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Industry News

GALLERY: Nedco Electrifest X (April 2014) Mississauga, Ont.

April 17, 2014 - Earlier this week, Nedco Ontario hosted its Mardi Gras-themed Electrifest (10th edition), which is among the industry’s largest single-day selling shows. The EBMag team always has a blast at this event: besides the food and entertainment, it’s always great meeting with top-notch vendors, friendly Nedco staff and, of course, our valued readers. (Photos A. Capkun & A. Dalton)

BICSI past president Jerry Bowman appointed to INMA board

April 15, 2014 - Jerry L. Bowman—immediate past president and security industry liaison of BICSI—has been appointed to a three-year term on the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) board. The appointment was announced by BICSI, an association dedicated to advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community.

Cisco’s Connected North enhances schools, healthcare in remote communities

(UPDATED April 11, 2014, with VIDEO) April 8, 2014 - The Government of Nunavut and Cisco Canada have launched Connected North, a program delivering “immersive and interactive education and healthcare services” to remote and northern Aboriginal and Inuit communities through two-way video communication and collaboration technology.

Litemor client? Find a new Take Back the Light supplier!

April 11, 2014 - While announcing its Fiscal 2013 full-year and Q4 results, industrial distributor HD Supply Holdings Inc. revealed it has decided to dispose of its Litemor business, a specialty lighting distributor included within the HD Supply Canada business.

Philips joins International Year of Light 2015 as first Patron Sponsor

April 10, 2014 - Royal Philips has stepped up to the plate to become the first Patron Sponsor of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). proclaimed by the United Nations’ General Assembly 68th Session, IYL 2015 is an initiative of a consortium of scientific bodies, with UNESCO as lead agency.

New Southwire Energy Center “unlike any plant” you’ve ever toured

April 10, 2014 - By providing a unique environment for customers to discuss product needs—as well as observe the manufacturing process of wire and cable that crews will deploy in the field—Southwire believes the Southwire Energy Center extends the company’s reputation for innovation as an energy industry supplier.

AD now supporting independent distribution in Latin America

April 9, 2014 - North American industrial and construction products buying and marketing group Affiliated Distributors (AD) says it is now open for business in Latin America.

Membership has its privileges! Ideal Supply joins the Platinum Club

April 7, 2014 - Congratulations to Ideal Supply for once again being recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and awarded Platinum Club membership! Platinum status is restricted to organizations that have been named Best Managed for seven consecutive years or more.

Iriss launches new logo, branding and website

April 7, 2014 - Iriss—a player in electrical maintenance safety devices and electrical safety training—recently held its annual conference for channel partners, where it unveiled a new logo, branding and website.

Flir Systems hires Samsung exec as chief marketing officer

April 7, 2014 - Travis Merrill has joined Flir Systems Inc. in the newly created position of senior vice-president and chief marketing officer. Reporting to president and CEO Andy Teich, Merrill most recently served as vice-president of marketing for Samsung Electronics America, where he led the Galaxy Tab marketing initiatives from 2011 to 2014.

Digital Canada 150 provides “exciting roadmap for prosperity”

April 4, 2014 - The federal government today unveiled Digital Canada 150, calling it “an ambitious path forward” for Canadians to take full advantage of the opportunities in the Digital Age.

Graybar Canada honoured at Horizon’s Energy Savings Champion Awards

April 3, 2014 - About a week ago, Horizon Utilities Corp. held its annual Energy Savings Champions Awards in Hamilton, Ont., and congratulations are in order for Graybar Canada’s Hamilton Branch!


Halco Lighting showcases ProLED decorative chandelier lamps

April 17, 2014 - Halco Lighting Technologies has introduced its ProLED decorative chandelier lamps, featuring the look and feel of traditional incandescent torpedo and flame tip lamps.


Schneider launches IIPCIC brand-centric counterfeiting online course

April 2, 2014 - Schneider Electric and the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC)—an Interpol initiative in cooperation with UL—launched what they say is the first course developed by a brand owner as part of the college’s private sector anti-counterfeiting curriculum.

Codes & Standards

CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms” 3rd Ed. is released

February 25, 2014 - ULC Standards announced the release of the 3rd edition of CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms”, saying it is of interest to anyone who manufactures, distributes, uses, regulates or inspects smoke alarms.

Energy & Power

Siemens and Accenture complete Omnetric Group smart grid joint venture

April 17, 2014 - Siemens Smart Grid and Accenture say they have completed the formation of a joint venture company called Omnetric Group.


Not everyone celebrating College of Trades first anniversary

April 9, 2014 - Ontario’s College of Trades is celebrating its one-year anniversary, but not everyone is showing up for cake. “After one year, we’re not seeing any benefits from the Ontario College of Trades,” said Cindy McCarthy, president of the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association. “The 600% increase in licensing fees is not providing any value to our members... it’s a tax grab, plain and simple.”

NAIT expanding essential programs to meet industry demand

April 3, 2014 - As a result of provincial funding announced in Budget 2014, seven high-demand programs at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will be expanded between now and 2017 to accommodate additional students; among them, Electrical Engineering Technology and Instrumentation Engineering Technology.


Let’s beat the Swiss at their electric vehicle game

April 2, 2014 - During this year’s Get Connected Day in Quebec, a Guinness Record may be established for the largest gathering of electric vehicles in the world. Organizers invite EV owners from Quebec and elsewhere to a rally April 18 and beat the previous mark registered in 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland (305 EVs). Eligible vehicles include all plug-in models.

Surprise! LiUNA joins anti-Ontario College of Trades campaign

(UPDATED see “College of Trades makes the Sunshine List!” at bottom) March 28, 2014 - Anyone who has been following the dispute over Ontario’s fledgling College of Trades has come to see it as a faceoff between union and non-union supporters. So imagine my surprise when this news crossed my desk: “Largest Construction Labour Union in Ontario Joins Alliance Committed to Fight the College of Trades”. Really?