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Volume 20 | October 27, 2021
ECAO Scholarship Winners
ECAO is pleased to announce the following successful recipients of ECAO’s Scholarship award:
Olivia Beausoleil

Olivia has been involved in many sports over the years and as a result she is going to McMaster University to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Olivia is a Metis citizen and she prides herself in promoting indigenous culture in her school and community.
Kate Bowen

Kate is pursuing an Engineering Degree at the University of Toronto. Kate was very active in her academic career being involved in volleyball, drama and student council. She continues to be active in her university community being involved in frosh week.
Luca De Chellis

Luca is studying Engineering at Queen’s University. Apart from his pursuit of academics and athletics, Luca recently opened his own part time business in lawn care during the pandemic. He also has been active in his community by volunteering at several Christian Thrift stores in the Pelham area.
Joshua Kim
Joshua has always had a keen interest in the construction industry and how construction and architecture are connected. With his future ambition to be involved in the construction industry, he is now studying Architectural Science at Ryerson University. In 2020 he won the Matthew and Ann Tomljenovic Award in redesigning a parking lot into more sustainable use for the site.
Aiden Brokenshire
Aiden is currently in his third year at McGill University studying Materials Engineering. His recent Co-op term with Harte Gold Corp has allowed him to begin a professional career as a metallurgist and part of the Canadian mining industry. Aiden has participated in several community activities with Aecon with the Self Help Food Bank and the Rotary Club of Cambridge.
DJB Wright Award | Fred Black
ECAO was able to present the DJB Wright Award to Fred Black’s family, James Black (son) and Teresa Black (wife) at the ECAO offices on September 23. The late Fred Black was the award recipient announced at ECAO’s Annual General Meeting in 2020. Fred was awarded the DJB Wright Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the electrical contracting industry. Fred was the 34th President of ECAO and served as a director on the Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association. He also represented ECAO on the Provincial Advisory Committee for the Electrical Trade.

Fred sat on several industry and government agency committees representing ECAO such as the Chair of the CERTI-FIRE Steering Committee; Chair of the ECAO WSIB and Human Resources Committees; WSIB Chair’s Advisory Committee; Humber College Dean’s Advisory Committee; Electrical Contractor Registration Agency (ECRA) of ESA as Chair and Council Member; Master Examination Committee of ESA; Past Member GTA Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Council (1986-2003); Past Member COCA WSIB Committee.

Fred Black passed away on March 25, 2021, but has not been forgotten by many of his electrical contracting peers.
Awad Hanna Educational Seminars
Dr. Awad Hanna is back again, in person, to deliver 3 high-impact educational seminars in November. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the sessions will be limited to 10 people per session. All attendees will be required to show their valid COVID 19 vaccination status upon arrival at our office.
The three-session registrations are attached for your completion and return to the undersigned. The sessions are as follows: 
  • Basic Principles and Practices of Project Construction Estimating- Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • Managing Field Productivity to Improve the Bottom Line-Thursday November 18, 2021
  • Building the Foreman of Tomorrow- Friday, November 19, 2021
All seminars will begin at 8:30 am and run until 3:30 pm. The registration fee covers a working breakfast and lunch along with a parking pass. If you are interested in registering, contact Cathy Frederickson at
Get Used to Different! Reinvent Your Electrical Contracting Business Post Pandemic with Jim Mathis
ECAO is sponsoring a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, November 23 at 10:00 am via Zoom.

Jim’s theme for the webinar is: Get Used to DifferentAttendees interact with each other in an entertaining, thought-provoking dialogue about what to do following the program to make changes in their business models, sales and customer/buyer touchpoints. It is highly interactive and different

Key Outcomes:
  • Alleviate practices and policies that have become your “dinosaurs.”
  • Design a plan that builds leadership within your organization for years to come.
  • Learn from the current trends that your clients value most in your contracting services.
  • Develop a plan to get closer to client needs and bring in more business.
  • Discover ways to add value to your clients and your employees as well.

