Vol. 3 No. 4

February 2008

- EB Heritage “What Am I?” Photo Contest Results Update
- Attention Maritimers! Get Safe!
- “Why Take Chances” Promo Grand Prize Winner
- GE Canadian Assembly Centre Opening Celebration Continues
- Investment in Non-Residential Building Construction
- Ideal Supply Among Canada’s 50 Best
- Customize your Channellock Tool
- Students Save at PowerTest 2008
- Nedco’s Electrifest Coming Soon
- Tell your Story to Electrical Business
- New Lighting Websites
- Coming Events


In case you haven’t been checking EBMag.com to see how the EB Heritage “What Am I?” Photo Contest is coming along, here’s a quick recap:

August 2007
The following winners correctly identified the mystery heritage item on page 6 as the Greenlee #750 chain pull drill:
• John Caldicott, Retired (Powell River, B.C.)
• Sam Cocuzzi, Electrical Safety Authority (Woodbridge, Ont.)
• Robert Fournier, R.J. Fournier Electric Inc. (Essex, Ont.)
• Scott Little, Little Electric Inc. (Cambridge, Ont.)
• Jim Murphy, Jim Murphy Electric (Perth, Ont.)
• Ronald Riedel, IBR (Surrey, B.C.)
• Michael Shea, City of Victoria (Victoria, B.C.)
• Kenneth Todd, KT Industries (Red Deer, Alta.)
• Jim Vey, S Electrical Services Ltd. (Maple Ridge, B.C.)
They each won an LVD2 Volt Light, courtesy Fluke Electronics Canada.

September 2007
Peter Chayter of the Government Service Centre (Grand Falls/Windsor, Nfld.) correctly identified the mystery heritage item on page 6 as a 220V, 7.5A household four-slice toaster. He won an ERG50 Ty-Rap cable tie installation tool, courtesy Thomas & Betts Canada.

October 2007
Norman Headford of Headford Electric (Lumsden, Sask.) correctly identified the mystery heritage item on page 6 as a Westinghouse Series Transformer (a.k.a. ‘CT’ or current transformer) for measuring AC current (400:5 max ratio). He won a SureTest Circuit Analyzer (61-165), courtesy Ideal Industries (Canada) Corp.

November/December 2007
Fred Hermetz of Advanced Electric (Oshawa, Ont.) correctly identified the mystery heritage item on page 6 as a DC shunt (150A, 50mV) for measuring DC current (patented May 1893). He won a Ty-Rap ERG120 cable tie tool, courtesy Thomas & Betts Canada.

January 2008
The following winners correctly identified the mystery heritage item as a Bluenose dry cell battery:
• Robert Fournier, R.J. Fournier Electric Inc. (Essex, Ont.) - REPEAT WINNER!
• Dave Kieffer, Bruce Power LP (Tiverton, Ont.)
• Mike Maiesciuk, Arcelor Mittal Dofasco (Hamilton, Ont.)
• Kenneth Todd, KT Industries (Red Deer, Alta.) - REPEAT WINNER!
• Douglas Weedon, Diageo (Gimli, Man.)
They each won a 25-ft Strait Line tape measure, courtesy Irwin Industrial Tool Co.

Check EBMag.com for regular updates, as well as the reporting form for entering the contest. Be sure to play, and good luck!


CSA is presenting a comprehensive, one-day 2008 Electrical Professionals Safety Forum to address how standards, regulations and best practices are applied specifically in the Maritimes. CSA—whose faculty will include industry, government and legal experts—will discuss electrical safety and the unique challenges where you live and work.

You’ll learn about CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety Standard and NFPA 70E; Z1000 OH&S Management; and legal obligations and requirements. Plus, you can sign up for an optional one-day seminar, Arc Flash: Measures for Prevention and Control. Register for both and save $125! CLICK HERE for details (click Conferences).


Wayne Wilson, purchaser with Erivan Gecom Inc. (Ste-Julie, Que.) is the grand prize winner in Thomas & Betts’ Ty-Rap “Why Take Chances” Promo, held last year between August 20 and November 30. During the promotion, participants scratched and won 2000 instant prizes, including T-shirts, hats, water bottles and lunch bags. But they also entered the grand prize draw for a trip to Miami, Florida.

Along with his wife Michelle Lajeunesse, Wilson headed to Miami in early February for a week in the sun (and an excursion to the Everglades). Accompanying him were Guillevin representatives Claude Laberge (manager) and Claude Nourry (sales rep); T&B sales rep Denis Fortin and his wife, Sophie Hamel; T&B product market manager, Suzanne Kasnakian; and T&B customer service representative Nathalie Vadnais.

From left to right: Nathalie Vadnais, CSR, T&B; Suzanne Kasnakian, product market manager, T&B; Sophie Hamel and Denis Fortin, sales rep, T&B; Michelle Lajeunesse; Wayne Wilson, purchaser, Erivan Gecom; and Guillevin's Claude Laberge and Claude Nourry.


To celebrate the opening of the new GE Canadian Assembly Centre for Electrical Distribution products in Mississauga, Ont., last April, GE Electrical Distribution ran a promotion giving participants the chance to win one of four Dell laptop computers and one of 100 GE golf shirts. Here are the lucky winners of the laptops:

Jeff Vernon, P.Eng., H. H. Angus & Associates Ltd. (Ontario).
In the photo (left to right): Jeff Vernon, P. Eng., prize winner; and Michel Roy, district sales manager, Eastern Canada, GE Consumer & Industrial.
Tony Jerebic, project manager, Langford Electric Ltd. (Alberta).
In the photo: Tony Jerebic.
François Racicot, vice-president, Électricité Pierre Marchand Inc. (Quebec).
In the photo (left to right): François Racicot, prize winner; and Denis Tessier, Quebec sales manager, GE Consumer & Industrial.
Bruce Johnson, estimating manager, The State Group Inc. (Ontario).
In the photo (left to right): Ajay Gupta, lead account manager, GE Consumer & Industrial; Bruce Johnson, prize winner; and Ken Lewis, vice-president, The State Group Inc.


