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Niagara-on-the-Lake and Hydro Quebec score 2014 Energy Star Awards

October 29, 2014 - Congratulations to Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro and Hydro-Quebec, which are among the winners of 2014 Energy Star Market Transformation Awards for advancing energy efficiency.

Prompt Payment Ontario: a new “force to be reckoned with”

(UPDATED October 29 with VIDEO) October 22, 2014 - According to the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO), 25 construction industry stakeholders representing ICI (industrial, commercial, institutional) and residential trade contractors, labour unions and benefit plan administrators gathered earlier this month at the inaugural members’ meeting of Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO).

Liteline enlists Munden Enterprises in Atlantic Canada

October 29, 2014 - Liteline Corp. has teamed up with Halifax’s Munden Enterprises for representation in Atlantic Canada.

Mersen plants comply with ITAR and Controlled Goods Program

October 29, 2014 - Mersen (formerly Ferraz Shawmut) announced that its Mississauga, Ont. plant is registered with Canada’s Controlled Goods Program, while the Rochester, N.Y., plant is registered with International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Are you up to relighting Niagara Falls? RFQ issued

October 25, 2014 - The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to investigate new lighting technology and capabilities to improve the overall illumination of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls.

Adam Tappe, PEARL’s first certified electrical reconditioning tech

October 24, 2014 - The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) has certified Adam Tappe, a 22-year veteran at National Switchgear, as its first Level 1 electrical reconditioning certified technician.

SNC-Lavalin names Dumas to EVP Hydro, Power group

October 23, 2014 - SNC-Lavalin has named Marie-Claude Dumas executive vice-president, Hydro, for the company’s Power group, effective immediately. Based in Montreal, Que., and reporting to Power president Alexander (Sandy) Taylor, Dumas is responsible for growing the business in Canada and “key” international markets.

GALLERY: Affiliated Distributors North American Meeting (Oct 2014) Chicago, Ill.

October 22, 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.

Canadian IPG Co wins Rayovac Industrial distributor award

October 22, 2014 - Global battery player has awarded the Canadian version of the Rayovac Industrial Outstanding Distributor Award to Canadian IPG Co. for the quarter ending September 30, 2014. Congratulations!

José Mozota, BICSI Canadian Region director 2015-17

October 21, 2014 - The 2015-17 BICSI board of directors election is complete, so congratulations to the new Canadian Region director, José Mozota, Ph.D., Legrand Canada’s national sales manager, Data Communications.

Brian Melka named president, Kohler Engines Americas

October 21, 2014 - Following Tom Cromwell’s appointment to group president of Kohler Co.’s Power Group last month, the company has named Brian Melka president of Engines Americas.

Acuity building “world-class” engineering facility in Decatur

October 21, 2014 - Acuity Brands announced it is building a “world-class” engineering and technology centre at a site it owns in Decatur, Ga., and will invest in facility upgrades at its complex in Conyers, Ga., as part of a plan “to enhance a workplace that will drive innovation and technology advances”.


Winona Forms LED luminaires promise 30-60% less energy usage

October 31, 2014 - Acuity Brands has introduced the Winona Forms LED architectural solutions from Winona Lighting, boasting a high-performance Form Analogous (FA) Optical System with energy-efficient design options.


Bussmann releases circuit protection products for construction applications

October 22, 2014 - Eaton Bussmann says it is helping enhance safety and effectively manage energy consumption for construction applications with its circuit protection products.

Codes & Standards

ZigBee president NOT happy with Chinese “rogue player”

October 21, 2014 - ZigBee president & CEO Tobin J.M. Richardson today issued an alert to alliance members and interested stakeholders regarding a Chinese company named Wulian (also operating under the name Nanjing IoT) that “has been misrepresenting itself as the ZigBee Alliance in China and other areas, despite the fact that they have no present affiliation with the ZigBee Alliance”.

NEMA publishes Products and Standards Guide 2015 Ed.

October 17, 2014 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the U.S.) published the 2015 edition of its Electrical Standards & Products Guide (ESPG), which lists NEMA’s electrical standards as well as a directory of manufacturers and their products.

Energy & Power

Power of Wind contest reveals “a high awareness” among students

October 30, 2014 - Several young Canadian adults were honoured as winners in the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) 3rd annual Power of Wind contest. This year (2014), students were invited to submit multimedia and written entries on why they believe wind energy is important to Canada’s energy future.

CanWEA honours 2014 “visionary leaders and clean energy pioneers”

October 30, 2014 - During its 2014 annual conference & exhibition, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recognized “visionary leaders and clean energy pioneers” for advancing the wind energy industry in Canada. Congratulations to:


Ontario appoints reviewer Tony Dean for College of Trades

October 23, 2014 - Ontario is appointing former secretary of cabinet and head of the Ontario Public Service, Tony Dean, to review “key areas of Ontario’s skilled trades system” that fall within the mandate of the Ontario College of Trades.


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.