August 3, 2016
For Steve Del Guidice of 3E Power Services Ltd., a successful career in the electrical industry was never a question. It was only a matter of when. Del Guidice has been in the trade for over 30 years, first as an electrical engineering technician and then later, as a 309D electrician. He has held his Master Electrician’s license since 2006, and he currently specializes in construction and maintenance of high voltage installations and distribution systems.
Del Guidice works at 3E Power Services Ltd.,* which is owned and operated by Ken Edwards. This connection is unique because Edwards was mentored by Del Guidice back in 1998 when he hired him at Tiltran Services. Because of their strong connection, 3E thrives and enjoys its successes in the commercial, industrial, utility, and renewable energy sector both in Elgin, Ontario and across the province.
3E gives back to its community by donating the labour needed to help power the local Relay for Life fundraiser each year. Edwards also plays a big role in supporting Ontario Electrical League (OEL)’s Elgin and District chapter with their events and meetings, and with Del Guidice’s role on the Masters Examining Committee (MEC) — a subcommittee that advises the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency Advisory Council (ECRA) at ESA.
Del Guidice also gives back at the local level as Elgin and District’s chapter president. He enjoys discussing issues with the local members and learning from one another. “There was a time, when I was the operations manager for Tiltran, where I saw value in being able to share resources with my fellow contractors,” he says. His aptitude for being able to constantly stay connected and informed is what led Del Guidice to develop relationships with his friends today.
“We’re more than just friends, we’re business peers, and we look out for one another, and share in each other’s growth and experiences,” says Del Guidice. “I honestly believe that the members in the OEL are like a big family willing to help each other in many ways and are all focused to improve our business, and the industry.”
A lot of what organizations, such as OEL and Electro-Federation Canada, do for the industry usually goes unnoticed, and unless you’ve got the time, or the passion to be involved, business owners, operators and individual contractors just go about their daily business. It takes an organization to step up and look out for its members and contractors, even the ones that aren’t represented.
Del Guidice believes in this so firmly that he, his chapter members and the executives have agreed to kindly donate the profits from the 2016 conference golf tournament to OEL’s government relations efforts. OEL’s Government Relations Committee is steered by OEL members and acts as the political platform for the interests of open-shop electrical contractors at Queen’s Park.
For more information on 3E Power Services Ltd., visit www.3epower.ca.
* Since the time of writing, Steve Del Guidice has moved onto a new position with ERTH Corporation as the Manager of High Voltage & Substation Services. You can reach him at 519-485-6038, ext. 317 or via email at Steve.DelGuidice@erthcorp.com.
Huong Nguyen is the Ontario Electrical League (OEL)’s Marketing Communications and Chapter Support Representative. This article first appeared in OEL’s Dialogue.