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June 23, 2015 - The administrator of Canada’s Red Seal Program—the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA)—announced the official recognition of the RSE acronym (Red Seal Endorsement) for qualified skilled journeypersons.
June 17, 2015 - With the proliferation of new energy technologies—from distributed generation to wireless charging furniture—research from Accenture finds consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of their energy consumption, with many interested in solutions that help them save electricity.
June 15, 2015 - The just-released 7th annual Socket Survey from Osram Sylvania finds 65% of Americans (this is a U.S.-based survey) have purchased LEDs for use in their homes, and the majority of them (64%) purchased LED bulbs for use in sockets for general illumination.
June 3, 2015 - BC Building Trades and BC Hydro say they have secured an agreement on labour on the Site C Clean Energy Project, recognizing that “stability is best achieved with a mix of labour representation that includes building trades unions.”
June 2, 2015 - Ideal Industries has selected the Canadian sales agencies to represent its Audacy wireless lighting products.
May 27, 2015 - Leviton has acquired Intense Lighting, a solutions-based manufacturer of LED luminaires, based in Anaheim, Calif.
June 26, 2015 - Horizon Utilities, which provides electricity to Hamilton and St. Catharines, Ont., was recently presented with the 2015 Green Business award from the Niagara Regional Council.
June 25, 2015 - In a statement issued today, Mark Eubanks, president of Eaton’s Lighting Division, says, “In the nearly three years since Cooper became part of Eaton [...] we have been gradually transitioning from the Cooper Lighting name to the Eaton brand. This month, as Eaton’s Lighting Division, we take the next step in brand transition: going forward, we will refer to ourselves as Eaton.”
June 23, 2015 - Priority Wire & Cable—a supplier of wire and cable serving electrical, utility, telecom, mining and welding wholesale distributors—has taken on ElectrixWest Agencies as its rep in Alberta.
June 23, 2015 - Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd. (OEC) was recently honoured by CBRE, achieving “Technical Supplier of the Year” designation at its annual awards presentation. Congratulations!
June 12, 2015 - Electrical Wholesalers Edmonton Ltd. (EWEL) has become IMARK Canada’s newest member.    
June 5, 2015 - CSA Group says it will be expanding its presence in Alberta by opening a branch in Calgary to serve industries that require testing, inspection and certification services.
June 29, 2015 - Scott Thomson will be stepping down as president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, effective September 22, 2015, announced the Manitoba Hydro Electric Board. Thomson is leaving to take on a senior executive position in the private sector and has agreed to stay on through the summer to assist in the transition, the board added.
June 25, 2015 - Rita Harrold, director of technology with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), will be retiring after 23 years with the society.
June 19, 2015 - UN Women has selected Schneider Electric to join the HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 pilot group, which aims to involve 10 governments, 10 companies and 10 universities throughout the world in a solidarity movement in favour of gender equality.
June 17, 2015 - At the conclusion of the CE Code-Part I committee meeting in Niagara Falls, Ark Tsisserev relinquished the chair’s gavel to Richard (Rick) Kelly, who becomes the newest chair of the committee that puts together CSA C22.1 “Safety standard for electrical installations” a.k.a. the Code.
June 15, 2015 - Over the course of May and June, 155 PowerStream employees participated in various community cycling events, raising $80,000 in support of two charitable organizations: Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Kudos!
June 15, 2015 - Sonepar Canada announced David Edgson is joining the company as director of Blueway and national accounts effective June 15. He replaces David Rycroft, who is retiring June 19.
June 12, 2015 - “Customers want to touch and feel what they’re buying,” explained Gary Arnott, GE Industrial Solutions’ general manager, North America Sales, “hence the popularity of the Customer Experience Centre.”
June 11, 2015 - It was hot tunes and balloons at Acklands-Grainger’s brand new distribution centre at 21 Merchant Rd. in Caledon, Ont. today. The company, a distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, hosted its grand opening celebration for the new location, featuring facility tours and a barbecue.
June 3, 2015 - The Sesco team at 51 Vinyl Court (Vaughan, Ont.) held an Industry Party and Tradeshow today, featuring Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Doug Gilmour, and EBMag was there to take in the action.
June 5, 2015 - The team at Siemens’ Burlington, Ont. facility have earned a big pat of the back after almost 1.3 million safe hours worked without a lost-time incident.
June 4, 2015 - Today, Wesco Distribution Canada LP hosted its second annual Selling Show at its Belgrave, Mississauga location, which included “exclusive” one-week offers from a range of Wesco’s suppliers, a barbecue and the chance to win 1 of 4 grand prizes.
June 2, 2015 - EBMag just returned from Electro-Federation Canada’s annual conference held in Banff, Alta., which was well-attended by Canada’s electrical manufacturers, distributors and sales agents. (Photos A. Capkun)