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July 2008 

Vol. 3 No. 9

How Do You Help Your Local School?

Electrical Business wants to know what you do to help schools help us educate and train the next generation of electrical professionals.

Do you visit schools on Career Day to talk about jobs in electrical?
Do you supply tools, equipment or expertise to their training programs?

Whatever it is, let us know about it. Our September issue will focus on training and education and, because no good deed should go unrecognized, we want to include your story. E-mail the editor at today!

NETcomm Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching!

Brought to you by EB’s sister publication, Network & Cabling, the unique NETcomm Maritimes 2008 Conference combines a trade show-like forum with a series of training seminars and technical workshops for the telecom/datacom and cableco sectors. This conference is making its debut in the Gateway to the New World, beautiful Nova Scotia, September 3 and 4.

Objective-based industrial electrical code receives approval

The CSA-OBIEC (objective-based industrial electrical code) Technical Committee has approved two standards: C22.4 No. 1, Objective-based industrial electrical code, and C22.4 No. 2, OBIEC Safety management system-Requirements. These OBIEC standards are intended for use by authorized industrial users as an alternative to the Canadian Electrical Code.

PRODUCT RECALL: CO and CO/smoke alarms

Maple Chase Co. has announced a voluntary recall of the Firex-branded 10000 series CO alarms and 12000 series smoke/CO combo alarms sold in Canada with the item numbers 12000C and 12400C. Manufactured in Mexico, the alarms may go into a “double chirp” fault mode in the presence of CO prior to the unit going into full alarm mode. This early fault is a safety hazard because a consumer may take the alarm out of service once he determines that pressing the Reset button does not correct the fault.

GE’s “Low-Voltage Revolution Tour”

GE Consumer & Industrial’s Electrical Distribution business will be taking its product portfolio on the road and visiting directly with electrical distributors and industrial end-users throughout North America. For a six-month period beginning this month, GE’s “Low-Voltage Revolution Tour” will travel more than 12,000 miles, visit 31 cities throughout Canada and the United States, and spend between two and four days in each major metropolitan area.

AdVenture promises “Inner Secrets of Success”

“Do you know the inner secrets of sales and marketing success?” The National Association of Electrical Distributors’ (NAED’s) annual electrical sales and marketing conference, AdVenture, wants to help you answer “Yes!” to that question. AdVenture’s sessions arte facilitated by experts in industry consultation, sales, media, marketing and related fields. The lineup includes sessions and panel discussions such as:

ECABC has new executive director

Hank Paquin, president of the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia, recently announced the appointment of Deborah Cahill as ECABC’s new executive director.

BCEA Electrix’s returns to Vancouver

The British Columbia Electrical Association’s (BCEA’s) Electrix Learning Expo is once again coming to Vancouver, Wednesday, October 1. Although attendee registration doesn’t open until the end of August, you’ll want to mark this event on your calendar — not only for the flourishing trade show portion, but for a great lineup of seminars, which include:

Winner of EB’s Heritage “What Am I?” Photo Contest for May 2008

Electrical Business is pleased to announce the winner of the Heritage “What Am I?” Photo Contest for the May 2008 edition, who correctly identified the mystery heritage item on page 4 as a lamp and fuse tester (for incandescent lamps and screw-type fuses):

Complete Survey and (maybe) WIN Premium Cordless Toolkit

Electrical Business wants to know more about you and your interests, so we’ve put together a 5-10 minute online survey. To make it worth your while, your name will be entered into a draw to win a Milwaukee V18 4-pack Combo Kit, which includes: 1/2 in. hammer drill, Sawzall recip saw, impact driver, work light and, of course, a V18 Li-ion battery plus universal charger (charges all Milwaukee batteries from 18V to 28V).
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