Vol. 1 No. 8

June 2006

- The EB Bluebook Returns!
- TIPTA Award on its Way
- EB September Academic Roundup
- Coming Events
- Your August 2006 Electrical Business


Electrical Business has put out the call for Bluebook information. The Bluebook is the most important and influential source guide for the Canadian electrical landscape.

Don't miss out, and don't think this is someone else's responsibility!

To be included in the Bluebook 2007, visit EBmag.com and take advantage of the online reporting form.

(Tip for success: Be sure to include all branches/divisions to ensure no one gets left out.)


Well, the time of the CECA National Conference is finally upon us, June 21 through 24.

The theme of this year's conference — which is taking place at the Fairmont Empress in downtown Victoria — is "Leadership in Action".

Along with the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO), the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia (ECABC) intends to host the most successful CECA conference to date, drawing a record number of major electrical contractors from across the country.

Leadership in Action will feature exciting speakers, entertainment and social functions that will provide second-to-none networking opportunities with representatives from all facets of the industry.

Be sure to check out EB's own Ron Coleman on Friday, June 23. He is presenting a featured session entitled "Your Million Dollar System: Increasing the value of your contracting company by one million dollars in three years." The session is brought to you by Electrical Business: a Silver Sponsor of the conference.

Ron will paint a picture of the top 25 per cent of trade contractors and what they're doing to achieve success. Employing over 20-years worth of facts and figures, he's going to show you how to increase the value of your contracting business by $1 million in three years.

The forecast looks sunny for the first three days of the conference. EB's editor Anthony Capkun will be there, covering the conference. Be sure to say hello and chat.

The conference runs from June 21 to 24. Click here to learn more about it and how to attend.


It's time once again for the annual Toronto Construction Association's (TCA's) TIPTA Award. The award program, which stands for Temple W. Harris Innovative Product/Technology Award, recognizes and encourages excellence for innovative thinking in creating and introducing new and advanced technologies into the construction marketplace.

Past winners include:
- Triodetic Building Product Ltd.
- The PlanIt Measuring Co. Inc.
- Timberline Software Corp.
- WingIt Innovations LLC
- SRS Inc./Cutler-Hammer
- Durakit Shelters Inc.
- Little Lifter Inc.
- Royal Building System
- Conserval Engineering Ltd.
- Hilti (Canada) Corp.
- Pulsar Advanced Technologies

Besides nation-wide construction media coverage, the winners receive various prizes, including tickets to the TCA Christmas Luncheon and a scholarship — donated by TCA on behalf of the TIPTA winner — to the Michael Ludolf/TCA Scholarship at George Brown College, which is awarded to a student displaying excellence in a construction-related discipline.

Whether you're a large or small, old or new manufacturer, contractor, architect or engineer, you could be a TIPTA winner. For more information, visit TCA online at www.tcanetworks.com.


In the upcoming September 2006 issue, Electrical Business is once again presenting its roundup of Canadian academic institutions offering training and education for the electrical field.

Make sure we have your most current scholastic/program information. Send any updates directly to the editor at acapkun@clbmedia.ca.


AdVenture 2006 (Electrical Sales & Marketing Conference)
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)
August 13–15
Chicago, Ill.
Visit www.naed.org

Atlantic Region Golf Tournament
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
August 17
Visit www.electrofed.com

Annual Federation Cup Charity Golf Tournament
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
August 29
Visit www.electrofed.com

Canadian Electrical Code 2006 Essentials
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 6–7, Mississauga, Ont.
September 25–26, Winnipeg
October 12–13, Edmonton
October 23–24, St. John’s
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Design, Installation & Maintenance of Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 11–12, Mississauga, Ont.
September 27–28, Winnipeg
October 25–26, St. John’s
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Grounding & Bonding of Electrical Equipment
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 13, Mississauga, Ont.
October 2, Windsor, Ont.
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Communications Systems & EMI
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 14, Mississauga, Ont.
October 3, Windsor, Ont.

Static Grounding: One Spark, One Chancev
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 15, Mississauga, Ont.
October 6, London, Ont.
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Electrical Safety Conference
Thomas A. Edison Institute
September 20–21, Toronto, Ont.
October 24-25, Calgary, Alta.
Visit www.taedisoninstitute.com or call (847) 647-7226

NEC/CEC: A Comparison of Requirements
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 20–21, Mississauga, Ont.
October 4–5, Windsor, Ont.
Visit learningcentre.csa.ca

Want to see YOUR EVENT listed here?
Send information to the Editor at
acapkun@clbmedia.ca or fax (905) 727-0017.


Your August issue of Electrical Business is jam-packed with even more of the products and information you need to run your business and stay ahead of the curve.

Writer Nigel Hesseltine explores the nuances of labour relations in the electrical industry as he tries to figure out how well (or how poorly) we’re taking care of one another.

Western Update will contain highlights from the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association’s (CECA’s) national conference in Victoria. Electrical Business will be there, covering the event with camera and notepad in hand.

In Tools for the Trade, EB test drives a Panasonic professional-grade, battery-operated 18V metal cutter. The tool uses a Ni-MH (nickel-metal hydride) battery that boasts maximum power with a short charging period.

In It’s Your Business, Ron Coleman — whose Victoria keynote session is sponsored by Electrical Business — will talk to us about the importance of having employees act as though they were self-employed.

As for products, our focus is on Wiring and Wire Management, so be sure to check out the latest and greatest the market has to offer.

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