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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

FortisBC appoints Michael Mulcahy president and CEO

July 25, 2014 - The FortisBC board of directors announced the appointment of Michael Mulcahy as president and CEO of FortisBC Inc. and FortisBC Energy Inc. effective August 1, 2014.

Utility fleets can lead the charge toward transportation electrification

July 24, 2014 - Edison Electric Institute (EEI)—an association representing all U.S. investor-owned electric companies—released a white paper, “Transportation Electrification: Utility Fleets Leading the Charge,” focusing on the electric power industry’s effort to accelerate the expansion of electric transportation in commercial and retail markets—beginning with electric utility fleets.

Brian McNally appointed Rexel North America EVP and CEO

July 24, 2014 - Rexel Group has appointed Brian McNally to the newly created position of executive vice-president and CEO of Rexel North America effective August 1, 2014. He becomes a member of Rexel’s Executive Committee, and is in charge of both Canadian and U.S. businesses. Rexel operates two separate…

OBIT: John Salmon of John B. Salmon Technical Consulting

(UPDATED) July 21, 2014 - It is truly with great sadness that EBMag reports the passing of John Benjamin Salmon—the result of an accident at his home in Kitchener, Ont.—on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was in his 56th year.


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…


Class 6 and 7 Peterbilt Model 220 in full production

July 17, 2014 - The first new Peterbilt medium-duty COE (cab over engine) Model 220 rolled off the assembly line at the company’s COE manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico and, with that, the Class 6 and 7 truck is now in full production.

Make your wiring run a Home Run with EZ-clip

July 17, 2014 - Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, Fortica Electric’s Marijan Rozman says he understands the “pain and frustration” that comes with the limitations of standard protector plates, which is why he invented the patent-pending EZ-clip.

Universal Lighting enters occupancy sensors market with Cento

July 15, 2014 - Universal Lighting has entered the occupancy sensor market with Cento.


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.

SEEKING Historians and/or Crystal Ball gazers

May 10, 2014 - For EBMag’s special 50th anniversary issue (July 2014), I’m asking you to help us write an article on the past and future of innovation in the electrical industry. You can answer here in the Comments section, or email EBMag’s associate editor, Alyssa, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (You can…


We can’t do it, you can help - Lowe’s cited by OSHA

July 21, 2014 - Home improvement chain Lowe’s (Zanesville, Ohio) has been cited by the States’ OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) for five repeat and one serious safety violation; among the reasons was exposing workers to electrical hazards.

RECALL: Phoenix-brand safety/shock footwear from Giant Tiger

July 17, 2014 - Health Canada advises you of a recall involving Phoenix safety boots (PH104 Stampede) which bear the Omega symbol indicating electrical shock resistance, yet CSA has not certified the product for shock resistance and, as such, the product may present a risk to the wearer.

RECALL: Peachtree Lighting recessed NON-IC type compact fluorescent luminaries

July 16, 2014 - Intertek is warning the public of a recall involving recessed NON-IC type downlight compact fluorescent luminaries manufactured by Peachtree Lighting, where the lights may overheat, causing the conductors to become brittle and the insulation to fall off.

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

SNC-Lavalin awarded EPCM Jimmie Creek hydro contract

July 24, 2014 - SNC-Lavalin says it has been awarded the $30.5-million engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Jimmie Creek hydro project in British Columbia by Plutonic Upper Toba Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Alterra Power Corp. (which will own the project in partnership with a fund…

ABB and Volvo partner for electric and hybrid bus fast-charging

July 21, 2014 - ABB has partnered with Volvo Buses to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast-charging systems.

BC Hydro’s largest infrastructure project since the 1980s kicks off

July 21, 2014 - Last week saw the official kick-off of the $1-billion upgrade of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement project which, according to British Columbia’s government, is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by BC Hydro since the 1980s, and will take five years to complete.


EB CAREERS: Legend Power Lead Electrician, Electrical Operations, Toronto

July 11, 2014 - Legend Power Systems Inc. is a Canadian company that developed, manufactures and markets a device that saves electrical energy—the Harmonizer. Founded in 2001 and located in Burnaby, B.C., Legend has deployed a team of energy consultants to lead the commercial strategy in Toronto. The company currently…

Terex adds pre-test to The Edge course for insulating aerial devices

July 7, 2014 - Terex Utilities says it has updated The Edge online training course for insulating aerial devices to provide the most comprehensive, quality operator safety training available.

Global Training offers IR thermography courses and certification

July 3, 2014 - Global Training Solutions Inc. has announced the availability of infrared thermography e-learning training courses and certification for Level I, II and III for thermographers and NDT professionals.