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Greg Padulo

Generation 7 - CUSW Member



Paul Deck

Electrician - GDR Unit


Brian Pineo

Electrician - Northern Unit


Scott Fraser

Electrician - Central Unit


Chris Foster

Electrician - GDR Unit


Geoff Denstedt - NEB Liaison

NTEC Newsroom

Have you heard? Take the LEAD is NOW on-line!

You can now get your Take the LEAD Certification in just a few hours! Visit our on-line learning centre and use your existing CUSW username and password to enrol (if you’ve forgotten them, or have ANY trouble logging in, head back to the CUSW site to reset your password first – or if troubles persists, call Janet at 1-877-290-5003. Learn from the comfort of your own home or while passing time in a hotel away from home. There is no cost to Members and you can learn anytime, anywhere, everywhere!


21st Century Union 

CUSW is a 21st Century Union - very different from the traditional unions that are based on a service-provider model. By the end of this course, you will understand the differences between these two models and know how you can contribute to building a brighter future for yourself and your family.

Learn anytime, anywhere, everywhere!

Get your Take the LEAD Certification from the comfort of your home or while passing time in a hotel away from home It is that easy! Visit our on-line learning centre and use your existing CUSW username and password to enrol (if you’ve forgotten them, or have ANY trouble logging in, head back to the CUSW site to reset your password first – or if troubles persists, call Janet at 1-877-290-5003). There is no cost to Members. You can now get your Take the LEAD Certification in just a few hours!


Learn about the CUSW Constitution

The CUSW Constitution and a Collective Agreement are two very important documents and between them, you can find the answer to any question that you might have. By completing this course, you will understand the differences between the two and know where to look for the answers to your questions.


The news is out, Take the LEAD is now available ON-LINE!

You can turn down-time into valuable learning time and accelerate your career from the comfort of your own home or while passing time in a hotel away from home! Visit our on-line learning centre and use your existing CUSW username and password to enrol (if you’ve forgotten them, or have ANY trouble logging in, head back to the CUSW site to reset your password first – or if troubles persists, call Janet at 1-877-290-5003)Get your Take the LEAD Certification in just a few hours! There is no cost to Members. 


Participation Model

CUSW is not built on a traditional hierarchical model where decisions are made at the top and flow down to the Members. Instead, we have created the Participation Model that guides all of the activities from involvement in the Workplace to how decisions are made by the National Board. By the end of this course, you will have a clear picture of how you can best participate and contribute to the growth of our union.

Take the LEAD, FREE On-Line training

JUST LAUNCHED… New CUSW on-line learning centre!

The Take the LEAD on-line program was launched this past weekend at the CUSW Convention! You can now get your Certification in just a few hours! Visit our on-line learning centre at and use your existing CUSW username and password to enrol. 

 Learn from the comfort of your own home or while passing time in a hotel away from home. There is no cost to Members and you can learn anytime, anywhere, everywhere!

The NTEC Visits Our Employers

Members of the National Training and Education Committee recently met with one of our employers to identify, in their opinion, what skills Members need to have in order to be successful in the future and to help them be successful too.

Our employers are looking for people that are multi-talented and work ready. The main courses that we, as Members, should be looking into are sustainable and renewable energy, automation, robotics, all trade contractor skills, solar, wind, geothermal and project management.

This was a great opportunity to sit down with our employers and discuss different strategies. I felt that we covered a lot of bases and we are looking forward to the next time.



Rob Palermo
NTEC Chair

Faces of the training trust fund

Meet Rob Palermo. 

He is a CUSW member who recently completed the Pre-Master Electrician course with the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency (ECRA) / Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).  He decided to use the Training Trust Fund to help strengthen his skills to become a better Electrician.
The Pre-Master Electrician course helps you prepare to write the exam to obtain your designated Master Electrician certification. It focuses not only on how to own your own business but also on the Electrical Safety Code and law relating to health, safety and consumer protection.

Rob spent 6 full Saturday’s preparing and studying for this exam learning about all of the different Health and Safety Acts related to the electrical industry. Rob completed this course and successfully passed the exam and now has his Master Electrician License. He is now able to complete his job more safely and effectively while avoiding hazardous workplace situations.  

Fiber Optic Training

Mississauga Training Consultants is a leader in industrial skills training that includes certification for fiber optic installers, network cabling systems inspection and many other industry specific courses for the electrical and communications industry. 


