Vol. 1 No. 7
- S&D Conference Fast Approaching
S&D CONFERENCE FAST APPROACHING
The conference-proper starts the following day, Thursday, with the opening ceremony and a keynote address delivered by The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CMA). Perrin will discuss the dramatic changes Canadian industry is undergoing and emerging 21st Century realities. He will also present best practices from CMA's 20/20 initiative on building a solid, vibrant industrial base, and the steps we can take to ensure Canada is a global leader and the most competitive nation in the Americas by 2020.
Back by popular demand on Friday, Michael Marks of Indian River Consulting Group will walk delegates through the Top 10 list of best and worst practices that manufacturers and distributors employ. Distributors will be asked to prepare a list of manufacturer best practices, and vice versa. Those lists become a takeaway that your business can use to evaluate its relationships throughout the supply and distribution chain.
Click here for more information on the conference and how to attend.
RON COLEMAN AT CECA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
He is a member of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of British Columbia and a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Ron has presented on behalf of construction associations in both Canada and the United States, and his numerous published education programs include a 36-hour business management course specifically designed for ECABC. He has completed many inter-firm financial comparisons of groups of construction companies in Canada and the United States, consulting to construction companies on a regular basis. He is also author of the book, Your Million Dollar System.
The conference runs from June 21 to 24. Click here to learn more about it and how to attend.
ONTARIO'S TRANSITION TO PROVINCE-WIDE LICENSING
The time for province-wide electrical contractor licensing in Ontario is at hand. Without getting into the why, here is what you as an electrical contractor in Ontario need to take action on to ensure you comply with the law.
Currently an agency of Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO), the Electrical Contractors Registration Agency (ECRA) is being transferred to ESA (Electrical Safety Authority). On July 1, the new ECRA of ESA officially opens for business and will start receiving applications and issuing master and contractor licenses that will be recognized across the province. Come January 1, 2007, the change will come into full force, and will be the only electrical contractor license recognized in the province.
New to the licensing system is the creation of a third level of license called the Provisional Electrical Contractor License, which is intended for qualified contractors who have operated their businesses in areas of the province not requiring an exam-based Master License to operate an electrical contracting firm. It gives qualified contractors five years to meet the Master criteria.
Regardless of the processes in place or the type of license a contractor applies for, all electrical contractors still have to be registered in the new system between July 1 and November 30.
ECRA/ESA license application forms will be available online by June. By July 1, applications for electrical contractor (EC) and master electrician (ME) licenses will be accepted at ECRA/ESA's customer service centre in Cambridge.
THE EB BLUEBOOK RETURNS!
Electrical Business is again putting out the call for Bluebook information next month. The Bluebook is the most important and influential source guide for the Canadian electrical landscape.
Don't miss out, and don't think this is someone else's responsibility!
To be included in the Bluebook 2007, fill out the fax-back form that appears in the magazine or use the online reporting form at EBmag.com, which goes live in June.
Canadian Electrical Code Essentials
Arc Flash: Measures for Prevention and Control
2006 CEC/2005 NEC (A Comparison of Requirements)
Canadian Skills Competition
Annual Golf Tournament & General Meetings
The Changing World of Selling: Outside Sales
Electrical Showcase 2006
Assessing & Finalizing the Tender Course
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ELECTRICAL BUSINESS, JUNE/JULY 2006
Your June/July issue of Electrical Business is jam-packed with even more of the products and information you need to run your business and stay ahead of the curve.
Stephen Tatrallyay, prominent Toronto lawyer specializing in Construction Law, gives us an update on the Kennedy Electric case, which we first brought to your attention in August 2005. In that case, we learned that any equipment installed in a building that is not essential to its functioning as a building-no matter how large or permanent-will not be lienable.
Earle Goodwin, freelance writer and marketing consultant specializing in electrical construction, goes in-depth to uncover the best (and worst) bidding practices, and looks at the viability of the bid depository system.
Meantime, our Atlantic Focus wraps up the MEET Show, recently held in Moncton, N.B. Besides record attendance, it is the first year that New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) St. Andrews held its electrical skills competition at the show. As the official electrical publication at the show, EB was there to take photos and learn what it could about the folks attending and the cool products they were displaying.
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