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Our two golf tournaments are upon us!
Join us in Kelowna at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club on June 13th for our joint BCEA/MCABC Okanagan Golf Tournament. Registration coming soon!
Our 27th Annual Golf Tournament is taking place at Morgan Creek Golf Course on July 12th. Proceeds from this tournament benefit the BCEA Bursary and Scholarship Program. Make sure you reserve your spot, as this event sells out! Sponsorship Opportunities are available as well and are reserved at a first come, first served basis. Registration is available here.
Join us on April 18th at the Sandman Hotel in Victoria for a seminar presented by IES and Technical Safety BC. Topics include: Safety Aspects of Lighting Upgrades, Designing with LED and Light Hazards — Don't be in the Dark. Registration is available here.
Learn about the basics of electricity with this beginner course offered by the BCEA. Topics to be covered are: Voltage Sources and Systems, Circuits, Electrical Diagrams, Test Equipment, Basic Electrical Products, Wire and Cable, Lighting. Register here.
STANDARD offers a complete turnkey solution to upgrade your lighting.
Our goal - uncover opportunities for you to economically replace your lighting and quickly recover the cost of your project.
Allow us to assess your energy usage, propose the best lighting solution, and where utility rebates are offered, look after all the paperwork for you.
Join us on May 8th at the BCEA Office for this great session. It is widely known that negativity in the workplace decreases productivity and reduces employee engagement which in turn can have a negative impact on employee morale. In this 45 minute session, learn how to combat negativity in the workplace before it begins. This will be presented by Refoca HR Services.
More information is available here!
This fantastic and complimentary opportunity has been planned for those Under 40 within the electrical industry. Mingle with fellow industry young industry professionals at the Mixer from 4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. and then join EFC attendees at the EFC Open Reception from 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. This is a beneficial opportunity for young professionals to experience an important component of the EFC Conference and to expand their networks with key industry players. Register today!
Congratulations to team Bridge Electric for winning our 25th Annual Curling Bonspiel! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this event.
The B.C. Electrical Association will award up to $10,000 in $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships.
Scholarships are available to dependents of personnel of BCEA member companies in good standing, up to a maximum of two scholarships per member company. The employee of the BCEA member company must live and work in British Columbia. Students are not required to attend school in B.C. (Maximum of three scholarships per individual).
Students must be attending or planning to attend an accredited university, college or post-secondary educational institute on a full-time basis. Applicants applying for a BCEA bursary and pursuing a career in the electrical field will also qualify for the $1,000 Tommy Haddock Scholarship. Click here to access the application form.
Bursaries are available to grade twelve and post secondary students perusing a career in the following areas:
• Electrical (including apprentices)
• Electrical Engineering
Bursaries will be awarded to post-secondary students and grade twelve students who will be attending a post secondary school in September (Apprentices must be returning back to school in the next school year). Bursaries will be paid directly to the post secondary school and will be allocated towards your tuition. Students are required to attend a post-secondary school in British Columbia full-time.
Students must be attending or planning to attend an accredited university, college or post-secondary educational institute on a full-time basis.
Applicants applying for a BCEA bursary and pursuing a career in the electrical field will also qualify for the $1,000 Tommy Haddock Scholarship. Click here to access the application form.
The B.C. Electrical Association has been
very active in promoting careers in the
electrical industry. Since the inception of
the Scholarship and Bursary program we
have awarded over $450,000.
Members take pride in the fact that we
support the future generations of our
business, and feedback indicated that
members wanted to support students
directly furthering their education within the
We are delighted to announce that the LINK Conference 2018 is being held on November 14th-15th, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver!
The LINK Conference 2018 is the perfect place to educate, network and plan for your organizations future.
Speaker highlights include:
Patricia Mohr — Economist, Anna-Liza Chow — HR Specialist, Smart City,
Leadership Training, Education Sessions, Robin Esrock — Adventure Author,
Data Digitization, Robotics and EFC Research Presentation report on Data
Digitalization, Speaker Swati Patel from EFC
Take advantage of early bird pricing and register your team today.
Our new logo is now available on all items in our online store!
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Why is knowing how to lead others through change so important? When organizations attempt to change, they need effective leaders who can guide others through the change. Otherwise, organizations often fail to live up to their potential.
There are many reasons why change initiatives fail more often than they succeed. This course will show you how to avoid those mistakes and implement change positively and successfully. After you've completed this course, you should be able to:
• Recognize the stages in the normal cycle of change
• Identify typical responses to change and how to handle each type
• List ways to overcome resistance
• Describe the process to implement change strategies
• Recognize the elements of effective change communications
My Prince George Now
It will cost a tad bit more for Prince George residents to use their power following a recent rate hike from B.C. Hydro.
Rates are increasing by about three percent, which equates to an increase of $2 per month or $23 a year.
Despite the increase, the utility rates are still competitive when compared to years past.
"This still keeps B.C. Hydro's rates among the lowest in North America and if you adjust for inflation the average B.C. Hydro bill today is only two dollars more than it was forty years ago," says Bob Gammer, Spokesperson.
Premier John Horgan is confident that when it comes to B.C. energy, there's power when new meets old.
B.C. communities such as Merritt have done very well in resource industries over the years, said Horgan, and he's confident that pattern will persist.
"Mining is going to continue to be a significant element in the economy, as is forestry," he said.
However, he stressed the importance of welcoming new technologies and sustainable approaches.
Incandescent light bulbs still rule in B.C., despite energy performance standards brought in by the federal government a few years ago that have led many retailers to phase them out.
Susie Rieder with B.C. Hydro explains more than three-quarters of people across the province say they have at least one incandescent bulb in their home. "In those homes that have at least one incandescent, the average number is about 17, so these remain the most widely used type of bulb in B.C."
North Shore News
High school students seem to be obsessed with graduation.
Parties, formal dress and limos are the topic of conversation among the kids. It's fine to be excited about a big event but consideration must be given to the post-secondary years. Students will suddenly find themselves out of high school and in need of a plan. For many families the answer is either university, college or get a job right away. And for lots of kids that's a good answer.
But there are options that don't seem to be on the radar for students or their parents: The trades.
Journal of Commerce
The Alberta government's 2018 budget pledge of $1.53 billion for light rapid transit (LRT) systems in Edmonton added another multi-billion transit project into Western Canada, increasing the value of looming LRT contracts to a hefty $13 billion.
Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver all have LRT projects slated that will collectively roll out construction between 2019 and 2020 bringing thousands of man-hour jobs into the construction industry. The spin-off effect is also expected to create millions of dollars in new building construction.
It's a tight labour market, and that means many companies in B.C. are now offering more money in a bid to attract and retain workers.
Wages in this province are up six per cent year over year, according to Statistics Canada's March figures. In comparison, they only went up 1.5 per cent in March, 2017.
Construction is one of those industries where it seems firms are willing to pay higher than usual in order to get the workers needed to complete projects.
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