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2013 Cross Border Meeting - Quito, Ecuador
As of June 20, 2018

A total of 41 contractors, engineers, and their guests gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for ELECTRI International's 8th Cross Border Meeting.

Participants from North, Central, and South America experienced a rich mix of business and professional meetings and social events during the March 13-15 conference.



The business session on day 1 opened with a welcome and orientation presentation by ELECTRI President Russ Alessi. The agenda then moved to

  • an excellent perspective on tourism in Ecuador, provided by noted tourism expert, Luis Maldonado Robles
  • an introduction to the mission and work of the local electrical engineers and contractors' association Colegio de Ingenieros Eléctricos y Electrónicos de Pichincha (CIEEPI), reported by Fernando Salinas, Ing., President, CIEEPI
  • an economic & commercial report on Ecuador by Michael K. Fogo, Economic Officer, US Embassy, Quito
  • an overview of distribution and export/import potential in Ecuador by John Ward and Ralph Compton, Regional Managers - Andean Region, Milwaukee Electric Tool Co.

On Day 2 the group was invited to an all-day visit to the Toachi-Pilatón hydroelectric project with a guided tour by two engineers from the Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC) working on site. Click here for additional information on the project and its impact on Ecuador. Lunch for the Cross Border participants and members of the project team was provided at the site by CELEC.

2013 Cross Border Meeting Participants - Santo Domingo Convent, Quito Social and touring events were plentiful throughout the Cross Border meeting. Opening night began with a welcome reception and dinner at the historic Santo Domingo Convent in Old Town Quito. The conferenced closed with a Quito-by-night excursion by "Chiva". These rustic buses used in rural Ecuador and Colombia are colorfully painted with the yellow, blue, and red colors of the country's flag and are decorated with local arabesques and figures.

The Chiva tour brought Cross Border guests to a gala reception and dinner in Old Town at Pim's Panecillo, a four-star popular restaurant serving Ecuadorian specialties and offering a spectacular panorama of the city of Quito.

ELECTRI International Signs Agreement with CIEEPI

ELECTRI International and Ecuador's Colegio de Electricos y Electronicos de Pichincha (CIEEPI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a collaborative partnership between the two organizations.

CIEEPI, established in the Province of Pichincha in 1967, is affiliated with Ecuador's Society of Engineers. CIEEPI's agenda is focused on bringing the highest professional engineering service to construction and design projects and to providing quality educational experiences for engineering students in the region.

The two organizations will collaborate by

  • Working with US companies seeking to establish engineering and construction contacts in Ecuador
  • Setting up information links on each other's web sites
  • Providing CIEEPI with electronic copies of all ELECTRI research reports
  • Assisting with delegate registration for CIEEPI members wishing to attend a NECA Convention and for US companies interested in technical/academic conferences and seminars offered in Ecuador.

Both organizations have agreed to work together in a true spirit of partnership to support each other 's growth and service to electrical construction.Fernando Salinas, President, CIEEPI and Russ Alessi, President, ELECTRI International sign a Memorandum of Understanding, March 2013






Fernando Salinas, President, CIEPPI and Russ Alessi, President, ELECTRI International

Site Visit to Hydroelectric Power Plant 

Electrical contractors had an up close look at Ecuador's major Toachi - Pilatón Hydroelectric Project (TPHP) during the recent ELECTRI Cross-Border conference. The project, located 80 km southwest of the capital city, Quito, is designed for a total installed power of 253MW and will supply an estimated average generation of 1090 GWh per year to Ecuador's National Interconnected System. TPHP will connect two new hydroelectric renewable power plants and will take the place of power currently provided by fossil fuel burning in thermoelectric plants.

ELECTRI participants at the briefing heard reports on many environmental and economic benefits anticipated as a result of the project. These include a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, reductions in fossil fuel import and related expense for the country, generation of 4,000+ construction work opportunities and 200+ permanent operational jobs, new trade skills for the local work force, and assistance to local communities that surround the project area.

2013 Cross Border Meeting Particpants at Toachi-Pilaton Site VisitToachi-Pilaton Hydroelectric Project, Ecuador, March 2013

The visit was coordinated by Gabriel Rosales, Executive Director, CIEEPI (Colegio de Electricos y Electronicos de Pichincha). The guided tour and luncheon at the project site was hosted by CELEC (Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador).