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Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Brad Fraser was on the path to becoming a mechanical engineer when life events lead him to follow his grandfather’s footsteps in the electrical business in 1971. “My mother was ill, so I stayed home to take care of her,” reminisces Fraser, about how he got started. “My grandfather invited me to work for him during that time and eventually convinced me to sign up in the electrical trade, so I did.”

In 1971, Fraser was licensed and co-managing his grandfather’s electrical business, and in 1981, he started putting together the details for his own business. With a friend’s encouragement, Fraser moved to Brantford in 1987, and Southwestern Electric Ltd. was born.

Click here to read the full article in September's edition of Dialogue.

OEL's Chapter Leadership Conference

Join us from September 16 - 18, 2015 at Smuggler's Glenn Golf course located at the beautiful Glen House Resort in Gananoque, Ontario for our 2015 Chapter Leadership Conference. 

Register online, or download the registration form and send back to

Hope to see you there.

Registration is now open for the Brantford area, and can be found by clicking here.  

This half-day training course focuses on the following topics:

  • Enhance personal safety
  • Eliminate of mitigate electrical hazards and reduce risk
  • Create safe work practices and procedures
  • Learn how to apply CSA Z462 and the tools to reduce Electrical Shock and arc flash
  • How to use ESA’s e-WorkSAFE Contractor Safety Tool
  • Provide a clear understanding of Electrical Specific PPE, Tools and Equipment
  • Gain respect for electricity in the workplace and at home
  • Job hazard analysis

For more information on this training session, click here

If your chapter is interested in hosting a Z462-15 training session, please contact Cathy Frederickson.


OEL members honour colleague, and friend, in heartwarming tribute

Ed Spoelstra worked as a lineman technician for Peterborough Utilities for almost 20 years.

On August 20, he passed away at the age of 69. During his funeral services on August 25, 2015, his collegues paid a memorable tribute to the man they knew as "Big Ed" by lining up their trucks as part of the funeral procession. 

Click here to read the full story, and pictures. 

OEL's 18th annual golf tournament

Congratulations to this year's winners! Pictures are provided by Renee Francoeur of Electrical Business. 

Best Scramble Team: Halton Hills Hydro - (from left to right): Matt Stephens, Ross Baxter, Anthony Capkun, Mark Briscoe and Don Matthews 

Putting Contest Winner: Roger Gootenboer (left), CLAC is shown with sponsor Art Clabby (right), Ideal Industries.

Longest Drive Women: Jenni Wilson (right), Wilson High Voltage is shown with sponsor Clive Thurston, OGCA.

Longest Drive Men: Daryl D'Andrade (left), Thomas & Betts Limited is shown with sponsor Clive Thurston, OGCA .

You can click here for Electrical Business' full gallery.

See pictures from this year's tournament below, click for album gallery. 

OEL's 18th Annual Golf Tournament