 The Fiber Optic Courses are approved by the Fiber Optic Association and students have the opportunity to write for the FOA Certified Fiber Optic Technician Certificate at the conclusion of the course.

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The training center is located in Mississauga but all programs can be done at the customer premises - anywhere!   

So this is a great opproutunity for unit committees to organize training in your area. 

OSEA Powering Prosperity Event

CUSW is a proud supporter of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). On January 29th, OSEA will be hosting its annual Powering Prosperity Gala and Awards Dinner. Companies from across the Renewable and Sustainable energy sector will be honoured in front of more than 300 industry guests. 

On-line Training for FREE!

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New Health and Safety Training Requirement

All Members of Canadian Union of Skilled Workers should be aware of a new Regulation under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) that requires mandatory training for Workers and Supervisors.

We encourages all Members to complete the online training provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and provide the Certificate of training to both your Employer and CUSW to be included in your personal skills profile. 

The Ontario Ministry of Labour provides detailed information and background on the new regulation on their web site. The Ministry also has free online training resources available for Workers and Supervisors available at

Utility Work Protection Code Course

This is a great two-day course that every CUSW Member would benefit from completing. There are three offerings coming up in Mississauga, ON in February, March and May. Here's the link to all of the details:

Canadian Nuclear Association conference report

I recently spent the better part of three days at the Canadian Nuclear Association conference that was held in Ottawa, Ontario. It was a both a rewarding experience as well as a learning one as I got to be a part of the mix with some of the biggest contributors to the industry.

CUSW booth

CUSW hosts a booth that allows people to approach and ask us questions about our involvement in the nuclear industry. Approximately 700 people attend this event and it does more than just contribute to the energy producing characteristics of nuclear energy.

Safety training, radiation protection

I met a lot of great people from industries that provide intense safety training for radiation protection that has seen applications at places like the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering, Chalk River and Point Le Preau in New Brunswick. I engaged in conversations with manufacturers of revolutionary safety products that protect you while working in high dose radioactive areas, as well as safety devices that attach themselves to the equipment where sometimes we have to work within extreme close proximity.

Info on storage of spent fuel

There was a group there that gave extensive information with regards to the underground depository of spent fuel, some industry people that are responsible for the medical applications of the by products of the radioactive processes, as well as some companies that are developing other uses for everything and anything nuclear.

The future of nuclear

Over the course of the three days we had the opportunity to partake in some seminars and listen to  some really insightful speakers talk about different areas of the future of nuclear in Canada. Of course everyone remains up beat and optimistic about the direction Canada is taking in this industry or they wouldn't be able to organize this many people to and event like this.

The importance of a well-trained, experienced workforce

One of the speakers, Ms. Jean Llewellyn, CEO, National Skills Academy for Nuclear, UK, gave a fantastic speech relaying the message that it it vital to have a trained experienced workforce in hand to carry out these projects and how our demographics have changed over the years and about how it is important to develop the skills need to carry us into the future. Her speech is basically how the model of CUSW is moving ahead and as we can see in our own back yard, the importance of  working together with the Bruce and OPG to develop the "certified nuclear worker".  Without even meeting this person she opened up a lot of opportunities to have with people from the conference as it made the explanation of what CUSW that much easier.

I had the opportunity to meet a lot of young engineer types approach us inquiring about apprenticeships and opportunities for them with CUSW. This is a great sign as we would like to see more development of programs like this as it would benefit the members as well as the employers for the type of work we see coming in the future.

New products, processes

It was an eye opener as well, that seeing some of the new and innovative products and processes that are being introduced into this industry. Of course there were a lot of manufacturers trying to break in to that market and I'm sure i had a few moments where I was like, 'I would love to see that in the field, and I hope sooner than later', as I have spent a lot of time at both Darlington and Pickering.

I came away from the conference with some contacts that should be able to help CUSW in the future. Conversations that perhaps I would have not been able to make as easily in my normal routine and anytime that we have an opportunity like this it is a big leap forward.
In the near future, the website from the CNA conference will be posting the speakers and their speeches online for the public , If you are interested feel free to stop by the site and find something that you might be curious about and you will have the same opportunity that I had that snow-filled week in Ottawa.  If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to email me at
Mark Gallant


Obama eyes cybersecurity order

September 19, 2012 | By Travis Mitchell


In the aftermath of the failed attempt to pass federal cyber security legislation through Congress last month, the White House is preparing to issue an Executive Order to help protect the country's critical infrastructure from dangerous attacks.

