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K-Line a Finalist for Canada's Best Managed Companies Award : Nov 20, 2014

In early September, K-Line had the distinct pleasure of being nominated by the Town of Whitchurch– Stouffville to apply for Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies Award. This is the country’s leading business award program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Since our time of nomination, K-Line has been working relentlessly to complete all the requirements under the application process. With great pride, K-Line is pleased to announce that we have successfully passed the first two phases and we are now a finalist. On Tuesday November 18th, 2014, Deloitte hosted a Gala for the finalist companies, where K-Line received a certificate which reads “In acknowledgement of your outstanding achievement, it is with great pride that we recognize K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd. as a regional finalist in the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program”. The winners for the 2014 Best Managed Companies Award will be announced in mid-December.

11th Annual PowerStream Charity Golf Tournament : Sep 4, 2014

Every year PowerStream hosts a charity golf tournament where all proceeds go to the United Way Agencies in York Region and Greater Simcoe County. In 2012 the golf tournament raised $90,000.00, bringing to total donation to over $300,000.00 since the 2008 tournament. This year the tournament took place on September 4th, 2014. K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd. and K-Line Insulators Ltd. are proud to have been a Titanium Sponsor and a Silver Exclusive Hole Sponsor for the event. Pictured below is K-Line's golf team with hockey legend Mark Howe, Gordie Howe's son, in the middle.

 

 

Grand Renewable Energy Project : Aug 11, 2014

Over the last several months, K-Line has been busy working on the Grand Renewable Energy Project (GREP), in Cayuga, Ontario. To-date, GREP is North America's largest combination Windmill and Solar Farm. Below are some pictures which capture the great progress K-Line is making on the project to ensure a sustainable future for all Canadians.

  

Five Year Alliance Agreement : Jul 4, 2014

Enersource Corporation, the successor company of Hydro Mississauga, distributes electricity to approximately 205,000 customers. Their increased demand for distribution infrastructure upgrades and capital works lead to a need for a highly skilled, safe and reliable service provider. Enersource went to market looking for an alliance partner to conduct general utility construction and maintenance services for three years with two, one year renewal options. K-Line answered the call and came out on top, proving to be the contractor of choice. K-Line will have multiple crews working for Enersource starting on July 1, 2014. K-Line and Enersource are excited to build upon an already strong working relationship.

Breaking Out with the Most Adventurous AGM Yet : May 2, 2014

Getting outside of your comfort zone is never an easy task, yet K-Line demonstrates on a daily basis the reward of taking managed risk– ISO & OHSAS certification, numerous safety awards, new business opportunities and a competitive edge. Bruce Kirkby, K-Line’s 2014 key note presenter has spent the last twenty years leading a life of exploration and high adventure. Bruce knows a thing or two about breaking out of his comfort zone as his journeys have taken him to the wildest and most remote corners of the planet; from Africa to the high Arctic; from Mt. Everest to Arabia. With Bruce’s expert knowledge in this area, K-Line was more than thrilled to have him as our Keynote presenter for our 2014 AGMs. Along side Bruce, K-Line’s managerial and executive team produced an engaging presentation highlighting how K-Line has broken out of our comfort zone over the course of this past year, the rewards of our managed risk taking and areas to continue to do so in the future. This years presentation was laden with humor and featured an employee appreciation video highlighting the fun and hard work our K-Line employees demonstrate on a daily basis. Thank you all employees for your participation this year, it was another fantastic AGM season!

Bruce Kirkby- K-Line's 2014 AGM Key Note Presenter

A Proud Safety Champion for Young Workers : Apr 25, 2014

On Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 Dave Hannon and Vanessa Dash from K-Line's Health & Safety Division joined Rob Ellis for a MySafeWork presentation at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario. In 1999, Rob's 18 year old son was tragically killed as a result of a workplace accident and Rob has since dedicated his life to keeping young and vulnerable workers safe at work. Rob travels across North America visiting high schools and educating youth on workplace safety, encouraging them to choose to work for safe employers and inviting them to ask questions- no question is off limits. Rob enlists the support of "safety champions" to promote young workers safety. K-Line is proud to be a "safety champion" and supporter of MySafeWork.

A New Partnership : Mar 31, 2014

At the beginning of 2013, K-Line was awarded a Service Agreement with Enmax Corporation for Distribution and Transmission. Early this year, K-Line was awarded a Transmission Project in the heart of Calgary, Alberta. The scope of this project is extremely complex and consists of several components, including building a 3km 138kV line parallel to an existing line, building a green field component, crossing the Bow River and the Deer Foot Highway, as well as crossing three sets of train tracks. The use of a helicopter company will also come into play later in the project to assist in pulling the ropes in. This is a great opportunity for K-Line as Transmission Projects is an area we have not previously specialized in but with our new Transmission Division and Manager of Transmission Operations, this is an area we will be focusing more strongly on to remain the One Source Solution. To assist in ensuring this project runs smoothly, K-Line has partnered with Hooper Corporation headquartered in Wisconsin, USA. Hooper is providing assistance in training our employees on transmission projects. This project is scheduled to finish by the first week of May 2014.

An Adventure Soon Awaits- The 2014 AGMs : Feb 28, 2014

Do you enjoy looking for new opportunities, getting outside of your comfort zone, and exploring unchartered territories? Well, if you are adventuresome this year's AGM promises to be a wild one! The previous year's AGMs have continued a steady climb to being terrific events-highlighted by keynote presentations from celebrities including: Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Adam Kreek, Mike Mandel and Scott Kress. This year's AGM has been finalized and promises to be an excellent event. With presentations updating employees on the company direction, status updates on the safety and quality management systems, and updates from the Operational Manager's on divisional performance, capped with a keynote presentation- this year's event will soar to new heights. With a keynote presenter described as "Absolutely Sensational" and "Spellbinding" this premier event is sure to speak to you.

K-Line Featured in Industry Safety Seminar : Feb 12, 2014

From February 3rd to 5th, 2014, the Saskatchewan Safety Council hosted its 41st Annual Industrial Safety Seminar in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. K-Line is proud to have been a Silver Sponsor of the event, and featured as a case study highlighting safety and company engagement best practices.

Ice Storm Heroes : Jan 30, 2014

Starting in the evening of December 20th, 2013 a storm brought freezing rain overnight, coating trees with ice and bringing down a devastating number of powerlines. Leaving half a million Ontario electricity customers without power, K-Line was quick to assist in the restoration efforts. With K-Line crews supporting Milton Hydro, Horizon Utilities Corporation, Oakville Hydro, Burlington Hydro, Powerstream, Veridian Connections and Toronto Hydro, K-Line had close to 90 people relentlessly working for several days on end. A sincere thank you to all of the K-Line team involved in the storm restoration. Your efforts are acknowledged and appreciated. For more details on this story, see link below:

K-Line Secures Oakville for 5 More Years : Dec 18, 2013

Oakville Hydro, the Local Distribution Company (LDC) in the town of Oakville, has re-signed a five year contract with K-Line beginning January 1st, 2014. In the final months of this calendar year the Sales team was monitoring the Oakville contract as it had a set expiry date for the end of this calendar year. K-Line assumed the current contract after the acquisition of McG Pole Line and began offering professional, knowledgeable, and safe resources to Oakville Hydro. Oakville has been very pleased with the way K-Line provides a safe, quality and productive service that assists their customers, helps rebuild their infrastructure and responds to system needs. The ability to retain a customer like Oakville Hydro works well with our GTA West neighbouring customers: Horizon Utilities Corporation and Burlington Hydro.

K-Line Attends First Nations Job Fair : Dec 1, 2013

On Wednesday November 13, 2013 K-Line's Projects Division and Human Resources Division partnered to attend a Job Fair held in the Community Hall on the Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario. First nation reserves are the fastest growing segment in the Canadian population and can have resources available to work in the trades and on electricity and renewable energy projects. The career fair provided an excellent opportunity to spread awareness on the powerline trade and opportunities at K-Line.

 

K-Line Score Certification Hat-Trick : Nov 12, 2013

It is an age-old tradition in the National Hockey League (NHL) for fans to toss their baseball hats on the ice when a player scores three goals in one game- passionately known as a "hat-trick". With the recent Certification Audits, K-Line has scored a "hat-trick" of its own: three audits- three successful outcomes. The development and implementation of the Integrated Management System began in earnest in 2008 and in 2013 all divisions across the country scored the "Certification Goal". Congratulations to all employees, time to toss a hat! Less than 5% of company's achieve certification without any non-conformances. K-Line went 3 for 3.  

Alberta Registration Audit : Oct 15, 2013

Earlier this year, K-Line decided to bring the Alberta Operations into the Integrated Management System (IMS) and be audited with the Ontario and Saskatchewan Operations for Registration. The Alberta Registration Audit was held the week of October 11th, 2013 and the auditors have "Recommended for Certification" the management system to ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. This audit makes K-Line three for three. Meaning, K-Line has successfully been certified to ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 in all three provinces in which we operate. This is a substantial accomplishment for K-Line, and we would like to thank everyone who was involved and saw this certification process through to completion.

To view K-Line's Certificates of Registration, please see links below:

Recommended for Certification : Oct 1, 2013

Following a long journey over the past few years, K-Line is pleased to announce that the Saskatchewan Divisions were successful in being "Recommended for Certification" following the Registration Audit held September 23-25th, 2013. The auditor's reports and assessments are reviewed by the registrar and we should hear soon when the K-Line Management System has been registered to the ISO 9001 Quality Management and OHSAS Health and Safety Management Systems. Thank you to all of the people that worked very hard in advance of the audit and for taking the time during the audit to show records and for explaining their knowledge of company processes and procedures. The auditors were impressed by our field operations during their two field visits- thank you to Justin Bennett and his crew and to Bob Heskin, Ryan Zuchkan, Ryan Onufreychuk and their crews for hosting the audit team on your sites. A big thank you also goes to the audit team for their hard work and efforts prior to- and during the audit. Congratulations to all Saskatchewan employees!

