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VIDEO: Mardi Gras comes to Nedco’s Electrifest X

July 28, 2014 - Back in April, Nedco Ontario launched the 10th edition of Electrifest, and EBMag was there to celebrate alongside attendees Mardi Gras-style. With around 3000 visitors and over 120 vendors, the event promised to be the largest…

VIDEO: Building futures one student at a time—Future Building 2014

July 28, 2014 - The Electrical Contractors Association of Hamilton and members of Hamilton’s IBEW Local 105 were on-hand to answer questions and let students try out some interactive demos at the latest installment of Future Building (April 2014).

VIDEO: “We all want to have access to young talent”

March 11, 2014 - “We all want to have access to young talent,” explains Joris Myny, who knows all about the importance of connecting industry with its next generation. This is why the senior vice-president, Industry Sector, for Siemens Canada…

Industry News

IBEW Local 1928 and NS Power reach agreement

September 1, 2014 - Nova Scotia Power and IBEW Local 1928 say they have reached an agreement that will provide “further job stability for employees and long-term, sustainable cost savings for customers”.

Hydro One completes acquisition of Norfolk Power Inc.

August 29, 2014 - Hydro One today closed its purchase of Norfolk Power Inc. According to the utility, it has been supplying to Norfolk County for decades, serving about 14,000 customers. It now extends its service to the entire county—a further 18,000 customers.

ABB celebrates 125th anniversary.... in Finland

August 29, 2014 - Congratulations to ABB Finland, which is celebrating today its 125th anniversary. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Stromberg, ABB Finland today employs 5000 across 30 locations.

Franklin Empire recognized by Carlo Gavazzi as “outstanding”

August 28, 2015 - Family owned electrical distributor Franklin Empire Inc. announced it is the proud recipient of the Carlo Gavazzi Outstanding Distributor Achievement award for 2014.


EB Launches Distribution & Supply Magazine

Aurora, Ont., March 2009 — Electrical Business is pleased to introduce Distribution & Supply magazine, the long-awaited independent voice of Canada’s electrical channel.


Training is not optionalBy Oliver PostTraining is certainly on the minds of everyone in business these days. Every industry is changing just a bit faster than it used to, and the proliferation of products and technologies that are the result mean that everyone must pay special attention to the products…

Electrical Business Goes DIGITAL

Aurora, Ont., October 2008 — Electrical Business is pleased to announce it now offers a fully functional and interactive Digital Edition of current issues. When readers visit, they can click on the Digital Edition link (top of Left Navigation Menu) to start enjoying the benefits of live links, quick…

Scott T. Hamilton joins the Electrical Business Team

Aurora, Ont., September 2008 — Electrical Business magazine, Canada’s national electrical industry publication, is pleased to introduce its newest team member.Scott Tyler Hamilton has chosen to intern with Electrical Business as a writer before returning to McGill University in September 2009, where he intends to enroll in a Masters of…


One-button Bosch GLM 15 simplifies measuring

August 27, 2014 - With its one-button operation and pocket-sized precision, Bosch says its new GLM 15 laser measure will “change the way the world measures”.

Terex Hi-Ranger cobra-style jib promises ease-of-use

August 27, 2014 - Terex now offers an end-/top-mount cobra-style jib on its Hi-Ranger TL and LTM series aerial devices. Available on all 24 x 48-in. platforms, Terex says the jib is engineered with hydraulic articulation and extend, enabling operators to achieve a greater range of motion.

Ram launches 2015 models of 2500 and 3500 heavy duty

August 26, 2014 - This week, Ram launched the 2015 model year for the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500, with the latter boasting a increased torque rating of 865 lb-ft and payload capacity of 7390 lb while maintaining a maximum tow rating of 30,000 lb.


Please help YWCA Toronto place 22 students

July 29, 2014 - I recently learned the YWCA Toronto—in partnership with Centennial College—is running a 34-week Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician Training Program for women to give them a chance at a career in the skilled trades, and the students need your help!

How to pick a (scholarship) winner

July 17, 2014 - Earlier this week, I had the opportunity and pleasure to again be a part of the committee that chooses the lucky recipients of scholarships from the numerous applications sent in to the 2014 Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) Scholarship Program... and I believe we picked worthy candidates.

