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Stelpro welcomes Guay as VP innovation and product development

April 28, 2015 - Stelpro—a Canadian manufacturing company of integrated heating solutions—announced Étienne Guay has joined the company as vice-president of innovation and product development.

Aurora Electric Supply joins IMARK Canada

April 27, 2015 - IMARK Canada announced Aurora Electric Supply Corp. (Aurora, Ont.) will be become a member effective May 1, 2015.

Kudos to FLIR and other MCEE 2015 New Product Competition winners

April 22, 2015 - Congratulations to FLIR Systems for landing the honour of Product of the Year in the New Product Competition with its FLIR C2 (photo) at the MCEE 2015 tradeshow and conference in Montreal. And kudos to these other companies whose products were also recognized...

Congratulations to Canada's Greenest Employers 2015!

April 22, 2015 - A number of industry players received gold—or should we say green—stars this Earth Day after being named to Canada's Greenest Employers for 2015.

Greg Galluccio named MaxLite vice-president of product management, engineering

April 22, 2015 - MaxLite has appointed Greg Galluccio, an executive with more than 30 years of electrical industry experience, as vice-president of product management and engineering.

EPCOR president and CEO David Stevens to retire

April 21, 2015 - The president & CEO of EPCOR Utilities Inc., David Stevens, is retiring, but will remain in his position as the board initiates the recruitment process for his replacement.

Hilti, Phoenix Contact and Rittal great places to work, 2015

April 20, 2015 - Congratulations to Hilti (Canada) Corp., Phoenix Contact Ltd. and Rittal Systems Ltd.—all named to the list of 100 Best Workplaces in Canada for 2015, which is produced by Great Place to Work (GPTW) and published by The Globe & Mail.

ESA seeks input on large home, apartment and condo fees - 2015

April 20, 2015 - Thanks ECAO for letting us know Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is looking for licensed electrical contractors that regularly work on large new single-family dwellings, or large apartments or condos, to be part of Working Group meetings in May.

Global Tech LED hires Richard Racey as sales and marketing director

April 20, 2015 - Richard Racey has joined Global Tech LED as the director for sales and marketing, announced Gary Mart, CEO of Global Tech LED.

CSA Group expands explosives atmosphere test facility in Edmonton

April 20, 2015 - CSA Group has opened its expanded hazardous locations laboratory in Edmonton, Alta. The new lab will specialize in testing and certification services for hazardous locations such as equipment used in oil, gas, mining, marine and fertilizer production.

Acuity “to help shape retail shopping” with ByteLight acquisition

April 16, 2015 - Acuity Brands Inc. has acquired certain assets—including the patent portfolio and all other intellectual property rights—of ByteLight Inc., a provider of indoor location software for LED lighting.

OBIT: Lutron founder and chair, Joel Spira

April 16, 2015 - Joel S. Spira—credited with inventing the first solid-state electronic dimmer and founder of Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.—passed away at his home April 8, 2015, at the age of 88.


Soraa offers PAR20 LED lamp

April 30, 2015 - Soraa has added a PAR20 lamp with Center Beam Candle Power (CBCP) to its LED product portfolio. Suited for commercial and residential applications, the PAR20 features the company’s Point Source Optics, Violet-Emission 3-Phosphor (VP₃) Color, and VP3 White technologies. 


Electrocuted worker bypassed safety protocols—Duke on the hook

April 20, 2015 - Christopher Lee Dasher—a 36-year-old Duke Energy Florida Inc. worker—was testing and repairing electrical transformers at a substation in Reddick, Fla., when he was electrocuted by more than 10,000 volts.

Codes & Standards

New additions to the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection for April 2015

April 9, 2015 - IEEE has approved four new standards in the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (formerly IEEE Color Books), which sets guidelines and establishes standards for power generation and distribution.

Young electrotechnology pros sought for SCC trip to Minsk, Belarus

March 14, 2015 - Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is calling all young electrotechnology professionals for a chance to win a trip to the 6th Annual International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals workshop in Minsk, Belarus.

Energy & Power

IESO: regional electricity plans support community growth in Ontario

April 30, 2015 - Working with communities, local distribution companies and Hydro One Networks, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) says it has produced 20-year plans that outline the steps for maintaining electricity service in seven regions across the province. These Integrated Regional Resource Plans provide a platform to capture local input on meeting electricity needs in the regions of: Brant, Central Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph, North West Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Ottawa, Windsor-Essex and York Region.


Bruce Power launches scholarship program for Aboriginal post-secondary students

April 24, 2015 - Bruce Power is launching a new post-secondary Aboriginal Scholarship program to support students from local Aboriginal communities.

Ontario government hikes funding for apprenticeships

April 10, 2015 - The Ontario government says it is investing an additional $55 million in three programs that support apprenticeships in the skilled trades.  


What do drug dealers and nuclear power operators have in common?

February 11, 2015 - I came home from today’s Ontario Energy Network luncheon feeling pumped about Canada’s nuclear power legacy.