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Industry Conference CANCELLED

FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS, BANFF, AB

As we continue to respond to the changing status with the COVID-19 outbreak, EFC is taking preventative measures to protect conference delegates from any further risks associated with this virus. After much consideration and consultation, the EFC Board has decided to cancel EFC’s Industry Conference in Banff which was rescheduled from late May to September 1 – 3, 2020. This decision was difficult but necessary for the safety of our members, employees, and the community.

One of EFC’s key mandates, is to deliver a premier national thought-leadership conference for industry members, partners, and affiliates. The conference has also been a time where the annual Industry Research report is presented and members are recognized through the Industry Awards Program for their dynamic contributions in powering a changing world. These initiatives will continue to be presented in Fall of 2020 through a virtual format. We look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

What You Need to Know

1. If you have previously booked your hotel accommodation, the Fairmont Banff Springs will be releasing the entire EFC room block over the next few days. No action is required to cancel your hotel reservation – this will automatically be administered by hotel staff.

2. With respect to your conference registration, all delegates and companions will receive a full refund through the cvent platform.
100% Refund will be automatically applied. No action is required.
Refund applies to any or all of the following options you may have booked:
– Conference Registration
– Head Office Meeting Rooms
– Golf Registration & Rentals
– CEMRA Night

On behalf of Electro-Federation Canada, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you in advance for your understanding. We will come through this trying time together and we will connect face-to-face again.

If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact Nathalie Lajoie, at nlajoie@electrofed.com

Be safe, stay healthy!

SAVE THE DATE: EFC’s 2021 Industry Conference will be held September 21- 24 2021 in Niagara Falls!

Moving the Electrical Industry Forward With the Emerging Changes in e-Commerce, Technology & Talent

2020 ELECTRO-FEDERATION CONFERENCE

A Leadership Conference for the Electrical Industry to Focus on the Top Three Game-Changers

Like no other decade before us, we stand on the cutting-edge of a futuristic evolution. This September, EFC’s Conference will bring together industry leaders for a stimulating overview of the Canadian Electrical community’s role to ‘e-VOLVE’ in powering our changing world.

The conference showcases the latest thought leadership centered around emerging technologies, talent and e-commerce; these changing channels require us to think beyond our singular partnerships. It is imperative that we hone in on e-commerce strategies and swiftly embrace electronic technology to move our industry forward in aligning products, processes and services. To address these two fronts, we need to have a strategy on e-talent, talent that will help the industry evolve.

The ‘e-VOLVE’ conference presents a wide array of game-changing insight and emerging opportunities. Andrew Au will connect us with navigating digital transformation for the e-commerce supply chain. Swati Patel will present EFC’s 2020 Talent in an Emerging Workforce research paper to address the future of our industry. Special guest speaker, Hadiya Roderique, shares her path to inclusive leadership and from The Debaters, Steve Patterson will host the Awards Gala.

The conference kickoff reception, two-day Electro-Lounge & Head Office meetings, the closing Awards Gala and CEMRA night, there will be several opportunities to network with fellow attendees and get exposed to evolutionary mindsets.

I look forward to seeing you in the beautifully elevated town of Banff!

Pierre Legare, Chair, National Advisory Council,
Leviton Lighting

 

Conference Speakers

Digital Transformation, AI and Modern Leadership Expert ~ When companies like Microsoft, FedEx, and 3M want to accelerate their digital transformation journey, they call Andrew Au. Digital technology has set a new equilibrium for organizations — from how they engage their customers to how they motivate their employees to how they innovate their products and services. Referred to by Forbes as a “millennial expert”, Andrew Au is a modern business leader who helps global blue-chip brands respond to the new culture and nature of work.

Andrew Au

Digital Transformation, AI and Modern Leadership Expert ~ When companies like Microsoft, FedEx, and 3M want to accelerate their digital transformation journey, they call Andrew Au. Digital technology has set a new equilibrium for organizations — from how they engage their customers to how they motivate their employees to how they innovate their products and services. Referred to by Forbes as a “millennial expert”, Andrew Au is a modern business leader who helps global blue-chip brands respond to the new culture and nature of work.
Senior Vice President – Americas Consulting, Frost & Sullivan - Building a connected business is more than optimizing current practices, it’s transforming to meet shifting customer expectations, new business models, and emerging market trends. Digitization, and all that it encompasses is at the center of leveraging growth and creating solutions. Based on the latest NAED research project Building a Connected Business, Mark Simoncelli, Global VP, Growth Implementation Solutions at Frost & Sullivan, will highlight how the electrical distribution industry can enable change, integrate technology, and facilitate strategies to drive growth and better serve customers.

Mark Simoncelli

Senior Vice President – Americas Consulting, Frost & Sullivan – Building a connected business is more than optimizing current practices, it’s transforming to meet shifting customer expectations, new business models, and emerging market trends. Digitization, and all that it encompasses is at the center of leveraging growth and creating solutions. Based on the latest NAED research project Building a Connected Business, Mark Simoncelli, Global VP, Growth Implementation Solutions at Frost & Sullivan, will highlight how the electrical distribution industry can enable change, integrate technology, and facilitate strategies to drive growth and better serve customers.
Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer ~ As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, "Black on Bay Street.” Shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, with the accompanying video watched more than 250,000 times, Hadiya’s think piece sparked discussion in boardrooms across Canada. In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Hadiya Roderique

