Vol. 1 No. 11

September 2006

- Last Chance for inclusion in EB Bluebook!
- Electrical Business in Red Deer for AEL Learning Expo
- Pro Points turn electric heaters into rewards
- Electrical Business Presents at EEMAC Lunch and Learn
- Top Product Award program announced
- Electrical Business brings you Excellence in Technology
- The Work Truck Show 2007 Registration Opening Soon
- Coming Events
- Your October 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.)


Electrical Business is both pleased and proud to announce that it is exhibiting at the Alberta Electrical League (AEL) Learning Expo in Red Deer, Alta., on October 17.

The Learning Expo promises to be simply amazing, with over 100 electrical companies displaying new products and innovations, and demonstrating the latest technologies. The Expo’s educational sessions cover engaging topics such as LEDs, hybrid technology, fluorescent alternatives to HID high-bay lighting, emerging residential technologies and discussions on manpower issues.

In addition, Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) - in conjunction with the Department of Municipal Affairs) - is presenting an informative session starting at 6:30 on proposed changes to the Master’s program in the Province of Alberta.

Anthony Capkun, the magazine’s editor, will be covering the event with camera and notepad in hand, so be sure to stop him in the aisles and say “Hello”. To learn more about attending or exhibiting at AEL’s Learning Expo, click here.

Be sure to visit Electrical Business at BOOTH 44, near the main entrance, to learn about all the exciting things we’re bringing to your electrical business.


Electric heating products supplier, Dimplex, introduced its new rewards program—Pro Points—for contractors who purchase from the Chromalox line.

“We wanted to give our contractors rewards that were on par with the quality they’ve come to expect from our own products, and I think we’ve succeeded,” said Drew Molnar, director of sales, professional products. The rewards run the gamut from sports equipment to home appliances, including electronic equipment from Sony, luggage from Heys and Callaway golf equipment.

Once contractors have registered, they begin collecting points for each Chromalox product they purchase. From there, tracking and redeeming points is straightforward: they simply visit www.chromaloxpropoints.com to shop and redeem.


The publisher and editor of Electrical Business, Bill Begin and Anthony Capkun, were pleased to present at EEMAC’s latest Lunch and Learn, sharing their insights on the creative, innovative and business competitive side of running the magazine.

“We were delighted to receive the invitation from Wayne Edwards, EEMAC’s vice-president,” said Begin, “as it gave us the opportunity to explain all the nuances of the publishing world and, more importantly, talk about the ways in which people can use the business press to their advantage.”

For example, Capkun explained, everyone should communicate regularly with the press to take advantage of the myriad of free press opportunities, ranging from calendar event listings to feature articles. “It’s important to stay in touch with the press,” he said, emphasizing the importance of continuous self-promotion.

From there the discussion turned to leveraging all the technological tools the press has at its disposal, like websites and e-newsletters, and third-party audited circulation (readership) figures. “Our [readership] numbers are accurate,” said Begin, adding, “We know exactly to whom Electrical Business mails out to, where they’re located and what they do for a living.

Notes from the presentation will soon be available from Deborah Preston, EEMAC’s program co-ordinator, who can be reached by calling (905) 602-8877 ext. 220 or
e-mailing dpreston@electrofed.com.

EEMAC is the Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada, a meeting place for over 80 companies involved in the manufacturing and sale of electrical products, systems and components in Canada. It is one of the six councils that make up ElectroFederation Canada (EFC).


Electrical Business is pleased to announce its inaugural Top Product Award, coming in your January 2007 issue of Electrical Business.

The award will recognize readers’ choice for most popular product appearing in the pages of Electrical Business over the course of 2006.

Will it be a hand or power tool? Maybe an enclosure or lighting fixture? Stay tuned to Electrical Business and find out!



1. a) A targeted vehicle in Electrical Business for showcasing your own technological excellence to electrical contractors coast-to-coast, and letting them know what it can do for their bottom line.

* See also Excellence in Technology


Publishing in the November/December 2006 issue of Electrical Business, Excellence in Technology is all about showcasing your own firm’s technological excellence, be it with product, service, logistics, website, or what have you. Use Excellence in Technology to let over 18,000 decision-making readers across the country know what you, and only you, can do for them and their bottom line. Establish new customer relationships or strengthen old ones. Either way, it’s a win for you and the readers of Electrical Business when they read about you in Excellence in Technology.

Contact Bill Begin at bbegin@clbmedia.ca to be a part of Excellence in Technology.


Online registration for The Work Truck Show 2007—held in conjunction with the 43rd annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention—opens September 29.

Produced annually, The Work Truck Show brings together vocational truck fleet managers, truck buyers and maintenance personnel from the Class 1–8 market with hundreds of the manufacturers, distributors and dealers that produce the trucks and equipment critical to their work. In this single location, attendees check out the latest full-size work trucks and equipment while examining individual vehicle components offered by 450 suppliers. The event also features industry-specific technical and business management training sessions.

The show will be held March 7 through 9 at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. Register by January 12 to take advantage of Early Bird discounts. Visit NTEA to download a registration form and make hotel reservations through the NTEA Convention Housing Bureau.


Fibre Optics Installer Certification
Mississauga Training Consultants
September 18-22, Mississauga, Ont.
October 23-27, Mississauga, Ont.
Call (905) 785-8012 or e-mail  mrfiber@canada.com

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

Canadian Electrical Code 2006 Essentials
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 25–26, Winnipeg
October 12–13, Edmonton
October 23–24, St. John’s

Canadian Airports National Electrical Workshop (CANEW)
Canadian Airports Electrical Association (CAEA) and the Ottawa International Airport Authority
September 25-29, Ottawa

Fibre To The Home
Mississauga Training Consultants
September 25-26
, Mississauga, Ont.
Call (905) 785-8012 or e-mail mrfiber@canada.com

Design, Installation & Maintenance of Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
September 27-28, Winnipeg
October 25–26, St. John’s

Canadian Electrical Code and Provincial Amendments
Les Stoch (L. Stoch and Associates) for Dalhousie University
October 17-18, Halifax
October 19-20, Saint John, N.B.
Call Sheila Gallagher at (800) 565-1179 or Les Stoch at (905) 828-2262

Grounding & Bonding of Electrical Equipment
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
October 2, Windsor, Ont.

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

2007 Economic Forecast
ElectroFederation Canada (EFC)
September 28
Brampton, Ont.

Sustainable Lighting Solutions Workshop
Sylvania Lightpoint® Course
September 25-26, Mississauga, Ont.

Arc Flash: Measures for Prevention and Control
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Schneider Electric
September 28, Mississauga, Ont.
October 19, Calgary, Alta.
October 20, Vancouver, B.C.

Annual Convention
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
September 28, Mississauga, Ont.
October 8-10, Boston, Mass.

Electrical Learning Expo
Alberta Electrical League (AEL)
October 17, Red Deer, Alta.

Electrical Showcase 2006
British Columbia Electrical Association (BCEA)
October 17, Prince George, B.C.

Ottawa Day Conference
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)
October 17-18

Forum on Hydropower
Canadian Hydropower Association
October 26–27, Gatineau, Que.

Workplace Electrical Safety
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Industrial Accident Prevention Association (CSA and IAPA)
October 26–27, Toronto

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


Next month’s Electrical Business again turns its attention to the world of lighting, featuring a number of articles and products devoted to helping you better illuminate the world.

Also, be sure to check out our round-up of power tools and editorial on enclosures, as well as Canlyte’s Carol McGlogan under Meet the Players. Learn about T&B's Day at the Races, Sylvania's new residential lighting offerings and more in your October Electrical Business.

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