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Coming in 2024 ... the Independent Alliance of the Electrical Industry

Effective January 1, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors will officially be known as the Independent Alliance of the Electrical Industry. “We believe this rebranding effort will better resonate with our members, partners, and stakeholders, ultimately propelling us forward towards new opportunities,” said Rudolph Garza, president & CEO.

Support for BCIT’s “Trades Discovery for Women” program

Keen Utility—a provider of safety footwear and the work boot division of Keen Inc.—has announced the recipients of its “She Builds” grant program (2023). Among the six 2023 recipient organizations is British Columbia Institute of Technology’s “Trades Discovery for Women” program which, for eligible students, has grants available to cover tuition, student fees, and most supplies. BCIT’s Trades Discovery programs prepare participants to enter and complete trades/technical training, or seek apprenticeship.

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Lighting a zero-carbon building – Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre

Our Cover Feature from the April 2023 edition – the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk in Hamilton, Ont., was conceived in early 2016 and, from the outset, the intention was to create a net-zero building; to push the boundaries of what building technologies could achieve, and differentiate the college from its peers. “What’s important to me—and what was important to Mohawk at the time—was to have third-party validation,” explained Tony Cupido, Ph.D., P.Eng. “It’s easy to say ‘We’ve done this, or we’re doing that’… okay… prove it!” » Read more

Unlicensed electrician punished for home fire and damages

On June 15, Jacson T. pleaded guilty and was convicted in Hamilton, Ont., for operating an electrical contracting business without an electrical contractor’s licence. He was ordered to pay a $7500 fine, plus a victim surcharge of $1875, for work he conducted at a Hamilton residential property. The defendant was hired by a homeowner for a basement renovation, which included electrical, painting, and the addition of a new bathroom. » Read more

Apprenticeships surge in Ontario ... among women, too!

Apprenticeship registrations have increased by 24% in the last year—from 21,971 to 27,319—reports the Government of Ontario. This includes a 28% increase among women. “There is as much merit in being an electrician or a carpenter as there is in being an architect or a lawyer,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, adding that “we need to ensure students and jobseekers know about the rewarding life-long careers waiting for them in the skilled trades.” » Read more


ICEL Emergency Lighting Conference

September 14, London, United Kingdom » More info

ECAO annual industry conference

September 17-21, Boston, Mass. » More info