It has been quite an exciting year for the BC Electrical Association. I am often asked “After all of these years with the BCEA, how do you stay inspired?”. The answer to that question is very simple; I love my job, the members and the many volunteers that I have had the pleasure of working with. Years such as this are what keep me energized and motivated to better the Electrical Industry.
In 2015, the Board put together an excellent two-year plan that re-engaged members and volunteers. The key components of this plan being education, philanthropy, member engagement and self-marketing. For this next year, the Board has developed a strategy to bring our LINK (Leadership, Integrity, Networking and Knowledge) vision to life.
Leadership- The BCEA Board has evolved over the years into a diverse and hardworking group. They are engaged and believe in the work the BCEA does. The Board plans for the BCEA to lead the next generation through the work of the U40 Group and the advocacy committee.
Integrity- We want our members to be proud of what the BCEA stands for. Our strategic plan has allowed us to continue to be the strong association that we have been for the past 91 years. We have created a strong foundation of programs and have partnered with many industry associations such as the BC Safety Authority, Electro Federation of Canada, ASTTBC, APEGBC, MCABC, CSA and EJ2. Working alongside these strong organizations have allowed us to communicate a unified message of both safety and standards.
Networking- With the help of our U40 Group, Women’s Network and Social Committee, the BCEA has been able to bring our members many networking opportunities this year. Our committees have done an excellent job of creating moments that have benefited our members and their businesses. We have received high feedback on our social and charitable events this year, and look forward to continuing with this success.
Knowledge- Over the last year, we have surveyed, interviewed and met with our member groups to create a gap analysis on education in the market place. The Education Committee, along with our new Conference Committee, are working hard to fill those gaps for not only our members but within our industry as a whole. While the BCEA does take pride in the educational programs we currently provide, we are looking to additionally guide our members into educational routes that suit their needs.
I want to thank the BCEA Board, committees and mostly my staff, Caitlyn and Nazan for all of their support and hard work over the last year!
Barbette Igonia, CAE
President & CEO