To view K-Line's Certificates of Registration, please see links below.

Empowering the Future Today - November 6-7, 2013 : Sep 10, 2013

The 2013 Electricity Human Resources Canada Conference is the national conference dedicated to the electricity and renewable energy industry workforce. This two day national conference will bring business leaders and human resource professionals together.  Attended by employers, labour, education, and government representatives working for and with the sector. The aim of the conference is to connect, convene and inspire the industry.  This year's theme ‘Empowering the Future Today’ has never been more timely or relevant to the changing landscape of our workforce.  For more information about this conference visit their website at www.electricityhr.ca

New K-Line Policy Statements Roll Out : Sep 10, 2013

The New 2014 Health & Safety, Quality, and the Respect in Our Workplaces Policy Statements have arrived. One major change this year is the addition of a newly developed Environmental Policy Statement. Previously, K-Line had an "Environment Policy", which has been enhanced and improved to a similar level of the other major corporate policies. In 2013, the Environment was included in the Health and Safety Policy Statement. This year, each area has a stand-alone policy as our customers are increasing their demands and requirements for environmental management and protection. The policy statements are reviewed annually to ensure the business programs and objectives are continually improving and reflect the priorities for the year. Changes to this year's statements include: adding our new ISO 9001 & 18001 certifications, new company photos, colour themes and alignment with new corporate objectives. The commitment to health and safety has not changed.

K-Line Registered to ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 : Aug 7, 2013

The Ontario Divisions of K-Line and K-Tek have been certified to both the ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety Management) Standards. As was highlighted during the Annual General Meetings (AGMs), having these certifications demonstrates that we meet a high level of safety and quality, and that the organization has a system in place to manage these aspects. It also shows a commitment to continually improving. K-Line is committed to taking the appropriate actions to make improvements in the future. In the month of September, the Saskatchewan Divisions of K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd. will be undergoing its registration audit for its certification to these two standards and in October, the Alberta Divisions will be undergoing its registration audit. Having these certifications sets K-Line apart from our competition and gives the organization a competitive advantage.

To view K-Line's Certificates of Registration, please see links below:

 

K-Line AGMs Lead the Way : Jul 10, 2013

Think of all the ways K-Line leads the way: in Quality, Health and Safety, Human Capital, and Operations- and you will get a good sense of the theme of the recent 2013 K-Line Annual General Meetings.  In Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta K-Line is Leading the Way and setting our organization apart, working towards a high performing team in the process. This theme was highlighted by a keynote presentation by Scott Kress, the 51st Canadian to climb Mount Everest and the 15th Canadian to climb the seven summits on the seven continents of the planet. Kress noted that “There are no short-cuts to the top” and that high performance teams that remain in the “Circle of Influence” are critical elements to success. Kress says that Teamwork is the single most important factor in organizational success. K-Line would like to thank all employees for their participation in the 2013 AGMs.

Pictured above: Scott Kress, K-Line's 2013 AGM Keynote Presenter.

K-Line Takes on Vulcan, Alberta : May 7, 2013

A safety message of energy, enthusiasm, and innovation was front and centre in Vulcan, Alberta on Tuesday April 30th when Safety Champion Rob Ellis motivated and inspired over 300 students. Rob Ellis (K-Line's AGM keynote presenter in 2011) was joined by representatives from K-Line, DuPont Canada, and Fortis Alberta. Attendees from K-Line included Jim Kellett, Senior Vice President- Operations & Engineering, Julian Hogeterp, Vice President Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness, Allen Moss, Manager- Alberta Operations, and Mica Dell, Health & Safety Coordinator for Alberta. All were sporting their signed Team Canada jersey.

K-Line Attends Regina Career Fair : Apr 10, 2013

On April 4th, 2013, K-Line attended the ReginaJobShop Spring Career Fair in Saskatchewan. K-Line's booth at the fair featured our many services and areas of employment. With a video of our last AGM playing in the background, our booth was frequently visited by interested candidates. With over 400 participants attending, and media coverage by a local radio station and Global TV News, the career fair was a success.

K-Line Platinum Sponsor of BBB Torch Award : Mar 5, 2013

For several years, K-Line has been involved in and has supported the Saskatchewan Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Awards. The Torch Award is an overall recognition to companies for excellence in business- in ethics, customer satisfaction and practices including sales and marketing. K-Line was fortunate to be a recipient of a Torch Award in 2009. Since then, K-Line has been an active sponsor of the Torch Awards event to continue to promote positive business practices and to recognize companies that go above meeting the minimum standard.

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