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Shermco Industries celebrates 40-year anniversary

(UPDATED October 20, 2014, with Photos) October 16, 2014 - Shermco Industries—a provider of acceptance testing, commissioning, maintenance, repair and remanufacturing of electrical equipment and power distribution systems—announced it is celebrating 40 years in business. Congratulations!

Cisco Canada names Bernadette Wightman president

October 17, 2014 - Cisco has appointed Bernadette Wightman president of Cisco Canada, replacing Nitin Kawale, who is leaving Cisco after 19 years with the company, including six as president of Cisco Canada.

Kudos to AD Spirit of Independence Award Canadian winners!

October 16, 2014 - Earlier this month, EBMag was pleased to attend Affiliated Distributors’ (AD) 2014 Electrical Supply Division North American Meeting in Chicago, which was the largest to date, welcoming over 1000 attendees—including 173 first-timers—from over 390 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Tyco Fire partners with Troy Life & Fire Safety

October 16, 2014 - Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. has signed a new distributor agreement with Tyco Fire Protection Products (division of Tyco) to distribute Simplex fire alarm products in designated markets and territories in Canada.

Efficiency Nova Scotia issues RFP for Delivery Agents

October 16, 2014 - The Residential Direct Installation of Efficient Products Program involves the installation of low-cost energy efficiency products in Nova Scotia residences at no cost to the participant, and Efficiency Nova Scotia has issued an RFP for the purpose of selecting various Delivery Agents (DAs) that will implement, manage and deliver the Program.

Rob Stewart joins Shermco as utility business development manager

October 16, 2014 - Shermco Industries has hired Rob Stewart as utility business development manager, where he is responsible for helping grow the company’s client base in both Canada and the States.

Schneider Electric to acquire InStep Software

October 10, 2014 - Schneider Electric has entered into an agreement to acquire InStep Software, a provider of real-time performance management and predictive asset analytics software and solutions. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

Nexans’ Goose Creek plant now open to meet “growing demand” for HV cables

October 10, 2014 - Two years after breaking ground for the construction of a new plant in South Carolina, Nexans is celebrating the opening of its Goose Creek facility. The plant will produce high voltage (HV) power cables and is expected to create 200 manufacturing jobs over the next few years. The 350,000-sf plant will “serve the growing demand” for HV power systems in North America fuelled by new power transmission infrastructure projects.

Specialized Power names Jack Ballard sales manager

(UPDATED October 14, 2014, with PHOTO) October 9, 2014 - Specialized Power Solutions is welcoming Jack Ballard to the position of sales manager, where he brings more than 30 years of experience in the power distribution and motor control field.

Gianluca Arcari named executive director, CSA; VP of CSA Group

October 7, 2014 - Ash Sahi, president and CEO, CSA Group, has appointed Gianluca Arcari (in photo) to the new position of executive director, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and vice president, CSA Group, effective immediately. In his role as executive director, Arcari’s responsibilities are to focus on leading the standards division, while developing standards and products, expanding membership and growing the global standards portfolio.

Expanded IDEA IDW standard mandates 43 critical data fields

October 7, 2014 - The Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) has expanded the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) standard to include the population of 43 critical data fields that distributors have identified as necessary to conduct business today.

IES and IEEE establish Memorandum of Understanding

October 6, 2014 - The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has been established to encourage the exchange and dissemination of technical information, and to promote understanding and cooperation among the members of each organization, the parties say. Centred on five components, the term of the agreement is for three years—2014 to 2017.


Go from handle to drill with Klein switch drive system

October 20, 2014 - Klein Tools has introduced the switch drive handle system to alternate any accessory with a power groove between a power drill and hand tool, minimizing the number of tools and saving space, says the company.


Carbon monoxide alarms now mandatory in Ontario homes

October 15, 2014 - Ontario says it is taking another step to keep families and homes in the province safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

Ontario hands Richard Hazel first-ever jail sentence for illegal electrical work

October 7, 2014 - Last Thursday, Richard Hazel was sentenced in a Hamilton, Ont., court to 30 days in jail and fined $6250 on charges related to performing electrical work illegally and violating several Ontario College of Trades’ requirements. This is the first time a jail sentence has been handed down by an Ontario court for this type of offence.

Codes & Standards

BICSI publishes 4th Ed. Electronic Safety and Security Design

July 24, 2014 - BICSI—an association supporting the information and communications technology (ICT) industry—has released the 4th edition of its Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual (ESSDRM).

Energy & Power

Siemens/Mortenson selected for Manitoba Hydro HVDC order

October 20, 2014 - As part of a consortium with Mortenson Construction, Siemens Canada says it has been selected to design, supply and install the HVDC (high-voltage direct current) equipment and buildings required for the Bipole III HVDC Project’s two converter stations for Manitoba Hydro.

Fronius USA unveils FE inverter line

October 20, 2014 - The Fronius FE series claims to significantly simplify system design and installation while delivering maximum energy harvest from complex arrays.


EB CAREERS: Marnoch hiring 3 electricians

October 20, 2014 - Marnoch Facilities Maintenance—a commercial multi-trade contractor in business for more 20 years—currently has an opening for a full-time: Electrician (3 positions: East Toronto, Greater Toronto Area, and Cambridge)

EB CAREERS: Marnoch seeks electrical apprentice

October 20, 2014 - Marnoch Facilities Maintenance—a commercial multi-trade contractor in business for more 20 years—currently has an opening for an: Electrical Apprentice (full-time) for the Greater Toronto Area


Bill C-8 and counterfeits: “Something is better than nothing”

October 3, 2014 - Canada has passed Bill C-8 a.k.a. the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (still to get through Senate) but what, in practical terms, does that mean for anyone? EBMag reached out to national (if not international) counterfeit expert Lorne Lipkus of Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP to help us better understand what, if anything, has changed.

Businesses must stop hoarding and start spending

September 26, 2014 - Earlier this week, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) conducted its 2014 Economic Forecast Day, where the organization brought in a several economists to talk about the state of affairs—domestically and internationally—in an attempt to help member businesses make informed decisions.