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Volume 12 | June 15, 2023


ECAO Day at the Races 🐎

Please join us for ECAO’s Appreciation Event: Day at the Races on June 22nd, 2023 at Woodbine Racetrack from 4:30 pm to 10 pm (Dinner included).


Please Register Here: https://bit.ly/ECAO-2023-Races

The event provides an excellent opportunity to connect and network in a relaxed setting with the ECAO Board of Directors, Local ECAs, Affiliate Partners, Industry Partners, Committees, and Staff. We'll be able to watch some of the best jockeys and horses in action and place some bets if you're feeling lucky. It will be a great opportunity to unwind and socialize with ECAO Leadership while enjoying the thrill of the races.

Please get in touch with Vincent or Kamakshi for any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Apply for ECAO 2023 Scholarships!

It is that time of year again when we are reaching out to offer scholarships to post-secondary graduates for children or wards of salaried employees of ECAO Member Companies.


ECAO offer scholarships to post-secondary graduates for children or wards of salaried employees of ECAO Member Companies. The scholarship was launched in 2004 and awards 5 successful recipients with a scholarship of $5,000 each. In 2021 the ECAO Executive approved the increase to $5,000 in recognition of the cost-of-living increases especially for kids in school.


The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students enrolling in a course leading to a University degree or Community College diploma. The award will be based on academic achievement in the previous academic year, however, academic achievement will not be the sole basis of review. Extracurricular activity, work experience, employment, application and supporting material, handwritten submission and course of study will also be an important aspect of selection. Preference will be given to those showing interest in the construction industry.


The deadline for submission is currently July 31st but this may be adjusted based on students’ ability to receive their academic records for 2022/2023.


Please find the application form below along with details on the criteria required to submit an application.

Application Form


Please submit your applications to me directly.


Thank you and we look forward to the 2023 submissions.

Registration Open for ECAO 2023 Annual Industry Conference

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for ECAO's highly anticipated 2023 Annual Industry Conference. This year's conference will be held at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Boston from September 17 to September 21, 2023, and is sure not to disappoint.

​Boston is a very historic city but, even now, continue to forge their identity. The spark that fueled the fight for independence burns just as brightly today and inspires the food, beer, and not-so-dirty water. It’s built five-star accommodations and world-class venues accessible in all four seasons of the year. That’s why anyone who visits will agree that Boston never gets old. With the rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, sports, and education; Boston has something for everyone.


Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and expand your professional network. The conference agenda features a lineup of distinguished speakers, engaging sessions, and much more.

To Register, please visit: https://www.ecaoboston-2023.com/

Registration cut-off date is August 17, 2023.


Program Outline

Please find the Program Outline for the event attached.

Conference Inclusions

All group events outlined in the Conference Program of Events including the following:


  • 4-Nights accommodation at the 5-Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston
  • 2 Group Dinners with Open Bar and Wine in the hotel
  • 3 Full Breakfasts in the hotel
  • 2 Companion Activities
  • Fenway Park Guided Tour
  • Welcome to Boston Private Group Historical Trolley Tour (6 Trolleys)
  • Half-Day Business Session with Coffee break Including guests Speaker: Josh Bone, Executive Director, ELECTRI International as well as NECA Boston Chapter, IBEW Local 103, NECA National and IBEW International
  • 1 Half-Day Optional Site Tours /Pre-Fabrication Warehouse / High Profile Job Site and/or Apprenticeship Training School Tour
  • 3 Hosted Afternoon Networking Cocktail Sessions
  • 4 Nightly Hosted Networking Cocktail Sessions


Booking your Airfare

To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the Promotion Code Box.

Promotion Code: FXZ2FM91

For Sponsorship Information, and, for any questions, please contact: Shelley Sparrow at shelley.sparrow@3inc.ca or 647-505-1296.


Lastly, don’t forget, you can’t pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd! 

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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ECAO AGM and Back to the 80s Night Pictures 📸

To relive the memories of the event, we have created a gallery of photos. You can access and download any or all of the;

ECAO AGM: June 01st and Cocktail Night photos: https://bit.ly/ECAO-AGM-23-June01

ECAO AGM: June 02nd photos: https://bit.ly/ECAO-AGM-23-June-02

Executive and Board Member Photos and Headshots: https://bit.ly/ECAO-Board-Headshots

Back to the 80s Night photos: https://bit.ly/Back-2-80s

Photobooth photos: https://bit.ly/2023-Photobooth

We kindly request you take a moment to fill out a short feedback survey. Your valuable input will assist us in improving future events. You can access the survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ECAO-AGM-2023-Feedback

Diversity & Inclusion Column

Pride Month 2023

June 1st marks the beginning of Pride Month 2023 across the world!

