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GALLERY: CSA Committee Week (June 2014) Charlottetown, P.E.I.

July 8, 2014 - It was an absolute pleasure to attend CSA’s annual Committee Week (and annual general meeting) in Charlottetown. Among the highlights included the opening general session, with comments from Bonnie Rose and keynote John Izzo; the Awards of Merit ceremony; and, EBMag’s personal favourite component, the meeting…

GALLERY: EFC Electrical Council Annual Conference (May 2014) Montreal, Que.

June 4, 2014 - Top-notch manufacturers and distributors from across North America travelled to Montreal, Que., last week for Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC’s) Electrical Council’s annual conference.

GALLERY 2 of 2: ECA of Alberta AGM and President’s Gala (May 2014) Edmonton, Alta.

May 26, 2014 - At the generous invitation of Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (thanks Sheri and Jeanette!), EBMag was in Edmonton this past weekend to cover the association’s Training Day (see Gallery 1 of 2), Annual General Meeting and President’s Gala.

Business

Berkshire gets Industry Canada’s OK for AltaLink acquisition

July 28, 2014 - Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) says it has received notice July 25, 2014, from the Canadian Minister of Industry that its proposed $3.2-billion acquisition of AltaLink has been approved under the Investment Canada Act.

BC Hydro and COPE Local 378 ratify agreement

July 28, 2014 - BC Hydro and the Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378 have ratified a five-year agreement involving about 1750 administrative, financial and technical employees involved in planning, operating and maintaining the province’s power transmission and generation system.

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.

Personalities

FortisBC appoints Michael Mulcahy president and CEO

(UPDATED July 28, 2014, with photo) July 25, 2014 - The FortisBC board of directors announced the appointment of Michael Mulcahy (photo) as president and CEO of FortisBC Inc. and FortisBC Energy Inc. effective August 1, 2014.

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.