Dialogue - March 2017

Our Mission: “To promote, strengthen and represent the electrical industry in Ontario.”

Dialogue A Publication of the Ontario Electrical League Issue 39-1 • March 2017


95 Years of Promoting, Strengthening, and Representing the Electrical Industry in Ontario

By: Huong Nguyen and Cathy Frederickson

in 1923, the name was officially changed to the Electric Service League, moving from the roots of just home wiring to the services provided by the inspectors who represented the Red Seal Plan. In 1946, the League was expanded to incorporate the whole province and was again renamed to reflect this shift, The Electric Service League of Ontario. Twenty years later, in 1966, the Electric Service League of Ontario and the Electric Heating Association of Ontario amalgamated as one corporation under the name The Ontario Electrical League. Today, the OEL operates as a member-based, not-for-profit organization servicing the electrical industry. Passionate members make up the OEL’s diverse membership, which comprises of electrical contractors and key industry partners such as electrical manufacturers and distributors, utilities, regulators, and related associations. “It’s knowing who to call, having like-minded individuals to talk to, and the support of my friends.”

Editorial Focus: Now and Then, Technology 1 95 Years of OEL 3 Message from the Chair 3 Message from the President 6 Technological Changes in the Canadian Electrical Market 8 Internet of Things 9 ESA reviews GFP Requirements 11 A New Road to Productivity 12 Electrical Industry Conference Information 15 Seven Apps to Help You Work Smarter 16 Employment Law 101 18 The Solution to Distracted Driving? 19 Built-in Tracking for your Tools 20 Electric Cars 22 Members’ News 22 Hydro One Getting Local

I n 1921, a committee was formed to promote the “showing” of two electric homes in Toronto. In 1922, the committee was officially incorporated as the Electric Home League, and was the start of what we know today as the Ontario Electrical League (aka, the OEL). Mr. George W. Austen served as the League’s first manager. During his tenure, he established the Red Seal Plan for inspections of residential wiring. This was the standard that was used for wiring of houses. At the time, the Electric Home League was the authorizing body for 120 hydro inspectors. As the Red Seal Plan program broadened, so too, did the League’s responsibilities, and To ensure delivery, maintain membership! PUBLICATIONS MAILAGREEMENT No. 40032872

– Louie Violo, OEL member since 2008

Led by a Board of Directors that represents all segments within the electrical world, the OEL is invested in making sure the playing field is fair for everybody in the industry by staying on top of issues that affects, or could affect our members.

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