Investment in non-residential building construction set a seventh-consecutive annual record in 2007, thanks largely to huge gains in the construction of office buildings in Alberta and British Columbia, says StatsCan.

Investment in commercial, industrial and institutional projects hit $39.8 billion, up 10.8% from 2006. Furthermore, the outlook for 2008 remains positive, with more than 12,000 of major projects under construction for a value of $21.5 billion—an increase of 4% compared with the same period of 2006.

In constant dollars, annual investment was up 1.5% from 2006 to a record high of $29.2 billion.

Two components contributed to the gain in 2007. Commercial investment rose 18.3% from 2006 to a record $23.8 billion, while institutional investment was up 3.9% to $10.4 billion, also a record. Industrial investment declined 3.4% to $5.6 billion.

Western Canada’s dynamic economy continued to spark the non-residential sector. Alberta and British Columbia alone accounted for more than 80% of the total increase in non-residential investment nationally in 2007. In both provinces, commercial projects dominated investment.

Among other contributing factors were low vacancy rates for office buildings in large urban centres, strong consumer demand for durable goods and high corporate profits, in particular for banks and the oil and gas industry.

On a quarterly basis, investment hit $10.4 billion in the last three months of 2007, up 2.4% from the third quarter and the 19th consecutive quarterly increase. This gain was mainly the result of sustained commercial investment in Alberta and Central Canada. All three components contributed to the increase.

Overall, six provinces recorded fourth-quarter gains, but the biggest increases, in dollars, occurred in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec. In all three provinces, total investment reached record highs and was due mostly to the construction of major office buildings already underway.

Of the 34 census metropolitan areas (CMAs), 21 showed gains in the fourth quarter, with Toronto and Calgary showing the largest increases (in dollars). Both set a record high. In contrast, Ottawa posted the biggest decline as a result of a decrease in all three components.


Ideal Supply (Listowel, Ont.) has reason to celebrate, as it is counted among Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for 2007. Ideal is a diversified distributor of electrical supplies and NAPA auto parts with 25 locations in Ontario.

“We should all share in the pride of this achievement,” said Ideal president and CEO, Tim MacDonald, in a note to his staff, colleagues and associates.

“We work hard together to do a good job for our customers and suppliers, and to create a great place to work for our fellow Ideal associates... But national recognition for something we do every day—and have done for years—is rare, so we should all enjoy the glow of knowing we are among the best,” he said.

Best Managed companies demonstrated that, in every region of the country and across a significant number of industries, Canadian entrepreneurs have been successful in competing globally and overcoming the many and diverse market challenges.

“Since the creation of this program, Canadian private companies and, more precisely, the people who manage them, have consistently demonstrated their keen sense of knowing how to flourish amid adversity,” noted John Hughes, national leader of the Best Managed program.


Now you can customize your Channellock tools to promote your organization. Teamworld Corporate Programs will help you deliver a unique, co-branded message by providing custom imprinting on Channellock tools—a great gift for employees, training school graduates, fundraisers or whatever. CLICK HERE for more information.


The InterNational Electrical Testing Association’s (NETA’s) annual PowerTest: Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference is fast approaching, and students save up to 77% on attendance with a valid student identification. This discount equates to full conference pricing for students of $150 and seminars at $65 per session.

PowerTest is attended by industry professionals and students involved with, or responsible for, electrical power systems. Highlights include an in-depth discussion on safety, reliability and equipment, a new product forum, trade show, interactive panel sessions and symposiums, and various networking opportunities with principal industry personnel and businesses. CLICK HERE for details.


Nedco’s Electrifest trade show happens every three years, and the time has come for Electrifest VIII. The last Electrifest succeeded in attracting over 3000 people to Nedco’s Keaton HQ and distribution centre, and displayed an array of products from over 100 manufacturers. Scheduled for May 12, this year’s theme is Las Vegas, and it promises to be the biggest Electrifest to date, displaying a full compliment of products of interest to a range of customers from the electrical, automation, datacom and industrial marketplaces. CLICK HERE to visit Nedco Ontario.


Electrical Business is always on the lookout for stories, case studies, new products and more... but we can’t be everywhere, so we need your help!

CLICK HERE to find out what subjects we plan on covering this year, or CLICK HERE to learn how to send us information on your company, product, upcoming event and more. EB is not just Canada’s electrical magazine, it’s your magazine, so get involved and tell us your story.


Amerillum, a manufacturer of fluorescent lighting fixtures and retrofit conversion kits, has unveiled a revitalized website promising an interactive way to learn about the company’s offerings. The home page shows full-colour Before and After photos of products in actual applications, illustrating 60% to 70% energy savings for interior and exterior applications. CLICK HERE to check it out.

Meantime, Alera Lighting says it has created a user-friendly website providing a variety of product-searching techniques, such as Quick Search, Product Browse, Feature Search and Product Menu. Alera is a manufacturer of architectural and specialty fluorescent luminaries for commercial and institutional applications. The site’s product pages place all information—including overview description, reference order information, shape, model/series piece, elements, technical data, and downloadable images and files—all in one location. CLICK HERE to pay them a visit.


EBMag.com has an extensive listing of electrical industry across Canada, and across the border. CLICK HERE to check it out, and be sure to Bookmark us!
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