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Industry News

Rittal and Hilti among Canada’s Best Workplaces for 2014

April 24, 2013 - The Great Place to Work Institute Canada has announced its 2014 list of Best Workplaces in Canada, and among those recognized are Rittal Systems and Hilti Canada. Congratulations!

NSi takes on Pam Erickson as EVP marketing and business development

April 23, 2014 - NSi Industries LLC has a new executive vice-president of marketing and business development, Pamela Erickson, who joins NSi after several years as VP of marketing for the US Electrical Division at Affiliated Distributors.

Who are Balla, Horsman, McDonald and Power cycling for?

April 22, 2014 - What do George Balla, Tim Horsman, Tere McDonald and Brian Power have in common? They are the Power2Feed Cyclists, who will be cycling from Toronto to Montreal for EFC’s Electrical Council’s annual conference, May 27-30, and they need your help in achieving their fundraising goal.

“It’s about bloody time the industry recognized you” Charles Cipolla

April 17, 2014 - Charles A. Cipolla—chair of Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and chair of Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro—received Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC’s) 2014 Industry Recognition Award (IRA). Congratulations!

Electrofed 2014/2015 executive “will provide great leadership this year”

April 18, 2014 - At its annual general meeting this week, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) announced its 2014/2015 executive committee of the board of directors, recognizing six industry executives who will “provide leadership and represent the EFC membership”.

Eddy and Epitron rule the Canadian roost at AD Spring meeting

April 17, 2014 - North American wholesale marketing group Affiliated Distributors (AD) recently held its annual Electrical Division Spring Network Meeting, where two Canadian distributors—Eddy Group and Epitron—received particular attention for their efforts.

Westinghouse and OPG partner to service global nuclear markets

April 17, 2014 - Through its subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) and Westinghouse Electric Co. (a group company of Toshiba Corp.) have agreed to work together on a range of nuclear projects globally, including refurbishment, maintenance and outage services, decommissioning and remediation of existing nuclear power plants, and new nuclear power plants.

CenturyVallen undergoes rebranding; meet Vallen!

April 17, 2014 - CenturyVallen (part of the Sonepar Canada family) says it is ready to take the next step in its evolution and enhance its brand; moving forward, CenturyVallen will be known as Vallen.

FLIR and ING robotic aviation to offer advanced IR inspections

April 17, 2014 - Ottawa-based ING Robotic Aviation has selected FLIR (a global player in thermal imaging systems) to develop aircraft for aerial industrial IR inspections and visual gas leak detection.

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.

Products

USAI Lighting introduces BeveLED mini fixture

April 24, 2014 - USAI Lighting has added the BeveLED mini to its family of downlight, adjustable and wall wash fixtures.

Safety

Linamar fined 100K after arc flash burns worker

(UPDATED April 23, 2014, spelling correction... Thanks Ian!) April 17, 2014 - Diversified global manufacturing company Linamar Corp. dba Vehcom Manufacturing pleaded guilty and received a fine of $100,000 after a worker was burned via an exposed power terminal.

Schneider unveils QO and HomeLine dual function circuit breakers

April 21, 2014 - Schneider Electric has introduced Square D QO and HomeLine dual function circuit breakers, combining arc fault and ground fault protection into a single, easy-to-install device, it says.

Codes & Standards

Happy 100th to U.S.’s National Electrical Safety Code!

April 24, 2014 - Congratulations to our friends south of the border, whose National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. For its part, IEEE announced that a preprint of the 2017 NESC will be open for comment “100 years after the NESC was first introduced in August 1914”.

Win a trip to 5th IEC Young Professionals workshop in Japan

April 24, 2014 - Are you a young and dynamic manager, engineer or technician aged early 20s to mid 30s? Are you experienced in working with or developing standards, or involved in conformity assessment activities? Do you work for an organization that benefits from standards? If so, then enter Standards Council of Canada’s competition to win a trip to 5th IEC Young Professionals workshop in Japan.

Energy & Power

What do a heliophysicist and our power grid have in common?

April 24, 2014 - A NASA scientist is launching a 1- to 2-year pilot project this summer that takes advantage of high-voltage power transmission lines to measure a phenomenon that has caused widespread power outages in the past, and even crashed Hydro-Quebec’s transmission system: geomagnetically induced currents, courtesy of a flatulent sun.

OPG’s Atikokan GS biomass conversion project underway

(UPDATED April 23, 2014, with VIDEO) February 4, 2013 - Work on the conversion of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) to use biomass is underway.

Careers

EB CAREERS: Atlantic Heat Treating seeks Electrical Engineering Technician

April 22, 2014 - Atlantic Heat Treating (2001) Ltd. heat-treats metals for tool and die makers. This process involves the use of large electricity-powered furnaces that operate at very high temperatures and require considerable maintenance. We are currently planning an expansion and upgrade of our electrical system and require a qualifiedElectrical Engineering Technician (NOC 2241)

EB CAREERS: Electric Mobility Canada seeks President and CEO

April 17, 2014 - Founded in 2005, Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) is a national, membership-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility “as a readily available and important solution to Canada’s emerging energy and environmental issues”. EMC is seeking applications for the position of:President and CEO

Blog

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?