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Industry News

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 networks in Canada: Nedco and Westburne.

Thermal imaging for the masses with new FLIR One!

January 7, 2014 (UPDATED July 23, 2014) - FLIR Systems has launched what it calls the first personal thermal imaging device specifically targeting the consumer market: the FLIR One. (FLIR One available for pre-order as of July 22, 2014.)

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.

Evaluating uncomfortable glare of LED streetlighting

July 21, 2014 - As LED technology continues to transform the lighting industry, some fear they could cause troublesome, unsafe glare on our roadways, which is why a team of researchers from China and the Netherlands has developed a way to evaluate the human impact of uncomfortable glare caused by LED streetlighting.

Chantal Guimont now leading Electric Mobility Canada

July 18, 2014 - Catherine Kargas, board chair of Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), today announced the appointment of Chantal Guimont to the position of president and CEO, effective September 1, 2014.

ABB wins $35-million Hydro-Quebec Madawaska order

July 18, 2014 - ABB reports it has won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Quebec to upgrade the 350MW Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link that connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Quebec.

Help Schneider’s Daniel Peloquin’s walk again

July 17, 2014 - EBMag has learned Daniel Peloquin (photo)—president of Schneider Electric Canada—is again participating as a member of Team Schneider Electric in the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre September 6-7, 2014 (Toronto).

Haughey joins Medgar Lighting as distribution sales manager

July 16, 2014 - Patrick (Pat) Haughey—formerly general manager of GE Lighting Canada—has joined Medgar Lighting Concepts Inc. in the newly created position of distribution sales manager.

Greenlee appointments: Jeff Smith and Josh Jacobs

July 16, 2014 - Greenlee, a Textron company, has announced two new appointments within its engineering and product management departments, where it named Jeff Smith to director, Engineering and Josh Jacobs, director, Product Management, effective immediately.

Toronto Hydro’s Anthony Haines named 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

July 16, 2014 - The Energy Council of Canada (ECC) has announced Anthony Haines, president and CEO of Toronto Hydro, as the 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year, an award bestowed upon individuals with  “remarkable accomplishments in the business or government sector and in the community at large”.

E.B. Horsman opening location on Vancouver-Burnaby border

July 15, 2014 - E.B. Horsman & Son—an independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler in British Columbia—announced it is opening a full-line electrical wholesale location on the Vancouver-Burnaby border (3955 - 2nd Avenue).


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.


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.

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.

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 managed by Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc.).

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.


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 has an opening for a:Lead Electrician, Electrical Operations (Toronto, Ont.)


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 be ostracized, labelled, bullied, and so on. Sadly, as we mature and supposedly grow wiser as a society, those same consequences continue to plague us.