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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.

Pentair acquires Bylin Engineered Systems

April 16, 2015 - Pentair has acquired ice and snow-melt solutions provider Bylin Engineered Systems.

Novinium acquires UtilX

April 15, 2014 – Novinium, owner of patented processes for rejuvenating aged underground power cables, has acquired UtilX from Willbros Group. Together, Novinium and UtilX provide about 30% of the North American cable rehabilitation and 10% globally, according to the company.

BC Hydro, SaskPower, Manitoba Hydro among 2015 Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

April 15, 2015 - A number of industry players were among those listed for the 9th year of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition.

Aecon awarded $93 million in energy backlog work in Ontario

April 14, 2015 - Aecon Group Inc. has been awarded contracts by five clients for work in Aecon's energy segment in Ontario. The value of work is about $93 million in hard backlog and about $85 million in annual recurring revenue, Aecon announced recently. 

Prompt payment legislation: What’s Canada waiting for? asks NTCCC

April 13, 2015 - “Trade contractors have a high dependence on cash flow and, right now, the money isn’t trickling down to pay people who’ve completed work—even when there is no dispute about the work that’s been done,” said John Blair, director with the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada.

GE selling Capital assets and focuses on industrial businesses

April 10, 2015 - “This is a major step in our strategy to focus GE around its competitive advantages,” said GE chair and CEO Jeff Immelt (photo), referring to the news that GE will create “a simpler, more valuable company” by reducing the size of its financial businesses through the sale of most GE Capital assets, and focusing on continued investment and growth in its industrial businesses.

Well done Diversified, EB Horsman, Franklin, Ideal Supply & Robertson!

April 9, 2015 - At Affiliated Distributors’ (AD) recent Electrical Division Spring Network Meeting, several Canadian organizations were recognized for exceptional performance. Congratulations to the following...

Schneider Electric names new Canada president: Juan Macias

April 9, 2015 - Schneider Electric has named Juan Macias its Canada country president, replacing Daniel Péloquin.

Schneider Electric, Simark Controls close TRSS agreement

April 8, 2015 - Simark Controls Ltd., a company of SFC Energy AG, can now sell and service Schneider Electric’s Telemetry and Remote SCADA solutions (TRSS) after both companies entered into a sales and service business partner agreement.

SurgePure appoints Isted for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and western Ontario

April 8, 2015 - SurgePure Canada has appointed Isted Technical Sales the central Canadian agency covering Saskatchewan, Manitoba and western Ontario.

Products

Aluminum and copper neutral bars come to Burndy

April 17, 2015 - Aluminum and copper neutral bars are now available from Burndy, manufacturer and provider of connector and tooling solutions.

Safety

Expanded RECALL: Maison, Noma, Rona and UPM line-voltage thermostats

April 16, 2015 - Health Canada has published an expanded recall of the one announced January 2011 involving certain line-voltage thermostats that may overheat, emit smoke and damage the wall, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

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

NTPC sends generators to help Nunavut after fire

April 17, 2015 - Two mobile generating units were sent to Pangnirtung, Nunavut by Northwest Territories Power Corp. (NTPC) to provide power for the community after an overnight fire damaged the local power plant earlier this month.

Voith Hydro Mississauga celebrates 25th anniversary

April 17, 2015 - Voith Hydro Mississauga in Ontario—which the company calls its “centre of excellence for coil production”—celebrated its 25th anniversary and, to commemorate the milestone, Voith invited customers and partners to an Anniversary Symposium.

Careers

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.  

EB CAREERS: RBT Electrical seeking electricians in Brantford, Ont.

April 9, 2015 - RBT Electrical & Automation Services in Brantford, Ont. has 2-3 full-time opportunities for experienced electricians.

Blog

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.