Senator Susan Collins, who co-sponsored the proposed legislation with Senator Joe Lieberman, has also continued to press the issue, advocating for stiffer laws and regulations to protect critical U.S. infrastructure from attacks. The bill would have created voluntary cyber security guidelines for critical infrastructure systems, including utilities and smart grid companies. But opinions varied widely on whether the bill would be effective or would be too burdensome for businesses to implement, and it failed to win Senate approval. 

Pushing for national cyber security policy

Now, recognizing a stubbornness and reluctance of Congress to act on what it views as key agenda items, the Obama administration is prepared to take cyber security matters into its own hands. Executive orders have the full force of law and are generally controversial, as they can be used to implement policy without congressional consent.

Similar to the intent of the Lieberman-Collins bill, the order would allow federal agencies (headed by the Department of Homeland Security) to suggest security best practices for critical infrastructure as well as create federal agencies to evaluate cyber threats, according to a review of the document by the Associated Press.


An issue for nearly a quarter century, cyber security protection will become increasingly important as the smart grid continues its expansion, which in turn raises the chances for security holes opening the door for attacks and hacks.

The Executive Order was confirmed in a letter released Friday by John Brennan, assistant to the President for homeland security and counter terrorism.

"Following congressional inaction, the President is determined to use existing executive branch authorities to protect our nation against cyber threats," Brennan wrote.

In a statement to the Washington Post, Senator Collins noted that an Executive Order should not be a replacement for legislative action, saying "An executive order could send the unintended signal that congressional action is not urgently needed.


Providing guidance for utilities

An issue for nearly a quarter century, cyber security protection will become increasingly important as the smart grid continues its expansion, which in turn raises the chances for security holes opening the door for attacks and hacks.  This growth was confirmed in a report released Monday by energy research firm GlobalData. It projects that the global smart grid cyber security market will climb to more than $79 billion by 2020 and grow at a Combined Annual Growth rate of 20 percent.

What's more, it remains a mixed bag in terms of utilities' level of concern over cyber security, according to Bob Lockhart, senior research analyst with Pike Research.

"The education level of utilities is equally all over the block," he said. "When you have an interconnected grid, the problem is that as long as their are weaknesses somewhere, there are weaknesses everywhere."

Although the bulk power supply is already subjected to NERC CIP security standards, national scale guidance can help utility companies and smart grid stakeholders simplify and prioritize the cyber security process. It would also provide regulation for power distribution and the smart grid at the local level, and help utilities target funding and spending.

"The problem is that, in the absence of standards, utilities aren't sure what to buy," Lockhart said.

Along these same lines, the U.S. Department of Energy in June launched its Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model as another method to help utilities fortify reliability and protect the grid.

The sticking point remains that, however valuable a national cyber security policy may (or may not) be, wide-sweeping regulation is likely to be difficult to implement given the highly regulated U.S. energy market and the overlapping oversight and standards of NERC, FERC, NIST, IEEE and others. The Executive Order would not require extra compliance from companies that are already meeting the suggested cyber security requirements.

Brennan concluded his letter saying that, "the companies driving cyber security innovations in their current practices and planned initiatives should help shape best practices across critical infrastructure."

Read more:
Obama eyes cybersecurity order - FierceSmartGrid

Back to School

Well, Its that time of year once again, summer is coming to an end and schools are ramping up for the year.

Most of us have children attending school; we always try to motivate them to do well because we all know how important a solid education is for their future.

Now what about you?

Isn’t a solid continuing education good for your future too??

I read articles all the time regarding what employers look for in a potential candidate and personal /professional growth top their list.

Having a skilled trade License is not enough anymore, so we need to continually evolve within our chosen trades and develop new skill sets to maintain employability. This personal evolution shows employers our commitment to our growth, it’s also means we are more flexible with changing environments.

Here is a link to an article that talks about the future of the smart grid and the type of people they will require

Community Colleges/Universities offer programs continually throughout the school year to provide us with the education needed to succeed in today’s environment. The Challenge is completely up to you!

There are questions you need to ask yourself.

·         where do you want to be?, what does your future look like now and how can I make it better?

·         what courses should I take ?

·         How will the education I get today help for future employability?

To find a College or University near you try this,

Please keep in mind that there are other avenues, ESA offers training ,  IMSA also.

Here is a final Thought,, Is it better to be GREEN and GROWING or RIPE and ROTTING?

We push our kids , why not push ourselves and lead by example.

James Van Bynen ( National Training and Education Committee Chair)

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