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Industry News

Hydro One completes acquisition of Norfolk Power Inc.

August 29, 2014 - Hydro One today closed its purchase of Norfolk Power Inc. According to the utility, it has been supplying to Norfolk County for decades, serving about 14,000 customers. It now extends its service to the entire county—a further 18,000 customers.

ABB celebrates 125th anniversary.... in Finland

August 29, 2014 - Congratulations to ABB Finland, which is celebrating today its 125th anniversary. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Stromberg, ABB Finland today employs 5000 across 30 locations.

Franklin Empire recognized by Carlo Gavazzi as “outstanding”

August 28, 2015 - Family owned electrical distributor Franklin Empire Inc. announced it is the proud recipient of the Carlo Gavazzi Outstanding Distributor Achievement award for 2014.

Hazloc Heaters celebrates 10th anniversary

August 28, 2014 - Calgary, Alta.-based Hazloc Heaters—a manufacturer of industrial unit heaters for hazardous and severe-duty locations—is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month. Congratulations!

Techspan appoints Sean Dunnigan to GTA Central

August 28, 2014 - Techspan Industries’ Electrical Division has expanded its Ontario Sales Team with the appointment of Sean Dunnigan to account manager for the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) Central Region.

SDTC opens its purse for next wave of cleantech entrepreneurs

August 27, 2014 - Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the “next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs” via the SD Tech Fund and the SD Natural Gas Fund—both of which are open for applications from today, August 27, to October 15, 2014.

LED Roadway Lighting appoints Conlon as CEO

August 27, 2014 - LED Roadway Lighting (LRL) Ltd. has appointed Peter Conlon as CEO. The company’s founder, Charles Cartmill, retains his majority ownership stake and his position on the board of directors.

Matthew Temple joins Lafert in outside sales

August 26, 2014 - Lafert North America—a supplier of metric motors and gearboxes—has added Matthew Temple, B.Sc.Eng., to its outside salesforce, where he will focus on motor and gearing solutions for wind turbines.

Spending on smart grid tech to total $594B by 2023, says Navigant

August 25, 2014 - A report from Navigant Research estimates that cumulative worldwide spending on smart grid technologies will total $594 billion from 2014 through 2023, as the need for a more responsive, automated, and efficient power grid rises worldwide.

CR Browne & Associates now representing Britech in B.C.

August 25, 2014 - Britech has appointed CR Browne & Associates to represent its line-up of electrical heating cables and controls in British Columbia, saying that the agency’s team “approaches the marketplace with professionalism, technical knowledge, and prides itself in providing the highest level of customer service”.

Top Eaton C22 Pilot Device distributor reps win tablets

August 21, 2014 - Eaton congratulates the winners of its recent C22 Pilot Device promotion in which distributor sales reps were incentivized for product sales with reward points that were redeemable for a variety of prizes. Congratulations to:

Not everyone pleased with WSIB’s 2015 rate freeze

August 21, 2014 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) says that—for the second consecutive year—premium rates in 2015 will be maintained at current levels for the majority of employers.


One-button Bosch GLM 15 simplifies measuring

August 27, 2014 - With its one-button operation and pocket-sized precision, Bosch says its new GLM 15 laser measure will “change the way the world measures”.


Hydro One is making itself “less attractive”... to thieves!

August 27, 2014 - About $2-million worth of copper is stolen from Hydro One annually, says the utility, which is why it is embarking upon a plan that will see the use of composite groundings with “no scrap metal value”.

Act now on Safety Codes Act 2014 consultation!

August 26, 2014 - Thanks to Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) for letting us know of a survey that is part of the Safety Codes Act 2014 Stakeholder Consultation, and the deadline to have your say is September 8, 2014.

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

Apply today for Energy Globe Awards 2015!

August 29, 2015 - Thanks to Sustainable Energy for All for letting us know a Call for Projects has been issued for the 2015 Energy Globe Awards, which recognize (among other things) projects focusing on the efficient use of energy and the implementation of renewable energies, as well as creating a heightened awareness for these areas.

CND Hydro “progressive” with reliability and customer service

August 28, 2014 - Cambridge & North Dumfries Hydro (CND)—a utility serving over 50,000 customers in a 306-km2 territory in Ontario—has selected Advanced Control Systems (ACS) to deliver outage management (OMS) and distribution management (DMS) systems.


Apprentice mobility improving for Albertans and Nova Scotians, too

August 29, 2014 - Alberta’s and Nova Scotia’s premiers, Dave Hancock and Stephen McNeil, have signed an agreement-in-principle to ensure apprenticeship training is transferable between both provinces.

Apprentices to enjoy seamless mobility between B.C. and N.B.

August 28, 2014 - Apprentices in British Columbia and New Brunswick will now be able to seamlessly work in either province, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Premiers Christy Clark and David Alward at the Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown, P.E.I.


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.