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Mercor lands 44,000-luminaire retrofit at Scotia Tower

March 6, 2015 - Independent lighting supplier Mercor Lighting says it has been awarded the contract to retrofit the lighting at The Scotia Tower in downtown Toronto, adding this project “will be recognized as the largest single-location LED lighting retrofit in North America”.

Horizon Utilities wins Gold MARCOM award

March 5, 2015 - Horizon Utilities recently took home the Gold MARCOM award for its “Just Ask Us” conservation campaign.

Epcor named an Alberta top employer for 10 years running

March 5, 2015 - Epcor Utilities Inc. has been named one of Alberta’s top employers for a 10th year in a row.

Wago appoints field application engineer for Ontario

March 4, 2015 - Wago has appointed Ron Bin as the new field application engineer for its Ontario region.

AD announces new power transmission division

March 2, 2015 - Affiliated Distributors (AD), a contractor and industrial products wholesale buying/marketing group, recently announced it is expanding into the power transmission and motors market.

ECAO’s Eryl Roberts receives Cliff Bulmer Award

February 28, 2015 - At the Council of Ontario Construction Association’s (COCA) recent annual general meeting, Eryl Roberts—executive vice-president of Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO)—was awarded the Cliff Bulmer Award. Congratulations!

Schneider Electric recognized for “Talent Breakthrough of the Year”

February 27, 2015 - Energy management specialist Schneider Electric has won SCM World’s inaugural Power of Profession Award in the “Talent Breakthrough of the Year” category. Congratulations!

HPS appoints Jay Davis as COO

February 26, 2015 - Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (HPS), a manufacturer of dry-type transformers and magnetics, has named Jay Davis as chief operations officer.  

Terex's digger derrick products turn 70

February 26, 2015 - Terex Utilities celebrates its digger derrick product line’s 70th birthday today.

Finding “opportunity in the Cambridge area”

February 25, 2015 - House of Electrical Supplies—an electrical distributor headquartered in Markham, Ont.—has opened a new branch in Cambridge, Ont., at 375 Sheldon Drive, Units 3-4.

World Bank lifts Alstom bans

February 24, 2015 - Alstom Hydro France and Alstom Network Schweiz, as well as their affiliates were released from their World Bank debarment as of February 21, 2015.

Chris Glowacki joins AEMC Instruments

February 24, 2015 - AEMC Instruments has appointed Chris Glowacki as western district sales engineer, a new position.


Litetronics expands LED troffer retrofit-kit with 2x2 model

March 6, 2015 – A new 2-in. x 2-in. LED retrofit-kit expands Litetronics’ patent-pending system that converts conventional T8 or T12 U-shape fluorescent ceiling troffers to more energy-efficient linear LEDs.  


Carbon monoxide CO alarms mandatory in Ontario

(UPDATED March 2015 with video) November 28, 2013 - Yesterday, the Ontario government unanimously passed the Hawkins-Gignac Act into law, making carbon monoxide (CO) alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes with fuel-burning appliances or heating systems, fireplaces or attached garages.

RECALL: Fanimation’s Brewmaster ceiling fans

February 24, 2015 - The U.S. CPSC informs you of a recall involving Brewmaster ceiling fans by Fanimation.

Codes & Standards

Fire, energy and building codes cleared for Alberta adoption

March 6, 2015 - The regulations that clear the way for implementing the Alberta Building Code 2014, National Energy Code for Buildings 2011, Part 9 changes for energy efficiency and Fire Code 2014 were passed by the Alberta Provincial Cabinet. (Thanks to ECAA [Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta] for the heads up!)

UL 943 GFCI standard being changed to address auto-monitoring

January 31, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the U.S.) along with Underwriters Laboratories announced changes to UL 943 Standard for Safety for Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)—a tri-national, harmonized UL 943/CSA C22.2 No. 144.1/ANCE NMX-J-520—that will take effect June 29, 2015.

Energy & Power

Caterpillar and Fluidic Energy partner on metal-air energy storage solutions

March 6, 2015 – Caterpillar Inc. announced it has made an equity investment in Fluidic Energy as part of an agreement to develop advanced energy storage solutions for emerging markets.

GE achieves 50% electrical efficiency on its 10-MW gas engine platform

March 6, 2015 – GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business announced today it achieved 50.1% electrical efficiency on its 10-MW gas engine platform in a test environment in Jenbach, Austria.


EB CAREERS: Ouellet Canada seeking B.C. sales rep

February 26, 2015 - Ouellet Canada, a company that designs, manufactures and distributes electric heaters, is looking for a sales representative in British Columbia.

EB CAREERS: House of Electrical Supplies, Outside Sales Rep, Cambridge

February 25, 2015 - For over 35 years, House of Electrical Supplies has been servicing clients in the industrial, OEM, entertainment and construction markets. We offer a wide array of product solutions ranging from electrical, automation, safety, lighting and portable power distribution. We are currently seeking an:Outside Sales Representative for our new Cambridge, Ont., branch


Canada’s National Flag turns 50!

February 11, 2015 - This coming Sunday, Canada’s national flag turns 50!