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Appleton names Harish Shinde to vice-president Canada

December 20, 2014 - Appleton Group LLC has appointed Harish Shinde to vice-president Canada, where he is responsible for Canadian sales, marketing and operations functions.

Bill Hanley calls it a day after 26 years with IES

December 20, 2014 - The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) announced the retirement of William (Bill) Hanley, executive vice-president, who is the longest serving head-of-staff since IES’s founding in 1906.

Chung named SaskPower Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering

December 16, 2014 - Tony Chung—a professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering—was named the inaugural SaskPower Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering earlier today.

“North American energy independence and security are within reach” says Canada’s Greg Rickford

December 16, 2014 - “North American energy independence and security are within reach, and we are proud to be a part of the strategic trilateral agenda in support of this attainable goal,” said Greg Rickford, Canada’s minister of Natural Resources, at the meeting of North American Energy Ministers.

Chris Bell finds oldest Klein side-cutting pliers in Canada

December 15, 2014 - Klein Tools set out to find Canada’s oldest pair of Klein side-cutting pliers, and ended up finding them in Winnipeg, Man., with the great-grandson of an employee of The Northern Electric Co.

Wayne Edwards retiring from Electro-Federation Canada

December 12, 2014 - Wayne Edwards, vice-president Sustainability & Electrical Safety with Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), is retiring after about 10 years with the organization (yet his involvement in the industry stretches back over 40 years).

Electrofed loses another Council: Consumer Electronics Marketers

December 12, 2014 - Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) announced the closure of its Consumer Electronics Marketers of Canada (CEMC) Council, effective December 31, citing “economic conditions and changing business models in the consumer electronics industry, resulting in reduced numbers of CEMC members”.

CSA Group’s leader Ash Sahi to retire in 2015

December 10, 2014 - CSA Group’s board of directors has announced that Ash Sahi—the organization’s president & CEO—will be retiring next year.

GALLERY: CanSIA’s Solar Canada 2014 (Dec 2014) Toronto

December 9, 2014 - The Canadian Solar Industries Association’s (CanSIA’s) annual conference, Solar Canada, just wrapped up its 2014 instalment, where practitioners and the curious come to learn of advancements in solar energy technology and policy, and network with colleagues and stakeholders from around the country and the world.

Cable rejuvenator Novinium hires Wade Pfeiffer as SVP

December 9, 2014 - Novinium has hired Wade Pfeiffer as the company’s new senior vice-president of sales & marketing.

Team Schneider Electric raises over $54k for 24h Tremblant

December 9 2014 - Once again, employees of Schneider Electric are participating in Tremblant’s 24h Ski, helping the charitable sporting event surpass its 2013 fundraising objective of $2 million.

Carlo Gavazzi’s Michael Grant promoted to regional manager

December 9, 2014 - Carlo Gavazzi has promoted Michael Grant to regional industrial sales manager for Ontario.


Available in fully integrated CNG at the factory: 2015 Chevrolet Express Cargo

December 17, 2014 - The Chevrolet Express Cargo is available in regular and extended (135-in. and 155-in.) wheelbase lengths, in heavy-duty 2500 Series and 3500 Series models.


Bruce Power to participate in international IAEA peer review

December 20, 2014 - Bruce Power, the Tiverton, Ont.-based nuclear generating facility, says it will participate in an operational safety performance review—focusing on Bruce B—led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

RECALL: Schneider PowerPact J-Frame circuit breakers

December 18, 2014 - The U.S. CPSC informs you of a recall involving Schneider Electric PowerPact J-Frame circuit breakers due to fire, burn, electrical shock hazards, as the breaker will not trip during an overload condition. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Codes & Standards

Dark Skies ahead for New York State

December 20, 2014 - The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) both praised New York Governor Cuomo for signing into law the “Healthy, Safe and Energy-Efficient Outdoor Lighting Act” (a.k.a. the Dark Skies bill), which establishes requirements for outdoor lighting installed by state agencies.

Industrial Internet Consortium welcomes ABB

December 3, 2014 - ABB says it is joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC); founded in March 2014, the group consists of more than 100 companies, organizations and universities working to “drive innovation, develop standards, boost interoperability and ensure security”.

Energy & Power

OPA to offer 332 FIT contracts under FIT 3 procurement

December 20, 2014 - Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is offering 332 new feed-in-tariff (FIT) renewable energy contracts to eligible applicants through an extension of the FIT 3 procurement, representing 100MW.

ESA and Toronto Hydro talk backup generator safety

December 20, 2014 - Toronto Hydro says it has received many enquires about using generators over the past year, which is why it has recently approved the use of meter base plug-in transfer devices. The utility has also teamed up with Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) to share generator safety and information about using these devices (VIDEO).


Educators “are thirsty” for better tools to teach skilled trades

December 10, 2014 - A report released today by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) indicates that, with 91% of educators convinced skilled tradespeople will always be in demand, there is a strong case for connecting students to hands-on activities and accurate employment data.

Smart Reno launches scholarship to help create new skilled contractors

December 3, 2014 - Smart Reno—an online resource that helps “people find and compare qualified and available contractors to complete their renovation project”—has introduced the Smart Reno Scholarship Program to help create the next generation of trusted and skilled contractors.


IESO is the sole buyer, so “please don’t behave like one”

November 20, 2014 - While accepting this year’s Probyn Prize, outgoing APPrO chair Sam Mantenuto suggested that, while IESO is the sole buyer of power in Ontario, “please don’t behave like one”.