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Industry News

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.

Liteline bids farewell to retiring Joe Nobrega

December 9, 2014 - Liteline Corp. announced the retirement of “one of the most dedicated and dependable members” of its team: Joe Nobrega.

ESA’s Nansy Hanna appointed to directorship

December 6, 2014 - Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has appointed Nansy Hanna to the new role of director, engineering & program development. (You may recognize her from the back page of EBMag, where she is a Code File columnist.)


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.


“Cold Stress: Working Safely in Cold Weather” from Electrolab

December 10, 2014 - Available now from Electrolab Training Systems is “Cold Stress: Working Safely in Cold Weather”—a new program that aims to help employees understand and recognize the effects of cold stress.

RECALL: Rona Globe-brand Chelsea 6/9-light chandeliers

December 4, 2014 - Rona is recalling Globe Chelsea Collection 6-light and 9-light chandeliers with a bronze finish and frosted-glass shades, because the ring that connects the chandelier to its chain may break and the chandelier may fall, which could cause injury.

Codes & Standards

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”.

Help UL develop utility meter standard for Canada

November 25, 2014 - UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announced today that “Canadian stakeholders”—with the assistance of UL technical experts—are set to begin working on an electric utility meter standard for Canada.

Energy & Power

“Saskatchewan environment” to blame for SaskPower’s smart meter failures?

December 17, 2014 - SaskPower says it has received results of smart meter testing from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which confirm its Sensus meters comply with UL 2735 . “That being said, the way these meters failed in the Saskatchewan environment was unacceptable. It’s clear that the bar must be raised,” said Mike Marsh, SaskPower acting president and CEO.

Cummins QSK19 gas 60Hz genset with MOH certification

December 17, 2014 - Cummins Power Generation has extended its range of gas-fuelled generator set capabilities with a natural gas version that boasts U.S. EPA MOH (mobile off-highway) emissions certification, meaning the 334kWe continuous-rated genset is deployable across a wider variety of applications.


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”.