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Volume 08 | April 20, 2023


Register to attend ECAO 2023 Safety Awards!

Limited Capacity | Only for ECAO Contractor Members

May 02, 2023 | 10 am-12 noon

The Westin Toronto Airport

Followed by Lunch

You are invited to the ECAO’s first in-person R.H. Carroll Safety Awards Ceremony. Please join us on Tuesday, May 02, 2023, at The Westin Toronto Airport, Carlyle Room from 10 am-12 noon (followed by Lunch). We have limited capacity!

Registration Link 


10:00 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks by ECAO Executive Director, Graeme Aitken

10:15 am: Keynote Speaker, Wesley L. Wheeler, SMS, Executive Director of Safety, National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA)

11:00 am: Networking Break

11:15 am: Award Ceremony hosted by, ECAO Health and Safety Director, Tom MacKay

12 noon: Lunch Buffet

More about our Keynote Speaker

Wesley joined NECA in 2014 and has over 43 years of electrical experience. Prior to NECA, he was safety consultant in his own business, Wheeler Safety Services, Inc. and has been a Safety Director and OSHA Safety trainer for a large industrial-based electrical contractor in Florida. Wesley is a qualified OSHA Construction Outreach Instructor and has assisted in OSHA Instructor classes for Electrical Training Alliance, (etA formerly known as the NJATC).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Adam at safety@ecao.org.

ECAO: Spotlight on 2022

ECAO 2022 Annual Report

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Register for the Complimentary Webinar on COR 2020: How to Effectively Transition (PART 2)

Date: April 26

Join our free webinars to learn about COR 2020 and how to effectively transition: 

  • Discover when to make the transition 
  • Learn about the new elements of COR2020 
  • Find out how to successfully navigate the change 
  • Explore ways to improve your OHSMS 
  • Learn how 4S can support you 


Webinar Day 2 (April 26) topics to be covered: 

Procurement and Contractor Management (Element 4) & Training and Communication (Element 8) 


Both webinars will feature IHSA External Auditors Sobi Ragunathan and Tom Mackay, as well as a handful of other amazing panellists and COR experts. 


Registration Link | More Details

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.

Click Here

Call for New Members: ECAO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

We are thrilled to announce ECAO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee is looking for new members. The primary purpose of this Committee is to advise, educate, and provide resources to ECAO members. We want to encourage them to apply a diversity and inclusion lens to their policies, programs, and practices.

Our vision is to Seek Diversity, Create Inclusion and Drive Accountability.

Committee members must be an ECAO member or member representative who understands the impacts of racism and systemic discrimination on marginalized people and meet the following general qualifications:

  • have demonstrated knowledge around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • be able to build meaningful relationships and connections within the industry

If you are interested in joining this Committee and meet the above-noted criteria, please complete the attached Application Form and send it to kahluwalia@ecao.org.


CMS Group LTD. ranked one of the Best Workplaces in Canada 2023 (100-999 employees)

CMS Group is engaged with several community outreach and charitable programs during the year, which allows their employees to get involved in making a difference in their communities. This includes food drives, fundraising and charity events.

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Amendments to the Construction Regulations

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) has announced amendments to O. Reg. 213/91. The changes include the fit of personal protective clothing and equipment and requirements for toilet and clean-up facilities. The changes come into effect on July 1, 2023.

The changes can be reviewed below.

Protective Clothing and Device Changes | Hygiene Changes

LEC Online Store Available for Busy Home Reno Season

Spring is here, and so begins the start of home renovation season! Many homeowners are spending time researching their next home renovation project, studying the latest trends, and figuring out their list of must-haves. But even after all that research, they inevitably still have questions on who to hire, inspections and permits.


ESA is here to help by providing access to free resources you can give to potential clients on popular topics such as the benefits of hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor, considerations when installing an EV charger as well as the ESA inspection process.


We hope these resources will make it even easier for you to do business.


The store is now open! Orders can only be completed online and cannot be placed through the Customer Service Centre.


Visit the store at ESAsafe.com/LECstore

Please note quantities are limited and available on a first-come first served basis.


Any questions regarding the store can be directed to esa.communications@electricalsafety.on.ca

Live Arc Event at Kinectrics in Toronto

May 09th

Don’t Miss This Energizing Experience!

At Tyndale Co., we recognize that seeing is believing. That’s why we continually invest in real-world demonstrations that drive home the importance of wearing arc-rated and flame resistant (AR / FR) clothing and wearing it properly to protect against potential workplace hazards. Join Tyndale to witness our full-day arc flash demonstration extravaganza. The day includes educational and technical sessions conducted by recognized AR / FR clothing industry experts.

Learn More and Register Here


The Future of Learning is Immersive!

For over thirty years, Logicaldox has been driven by a passion to design and develop critical line of business applications, driving the skilled trades industry forward with world-class technology.

To bridge this gap and take training to the next level, we developed custom immersive VR training modules, supported by an advanced learning platform.

We design a clear path to meet and exceed these objectives.

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Intact Insurance is Canada's largest home, auto and business insurance company, the choice of more than four million consumers. Its coast-to-coast presence and its strong relationship with insurance brokers mean the company can provide the outstanding service, comfort and continuity customers deserve. Intact Insurance is a member company of Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC), the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America.

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🔌Power Up Your Electrical Safety Knowledge at NSPC - Register Now!

May 24 - 26, 2023

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Nashville, TN

Join ECAO as we are presenting at the NECA Safety Professionals Conference on May 26th at 9:30 am, on Inclusion and Diversity in Health and Safety

The ultimate goal of electrical safety plans is to create a safe working environment for employees and everyone involved in the project. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) is an area that has been lacking in most plans as it impacts mental health and safety within our workforce. This session aims to change the norms of health and safety through DEI&B cultural lenses. Ensure employees know the importance of and are trained in DEI&B incorporation regardless of culture, gender, ethnicity, birthplace and other differences that could impact health.

NECA Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) is open to all NECA Members, IBEW and the electrical training Alliance! Attendees will experience three days of keynotes and breakout sessions from industry leaders and safety experts. Educational tracks include: Inside Electrical Construction, Leadership, NFPA 70E & Electrical Construction, Safety Management Regulations and Safety Management Risks. There will also be an exhibit hall with all the latest safety knowledge and gear with plenty of networking opportunities!

Learn More and Register Here

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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