Training Conference will Focus on Emerging Energy Technologies

May 31, 2016

VANCOUVER – The National Electrical Trade Council, the voice of Canada’s electrical industry on workforce development issues, will host a conference in Vancouver on June 4, 2016 to consider the industry’s response to emerging technologies and related skills requirements.

NETCO is a joint national partnership of the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Canada. CECA represents the interests of over 8,000 electrical contractors across Canada who directly employ 70,000 persons and generate over $5 billion in revenues. IBEW Canada has over 70,000 members and represents electrical apprentices and journeypersons across Canada.

NETCO is a leader in facilitating the adoption of new technologies through setting skills standards and identifying training requirements. The opening plenary session at the conference, “Green Skills Training and Certification,” will bring together some of North America’s leading authorities on workforce requirements related to electrical vehicle infrastructure technology, photovoltaic solar energy technologies, and advanced energy‐conserving lighting system controls.

Sun Country Highway, Canada’s leader in electric vehicle charging, is partnering with NETCO as a conference sponsor. Sun Country Integrated President and COO Mike Elwood will deliver a keynote address on Bringing Sustainability to Market in Canada.

“The shift to new energy technologies is accelerating, and industry and governments need to prepare,” said Bill Daniels, President of NETCO and International Vice‐President of IBEW Canada. “Canada needs trained, certified people to properly install and maintain these new systems – not just for the sake of efficiency, but for the safety of consumers and electrical workers.”

A second plenary session will feature a preview of the “Canadian Electrical Installation Standards™”—a new series of national standards developed by CECA that will soon be released through Orderline. “Our goal is to provide electrical contractors with nationally adopted standards for electrical work to establish uniformity and best practices while ensuring all electrical requirements are met safely and code‐compliant,” said David Mason, President of CECA and Treasurer of NETCO.

A third plenary session will feature senior representatives from The electrical training ALLIANCE™, NETCO’s American counterpart and the largest electrical skills training organization in the world. They will provide insights on the current status of blended learning, an approach to skills instruction that combines interactive digital instruction and testing with hands‐on classroom instruction. Blended learning promises to make skills training more accessible and more cost‐effective in the coming decades. They will also offer insights on “Success in Apprenticeship.”

“Through events like our annual conference, NETCO supports the growth of industry‐financed technical training centres across Canada,” said Carol MacLeod, Executive Director of NETCO. “The conference will enable joint apprenticeship and training committee leaders from the IBEW and electrical contractor communities across Canada to learn about training successes and share best practices.”

Presenters at the conference include:

Green Skills Training & Certification

  • Doug Avery, Co‐Chair, California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program
  • Ryan Bradt, Curriculum Chair, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (USA)
  • Endre (Andy) Cleven, RSE, Training Director, Electrical Joint Training Committee (British Columbia)
  • Mike Elwood, President & COO, Sun Country Integrated
  • Robert Nelson, RSE, Senior Electrical Consultant, CSA Group Canadian Electrical Installation Standards™
  • David Mason, President, Canadian Electrical Contractors Association

Blended Learning & Success in Apprenticeship

  • Steve Anderson, Director, The electrical training ALLIANCE™
  • Bill Ball, Director, Director, The electrical training ALLIANCE™
  • James L. Boyd, Assistant Executive Director, The electrical training ALLIANCE™
  • Jason Iannelli, Director of Outside Curriculum, The electrical training ALLIANCE™

The conference will take place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Visit to download the program which includes an acknowledgement of the conference sponsors.

NETCO is proud to be the Theme Partner for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF‐FCA) 2016 Conference which is also being held at the Westin Bayshore from June 5 through June 7. NETCO’s 2016 Training Conference is being held in conjunction with the CAF‐FCA national conference.