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Industry News

Virginia Transformer seals agreement with Caravels

January 23, 2015 - Virginia Transformer Corp. has announced the closing of its alliance deal with Caravels, the new owner of Efacec Power Transformer. 

Schneider, Autodesk join forces to enhance building efficiency

January 22, 2015 — Schneider Electric and Autodesk Inc. have teamed up to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Civilight North America launches lighting rep network

January 22, 2015 — Civilight North America has launched a manufacturer rep network they say spans from coast to coast throughout the United States and Canada.

Ideal Industries Canada appoints new general manager

January 21, 2015 — Ideal Industries has announced the appointment of Dag Nyhof to the position of general manager of Ideal Industries (Canada) Corp.

“Now one brand”: Osso Electric Supplies merged with Sesco

January 16, 2015 - Effective January 1, 2015, Osso Electric Supplies officially merged with Sesco—both Ontario electrical distributors within the Sonepar Canada family.

ABB in Canada receives TUV certification for safety system design

January 15, 2015 - ABB recently announced its operations in Canada have been certified by TUV SUD as having in place and applying a Functional Safety Management System (FSMS) for the design and engineering of safety instrumented system (SIS) projects in accordance with industry good practice safety standards.

Beghelli Canada names Scott Laing national sales manager

January 15, 2015 - Beghelli Canada—a provider of emergency lighting products and luminaires—announced its newest employee, Scott Laing, has accepted the position of national sales manager, Canada.

Canadian Solar contributes $400K to U of T’s TalentEdge program

January 15, 2015 - Canadian Solar Inc. says it has contributed $400,000 to the University of Toronto’s TalentEdge program to support scientific development, research and hands-on learning, adding that this donation underscores the company’s dedication to social responsibility, renewable energy and advanced research.

Jarrod Stewart now also rep’ing Liteline in the West

(UPDATED January 15, 2015) January 14, 2015 - Liteline Corp. has named Jarrod Stewart its new regional sales manager for Western Canada, less than a year after naming him regional sales manager for Ontario.

Ontario Energy Network welcomes Gunars Ceksters as president

January 14, 2015 - In a letter to members of the Ontario Energy Network, chair Grant Buchanan named the successor to David Reid, who retired as OEN president in December 2014, and had been with the group since its inception.

Cree files patent infringement lawsuits against Feit Electric

January 14, 2015 - Cree Inc. says it has filed complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin against Feit Electric Company Inc. and its Asian supplier, Unity Opto Technology Co. Ltd., to “curb infringement on Cree’s patented technologies and to address Feit’s false and misleading advertising claims that certain of its products meet Energy Star specifications”.

Power & Tel and N.A. Lighting Products join IMARK Canada

January 12, 2015 - North American Lighting Products Inc. and Power & Telephone Supply have joined IMARK Canada.


Klein Tools introduces drill tap tool kit No. 32217

January 21, 2015 — Klein Tools has introduced its new drill tap tool kit, complete with six commonly used tap tools.


BC Safety Authority “Building Connections” with 2015 business plan

January 14, 2015 - BC Safety Authority (BCSA) has released its 2015-2017 Business Plan with the theme of “Building Connections”, outlining the organization’s plans for the three-year period in four key strategic areas: safety, clients, people and sustainability.

Codes & Standards

NEMA publishes MG 1-2014 “Motors and Generators”

December 23, 2015 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the States) has published MG 1-2014 “Motors and Generators”.

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.

Energy & Power

Auditor general recommends improvements to NB Power

January 22, 2015 — New Brunswick’s auditor general says New Brunswick Power needs to make improvements in certain areas for future major capital projects, including contracting and active risk management of key contractors.


Intertek renews engineering scholarship program for 2015

January 22, 2015 — Intertek has announced its internship and scholarship program for undergraduate students pursuing STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math) will continue for a second year.

B.C. announces trades training equipment for College of New Caledonia

January 22, 2015 — B.C. Premier Christy Clark recently announced $375,028 for the College of New Caledonia (CNC) to purchase new trades training equipment in 2014-15 to support students studying in-demand fields that are critical to the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector and other industries.


Yours to Discover: Ontario’s $1.9-billion smart metering boondoggle

December 11, 2014 - Ontario’s Ministry of Energy did not develop a cost-benefit analysis nor a business case before it made the decision in 2004 to install smart meters across the province, and the business case it released after the decision was seriously flawed, says Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk in her 2014 Annual Report.