Power Up
Oct. 2, 2014

AEL Membership
AEL
The Alberta Electrical League is an organization whose membership is open to companies and practitioners of every facet of the electrical industry in the province of Alberta. Its purpose is to promote the entire electric industry by identifying opportunities to raise the public profile of the industry, and to explore ways to develop and market new and existing business prospects for its members by leveraging the efforts of the various industry segments that are working together across the province. This is achieved via trade shows, seminars, conferences, marketing and educational programs, and promotions run by, or on behalf of, various segments of the industry, using the promotional strength and capabilities of the entire industry.

By being a member of the AEL, you demonstrate a commitment to the betterment and continual growth of the Electrical Industry in Alberta. More

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