Challenges to transition from COR 2015 to COR 2020: How do you address them?
Dear Members,

Our Affiliate Partner, 4S Consulting Services Inc. is hosting a free webinar on Nov 25, 2021, exclusively for ECAO membership. 

By attending the webinar, you can learn more about the key challenges to transition to COR 2020 from an IHSA External COR Auditor and experienced OHS consultant supporting over 90 businesses in Ontario, including electrical contractors, in achieving and maintaining COR as well as in transitioning to COR 2020.

Nov 25 | 10:00am to 11:30am EST | Virtual Webinar

Talking Points:

  • Provide a detailed overview of the key challenges to transition to each of the 14 elements for COR 2020 
  • Share best practices and possible methods to address those challenges

Sobi Ragunathan

IHSA External COR Auditor | VP, Operations, Strategy & Partnerships, 4S Consulting Services Inc. | OGCA Safety Committee Member | ISO 450001:2018 Lead Auditor 

Virtual Event with David Meade
November 30, 2021 | 10 am EST

More Details Coming Soon!

Survey about Worker Vaccination Rates: COCA
The Council of Ontario Construction Associations is conducting a short survey on vaccination rates amongst construction workers. Your participation is appreciated.

Arsenault called ‘wise choice’ to succeed Dillon
Ironworker union executive Marc Arsenault was voted in to succeed Patrick Dillon as business manager and secretary-treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario at the council’s annual conference on Oct. 14.

Arsenault has risen through the ranks of the Ironworkers, serving on the Local 721 executive committee and moving on to work variously as a field rep, organizer and business agent with the Central Ontario Building Trades and Ontario Ironworkers District Council. He was most recently in charge of stakeholder relations with the district council.

OCS: Economic Update
New Statistics Canada data released in the past week has positive news for Ontario, with unemployment down and ICI investment up over last month.
Highlights of this bulletin include:

  • Ontario’s unemployment rate falls to the lowest point since the pandemic began
  • Construction employment in Ontario was unchanged between August and September
  • Ontario records third-highest monthly ICI investment total in August
  • Institutional investment increased for the eighth consecutive month in Ontario
  • Infrastructure Ontario releases its latest Market Update
The full Economic Bulletin can be found HERE
Did you know that 14% of all rework may have been caused by bad data?
FMI surveyed more than 3900 professionals and estimates that “bad data” may have cost the global construction industry $1.85 trillion in 2020.

Dive into more data insights with the free industry report: Harnessing the Data Advantage in Construction.

And if you prefer to listen, we have an audiobook version HERE.
ESA Holmes video on electrical safety
October 2021
Attend EFC’s 3rd Annual Supply Chain Summit (Virtual)

November 10, 2021 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST | $179 pp
In the same way that automation is the frontrunner for Industry 4.0, allowing manufacturing to reach new levels of productivity – digitization is the catalyst for Supply Chain 4.0, enabling trading partners to improve operational efficiencies and service levels. This need has never been more dire than it is today.

Demand and supply variability, material shortages, manufacturing capacity limitations, port closures, transportation disruptions, changes in customer purchasing habits – this pandemic has rattled every link in our channel’s supply chain.

Invitation to the 2021 Annual Licence Holder Meeting
You are invited to the Annual 2021 Licence Holder Meeting being held virtually on November 18. During the meeting, you will learn about the latest developments in Licensing, information about our Communications campaigns, and enforcement activities to address the Underground Economy. We are pleased to have a key-note speaker, who is a Licensed Electrical Contractor and a Master Electrician and will speak about the importance of electrical safety.
In response to high demand, Technical Q & A is back! Make sure to submit your questions during registration by November 4.
When: November 18, 2021 2:00 – 4:00 PM 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

When it comes to the health of your staff, why wait?
Wait times to see a specialist or diagnostic imaging can lead to increased worry, deteriorating conditions, and the inability to participate in recreational and work activities. With QuikCare Platinum, your employees can receive the care they need in less time than the Canadian Public Health System. When your staff can feel at their best, they can do their best for your company.