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NECA 2020 Southern Region Convention (Canceled)

Join us June 26–29, 2020, at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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About the 2020 SRC:

Why should you attend?

Learn about leadership. Network with your peers. Make new connections.

Cutting edge education:
  • Benefit from your colleagues’ knowledge. Industry experts will be in attendance, keynote speakers will be serving up thought-provoking presentations and your voice will be heard.
Impressive Keynote Speakers:
  • Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky is a well known psychologist and author. He will discusses the importance of workplace culture and how you can contribute to it in a positive way.
  • Karl Mecklenburg is known for his powerful athletic career with the Denver Broncos. Hear his tips on successful leadership and teamwork in a changing industry.
  • Michelle Walker is the chair of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP). She'll explain how electrical contractors can unite to STAND UP for suicide prevention.
Workforce Development:
  • Industry experts experienced workers are retiring and with their retirement, goes their institutional knowledge. Learn tactics to tackle training, coaching, understanding and identifying new hires.
Full agenda coming soon!

Registration Information:

Reserve your spot at this can't-miss event! Registration ends May 26.

  • Registration Fee = $599 per person
  • Guest Registration:
    • Adult = $499 per person
    • Children 13-20 years old = $199 per person
    • Children 12 years and under = $99 per person

Full refunds are available prior to May 26, 2020. Refunds less an administrative fee of $100 will be given for cancellations received in writing to melissa.west@necanet.org prior to June 19, 2020. Following this date, no refunds will be given. However, you may send an alternate to the event without additional charge.

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Friday, June 26

Welcome Reception

Saturday, June 27

General Session
Guest Hospitality Breakfast and Tour

Sunday, June 28

Prayer Service

Monday, June 29

General Session
Farewell Reception and Dinner

About the Hotel:

Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada

The is offering a discounted rate for 2020 SRC attendees. Several types of rooms are available including suites. Pricing starts at CAD 423.00/night + taxes and fees. 

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Hotel Policies:
  • Tax Policy: Rates do not include 4% Alberta Tourist Levy, GST 5%, Tourism Improvement Fee 2% (subject to change). Rates include the contracted service charge.
  • Cancellation Policy: 7 days Prior to the Day of Arrival

  • Children 17 years and under stay free when sharing parents' room. Ages 18 and up are considered adults. Guests on rates that include food and/or activities, will have add-on children's rates according to age of child and inclusions

The closest airport to the Fairmont Banff Springs is Calgary International (YYC), which is about 80 miles East of the resort.

Airport shuttles are available via Banff Airporter and Pursuit from the Calgary International Airport to the Fairmont Banff Springs with regularly scheduled service. Schedules and rates are subject to change without notice. You may email the hotel’s concierge team for current schedules and pricing. Advance reservations are recommended! The concierge can also arrange taxi or private vehicle service for you.

All major car rental agencies are represented at the Calgary International Airport, and some are in the town of Banff. There is a Hertz office located in the Fairmont Banff Springs. Reservations are required. If you plan to drive in Canada, please be aware that a National Park Pass is required when entering Banff National Park. A pass may be purchased in advance here.

Available Tours:

The below optional tours in the surrounding areas of Banff, Alberta, Canada are available for 2020 SRC attendees and guests. To add-on to your attendee registration, select from optional tours during the registration process. 

  • Guest Hospitality Breakfast and Tour - Saturday, June 27 · 8:30 am
    Kick your morning off with a breakfast buffet at the Banff Springs resort, then then hop on a bus for a short ride to the Banff Gondola. The perfect introduction to your stay in beautiful Banff and Banff National Park! To start, feel the power of the Bow Falls and the beauty that surrounds it just below the Banff Springs Hotel.  Continue exploring and snap picture postcard shots from some of the best views in town. Take the gondola up to the 2,900ft summit of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the panoramic view of the entire Bow Valley.  At the top, your knowledgeable local guide will provide interesting tidbits and information on Banff’s rich natural and human history that has helped shaped the Bow Valley for millions of years. (3-hour return) 

  • Banff Float – Saturday, June 27 · 1:00 pm
    An extraordinary wilderness sightseeing experience on the famous Bow River, only 5-minutes from downtown Banff! Launching at the base of Bow Falls near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. During the river journey, you will travel approximately 7km down the Bow River past Bow Falls encountering excellent views of Sleeping Buffalo, Cascade and Tunnel Mountains. The natural scenery is fantastic with water birds and wildflowers being abundant on the banks of the river. Floating past the Hoodoo's and land the rafts at the towering north face of Mount Rundle. The shuttle bus will return you to your starting point on a scenic ten-minute mountain meadow drive. You will see and experience the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains and this gentle float tour is the perfect way to intimately encounter this natural mountain beauty! (1-hour return)

    Cost: $53.00 (Includes: safety briefing, all equipment, life jacket and rain jacket)

  • Wilderness Walk – Saturday, June 27 · 1:30 pm

    Take a walk down the Spray Trail with one of Resort Animators and learn about the local mountain landscape and wildlife that roam our beautiful local area. Easy walk for all guests. (1-hour return)

    Cost: $13.00

  • Icefields Parkway with Columbia Glacier Experience – Sunday, June 28 · 8:30 am departure
    What's the most unforgettable tour in the Canadian Rockies? A scenic day spent exploring the highest road in Canada - the Icefields Parkway. On this journey, witness the evidence left behind by many ice ages, icy blue glaciers that cling to the face of several majestic mountains and deep blue lakes. We will stop at Bridal Falls during the journey out, however, the highlight of this day is a visit to Athabasca Glacier which seeps down from the central core of Columbia Icefield.

