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January 2009 

Vol. 4 No. 3

NETcomm presents Prairies 2009 Conference, Issues Call for Papers

Following the success of the Maritimes Conference held in Halifax last September, NETcomm is presenting its Prairies 2009 Conference in Saskatoon, Sask., April 21-22. It is being held at the historic Delta Bessborough—the official conference hotel. Electrical Business is proud to serve as an official Media Partner.

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CSA Group seeks president and CEO

Electrical Business has learned that Robert M. Griffin, president and CEO of CSA Group, has advised the board of his intention to retire in about a year’s time—February 20, 2010—on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Mississauga Training Consultants for Sale

Bill Graham (“Mr. Fiber”)—electrical contractor, certified fiber optic specialist and a director of the Fiber Optic Association (FOA)—is selling Mississauga Training Consultants (MTC). MTC is a player in industrial skills training that includes certification for fiber optic installers, instrumentation, network cabling systems inspection and many other industry-specific courses for the electrical and communications industry.

Scepter “Reel Deal” promotion lands prized connections

IPEX Inc., a manufacturer of a range of electrical products (including Scepter PVC rigid conduit and fittings), says its 2008 Scepter “Reel Deal” promotion that ran from July to October exceeded all expectations. For one, over 99% entrants submitted their entries online—a significant accomplishment for an industry where prospects are typically not online the majority of their working day.

Eaton reorganizes into electrical and industrial sectors

Eaton Corp. announced its businesses are being reorganized into two sectors—Electrical and Industrial—with a vice-chair and CEO for each, effective February 1.

Gerrie acquires Tesco

Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. has acquired Tesco Electric (effective January 1), which will continue to operate as Tesco Electric.

EECN spring Training Workshop schedule

The Energy Efficiency Contractors Network (EECN) has announced its spring Training Workshop schedule.

IEEE commemorates 125 years

IEEE, the self-proclaimed largest technical professional society in the world, is commemorating its 125th anniversary this year with a variety of activities revolving around the theme of “Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future”.

Beghelli Canada relocates within Markham

Beghelli Canada Inc. has relocated within Markham, Ont., to 3900-14th Avenue, thereby doubling its HQ and production centre to about 50,000 sf.

Leviton Canada Marineau, Smith, Supinski and Fraser

Leviton Canada recently announced several nominations and organizational changes to its Western Canada sales team. Julie Marineau is now regional sales manager for Alberta and The Prairies. She’s been with Leviton since 1996, and has served as a sales rep and, most recently, a territory manager.

Cooper Bussmann “Productivity Through Protection” training tour

Cooper Bussmann is taking its “Productivity Through Protection” (PTP) message across North America throughout 2009 and 2010. The tour is an electrical technology and training program designed for electricians and engineers in construction, maintenance/repair and original equipment design.

FCI acquires Implo Technologies

FCI, a manufacturer and provider of connector and tooling solutions to the industrial, telecom and energy industries, has acquired Markham, Ont.-based Implo Technologies Inc., a player in the field of implosive connector products for the utility market. The acquisition, says FCI, will allow it to leverage the technology developed by Implo to complement the products it offers for transmission interconnect applications.

Legrand Canada Macerollo, Gregory, Emerson and Caira

Jim Taggart, president of Legrand Canada Inc., recently announced several organizational changes. Tom Macerollo has been appointed vice-president, marketing, where he will lead the development and implementation of integrated Canadian marketing plans and initiatives for all Legrand North America brands, including Pass & Seymour, Wiremold, On-Q, Ortronics, The Watt Stopper and Cablofil. Macerollo has been with Legrand Canada for over 14 years, most recently serving as director of operations.

IIDEX/NeoCon 2009 call for presentations

IIDEX/Neocon has issued a call for presentations for its upcoming event in September. With over 5000 conference attendees and 100+ sessions, IIDEX/Neocon proclaims it is the largest exposition and conference for the design, construction and management of the built environment.

NAED upgrades EPEC Program

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announced a series of upgrades to its Electrical Products Education Course. EPEC integrates the full range of products a distributor sells with a unique systems approach. It not only provides information about individual products and their applications, but shows how each is interrelated with other products in electrical systems. Although EPEC is a self-study course, it provides the added benefit of ongoing personal feedback from industry experts as students proceed through the modules.

Magna IV new Calgary facility

As part of its expansion strategy to serve customers in Southern Alberta, Magna IV Engineering (HQ Edmonton, Alta.) is opening a new engineering and field service facility in Calgary, Alta., at the beginning of 2009.

EEMAC announces Battery Section

The Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC) has formed a new Battery Section that will work with battery manufacturers and government regarding legislative initiatives, disposal and recycling, environmental issues and regulations. The Battery Section will also work closely with similar associations, such as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) on the various issues facing the battery industry.

PEI electrical inspectors say aluminum is okay

Electrical inspectors in P.E.I. are advising Islanders that aluminum wiring can be safe but must be properly maintained. Inspectors have received a number of enquiries recently about the safety of aluminum wiring—many calls coming from homeowners considering alternate heat sources, such as portable heaters, electric fireplaces and electric baseboard heating.


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