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December 2008 

Vol. 4 No. 2

Take survey, (maybe) win clamp meter

There’s still time to take part in a quick survey Electrical Business survey on Apprentice Ratios. All respondents are entered into a random draw for a clamp meter valued at about $250.00! Thanks, and good luck!

ESC says Canada’s electrical industry may be in jeopardy

A critical shortage of electrical engineers and tradespeople in Canada could severely affect the electrical industry, says the Electricity Sector Council (ESC). In its 2008 workforce planning report, “Powering Up the Future”, the council states that, despite job security, competitive compensation and excellent retention rates, a labour shortage will soon put Canada’s electricity sector at risk.

Osram opens $30-million T5 manufacturing operation

Versailles, Ky., is the new home of Osram Sylvania’s $30-million manufacturing operation for T5 fluorescent lamps which, says the company, makes it the first T5 lamp producer on the continent.

Ideal Supply/Global Tools safety supplies truck

A new, Safety Supplies van has been put on the road by Ideal Supply and Global Tools, and is available for viewing by customers in Southwestern and Central Ontario.

Schneider’s Curtis, Huntington and Insprucker

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, chair and CEO of Schneider Electric, announced that Chris Curtis, president and CEO of the Schneider Electric NAOD (North American Operating Division), will assume managerial responsibility of Schneider’s global Building Automation and Renewables business. In addition to his current responsibilities, Curtis is now responsible for developing the global business and complete solutions for Schneider Electric’s building segment. A member of the executive committee, Curtis once served as president of Schneider Electric Canada (2002).

Thomas & Betts Canada’s Théorêt, Santek, Humphrey and Bougard

John Sencich, vice-president, Utility & Other, with Thomas & Betts Canada, recently made several personnel announcements. Jean-Marc Théorêt is national sales manager, Utility Products. In addition to responsibility for Elastimold switchgear and pre-moulded connectors, Fisher Pierce distribution products and Hi-Tech high-voltage, current limiting fuses, Théorêt’s role been expanded to Joslyn Hi-Voltage and Homac protection and control products in Canada.

Techspan changes Ontario sales force

Techspan Industries announced a strategic change to the company’s Ontario sales force. Effective right now, it has changed to an in-house sales staff. Ontario accounts formerly served by PVE Associates are now being served by Chris Hayward, Tony Gallo and Nadine Kean.

Leviton’s Sorensen and Switzer

Leviton has promoted Brian Sorensen to the position of director of national distribution accounts for the company’s commercial data networking business. In his new post, he will direct the strategic growth of Leviton’s complete line of voice and data devices, and build relationships with key channel partner and end users. He possesses previous sales experience from his time with Tyco Electronics/DEK and Prestolite/Krone.

Bird-Stairs celebrates 50th

Bird-Stairs (J.W. Bird and Co. Ltd.) celebrated 50 years of service to Atlantic Canada in November, 2008. Festivities were held in Fredericton, N.B., with Bud Bird—company founder—addressing the crowd to cap things off.

B.A. Robinson celebrates grand opening

Back in November 2008, B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd. celebrated the grand opening of its new electrical HQ/branch in Winnipeg with over 220 guests from the electrical and lighting trades. The evening featured a trade show where over 25 vendors displayed the latest in goods for electrical contractors, food and drink were enjoyed by all, and numerous door prizes were awarded to lucky attendees.


EB presents a both candid yet important round-table discussion on electrical safety with industry leaders like: Bob Nelson (CSA); Daniel Roberts (Schneider Electric); John Salmon (A.R. Milne Electric Ltd.); Kerry Heid (Magna Electric); Randall Templeton (Dupont Canada); Scott Thompson (Hicks Morley); and Steve Smith (Electrical Safety Authority).

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