Vol. 1 No.5

MARCH 2006

In This Issue...
- Latest Electrical Business Initiatives
- S&D Council's 2006 Honorary Member Awards
- Interactive Electricity Timeline
- Coming Events
- Your April 2006 Electrical Business


As the national publication that's been reporting on Canada's electrical industry for over 40 years, it is only right that Electrical Business play an increasingly front-line role in important industry matters.

To that end, Electrical Business is furthering its own mission of being the go-to resource for both its readers and the industry at large through three very important initiatives: launching our own Editorial Advisory Board, sponsoring business guru Ron Coleman's presentation at CECA 2006 and becoming a Corporate Sponsor of the EFC Foundation Scholarship Program.

Editorial Advisory Board
Last month, EB introduced its new Editorial Advisory Board: it comprises eight industry professionals from across the country, whose expertise ranges from electrical contracting and inspecting to distribution, manufacturer representation and insurance. The board will help ensure we continue to represent a balanced voice stemming from all the various professions involved with Canada's electrical industry. Read more about our advisors here.

Your million-dollar system
We are bringing our "It's Your Business" columnist, Ron Coleman, to the attendees of the 2006 CECA National Conference in Victoria in June. Ron's featured session will expand on the issues he discusses regularly in the pages of Electrical Business, incorporating much of the knowledge he has distilled in his new book, "Your Million Dollar System: Increasing the value of your contracting company by one million dollars in three years." Visit our Newsroom to find out more about Ron's session.

EFC Foundation Scholarship Program
Electrical Business has partnered with EFC's Foundation Scholarship Program to offer five electrical apprenticeship scholarships valued at $500 each. The Electrical Business Future Contractor Scholarship will be awarded to five apprentices who have completed the Basic Level at an approved college electrical apprentice program with a minimum 75% average. A total of five winners will be selected from five regions across Canada. Visit our online Newsroom to find out more.

Through these and other initiatives to come, Electrical Business remains the only national business publication truly serving the Canadian electrical market.


EFC's Supply and Distribution (S&D) Council invites you to take advantage of the opportunity to nominate an individual who has shown leadership, commitment and outstanding contributions to the electrical/electronic industry (as well as the S&D Council) to receive an Honorary Member Award.

Two honorary member awards will be presented:

- Manufacturer
- Distributor

While members can nominate more than one person for this particular award, the nominees must be nominated by an existing S&D member and be retired from the industry (or of retirement age), and their (former) company must be an S&D member.

The award will be presented during the Gala Dinner at the S&D Conference on Friday, June 2 in Banff, Alta. Award Winners will receive:

- lifetime complimentary registrations to the S&D Conference;
- return travel expenses for the conference (companions included); and
- hotel accommodation for the duration of the conference.

Submissions can be completed online at www.electrofed.com or via confidential fax (905) 602-5297. Don't delay... submissions are due by April 3.

For additional information, contact Brooke Zobolotski at (905) 602-8877 ext. 282 or via e-mail at
bzobolotski@electrofed.com. To learn more about the conference, visit EFC online.


The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) launched an interactive 'Techline' on its website showing the scientists and inventors that made major contributions to the development of electricity and electronics.

Users can also explore Techline by technology (i.e. electroacoustics, insulators or connectors), important date in history, IEC technical committee in order of creation, or by decade throughout the 20th Century. Each timeline gives a different approach to the subject and explains who/what is important.

Admittedly, it is not an exhaustive history of electrotechnology, but it does provide an overview of how this science developed. Techline is part of a series of projects IEC is rolling out to celebrate its centennial.


Canadian Electrical Code Essentials
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
April 6-7, Niagara Falls, Ont.
April 12-13, Mississauga, Ont.
April 18-19, Vancouver
May 4-5, Edmonton
May 8-9, London, Ont.
May 25-26, Montreal (English)
June 12-13, Red Deer, Alta.
June 26-27, Sudbury, Ont.

Spring Technical Seminar
International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
April 1
Mississauga, Ont.

Mid-Canada Electrical Showcase
Manitoba Electrical League (MEL)
April 5-6

Annual General Meeting
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
April 6
Brampton, Ont.

Arc Flash: Measures for Prevention and Control
Schneider Canada Services and CSA
April 10, Mississauga, Ont.
May 3, Calgary, Alta.
May 5, Edmonton
May 24, Halifax, N.S.
May 26, Moncton, N.B.
May 29, Mississauga, Ont.
Call (800) 463-6727

Effective Inventory Management Skills
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
April 13
Brampton, Ont.

Fundamentals of Commercial and Industrial Lighting
GE Lighting Institute
April 19-21
Cleveland, Ohio
Call (800) 255-1200

Project Management Course
Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA)
April 20-21

Truck World
April 20-22
Toronto, Ont.

Leadership Skills for the Wholesale Branch Manager
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
April 21-22
Mississauga, Ont.

Annual Meeting
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)
April 22-26
Orlando, Fla.

Hospitality Lighting
GE Lighting Institute
April 26-27
Cleveland, Ohio
Call (800) 255-1200

Electrical Industry Conference
Ontario Electrical League (OEL)
April 27-29
Ottawa, Ont.

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acapkun@clbmedia.ca or fax (905) 727-0017.


Among the usual informative columns and departments, the April 2006 issue of Electrical Business is our special MEET 2006 issue. MEET, which stands for Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology, has proven itself one of the top industry events in Canada. It runs Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and 4. Show hours on May 3 are 10 AM to 6 PM and May 4 from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Discounted online registration is now available. By registering early, visitors can save $5.00 off the $10.00 admission fee. Click Here to Register online.

And while you're at the show, be sure to stop by Booth 159A and visit Electrical Business (right next to EFC's booth).

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