The first Official Pride Parade was organized by pioneering bisexual activist Brenda Howard.

#PrideMonth #PRIDE2023

National Indigenous History Month 2023

June is National Indigenous History Month! Take time to recognize and honour the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.



The WSIB/ECAO Safety Excellence program

The WSIB/ECAO Safety Excellence program helps member contractors reduce incidents and injuries through the development, implementation and maintenance of health and safety policies, programs, and procedures.

In addition to the benefits of building a robust health and safety management system that protects worker health and safety while reducing the costs of incidents, members can also receive rebates on their WSIB premiums.

In 2022 ECAO member contractors received $394,000 in the form of premium rebates because of their successful membership in the safety excellence program. To date, in 2023 members have received $147,000 in premium rebates.

We encourage all members to join us in building solid safety management systems that will not only reduce costs associated with incidents and accidents but also help to attract and retain the best talent while earning rebates on WSIB premiums.

What is the WSIB/ECAO Safety Excellence Program?

The Safety Excellence Program is designed to help you identify gaps in your health and safety management system that could lead to higher incident and injury rates. Once gaps have been identified and with the help of the ECAO, members develop a health and safety action plan based on the chosen focus areas, or “program topics.”

Topics are spread across three levels: foundation, intermediate and advanced, with 36 in total to choose from.

Benefits of participation in the Safety Excellence Program include:

  • Reduced risk and cost of incidents, injuries, and illnesses in your workplace.
  • A stronger health and safety culture.
  • Earning rebates on your WSIB premiums.
  • Recognition that demonstrates your commitment to health and safety to your employees, customers, and community.
  • Smaller businesses (1-99 full-time employees) can earn double the rebates on your annual WSIB premiums, plus $1,000 from WSIB upon enrollment.

Regardless of size – whether you are just getting started or want to build on safety practices already in place, the ECAO can help.

Participation in the Excellence Program is FREE for all ECAO members. Please contact safety@ecao.org for more information.


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2023 Accessibility Compliance Reporting

All organizations in Ontario are required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and some are required to submit an Accessibility Compliance Report by December 31, 2023.

Attached you will find an e-flyer that you could forward via email, post in your newsletters and add to your website and social media posts.

We encourage you to tag us on social media if you would like us to share any resources or upcoming events about accessibility compliance reporting with our followers. Connect with us on Twitter: @ONAccessibility, Facebook: @Ontario Accessibility and LinkedIn: @Seniors and Accessibility and join in the conversation using #AccessibilityMatters or #ONbusiness.

We also welcome the opportunity to participate in any events you may be organizing with your members/clients. If you have any upcoming annual general meetings, presentations, conferences, etc. we could participate in, please email aoda.events@ontario.ca.


“That was close!” – 5 things to examine after a near miss

Most of us are used to the idea of reporting a hazard when we see one. We know that it is our responsibility to ensure something is done about it before anyone is harmed. We also know why it’s important to report incidents when someone has been hurt.

However, when no one notices the hazard beforehand, and no injury or damage occurs, do you still need to do something?

That is the question we asked Toni Volpato, Health and Safety Consultant with WSPS. “Reporting a near miss is somewhere in between reporting a hazard and reporting an incident,” says Toni. “It can be a bit confusing.”

A near miss is an incident in which there is no injury or property damage but, given a slight shift in time or position, injury or damage could have occurred.

Read More


Don't forget to apply for NECA 2023 Project Excellence Awards

The NECA Project Excellence Awards were created to recognize member companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 13 different market sectors! We want to see the innovative and cutting-edge projects that your company completed in 2022. Get a chance to be celebrated on stage at our annual convention in September where the PEA awards will be presented!


The 13 different categories are:

  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Design-Build
  • Educational
  • Energy Solutions/Green Building
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Low Voltage/Technology
  • Overhead Transmission
  • Residential
  • Street Lighting/Traffic Signal
  • Substation/Interconnection
  • Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Electric Vehicle (EV)

The deadline to submit is June 30, 2023. Applications submitted must be based on projects completed in 2022. View more information and rules here.


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