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Next week! Ontario Electrical League’s Electrical Industry Conference in Ottawa


May 4, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

May 3, 2012 – This year’s OEL (Ontario Electrical League) Electrical Industry Conference is being held in Ottawa, May 9-12, and EBMag will be there to help the league celebrate its 90th anniversary! Some highlights…

Tuesday May 8, Calabogie Motorsports Experience
Enjoy the ride of your life at the Calabogie Motorsports Park… a full day of fun with your hosts, the Ottawa Crew Chiefs. The day begins with registration before heading to the classroom. The day includes lapping with 10 available Mustangs, an Autocross competition, a threshold breaking exercise and hot laps with instructor driving. In the evening, enjoy wine, beer and snacks in the third floor Brookstreet lounge.

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Wednesday May 9, Grey Hawk Golf Club
Enjoy an afternoon of golf with your Ottawa Chapter hosts at GreyHawk Golf Club, a premiere 36-hole golf club in the National Capital Region with a 17,100-sf clubhouse. The modified shotgun begins at 11:30 am and BBQ lunch is available from 11:30-2:00 at GAL Power’s Fire Truck between the 18th and 1st holes.

Wednesday May 9 (evening), Welcome Reception
Meet your hosts at the conference registration desk at the conference hotel and join your hosts from OEL’s Ottawa chapter for an evening Welcome Reception from 8 pm to midnight.

Thursday May 10, Sessions
Morning sessions begin with Doug Crawford, VP regulatory affairs and chief public safety officer, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), who will discuss how to reduce electrical workplace incidents. Terry Hunter, manager, Anti-Counterfeiting & Global IP Enforcement, Canadian Standards Association (CSA), will provide an update on counterfeit products. Stan Pokrywa will discuss Health & Safety Program requirements.

The morning presentations will wrap up with utility representatives Bruce Bibby, of Hydro Ottawa, Lawrence Musyj of EnWin Utilities Ltd. and Maria Konidis of Hydro One presenting “Maximizing Going Green”. The presenters will focus on conservation program incentives and how these incentives can provide a competitive advantage.

Thursday afternoon, delegates are invited to take a tour of the generating facility and manufacturing plant at the Almonte Generation Plant. The culmination of 10 years of studies, planning, public consultation, design work and construction has resulted in increased maximum output from 2.4 MW to 4.6 MW, harnessing the power of not only the middle falls in Almonte, but the Lower Falls, too.

Thursday evening is a big night. The Awards Dinner celebrates OEL’s 90th anniversary, recognizes members of the President’s Club, Chapter Leaders and committee volunteers, and honours members for their commitment and contribution. Once again, someone will receive the Richard Cullis Leadership Award of Distinction.

Friday May 11 is “Contractor Day”
Evan Monk and Ann Morrison from Royal Bank of Canada will present business and personal wealth management for entrepreneurs. Stephen Shore of Sherrard Kuzz LLP will discuss emerging issues in health & safety and worker’s compensation.

Len Cicero, master electrician, will present changes and updates to CSA Z462, the workplace electrical safety standard. Giovanni Marcelli, founder of Accubid, will deliver a presentation on change order protocols. Rounding out the morning is a presentation by Tim Hudak, Ontario PC leader.

Product Expo – Lunch ‘n Learn
You’ll have a first-hand opportunity to meet with manufacturers, distributors and service companies presenting their latest new products and services. New this year is an interactive tire change competition, which complements the new Outdoor Electric & Hybrid Vehicle display (at the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall).

Saturday May 12
The conference wraps up with some entertainment from Yuk Yuk’s Terry McGurrin, who has been nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards in three separate categories: Stand Up Comedy; Television Writing; and Television Directing. He is also the first comedian to have taped three separate “Comedy Now” specials for CTV and The Comedy Network.

Before heading home, enjoy the annual Prize Table Extravaganza and Grand Prize Draw. All full delegates and companions are eligible to choose from the Prize table’s selection of gifts, plus have a chance to win the Grand Prize.