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VIDEO: “Electricity is uniquely unforgiving” - Part 4 of 4

January 31, 2014 - In October 2013, ESFi-Canada held its second annual Electrical Safety Summit, which lived up to founding champion Peter Marcucci’s vision: “What we can do together will always be more powerful than what any of us can…

VIDEO: “Electricity is uniquely unforgiving” - Part 3 of 4

January 31, 2014 - In October 2013, ESFi-Canada held its second annual Electrical Safety Summit, which lived up to founding champion Peter Marcucci’s vision: “What we can do together will always be more powerful than what any of us can…

VIDEO: “Electricity is uniquely unforgiving” - Part 2 of 4

January 31, 2014 - In October 2013, ESFi-Canada held its second annual Electrical Safety Summit, which lived up to founding champion Peter Marcucci’s vision: “What we can do together will always be more powerful than what any of us can…

Industry News

NSi takes on Pam Erickson as EVP marketing and business development

April 23, 2014 - NSi Industries LLC has a new executive vice-president of marketing and business development, Pamela Erickson, who joins NSi after several years as VP of marketing for the US Electrical Division at Affiliated Distributors.

Who are Balla, Horsman, McDonald and Power cycling for?

April 22, 2014 - What do George Balla, Tim Horsman, Tere McDonald and Brian Power have in common? They are the Power2Feed Cyclists, who will be cycling from Toronto to Montreal for EFC’s Electrical Council’s annual conference, May 27-30, and they need your help in achieving their fundraising goal.

“It’s about bloody time the industry recognized you” Charles Cipolla

April 17, 2014 - Charles A. Cipolla—chair of Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and chair of Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro—received Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC’s) 2014 Industry Recognition Award (IRA). Congratulations!


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…


USAI Lighting introduces BeveLED mini fixture

April 24, 2014 - USAI Lighting has added the BeveLED mini to its family of downlight, adjustable and wall wash fixtures.

Cree debuts LS series linear LED luminaire

April 24, 2014 - Cree says its new LS series linear LED luminaire—designed to replace fluorescent strip, wrap and industrial fixtures—can reduce energy consumption by more than 25%.

HD Electric announces Cap Check capacitor testers

April 21, 2014 - HD Electric’s Cap Check capacitor testers from HD Electric are designed to identify internal problems with a capacitor or capacitor bank, which according to the company, has proven to be a valuable asset in maintaining both pole-mounted and substation capacitors.


Let’s beat the Swiss at their electric vehicle game

April 2, 2014 - During this year’s Get Connected Day in Quebec, a Guinness Record may be established for the largest gathering of electric vehicles in the world. Organizers invite EV owners from Quebec and elsewhere to a rally April 18 and beat the previous mark registered in 2013 in…

Surprise! LiUNA joins anti-Ontario College of Trades campaign

(UPDATED see “College of Trades makes the Sunshine List!” at bottom) March 28, 2014 - Anyone who has been following the dispute over Ontario’s fledgling College of Trades has come to see it as a faceoff between union and non-union supporters. So imagine my surprise when this news crossed my…

Not a gamer now? Don’t worry... IEEE says you will be!

March 27, 2014 - According to IEEE members, 85% of our lives will have an integrated concept of ‘gaming’ in the next six years. While video games are seen mainly for their entertainment value (Gears of War is among my favourite franchises), industries like healthcare, business and education will be…

“A responsible future requires a balance of energies” - Switch movie

February 28, 2014 - What does the future of energy really hold? Join Dr. Scott Tinker as he explores the world’s leading energy sites—from coal to solar, oil to biofuels and more—and chats with government, industry and academia in an effort to cut through the confusion and discover the path…


Schneider unveils QO and HomeLine dual function circuit breakers

April 21, 2014 - Schneider Electric has introduced Square D QO and HomeLine dual function circuit breakers, combining arc fault and ground fault protection into a single, easy-to-install device, it says.

Refreshed Capital Safety website boasts smarter search capabilities

April 21, 2014 - Capital Safety has launched a new website designed to be “more user-friendly and provide customers around the world with the insights and information they need with just a few clicks”.

RECALL: Fluke 11x Series multimeters for potential of fire or arc explosion

April 17, 2014 - Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) reports Fluke is voluntarily recalling the 116 multimeter sold to the Canadian market (the recall, however, also involves the 113, 114, 115 and 117). Users should stop using recalled products immediately.

Codes & Standards

Happy 100th to U.S.’s National Electrical Safety Code!

April 24, 2014 - Congratulations to our friends south of the border, whose National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For its part, IEEE announced that a preprint of the 2017 NESC will be open for comment “100 years after the NESC was first introduced…

Win a trip to 5th IEC Young Professionals workshop in Japan

April 24, 2014 - Are you a young and dynamic manager, engineer or technician aged early 20s to mid 30s? Are you experienced in working with or developing standards, or involved in conformity assessment activities? Do you work for an organization that benefits from standards? If so, then enter Standards…

Is the venerable ampere finally directly measurable?

March 31, 2014 - Quantum standards for the electrical units volt (V) and ohm (Ω) have been available for more than two decades, say researchers at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) but, apparently, not so much for the electrical base unit of the international system of units’ (SI) ampere (A).

CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms” 3rd Ed. is released

February 25, 2014 - ULC Standards announced the release of the 3rd edition of CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms”, saying it is of interest to anyone who manufactures, distributes, uses, regulates or inspects smoke alarms.

Energy & Power

Never mind the Wi-Fi Zone... show us the Wi-Power Zone!

April 24, 2014 - Chun T. Rim, a professor of nuclear and quantum engineering at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and his team recently showcased their improvement in the distance that electric power can travel wirelessly: up to 5 metres.

What do a heliophysicist and our power grid have in common?

April 24, 2014 - A NASA scientist is launching a 1- to 2-year pilot project this summer that takes advantage of high-voltage power transmission lines to measure a phenomenon that has caused widespread power outages in the past, and even crashed Hydro-Quebec’s transmission system: geomagnetically induced currents, courtesy of a…

Canadian Solar completes diesel hybrid PV system serving Deer Lake First Nation

April 21, 2014 - Canadian Solar says it has completed the first diesel hybrid photovoltaic (PV) system in the remote microgrids in northern Ontario serving the First Nation community.


EB CAREERS: Atlantic Heat Treating seeks Electrical Engineering Technician

April 22, 2014 - Atlantic Heat Treating (2001) Ltd. heat-treats metals for tool and die makers. This process involves the use of large electricity-powered furnaces that operate at very high temperatures and require considerable maintenance. We are currently planning an expansion and upgrade of our electrical system and require a…

EB CAREERS: Electric Mobility Canada seeks President and CEO

April 17, 2014 - Founded in 2005, Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) is a national, membership-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility “as a readily available and important solution to Canada’s emerging energy and environmental issues”. EMC is seeking applications for the position of:President and CEO

Not everyone celebrating College of Trades first anniversary

April 9, 2014 - Ontario’s College of Trades is celebrating its one-year anniversary, but not everyone is showing up for cake. “After one year, we’re not seeing any benefits from the Ontario College of Trades,” said Cindy McCarthy, president of the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association. “The 600% increase…

NAIT expanding essential programs to meet industry demand

April 3, 2014 - As a result of provincial funding announced in Budget 2014, seven high-demand programs at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will be expanded between now and 2017 to accommodate additional students; among them, Electrical Engineering Technology and Instrumentation Engineering Technology.