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Volume 02 | January 25, 2023


Dr. Awad Hanna Professional Development Seminars

Dr. Awad Hanna is back to provide professional development training on 3 key topics: High Performing Foremen, Field Productivity and Change Order Pricing.


The dates are as follows and registration link for each is mentioned below.



The Cost for each training session is $565 CAD ($500 CAD+Taxes) per person. Payment is accepted online via PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or we can invoice you.


All sessions will be held at the ECAO Offices at 10 Carlson Crt., Suite 702. The registration fee covers the session, breakfast, working lunch and parking.


If you or your staff are interested in any or all of these sessions, please feel free to complete the registration forms above.

Registration opens for ECAO 2023 Annual General Meeting

June 01 & 02, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the dates and details for ECAO 2023 AGM. Please Reserve your Calendars for June 01st and 02nd, 2023. This year we are taking you to see one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto at Four Seasons, Yorkville. A city so diverse and welcoming, Summer is when Toronto comes out to play! 

To REGISTER Click Here!

We have included a line-up of educational sessions along with Speakers and a Panel. The full program can be found on the Event Website. The Gala will have “Back to the 80s Night” theme. Building on the success we had in previous years with our 70s, Great Gatsby, and Masquerade Ball theme, we are encouraging attendees to dress the part this year as well! ECAO has also secured special discount rates with Air Canada and guest rooms at the Four Seasons. We are also thrilled to share with you that we have exclusive use of the full event floor during our AGM this year.


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a lot of Sponsorship opportunities available! Please contact Kamakshi.


Apply for ECAO Safety Awards!

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, Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd. (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

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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OCS: Employment (Dec 2022); Permits (Nov 2022)

Employment, labour force participation, and unemployment rate increased. Employment remained above the annual average for 2022, while the unemployment rate was about 1% lower than the annual average. Permit values increased substantially from October to November, with record high or close to record high values (when measured by current, seasonally unadjusted dollars). The industrial sector once again led the way in permit value increases.


From November to December, the labour force increased in size from 601.4 thousand to 605.5 thousand. This is the first increase after 3 consecutive decreases since August. Despite that, the labour force participation in December was lower than the annual average for 2022. The average of the monthly labour force numbers was 606.2 thousand.

Employment increased slightly, from 586.5 to 587.1 thousand. This is lower than any level between June and October, but higher than May and earlier this year. This was higher than the 2022 average of 582.9 thousand.

The unemployment rate also increased to 3%. While higher than it was from July-November, the unemployment rate was still much lower than it was at the start of the year (6.2%), and lower than the average of 3.9%.

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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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CCDC Document Webinars

CCDC 5B webinar: Thursday, February 9, 13:00 – 14:30 (ET)

Get to know CCDC 5B, under which the construction manager contracts directly with sub-contractors. The document authors will review some of the more complicated aspects of the contract form and discuss when and how to execute the various options offered within.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! CCDC 14 webinar: Thursday, March 16, 13:00 – 14:30 (ET)

CCDC 14 is a fixed-price, prime contract an owner enters into with the design-builder responsible for design and construction services. The presentation will dissect the contract, and the roles, responsibilities and risks of each party involved. It will also review important sections and clauses; and highlight the vital considerations which must be made.

Please contact Julia DeVries at jdevries@cca-acc.com with any questions related to CCDC Document Webinars.


Teksmed Health Services for ECAO Members

TeksMed is excited to tell you about the newest benefits available to your employees, as part of your ECAO membership: QuikCare Platinum and QuikCare Mental Wellness.

Quick Care Platinum: When an employee’s physician recommends a diagnostic scan, or refers them to see a specialist in one of the below mentioned specialties, and the wait time is greater than 21 days, they can simply contact the QuikCare Platinum Helpline at 1-833-355-ECAO (3226) for rapid

intervention. TeksMed will liaise with the employee to obtain the required documentation to utilize our exclusive network of specialists and diagnostic imaging services. Appointments typically occur within two weeks, as opposed to the months it may take in the public healthcare system.

Quick Care Mental Wellness: QuikCare Mental Wellness aims to provide an accessible and clinically proven resource for the improvement of mental health, which your employees can access from the privacy and comfort of their own home, helping them learn techniques to better manage negative moods and stress. Your employees can

simply contact the confidential QuikCare Mental Wellness Helpline at 1-833-355-ECAO (3226) for rapid assistance, and TeksMed will look to obtain the required information needed to arrange for an assessment to be conducted. The worker will then be connected with a therapist, who will guide them along the 12-week long cognitive behavioural therapy program.

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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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OCS 23rd Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference

The Ontario Construction Secretariat is hosting the 23rd Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference on March 2, 2023, at The International Centre in Mississauga. The informative and well-attended half-day conference is where Ontario’s ICI construction industry professionals gather to discuss economic indicators and give insight on where the construction industry is headed in the year to come.

We will hear from industry experts who will help stakeholders understand current market conditions as well as plan for the future. A few of our past keynote speakers include Stuart Bergman, David Frum, Steve Paikin, and Benjamin Tal. The full lineup of 2023 speakers will be announced soon. See you there!

Register Here


Far from your typical meeting, NECA NOW 2023 is a three-day Executive Leadership Conference focused on your professional and personal growth.

Where: JW Marriott Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas

When: NECA Now will be held Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 20, 2023 and WINFL will be held Sunday, April 16 – Monday, April 17, 2023

Register for the convention and book your hotel in San Antonio through CMR - Convention Management Resources. Hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your room early to take advantage of special NECA Now 2023 hotel rates.

Register Here

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