Vol. 3 No. 6

April 2008

- MEET 2008 is Here!
- Nedco Electrifest VIII is Upon Us
- WAGO’s Free Industrial Control Seminars In Session
- GE’s Nela Park Comes to Canada
- ECAO Invites You to the “Coast of the Sun”
- EASA Wants You to “Sharpen Your Edge”
- Coming Events


MEET (Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology) continues to be an important venue for dialogue, discussion and discovery. Qualified industry professionals have come to depend on this show to deliver the tools they need to get ahead and stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace.

Well over 300 exhibitors will be there, May 7-8 in Moncton, N.B., and the now infamous Industry Dinner—featuring funnyman Derek Edwards—has been, sadly, Sold Out. When you come to the show, be sure to pick up your Official Show Guide, which contains all the information you need, including: floor plan, exhibitor listing, seminar schedule and the Skills Canada–New Brunswick competition.

Again, be sure to stop by Booth 154 and say Hello, as Electrical Business—in addition to being the official electrical book of the show—is also an exhibitor. CLICK HERE to visit MEET online, then we’ll see you in Moncton.


The time has come for Nedco’s Electrifest VIII! The theme of “Las Vegas” couldn’t be more appropriate to this event on May 12, as door prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes, concluding with a grand prize draw for a trip for four to Las Vegas (or $4000 cash)!

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, who showed off a full compliment of products of interest to a range of customers from the electrical, automation, datacom and industrial marketplaces.

And, once again, attendees will be entertained by the talented artists of The Dance Company (a high-energy dance group, photo), and can rock to the tunes of “Big Water Tower”. Electrical Business will be there, so drop by the booth! CLICK HERE to visit Nedco and register to attend.


WAGO Corp. is offering five, three-day industrial control seminars focusing on the latest in control technology at its Germantown, Wis., headquarters. The seminars will advance the working knowledge for those programming and installing PLC- or PC-based industrial control systems, said Marc Immordino, product training manager.

The first day serves as an introduction to WAGO-I/O-System hardware followed by extensive hands-on programming with live nodes from the 750 Series WAGO-I/O-System, use of WAGO software tools for commissioning/troubleshooting and coverage of various industrial Ethernet protocols. Day Two covers IEC 61131 programming topics such as address mapping, use of multiple programming languages and CoDeSys Visualization tutorials. The final day features Web page design, examples of WAGO DLL and use of the 750-841 file system.

The best part is enrollment is free; WAGO provides all course materials, meals and coordinates ground transport. Attendees are responsible for lodging and travel to and within the Milwaukee metro area. They should bring laptop computers equipped (if possible) with a 9-pin serial port and Ethernet connectivity. (As an added bonus, attendees may purchase a complete Ethernet training node—a $1300 value—for $620.)

Space is limited to 12 attendees, so CLICK HERE to reserve your spot now at one of these upcoming seminars:
• May 12-14
• July 14-16
• September 15-17
• October 27-29


Known around the world as one of the foremost lighting and electrical distribution training facilities, GE’s Lighting and Electrical Institute (which has served industry for more than 70 years from GE’s historic Nela Park Campus in Cleveland, Ohio) is taking its show on the road.

“Nela On The Road” will tour Canada, hosting a series of GE Lighting Learning Days that cover everything from basic product and application training for commercial and industrial lighting to environmentally responsible strategies, GE ecomagination products and more. This is a unique educational opportunity for facility managers and engineers, owners, energy management specialists, distributors and other end users to learn more about lighting and reducing energy consumption.

Scheduled cities and dates on the tour include:
• May 1, Winnipeg, Man. (better hurry!)
• May 21, Vancouver, B.C. (Distributors Only)
• May 22, Vancouver B.C. (End Users Only)
• June 25, Toronto, Ont. (End Users Only)
• June 26, Toronto, Ont. (Distributors Only)
Note: Additional dates being scheduled for Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and Calgary.

The trainer at this event is Roy Sierleja, a senior lighting specialist who has been with GE for over 30 years in the lighting business. He’s been involved with all phases of fluorescent, HID and incandescent product testing, including photometry, colorimetry, and life testing. Roy has been a speaker at a number of conferences, including Lightfair, and specializes in discharge lamp/ballast systems and energy-saving strategies in lighting.

To participate, CLICK HERE to pre-register for the event nearest you. Note: attendance is on a first come, first served basis!


ECAO (Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario) is taking its annual Industry Conference overseas to the beautiful Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort in Marbella (Malaga) Spain, September 7-13. If looking at this photo isn’t enough to convince you to attend, consider this:

• Numerous business sessions to help you run your business better.
• Among the presentations, one by Dan J. Leduc (partner lawyer with Ogilvy Renault) that will look at contracting to appropriately allocate risk.
• Optional tours to Malaga, Gibraltar, Morocco and Ronda.
• Social events and networking with peers.

Besides the beach, sun, sand and tourism outings, Hotel Guadalmina is also completely surrounded by golf courses: two 18-hole and one 9-hole. And the hotel’s golf department will arrange for reservations on any golf course in the area. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to really get away from it all! CLICK HERE to visit ECAO.


The theme for this year’s Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) convention and exposition is “Sharpen Your Edge”. In announcing the 2008 theme, EASA chair George Stratton remarked, “I have noticed throughout my business life that many companies have prospered more than others. Some have learned that if you continuously sharpen your edge through growth into areas that support your core business, success will follow”.

The convention—which runs from June 22 to 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas (Grapevine), Texas—once again features a wide-ranging program addressing current business and technical issues, including:
• vibration analysis—what faults lead to motor failure?
• troubleshooting electrical generators
• selecting and applying medium-voltage drives
• successful leadership principles

Another important feature of the convention is the three-day exposition featuring leading industry manufacturers showing the latest in electric motors, drives and controls, generators, and other electromechanical equipment. (For information on exhibiting, e-mail Dale Shuter at dshuter@easa.com.)

Flexible registration options are available, so CLICK HERE to visit EASA online and register.


Annual Conference
Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL)
May 3-6
Costa Mesa, Calif.
CLICK HERE for details or e-mail pearl@pearl1.org

Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC)
Skills Canada–Ontario
May 5-7
Waterloo, Ont.
CLICK HERE for details

Canadian Reality Tour: A Cross-Canada Educational Initiative to Raise Awareness and Combat Product Counterfeiting and Copyright Piracy
Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

May 7, Regina, Sask.
May 9, Winnipeg, Man.
June 3, Toronto, Ont.
June 4, Ottawa, Ont.
June 5, Montreal, Que.
June 10, Moncton, N.B.
June 12, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
CLICK HERE for details

ITC and FLIR Systems
May 21-23
Mt. Tremblant, Que.
CLICK HERE for details

14th Canadian Skills Competition
Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC)
May 25-28
Calgary, Alta.
CLICK HERE for details

May 26-30
Las Vegas, Nev.
CLICK HERE for details

Fundraising Golf Tournament for Trades College in Dominican Republic
May 29
Royal Ashburn Golf Club
Ashburn, Ont.
CLICK HERE to visit EBMag.com’s Calendar page to download the updated registration

Annual General Meeting
Independent Electrical Distributors (IED)
June 18-20
St. Andrews, N.B.
CLICK HERE for details

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