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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.

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.


Get a pistol-grip on Burndy PAT500SJ series

April 20, 2015 - Burndy has added to its Patriot family of installation tools with the PAT500SJ series—a pistol-grip style, 6-ton 18V lithium-ion battery powered crimper with interchangeable cutting jaws.


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.

NB Power employees achieve safety milestone

April 20, 2015 - NB Power says its employees at the Coleson Cove Generating Station have reached 10 years of safe electricity production without a lost-time accident.

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

Samsung and Pattern Development sign for North Kent Wind Project

April 21, 2015 - Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group have entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for the North Kent Wind Project, a 100MW wind power project located in Ontario’s Chatham-Kent region.

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.


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.


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.