Resiliency for the New Year: A Message from Carol McGlogan, EFC President & CEO
It goes without saying that 2020 wasn’t the year most of us imagined.
No business was immune from the realities of a global pandemic. We had to rethink how to respond to a rapidly-changing business environment and pivot our strategies to effectively meet the needs of our membership.
It was a year marked by much change, but also one marked by many opportunities: a unique time to strengthen the electrical channel in new ways.
As we usher in a new year, let’s be reminded of how resilient our industry has been throughout this pandemic. We are uniquely positioned to be the voice of a burgeoning industry – one that provides essential services to communities throughout Canada, and abroad. Our promise is to never lose sight of this by continuing to empower our members in every way we can. EFC will continue to provide our members with the programming needed to withstand the unprecedented obstacles of today…and tomorrow.
We are introducing a range of resources that will address the biggest ‘game-changers’ and most pressing concerns identified by our members (e.g. the business impacts of COVID-19, emerging technologies, talent attraction and retention, supply chain digitization, and diversity and inclusion.) To kick this off, we’ve invited Janice Gross-Stein, a Canadian political scientist and founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, to the virtual stage on January 28th, for the “What’s Next for Canada?” webinar to help cast light on how the Biden Administration will affect the Canadian economy and businesses. Visit here for more details.
Plans are underway for our annual conference scheduled for September 21 – 23 in Niagara Falls. We hope to be able to meet in person to network and gain insights from renowned speakers, however, we are prepared to follow any government protocols and health recommendations that may require us to deliver this event in a hybrid or fully virtual format. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for full details.
As we move forward, EFC will continue to draw strength from our partners. Cybersecurity will be a key focus for this new year and we will work closely with our partner, the Chief Information Officer Strategy Council (CIOSC), to help your organization remain safe and knowledgeable in the strategies needed to protect against cyber-attacks and devastating breaches.
Though there is still much to be done, we are committed to helping your organization continue to pivot as needed so our electrical community remains as adaptable, strong and resilient as ever.
I’m hopeful that we will have much to look forward to this year!