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate | Journalist | Lawyer ~ As a young, black woman working as a lawyer on Bay Street, Hadiya Roderique delivered a wake-up call to corporate Canada in the form of her Globe and Mail feature essay, “Black on Bay Street.” Shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook, with the accompanying video watched more than 250,000 times, Hadiya’s think piece sparked discussion in boardrooms across Canada. In her thought-provoking talks, she discusses barriers and challenges to diversity and inclusion, and counters those common arguments to show the power behind a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Host of CBC's The Debaters | Award-Winning Comedian ~ Familiar to hundreds of thousands of Canadians as the host of CBC Radio One’s hit show The Debaters, Steve Patterson’s material combines razor sharp wit and meticulously crafted, up-to-the-moment social commentary, with a measure of musicality thrown in where appropriate. His work has received considerable praise over the years, but none more poignant than at a Just For Laughs Festival gala when he shared the stage with comedy icon Steve Martin who proclaimed of Patterson, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”

Steve Patterson

Host of CBC’s The Debaters | Award-Winning Comedian ~ Familiar to hundreds of thousands of Canadians as the host of CBC Radio One’s hit show The Debaters, Steve Patterson’s material combines razor sharp wit and meticulously crafted, up-to-the-moment social commentary, with a measure of musicality thrown in where appropriate. His work has received considerable praise over the years, but none more poignant than at a Just For Laughs Festival gala when he shared the stage with comedy icon Steve Martin who proclaimed of Patterson, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”
VP, Marketing & Channel Development ~ ‘Talent Availability’ was ranked by EFC members as the top game changer affecting their organization. To address this topic, EFC is developing a research study, in partnership with PwC, to explore talent requirements for an emerging workforce within the Canadian electrical industry.

This study will examine how shifts in the electrical industry (new technologies, changing demographics, etc.) are impacting general talent availability needs – and what organization development strategies you will need to deploy to build a stronger workforce of the future.

Swati Patel

VP, Marketing & Channel Development ~ ‘Talent Availability’ was ranked by EFC members as the top game changer affecting their organization. To address this topic, EFC is developing a research study, in partnership with PwC, to explore talent requirements for an emerging workforce within the Canadian electrical industry. This study will examine how shifts in the electrical industry (new technologies, changing demographics, etc.) are impacting general talent availability needs – and what organization development strategies you will need to deploy to build a stronger workforce of the future.
PwC, Consultant, People & Organization
Tresa Cambridge is a member of PwC’s People & Organization Consulting practice with 10+ years experience in major business transformation projects across multiple industries. Tresa has managed a diverse client portfolio within Canada and internationally to offer advisory services focused on the integration of strategy, people, process and technology opportunities to deliver results for her clients in the Talent space.  She has full cycle project management skills with experience in both unionized and non- unionized environments and holds an Agile Scrum Master certification.

Tresa Cambridge

PwC, Consultant, People & Organization Tresa Cambridge is a member of PwC’s People & Organization Consulting practice with 10+ years experience in major business transformation projects across multiple industries. Tresa has managed a diverse client portfolio within Canada and internationally to offer advisory services focused on the integration of strategy, people, process and technology opportunities to deliver results for her clients in the Talent space. She has full cycle project management skills with experience in both unionized and non- unionized environments and holds an Agile Scrum Master certification.
Political Activist and Commentator ~ Preston Manning tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great political visionaries. His presentations provide an inspirational and substantive discussion of both current issues and future challenges, all imbued with a surprising dose of humor that you might not expect from a politician. A reformer at heart, Mr. Manning is right at home challenging the status quo and conventional thinking.

The Hon. Preston Manning

Political Activist and Commentator ~ Preston Manning tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great political visionaries. His presentations provide an inspirational and substantive discussion of both current issues and future challenges, all imbued with a surprising dose of humor that you might not expect from a politician. A reformer at heart, Mr. Manning is right at home challenging the status quo and conventional thinking.

 

Conference Countdown:

 

Thank you to our Lead Conference Sponsor:

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Awards

Chairman’s Gala Reception & Awards Dinner

Chair’s Reception | ‘Luxury Railroad’ Awards Dinner

Step back in time, as we re-imagine the roaring 20’s and the railroads that served Canadians as a mode of luxury transportation. This evening will feature special comedic entertainment by Steve Patterson, host of the debaters, as well as a dinner and award presentations in honour of those who have made remarkable contributions to our industry. All conference delegates and companions are welcome to attend this awards banquet. Gala table reservations will begin in April. *Semi-formal Attire

Call for Award Nominations, click here

Electro Lounge meeting

Electro Lounge Meetings

EFC is pleased to offer increased and extended B2B meeting space. These meetings are available for smaller manufacturers, distributors and reps to meet in a casual informal setting.  These meeting areas are complimentary and are suited for approx. 2-4 people only. These meeting areas are in an open ballroom with several seating areas for you to conduct informal meetings.

Open-concept spaces are available for smaller meetings up to 4 people in the designated Electro-Lounge room. Register for your complimentary meeting space, click here

Head Office Meetings

EFC’s Head Office Program provides members with an opportunity to host private meetings with suppliers and customers during the conference. EFC manufacturer, distributor and rep members are all eligible to reserve a meeting room, based on availability.

To register your company for a meeting space, please click on this link to book

Audio visual requirements, food and beverages can be ordered for your meeting room, based on your request and billing. Note: It is the responsibility of the manufacturer and distributor to arrange for convenient meeting times. EFC staff will not schedule or confirm appointments.

Head office

Tours & Activities – Available soon!

Exciting tours and activities are being confirmed for you to explore and experience the majestic wonders of Banff. Please stay tuned for full details.

Tour Banff

Please note: EFC is closely monitoring developments with COVID-19 and is strengthening its protective measures accordingly. To minimize any risks to employees, members and other event attendees, please follow precautionary measures by using hand sanitizer and avoiding handshakes. If you have visited any of the following COVID-19 affected areas within the past 14 days, we kindly ask that you refrain from attending EFC events: China, Iran, Northern Italy, Japan, South Korea. Thank you for your cooperation.