Electrical Business


Golfing at Raven or Hummer adventure all part of OEL conference

February 21, 2010 | By Anthony Capkun

The ONTARIO ELECTRICAL LEAGUE has published the preliminary schedule for its Electrical Industry Conference, May 5-8 at the WESTIN TRILLIUM HOUSE in Collingwood, Ont., and delegates can either kick things off with golf at THE RAVEN GOLF CLUB AT LORA BAY (co-host of The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic) or sign up for an off-road “Extreme Hummer” experience, involving steep angles, log and rock crawls, 30-ft drops, mud and water pits.

And while a lot of fun is to be had, the OEL also makes sure to pack a
ton of information into its conference line-up. The program starts with a
presentation entitled “Increase your Sales with Solar under the OPA FIT
Program”, delivered by Andrew Wilkins of MATRIX ENERGY INC., a
wholesale distributor and integrator of renewable energy
products/systems. (EBMag has had the pleasure of meeting Andrew at both
Construct Canada 2009 and CanSIA’s Solar Conference 2009.) Andrew has
delivered numerous presentations on renewable energy to groups such as
Construction Specifications Canada, BellCenter, HOK Architects and SNC

Also of note is the presentation “What’s New in Retirement Planning for
2010”, presented by John Niekraszewicz, principal at JVK Life &
Wealth Advisory Group. John is the author of “What You Ought to Know
before planning Your Business Succession”, and has been published in
York Business News, Engineering Dimensions, Daily Commercial News, The
Ontario Professional Surveyor and more.

With skilled labour worries still on the minds of many, the presentation
“Building Capacity for Tomorrow’s Construction Workforce” should prove
most enlightening. It is presented by George Gritziotis, executive
director of the CONSTRUCTION SECTOR COUNCIL (CSC), a national labour
management partnership organization mandated to identify and undertake
human resource projects and initiatives geared toward meeting the
current and future human resource needs of the construction industry.


There will also be a presentation from ELECTRICAL SAFETY AUTHORITY
(ESA), the Product Expo–Lunch n’ Learn, awards dinner and more.
Meantime, the conference venue promises to deliver a great getaway. Two
hours northwest of Toronto, The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, is
located next to both Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. You’ll
find numerous diversions (aside from conference activities), including
skiing, snowboarding, golf, the Plunge aquatic centre, events and
festivals, or hiking along the escarpment.


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