inc. (2022)
  • 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)

It is not often we can celebrate our members' contributions, but this is one time we can. Thank you for your consideration.

Download Application


ECAO 2023 Annual General Meeting: June 01 & 02, 2023

Registration Opens Next Week!

ECAO 2023 Annual Industry Conference: September 17-21, 2023

More Details Coming Soon!


Native Women’s Association of Canada’s National Apprenticeships Program (NAP)

The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s National Apprenticeships Program (NAP) offers up to $20,000 in funding to hire Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people for apprenticeships in the Red Seal Trades. NWAC’s NAP is designed to build skills and address labour shortages across Canada.

Elevate your business practices by prioritizing diversity and reconciliation through inclusive hiring.

By participating in NWAC’s NAP your business will have access to:

  • $10,000 in funding for apprenticeship positions each year, for a maximum of $20,000 annually.
  • The NAP job board to connect directly with potential apprentices.
  • Resources for providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people.

Your business is eligible for participation if it:

  • Has 499 or fewer paid employees.
  • Has the facilities and equipment to adequately transfer skills to the apprentice.
  • Can meet any regulations applying to your trade, such as wage rates and ratios.

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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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Here’s the Drill: COCA’s Helpful Resource for Learning About Prompt Payment and Adjudication

Despite the prompt payment and adjudication rules under the Construction Act being introduced to Ontario in October 2019, many involved in construction projects continue to be unaware of or not fully appreciate their rights and obligations under these new rules including what details need to be included in “proper invoices”, when notices of non-payment must be delivered, what forms need to be used, when payments must be made and the general utility and availability of adjudication as a means to quickly resolve disputes.

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (“COCA”) has released a new platform on its website that provides a useful overview of some of the main facets of the prompt payment and adjudication rules.

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Join the Next Generation of Innovators

The NECA Innovation Institute is a one-year professional training program for future executives to become visionary thinkers with the essential innovation skills for practical deployment. The Institute is laser-focused on coaching future executives on the fundamentals of an innovative mindset and corporate philosophy.

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CCDC Document Webinars

Learn from CCDC authors with CCDC Document Webinars. Our winter schedule is focused on construction management (CM).

January: CCDC 5A and CCDC 17 webinar

The first webinar in the series will provide an overview of the key differences between the owner contracting directly with trade contractors (as seen in the CCDC 5A and 17) and the trades contracting with the construction manager (by using CCDC 5B). The document authors will then dive into CCDC 5A and 17, presenting the philosophy behind these CM methods and highlighting the proper use of these documents.

February: CCDC 5B webinar

Reinforce your knowledge of CM principles with the February webinar on CCDC 5B, under which the construction manager contracts with trade contractors directly. The CCDC authors will focus on the important provisions and how to execute the various options offered within this contract document.

Register Here


Alcumus: Top Safety Management Priorities Forecasted For 2023

And How To Overcome Obstacles To Achieving Your Goals

As you prepare for a safer 2023, do you anticipate any challenges and obstacles to achieving your organization’s safety goals this year?

Alcumus’ free webinar on Tuesday, January 17th at 1 pm ET, where safety experts Ryan Demelo (Global Director of Product Marketing, Alcumus) and Harish Pandian (VP of Product, Alcumus) will discuss:


The Top Safety Management Priorities Forecasted for 2023 and How to Overcome Obstacles to Achieving Them.


You will learn about the expected drivers and obstacles, as well as the recommended solutions for:

  • Adapting to digital advancements in EHS operations
  • Integrating EHS software solutions into central management systems
  • Achieving predictive EHS management


Plus, there will be a live virtual workshop component to leverage recommendations and solutions that have worked best for your peers.


Spots are limited so register now to reserve!


P.S. Can't make the live event? Register anyway and we'll send you a recording after the session!

ELECTRI Resources

The Electrical Contractors Innovation Challenge: The 2022 ECIC was a great success, with eight NECA Student Chapter teams from universities across North America competing in the challenge. Our thanks to ELECTRI’s Talent Initiative Committee and volunteer judges for their extensive involvement in this program. This year’s ECIC included both estimating and Takeoff classes for the student teams. Access Free Classes

Prefab 101 Classes: Electri has produced a series of educational videos on Prefabrication. This resource can be shared with your company employees or with NECA Chapter members. Access Videos

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Park'N Fly Savings Program

Reserve and Save on Airport Parking!

With a network that spans coast-to-coast, Park’N Fly is focused on providing our customers with cost-effective parking options while enjoying a park happy experience with every stay. To access your member discount and save you have three options:

Reserve via Park’N Fly App: Easily reserve your next parking stay using the Park’N Fly app and get the lowest rate! Plus, save your payment information to your reservation and you’ll be able to check in and out from the convenience of the app. Download today or click to learn more at www.parknfly.ca/app.

Reserve as a Rewards Member: Existing Park’N Fly Rewards members can sign into your rewards account and start getting the lowest parking rates by adding your corporate discount code to your profile. Sign into your account via the Park’N Fly Canada app or online at www.parknfly.ca/rewards.

Not a Park’N Fly Rewards Member? Enroll today by clicking Join Now and start earning free days. Plus, Aeroplan members also earn 50% more Aeroplan points when you add your member number in your Park’N Fly Rewards profile.

Reserve Online: Click RESERVE ONLINE (to the right), select your preferred location, and enter your travel dates and times to reserve your next parking stay.   

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