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Industry News

Thomas & Betts Canada achieves Platinum for IDEA marketing support

September 18, 2014 - Thomas & Betts Canada has achieved the Platinum level of The Industry Data Exchange Association’s (IDEA’s) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) Bands of Excellence program, which recognizes manufacturers who provide marketing support to distributors through the IDW.

Franklin Empire St-Jerome/Tremblant branches celebrate merger

September 18, 2014 - On September 4, Franklin Empire’s St-Jerome branch hosted an Open House/Labour Day party to mark the merger of their St-Jerome and Tremblant branches in 2013.

Wago celebrates 35 years in North America

September 18, 2014 - This Sunday marks Wago’s 35th year in the North American marketplace—congratulations!

Civilight North America welcomes Goldberg, Matthews and Katz

September 18, 2014 - In an effort to “accelerate its commitment to offer high quality and high performance indoor LED lamps”, Civilight has announced several appointments to sales and marketing positions, including three for Canada.

Boston One Campus new Schneider Electric N.A. nexus

(UPDATED Sept 17 with VIDEO) September 12, 2014 - Schneider Electric announced the grand opening of the 240,000-sf Boston One Campus—its new R&D centre on 800 Federal Street, Andover, Mass.—which will also serve as the company’s new North America HQ, housing about 750 employees across all disciplines of Schneider’s business segments.

Halco appoints Lisa Johnson sales operations manager

September 17, 2014 - Lisa Johnson has joined the sales organization at Halco Lighting Technologies in the newly created role of sales operations manager effective. She has served as Halco’s operations manager since 2012.

Leviton announces deal to acquire BitWise Controls

September 17, 2014 - Leviton has announced the acquisition of BitWise Controls LLC, a designer and manufacturer of control and monitoring solutions for residential and commercial facilities.

Ed Bednarcik joins Lighting Science as CEO

September 17, 2014 - The Lighting Science board has appointed Edward Bednarcik as its chief executive officer, effective September 8, 2014, describing him as a “talented executive with experience developing and commercializing technology across multiple industries globally”. In his new role, he will expand the company’s presence into new market segments, it noted.

Jaime Irick appointed VP of GE Lighting N.A. pro solutions

September 17, 2014 - Jaime A. Irick has been appointed vice-president of GE Lighting North America Professional Solutions.

Greenlee extends ethernet offering with Guisys acquisition

September 16, 2014 - Greenlee says it has extended its ethernet product offering with its acquisition of Guisys Corp. (Campton Hills, Ill.), a manufacturer of Android-based hand-held telecom test solutions. Guisys founders—Mike Petersen and Steve Robbins—have joined the Greenlee Communications engineering team, and will lead ongoing ethernet R&D projects.

GALLERY: Ontario Energy Network Luncheon (Sept 2014) Toronto, Ont.

September 15, 2014 - The Ontario Energy Network (OEN) kicked off its fall luncheon series last Thursday with David Collie, president and CEO of the province’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), where he spoke about the progress ESA has made on its five-year plan.

Mercor Lighting becomes AD Canada’s newest member

September 11, 2014 - Mercor Lighting—a provider of lighting solutions—is the newest member of the Affiliated Distributors (A-D) Canada.


MultiPhy 400Gb/s technology to enable next-gen video streaming, mobile services

September 16, 2014 - MultiPhy, a high-speed communications semiconductor supplier, has introduced 400Gb/s technology to enable next-generation video streaming, cloud computing and mobile services.


RECALL: Kidde residential smoke/combo CO alarms Canada & U.S.

September 13, 2014 - In a joint recall with Health Canada and U.S. CPSC, Kidde is recalling Kidde-branded AC/DC powered residential smoke alarms and combination smoke/CO alarms, models KN-COSM-IBACA, i12010S-CO-CA and i12010S-CA.

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

CEA urges stronger cross-border grid connections with DoE

September 18, 2014 - In conjunction with U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Dr. Ernest Moniz’s visit to Ottawa this week, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) says it is offering recommendations on how to further enhance the benefits presented by the integration of Canadian and U.S. electric power systems.

NRCan and DoE enhance energy collaboration

September 18, 2014 - Greg Rickford, Canada’s minister of natural resources, and Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) launching an agreement on enhanced energy collaboration between Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).


EB CAREERS: Volunteers for Canadian Commission on Building & Fire Codes (2015)

September 18, 2014 - Think you know something about fire protection, energy efficiency in buildings, use and egress? Prove it by volunteering to serve on the Canadian Commission on Building & Fire Codes (CCBFC)—a senior committee responsible for the development of Canada’s National Construction Codes—in the next code development cycle.

EB CAREERS: Oshawa PUC apprentice power maintenance electrician

September 18, 2014 - Oshawa PUC Networks Inc.—a subsidiary of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corp—is the local distribution company serving more than 50,000 customers in the City of Oshawa, located 45 minutes east of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario. It is currently seeking an:Apprentice Power Maintenance Electrician


Please help YWCA Toronto place 22 students

July 29, 2014 - I recently learned the YWCA Toronto—in partnership with Centennial College—is running a 34-week Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician Training Program for women to give them a chance at a career in the skilled trades, and the students need your help!

How to pick a (scholarship) winner

July 17, 2014 - Earlier this week, I had the opportunity and pleasure to again be a part of the committee that chooses the lucky recipients of scholarships from the numerous applications sent in to the 2014 Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) Scholarship Program... and I believe we picked worthy candidates.