    Board a specially designed Ice Explorer vehicle and ride up onto the glacier, passing an ancient forest with spectacular viewpoints. Then, step out onto the glacier itself, which is the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic and christen the moment with a refreshing sip of cold glacier water that flows through narrow crevasses. After you will step on the glass floor above a canyon and if you are lucky, see big horned sheep or mountain goats under your feet!

    On the return, be on the lookout for wildlife including elk, moose, bighorn sheep, black bear and coyote! Capture some memorable photos when we make return stops at the Crowfoot Glacier and Bow Lake. (11-hour return)

    Cost: $215.00  (Includes: all transport, full-day accredited mountain guide and driver support with interpretation, Ice Explorer Tour, Skywalk, boxed lunch and all gratuities.)

  • Tunnel Mountain Hike – Sunday, June 28 · 1:00 pm

    Join us on a guided hike of one of the most popular trails in Banff and learn about the natural landscape, Banff National Park and some of the wildlife that call this place home. This is an easy-moderate hike with some elevation gain. Ages 13+ (3-hour return)

    Cost: $14.00

  • Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake – Monday, June 29 · 1:00 pm
    For over a century, explorers have been making the trip to the incredible towering mountain peaks and icy blue glaciers, which are the highlights at Lake Louise. Your journey starts along the winding Bow Valley Parkway passing Hole-in-the-Wall, Johnston Canyon and magnificent Castle Mountain. 

    At Lake Louise, enjoy free time to discover this special place with outdoor pursuits: hike, rent a canoe or try horseback riding! If you prefer, the Chateau Lake Louise has various shops, lounges, restaurants and fabulous architecture that will impress you for hours. On the return, visit Moraine lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks and ascend the rock pile lookout points to have your breath taken away by one of the world's most beautiful bodies of water. (5-6 hour return)

    Cost: $124.00  (includes: boxed lunch, private transportation, accredited guide and all gratuities) 

Golf Outing at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course:

June 27 · 1:00 pm · $217.00


  • Rental Fees: $67
  • Boxed lunch: $35

About The Keynotes:

Keynote: Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky
Gustavo-featimageDr. Gustavo Grodnitzky is a speaker, consultant, psychologist, and author whose diverse background brings a unique and multidimensional perspective to his global clients. After obtaining his Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology, he completed post-docs in both cognitive therapy and forensic psychology.

Dr. Gustavo's recent book, Culture Trumps Everything: The Unexpected Truth about the Ways Environment Changes Biology, Psychology, and Behavior, investigates the powerful ways that organizational culture impacts the creation of "quintessence" in organizations. It it is this quintessence - the balance of connectedness, trust, shared common language and time perspective in an organization's culture - that ultimately determines the success and sustainability of organizations. If we want to ensure the best possible outcomes for ourselves and our organizations, we must focus on developing an organizational culture that fosters quintessence - and leads to success for all stakeholders - because culture trumps everything.

Keynote: Karl Mecklenburg

Karl-featimage-eKarl Mecklenburg rose from a college walk-on and twelfth round draft choice to an NFL career that included three Super Bowl and six Pro Bowl appearances. This former Bronco’s captain spent his entire twelve year career in Denver and makes Colorado his home now. Mecklenburg was arguably the most versatile player in the NFL playing all seven defensive front positions often in the course of a single game. Karl was selected as the AFC Linebacker of the Year, AFC player of the Year, and since retiring from the NFL has been enshrined in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Mecklenburg has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame Semifinalist each of the last eight years. 

Mecklenburg is the only NFL legend to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. As an author and speaker Mecklenburg’s stories of teamwork and leadership are humorous and inspiring. He approaches his speaking career with the same intelligence, passion, and intensity that punctuated his great football career.

Keynote: Michelle Walker, CCIFP, SPHR

Michelle-featimage-eMichelle Walker is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at SSC Underground, a trenchless technology company, delivering underground construction and consulting throughout the Southwest and across the country. Michelle also serves as the chair of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP). 

Michelle has worked at SSC since 1998 and held multiple accounting positions within the organization prior to being promoted to VP in 2009. In her current role, she is responsible for the accounting/finance and human resource/employee benefit functions of the company with a primary focus in workforce planning and development. She works closely with the ownership as a member of the executive team on strategic planning, succession, compliance, safety and IT matters. Michelle holds the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional designation and Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. 

Michelle’s combination of business acumen and passion for people have merged together as chairman of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a non-profit organization working to unite the industry to combat the epidemic of suicide in its workforce and provide workplace solutions for the challenge of mental illness, addiction and suicide within the construction industry. She is also a member of the Workplace Suicide Prevention and Postvention Committee and contributor to the Workplace Suicide Prevention Guidelines. An active member of the Construction Financial Management Association, Michelle is past-president of the Valley of the Sun chapter. She is a highly rated presenter on subjects including finance and accounting, workforce development, risk management and suicide prevention at CFMA, AGC, ABC, SHRM and TUG conferences.