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Industry News

Medgar Lighting named sales agency for Universal

November 21, 2014 - Medgar Lighting Concepts Inc. has been named a Canadian sales agency for Universal Lighting Technologies Inc. (member of the Panasonic family) in southwestern Ontario, Windsor and the Niagara area.

GE opens “advanced” MCCB manufacturing lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 - GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Conn., where “sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems” will design and build production lines for the new GuardEon moulded case circuit breaker (MCCB) platform.

FM Supply expanding from Waterloo to Stratford

November 19, 2014 - FM Supply—an independently owned electrical wholesale distributor located in Waterloo, Ont.—has announced it is opening a branch in Stratford. The new, 3000-sf facility will be designed in an open warehouse counter configuration, and is located at:

Irwin Tools asks: Are you the Ultimate Tradesman?

November 18, 2014 - Irwin Tools has expanded its efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for trade professionals by launching the Ultimate Tradesman Contest, where participants have a chance at winning one of nine monthly prizes worth up to $250 and a new Ford F-150 truck!

Manitoba’s McKenzie Electric named Employer of the Year

November 16, 2014 - The 8th annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction were recently presented, highlighting the dedication and commitment of employers, journeypersons and industry training leaders who have contributed to the success of apprenticeship training in Manitoba.

CCCA’s Frank Peri retiring; Kiddoo named as successor

November 10, 2014 - The Communications Cable & Connectivity Association’s (CCCA) current executive director, Frank Peri (who led the organization since its inception in 2007), is retiring, and will be replaced by David Kiddoo (photo) effective December 1.

Overachievers recognized at inaugural EFC Marketing Awards

November 6, 2014 - Congratulations to Electro-Federation Canada’s inaugural annual Marketing Awards winners (announced at Future Forum 2014), who were recognized for “demonstrating marketing excellence and innovation”! Kudos to the following:

Schneider and Awesense partner to reduce distribution losses

November 5, 2014 - Schneider Electric and Awesense Inc. have agreed to combine their expertise to design and propose integrated solutions that will enable utilities to “reduce ongoing grid losses and recover lost revenue, helping them achieve more reliable and profitable distribution grids”.

Platinum Tools outgrows Camarillo; finds Newbury Park home

November 3, 2014 - Platinum Tools—a player in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable—has relocated its base of operation and warehouse to a larger facility.

AD’s Canadian Electrical division enjoys +14% Q3 2014

November 3, 2014 - North American buying group Affiliated Distributors reports 8% growth across all Divisions in Q3 2014, with the Canadian Electrical division up 14%.

Hammond enters product joint venture for U.S. and Mexican markets

November 3, 2014 - Guelph, Ont.-based Hammond Power Solutions Inc.—a manufacturer of dry-type and cast-resin transformers and related magnetics—has entered into a joint venture with National Material LP to manufacture transformer cores for the electrical transformer industry.

Canadian Nuclear Labs launches as part of AECL restructuring

November 1, 2014 - In two days, on November 3, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) will launch a wholly owned subsidiary named Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)—a “major milestone” in the restructuring of AECL.


Is “cozy” and warm LED lighting on the horizon?

November 20, 2014 - Researchers from the Netherlands say they have found a “novel way” to ensure the LED lighting of the future is not only energy efficient but also emitting a “cozy warmth”.


ESA says 2013 “a particularly tragic year” for electrical-related fatalities

November 19, 2014 - Despite a 33% drop in electrical fatalities in the last five years, the Electrical Safety Authority says Ontarians continue to be injured and killed in electrical incidents.

Horizon and IBEW Local 636 raise $15k for MySafeWork

November 11, 2014 - Horizon Utilities’ president & CEO Max Cananzi joined Barry Brown of IBEW Local 636 to present a $15,000 cheque to Rob Ellis, founder of MySafeWork—a not-for-profit charitable organization created to prevent workplace accidents.

Codes & Standards

CE Code, Part I 2015 available now for pre-order (with gift!)

November 6, 2014 - A critical component of the Canadian electrical safety system, the 23rd edition (2015) of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains more than 200 updates and revisions, including major changes to sections on renewable energy, hazardous locations and electric heating.

Energy & Power

Alstom tidal energy solution: 1.4MW Oceade 18

November 16, 2014 - With a rotor diameter of 18 m, the Alstom Oceade tidal stream turbine has a nominal power of 1.4MW and three variable pitching blades.


EB CAREERS: Journeyman electrician (x2) for Saputo in Saskatoon

November 1, 2014 - Apply your mechanical abilities working for the largest dairy processor in Canada. Earn $34.49/hr plus shift differential and a comprehensive benefits package, including opportunities for career advancement. Saputo has two (2) opportunities for:Journeyman Electrician


Answering “Do you have the time?” for 75 years

November 5, 2014 - “Today marks the 75th anniversary of Canada’s longest-running radio program—the National Research Council Time Signal,” announced Ed Holder, Canada’s minister of state (science and technology). “Over the decades, Canadians and Canadian businesses have depended on the long dash as the standard by which to set their clocks.”