BCEA Power Up
March 28, 2024
Member News
AMP "Beer" Pong Tournament

Thank you so much to everyone that came out to the AMP Network's annual beer pong tournament last Friday! It was a great night filled with laughs, rivalries, and some incredible costumes.

1st Place Winners: "Alisha's Fantastic Team" –Alisha A. and Tony Thompson

 

2nd Place: "Wesco Extra Old Stock" –Gord Thomson and Jeff Macpherson

 

Best Team Name: "Nun Ya Business" –Cameron Bartling and Jenna Gilbert

 

Best Team Costumes: "Coin Collectors" –Barbara Manzano and Janelle Gronotte
100 Year Gala Trivia Winners

At our 100 Year Gala in February we had a trivia sheet with questions about BCEA and the last 100 years of the electrical industry. The winners of this trivia were Greg Stephenson, Tanya Wyers, Bobbi Giesbrecht, Gerry Wyers, Wendy Jenkins, Allison Straghan, and Brad Ratel. Congratulations! 

Events
Island Trade Shows – Victoria and Nanaimo
BCEA has two tabletop trade shows happening on Vancouver Island next month! First up on April 16 in Nanaimo and then April 18 in Victoria. Both shows will open with an educational seminar from Joel Feenstra on the topic of the new changes to the Canadian Electrical Code. These shows will also double as career fairs for the local community. Click the link below to register to attend the shows at no cost!

For exhibitors, the Nanaimo show is sold out and the Victoria show has limited space left. However, we do still have sponsorship opportunities available at both shows.
THRIVE Summit – May 9, 2024
BCEA's THRIVE summit in collaboration with our Women's Network is back! This conference is an opportunity for women and men from the electrical industry to uplift women in leadership, network, and attend sessions about various topics.

Another one of our speakers is Catt Waterman from Convergence Seminars who will be speaking on the topic of Mastering Priorities: Understanding Your Chaos.

Thank you to our Inspire Sponsors: Bartle & Gibson, Electro-Fed Canada, Guillevin, National Cable Specialists, Rexel Utility, Wesco and Westburne!

Book tickets and sponsorships at the link below.
2024 Golf Tournament Registrations Now Open

BCEA's golf tournaments are back this summer!

This year there will be a reverse draw for $1000 at the Victoria and Kelowna tournaments, and a chance to win a $1500 travel voucher at the Morgan Creek tournament! Your ticket cost includes a lunch voucher, golf cart, golf fee, and an awards dinner.

Sponsorships are available for all three tournaments. Find out more information at the links above.

  
The Women's Network Wine Wednesdays are back this year! Join us on April 24 as we kick off the season in Mission, BC with the theme "Sparkling Wines." There is no cost to attend this event, but we ask that you bring a wine that is in line with the theme and an appetizer or dessert to pair it with. This is a casual networking event to meet up, chat, and have some drinks with the BCEA Women's Network! Register at the link below so we know how many people to expect.
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Education
Basic Electricity Course – Online
Registration for our online Basic Electricity Course is now live. This course is a great primer for anyone new to the industry or who wants a refresher on the more basic aspects of the supply chain industry. The cost is $299+GST for members and $399+GST for non-members. Upon registration, you can complete the course at your own pace.
BCIT Training Courses

Member company BCIT offers many electrical training courses to keep your credentials up to date. Explore the following options:
 
TELC-0208, FSR Electrical Code Continuing Education, various training options available 
TELC-0107 Electrical Code-50 Hour 
TELC-0144 Low Energy Electrical Worker 
TELC-0161 High Voltage

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Member Benefits
Group Health Plans
Great news! BCEA has partnered with ICBA to launch its own group benefit plans to give our members competitive rates and top-notch service in offering group health, dental, retirement, and other benefits. These benefits are great for your workers, their families, and your bottom line.
 
Need a plan? BCEA Benefits can help you find a cost-effective option. Already have a plan? We can review the performance of your current benefit plan to find opportunities for improvement and cost savings. Visit our benefits home page for more information.
Boutique Hotel Discounts

BCEA is happy to announce we have partnered with Executive Suites Burnaby and Executive Plaza Coquitlam to offer our members discounts on hotel rooms at either of these two locations.

Executive Suites Burnaby

Centrally located in Burnaby on the Lougheed Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver and minutes from the Trans-Canada Highway. Known for the art of making business a pleasure, the hotel features an outdoor hot tub, heated swimming pool, and fitness room.

Executive Plaza Coquitlam

The Plaza Hotel is a suburban oasis in the bustling heart of Burnaby, Coquitlam, and New Westminster. It is conveniently situated close to various dining options, the famous Lougheed Mall, and public transit. The hotel offers a boutique and comfortable atmosphere with a touch of luxury. It has been consistently ranked as a top hotel on TripAdvisor for five consecutive years and is proud to be a 3 Green Key Global partner.

Contact beth@bcea.bc.ca to receive the discount code.

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In the Media
Budget 2024 Prioritizes Actions for Low-Carbon Economy
Government officials met with community climate leaders to discuss how Budget 2024 supports transitioning to a low-carbon economy and addressing climate concerns.

(Source: British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation)
Grids Need Independent Regulators as Canada Shifts Away from Fossil Fuels
Recent rulings by British Columbia and Ontario energy regulators signal a shift away from traditional energy infrastructure, prioritizing the transition to a low-carbon economy while facing political and industry opposition.

(Source: The Energy Mix)
With Completion in Sight, What’s Next for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project?
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project nears completion after encountering construction challenges, with final stages including mechanical completion and regulatory approvals before in-service operation.

(Source: EnergyNow)
Electric Tugboats Multiply in B.C. Waters as SAAM Towage Adds Two to Its Fleet
SAAM Towage and HaiSea Marine invest in Canada's first electric tugboats, aiming to reduce emissions and noise pollution in B.C. waters.

(Source: Electrical Autonomy)
FortisBC Welcomes Decision That Will Increase Access To Renewable Natural Gas
FortisBC's Renewable Natural Gas application approval by the BCUC marks progress towards decarbonization, enhancing access to renewable energy while maintaining energy choice for customers.

(Source: FortisBC)