Damn those kids who taught us not to be ‘rats’

May 30, 2014 - At a very early age, we all learned not “to be rat”... not to go “telling on” someone for some stupid thing they did. We may have learned this from our siblings or our schoolmates, but learn it we did because, if we didn’t, we would…

“Cathedrals of the modern age” - Luca Zanier’s Power Book

May 20, 2014 - Zurich-based photographer Luca Zanier casts a look “behind the curtains” of the energy industry in Power Book, and the view is absolutely phenomenal.


Hydro One is making itself “less attractive”... to thieves!

August 27, 2014 - About $2-million worth of copper is stolen from Hydro One annually, says the utility, which is why it is embarking upon a plan that will see the use of composite groundings with “no scrap metal value”.

Act now on Safety Codes Act 2014 consultation!

August 26, 2014 - Thanks to Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) for letting us know of a survey that is part of the Safety Codes Act 2014 Stakeholder Consultation, and the deadline to have your say is September 8, 2014.

RECALL: Cree CXB Series LED high-bay indoor fixtures

August 26, 2014 - Cree is recalling about 10,000 LED high-bay luminaires in which the glass lens on the fixture can break, posing a laceration hazard.

HD Electric announces TAG voltage detectors

August 25, 2014 - HD Electric’s single range TAG-200, multi-range TAG-200MR and single range TAG-330 are voltage detectors designed for detecting distribution and transmission voltages.

Codes & Standards

ISO publishes international standard 50002 for energy audits

July 23, 2014 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) says a number of companies and organizations have already integrated an energy management system to reduce consumption. Now they can take this exercise a step further with ISO 50002:2014, an international standard on energy audit.

NEMA publishes HV 2-2014 for ceramic suspension insulators

July 21, 2014 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA, in the U.S.) published HV 2-2014 “Suspension and Post-Type Insulators for Electric Power Overhead Lines General Use Information”.

UL distributing IEC and ISO standards in Canada

July 16, 2014 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has granted Underwriters Laboratories (UL) non-exclusive rights to distribute International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards in Canada.

Energy & Power

Apply today for Energy Globe Awards 2015!

August 29, 2015 - Thanks to Sustainable Energy for All for letting us know a Call for Projects has been issued for the 2015 Energy Globe Awards, which recognize (among other things) projects focusing on the efficient use of energy and the implementation of renewable energies, as well as creating…

CND Hydro “progressive” with reliability and customer service

August 28, 2014 - Cambridge & North Dumfries Hydro (CND)—a utility serving over 50,000 customers in a 306-km2 territory in Ontario—has selected Advanced Control Systems (ACS) to deliver outage management (OMS) and distribution management (DMS) systems.

Alstom secures a Nalcor Lower Churchill HVDC contract

August 18, 2014 - Alstom has been awarded a contract for the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) Labrador-Island Transmission Link in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.

GE declares wind can “substantially enhance grid resiliency”

August 27, 2014 - When equipped with the appropriate modern plant controls, wind applications can substantially enhance grid resiliency. That’s the conclusion reached by GE’s Energy Consulting business, which presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency at CIGRE 2014 (International Council on Large…


Apprentice mobility improving for Albertans and Nova Scotians, too

August 29, 2014 - Alberta’s and Nova Scotia’s premiers, Dave Hancock and Stephen McNeil, have signed an agreement-in-principle to ensure apprenticeship training is transferable between both provinces.

Apprentices to enjoy seamless mobility between B.C. and N.B.

August 28, 2014 - Apprentices in British Columbia and New Brunswick will now be able to seamlessly work in either province, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Premiers Christy Clark and David Alward at the Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

ICT training trifecta via BICSI Learning Academy

August 27, 2014 - BICSI—an association supporting the information & communications technology (ICT) industry—is rebranding its professional development offering into the BICSI Learning Academy which, according to BICSI, allows it to provide “better, more focused training to fit its customer’s needs”.

EB CAREERS: E.B. Horsman seeks staff for new Edmonton location

August 26, 2014 - E.B. Horsman & Son—an independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler in British Columbia—says it is bringing “Western Canada’s oldest independent full-line electrical distributor” to Alberta.