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Industry News

OBIT: John Salmon of John B. Salmon Technical Consulting

(UPDATED) July 21, 2014 - It is truly with great sadness that EBMag reports the passing of John Benjamin Salmon—the result of an accident at his home in Kitchener, Ont.—on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was in his 56th year.

Evaluating uncomfortable glare of LED streetlighting

July 21, 2014 - As LED technology continues to transform the lighting industry, some fear they could cause troublesome, unsafe glare on our roadways, which is why a team of researchers from China and the Netherlands has developed a way to evaluate the human impact of uncomfortable glare caused by LED streetlighting.

Chantal Guimont now leading Electric Mobility Canada

July 18, 2014 - Catherine Kargas, board chair of Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), today announced the appointment of Chantal Guimont to the position of president and CEO, effective September 1, 2014.

ABB wins $35-million Hydro-Quebec Madawaska order

July 18, 2014 - ABB reports it has won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Quebec to upgrade the 350MW Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link that connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Quebec.

Help Schneider’s Daniel Peloquin’s walk again

July 17, 2014 - EBMag has learned Daniel Peloquin (photo)—president of Schneider Electric Canada—is again participating as a member of Team Schneider Electric in the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre September 6-7, 2014 (Toronto).

Haughey joins Medgar Lighting as distribution sales manager

July 16, 2014 - Patrick (Pat) Haughey—formerly general manager of GE Lighting Canada—has joined Medgar Lighting Concepts Inc. in the newly created position of distribution sales manager.

Greenlee appointments: Jeff Smith and Josh Jacobs

July 16, 2014 - Greenlee, a Textron company, has announced two new appointments within its engineering and product management departments, where it named Jeff Smith to director, Engineering and Josh Jacobs, director, Product Management, effective immediately.

Toronto Hydro’s Anthony Haines named 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

July 16, 2014 - The Energy Council of Canada (ECC) has announced Anthony Haines, president and CEO of Toronto Hydro, as the 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year, an award bestowed upon individuals with  “remarkable accomplishments in the business or government sector and in the community at large”.

E.B. Horsman opening location on Vancouver-Burnaby border

July 15, 2014 - E.B. Horsman & Son—an independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler in British Columbia—announced it is opening a full-line electrical wholesale location on the Vancouver-Burnaby border (3955 - 2nd Avenue).

Connie Chabot to expand Stelpro’s U.S. footprint

July 11, 2014 - Stelpro announced Connie Chabot is now vice-president of sales & marketing for North America, where she will work to expand Stelpro’s footprint in the United States.

VIDEO: Transportation provider on journey to energy excellence

July 10, 2014 - Metrolinx—the primary provider of public transportation throughout Ontario’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area—has discovered that an active, organizational commitment to energy excellence can result in significant financial and environmental benefits.

About 1000 jobs impacted by General Cable restructuring

July 10, 2014 - General Cable Corp. says it is implementing a restructuring program designed to improve profitability and return on invested capital in each of its three reportable segments.

Products

Make your wiring run a Home Run with EZ-clip

July 17, 2014 - Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, Fortica Electric’s Marijan Rozman says he understands the “pain and frustration” that comes with the limitations of standard protector plates, which is why he invented the patent-pending EZ-clip.

Safety

RECALL: Peachtree Lighting recessed NON-IC type compact fluorescent luminaries

July 16, 2014 - Intertek is warning the public of a recall involving recessed NON-IC type downlight compact fluorescent luminaries manufactured by Peachtree Lighting, where the lights may overheat, causing the conductors to become brittle and the insulation to fall off.

Codes & Standards

UL distributing IEC and ISO standards in Canada

July 16, 2014 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has granted Underwriters Laboratories (UL) non-exclusive rights to distribute International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards in Canada.

IES publishes lighting design guides for roadways and toll plazas

July 15, 2014 - The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)—which claims to be the oldest and largest educational and scientific society in North America devoted to lighting—has published two new Design Guides for roadway lighting:

Energy & Power

BC Hydro’s largest infrastructure project since the 1980s kicks off

July 21, 2014 - Last week saw the official kick-off of the $1-billion upgrade of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement project which, according to British Columbia’s government, is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by BC Hydro since the 1980s, and will take five years to complete.

Careers

EB CAREERS: Legend Power Lead Electrician, Electrical Operations, Toronto

July 11, 2014 - Legend Power Systems Inc. is a Canadian company that developed, manufactures and markets a device that saves electrical energy—the Harmonizer. Founded in 2001 and located in Burnaby, B.C., Legend has deployed a team of energy consultants to lead the commercial strategy in Toronto. The company currently has an opening for a:Lead Electrician, Electrical Operations (Toronto, Ont.)

Blog

Damn those kids who taught us not to be ‘rats’

May 30, 2014 - At a very early age, we all learned not “to be rat”... not to go “telling on” someone for some stupid thing they did. We may have learned this from our siblings or our schoolmates, but learn it we did because, if we didn’t, we would be ostracized, labelled, bullied, and so on. Sadly, as we mature and supposedly grow wiser as a society, those same consequences continue to plague us.