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VIDEO: “Advancing the [ICT] careers of our Canadian members”

September 16, 2014 - While attending BICSI’s Canadian Conference 2014 in Vancouver earlier this year, EBMag interviewed several delegates to learn more about the importance of this event to information & communications technology (ICT) professionals.

VIDEO: “The top electrical safety people in the world” attend IEEE’s ESW

September 7, 2014 - “The top electrical safety people in the world” attend IEEE’s ESW, explained Hugh Hoagland, chair of the 2015 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop, when Anthony Capkun (EBMag’s editor) recently caught up with him at the Kinectrics…

VIDEO: InfraCanada opens your eyes to IR opportunities

September 5, 2014 - Touted as Canada’s only facility maintenance & infrared imaging conference, InfraCanada is travelling across Canada to open your eyes to a new world of opportunities with infrared cameras.

Industry News

Virginia Transformer seals agreement with Caravels

January 23, 2015 - Virginia Transformer Corp. has announced the closing of its alliance deal with Caravels, the new owner of Efacec Power Transformer. 

Schneider, Autodesk join forces to enhance building efficiency

January 22, 2015 — Schneider Electric and Autodesk Inc. have teamed up to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Civilight North America launches lighting rep network

January 22, 2015 — Civilight North America has launched a manufacturer rep network they say spans from coast to coast throughout the United States and Canada.

Ideal Industries Canada appoints new general manager

January 21, 2015 — Ideal Industries has announced the appointment of Dag Nyhof to the position of general manager of Ideal Industries (Canada) Corp.


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…


Klein Tools introduces drill tap tool kit No. 32217

January 21, 2015 — Klein Tools has introduced its new drill tap tool kit, complete with six commonly used tap tools.

Milwaukee delivers SDS+ rotary hammer solution on one battery system

January 14, 2015 - Milwaukee Tool says it has redefined the cordless SDS Plus rotary hammer market with the addition of two new M18 Fuel models that round out the line and “deliver the market’s first and only full SDS Plus solution powered by one battery system”.

Ideal SLK disconnect fuse kit safeguards EV charging stations

January 14, 2015 - To assure the safety of electric vehicle charging stations, Ideal Industries offers its SLK disconnect fuse kit—a waterproof breakaway device that de-energizes a station’s electrical system in the event of an emergency, such as a vehicle knocking down a pedestal.


Yours to Discover: Ontario’s $1.9-billion smart metering boondoggle

December 11, 2014 - Ontario’s Ministry of Energy did not develop a cost-benefit analysis nor a business case before it made the decision in 2004 to install smart meters across the province, and the business case it released after the decision was seriously flawed, says Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk…

IESO is the sole buyer, so “please don’t behave like one”

November 20, 2014 - While accepting this year’s Probyn Prize, outgoing APPrO chair Sam Mantenuto suggested that, while IESO is the sole buyer of power in Ontario, “please don’t behave like one”.

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…


BC Safety Authority “Building Connections” with 2015 business plan

January 14, 2015 - BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has released its 2015-2017 Business Plan with the theme of “Building Connections”, outlining the organization’s plans for the three-year period in four key strategic areas: safety, clients, people and sustainability.

Hydro One fined $325K after worker crushed by moving machinery

January 14, 2015 - Hydro One Networks Inc. pleaded guilty and has been fined $325,000 after a worker was killed while moving power equipment at the electricity transmission and distribution company’s Hinchinbrooke Distribution Station.

GlenGuard FR enhanced-visibility garments just got cooler... literally

January 9, 2015 - GlenGuard FR, G&K Services and Workrite Uniform Co. unveiled a new line of vented, enhanced visibility workwear with flame-resistant (FR) protection.

Codes & Standards

NEMA publishes MG 1-2014 “Motors and Generators”

December 23, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the States) has published MG 1-2014 “Motors and Generators”.

Dark Skies ahead for New York State

December 20, 2014 - The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) both praised New York Governor Cuomo for signing into law the “Healthy, Safe and Energy-Efficient Outdoor Lighting Act” (a.k.a. the Dark Skies bill), which establishes requirements for outdoor lighting installed by state agencies.

Industrial Internet Consortium welcomes ABB

December 3, 2014 - ABB says it is joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC); founded in March 2014, the group consists of more than 100 companies, organizations and universities working to “drive innovation, develop standards, boost interoperability and ensure security”.

Help UL develop utility meter standard for Canada

November 25, 2014 - UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announced today that “Canadian stakeholders”—with the assistance of UL technical experts—are set to begin working on an electric utility meter standard for Canada.

Energy & Power

Auditor general recommends improvements to NB Power

January 22, 2015 — New Brunswick’s auditor general says New Brunswick Power needs to make improvements in certain areas for future major capital projects, including contracting and active risk management of key contractors.

Ontario’s ESA directs LDCs to replace certain Sensus smart meters

January 22, 2015 - Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has directed the province’s local distribution companies (LDCs) to replace and discontinue use of about 5400 Sensus iConA Generation 3.2 remote disconnect meters (usually referred to as the Sensus 3.2 with remote disconnect).

Ontario’s Grand Renewable Wind project completed

January 22, 2015 — Blades are now turning in the Ontario sky at a new wind facility, according to partners Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc.


Intertek renews engineering scholarship program for 2015

January 22, 2015 — Intertek has announced its internship and scholarship program for undergraduate students pursuing STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math) will continue for a second year.

B.C. announces trades training equipment for College of New Caledonia

January 22, 2015 — B.C. Premier Christy Clark recently announced $375,028 for the College of New Caledonia (CNC) to purchase new trades training equipment in 2014-15 to support students studying in-demand fields that are critical to the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector and other industries.

EB CAREERS: Torbram seeks Outside Sales Team member for Vaughan, Ont.

January 15, 2015 - Torbram Electric Supply is currently searching for a driven, organized and enthusiastic person to join its:Outside Sales Team

Feds launch Canada Apprentice Loan to help them finish their training

January 9, 2015 - While touring Red River College, Canada’s minister of Canadian heritage and official languages, Shelly Glover, announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan which provides apprentices in Red Seal trades access to interest-free loans of up to $4000 per period of technical training.