David Clements is CEO/Executive Director of IAEI. He has been an active IAEI member at the local, section and national levels for more than twenty-five years. He served as international board member from 1995 until 2007 when he served as our 2007 international president. In 2010, he retired after twenty-nine years with Nova Scotia Power, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as their chief electrical inspector. During his tenure as chief electrical inspector, he was a voting member on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Technical Committee on the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, a member of the Regulatory Authority Committee and member of the Canadian Advisory Committee on Electrical Safety. He has served on NFPA Smart Grid Steering Committee, Electrical Infrastructure Training Program and is presently a member of the UL Electrical Council.
Last November, I announced to IAEI’s Board of Directors and staff my plan to retire in June. This column will be my last as IAEI’s CEO, and I’d like to take the opportunity to say good-bye and to reflect on accomplishments IAEI has made during my tenure.
In 2016, we developed a five-year strategic plan called Vision 2021. The plan provided the framework to position our Association for growth and to continue to be the leaders in the electrical industry. A number of key initiatives identified in the plan have now been completed.
Even though May is National Electrical Safety Month highlighting awareness of electrical safety, we can’t become complacent during the other 11 months. It only takes a second to incur an injury, but a lifetime to heal.
The International Board of Directors gathered in November 2018 to attend the International Association of Electrical Inspectors Grand Opening Reception at the newly remodeled International Office in Richardson, Texas, and to conduct its annual business.
In addition to paying taxes, there is one thing you can count on for sure: the electrical industry will continue to evolve. All we have to do is look at energy storage as an example and how it has evolved over the past two centuries.
I’m very excited that all of our Board of Directors and a number of our industry partners could attend, as the building renovations would not have been possible without their kind donations and support.