Power Up
Feb. 19, 2015

AEL's EXPO — March 25
The Alberta Electrical League is hosting their 21st Annual Electrical Learning EXPO at the Calgary Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary, AB, on March 25th. The EXPO provides all companies with an opportunity to show new products, new services, new innovations. Those attending will experience what is new and exciting in the electrical industry. Professionals that can answer all your questions, give you alternatives and suggestions. The day is packed with technical presentations of things you need to know. Mark this date in your calendar.More

EXPO info
Featuring presentations starting at 9-11am:

• "What's new in the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code" — by Clarence C. Cormier, P.Eng. Chief Electrical Inspector, Codes & Standards Section Safety Services Branch, Public Safety Division

• Review of the recently published third edition of the CSA Z462 by Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member President, CEO ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions Inc.

Seminars will run from 9am to 4:30pm on March 25. Stay tuned for the final list of seminars.More

New 2015 Alberta Electrical League Board of Directors
Bruce Mackay — ILSCO — President
Rob Beckel — Thomas & Betts — 1st Vice President
Darcy Robinson — Westburne — 2nd Vice President
Dave Larose — Nedco — Treasurer / Secretary
Jeremy Wood — Siemens — Director
Ron Stocks — Red Deer College — Director
Tracy Gilbert — Leviton — Director
Dave Moller — EIAA — Director
Rick Krauskopf — EECOL — Director
Joe Martineau — Medicine Hat College — Director
Rod Luhr — ILSCO — Director
Andy Dunbar — Leviton — Director
Paul Stanicky — IBEW — Director
Darren Zabel — Nedco — Director
Lee Hoecherl — EATON — Director
Kevin Glubrecht — Alberta Municipal Affairs — Director

Past Board Members and big thank you to:

Gord McKay — Richard McDonald & Assoc.

Andy Sywenky — EPCOR
Andy was a founding member of the AEL and has now retired from EPCOR. If you were at an AEL event, you would have seen Andy there. We would like to thank Andy for his unwavering support for 21 years. If you would like to send a message to Andy, I would be happy to pass it along. More

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News Talk 770 AM
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