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April 2009 

Vol. 4 No. 6

ONE CLICK gives Wayne Donaldson 5000 bucks to Feed More Children

Wayne Donaldson writes: “I need your vote to help Hungry for Change feed more children in 2009.” Through Canadian Living’s “Me to We” awards, The Hungry for Change fundraising campaign—spearheaded by Donaldson—is in the running to win $5000.

EB Video Library keeps growing!

If you haven’t yet checked out’s growing Videos Page, you’re missing out! Visit and click Videos Page (on the left-hand navigation bar). There you’ll find everything from WorldSkills in Calgary this September and Mr. Electric’s Ronald McDonald House custom chopper sweepstakes to Fluke training videos for 28x series DMMs, the improved Wire Snagger and the eXapath conduit system.

Child safety outlet website launches

Sponsored by the Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC), four electrical industry players have come together to launch a website in direct response to concerns over electrical receptacle-related injury.

ESA issues new Ontario Electrical Safety Code

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is issuing the 24th edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (2009) on May 1, following the Government of Ontario’s approval earlier this year.

Mr. Electric Ronald McDonald House custom chopper sweepstakes

Mr. Electric has joined with Martin Brothers Bikes to raise funds for, and increase public awareness of, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) with a sweepstakes contest for a custom-built chopper.

Call for increased cooperation on energy efficiency standards

Cooperation on international standards to promote energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions was given a boost by a workshop in France in March that brought together 290 experts from the public and private sector. The workshop was jointly organized by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Michael Kenney 2009 Industry Recognition Award recipient

Electro-Federation Canada’s Industry Recognition Award (IRA) recipient for 2009 is Michael Kenney, Thomas & Betts’s president for Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The award was presented at EFC’s annual general meeting.

Ridgid launches Reputation Roadshow

In May, Ridgid kicks off its Reputation Roadshow. Stopping at various cities in North and Latin America, the roadshow will show off new Ridgid tools and technologies. Each show stop provides tradesmen a chance to experience the latest innovations, giving them the opportunity to try out new tools, and offers sneak peeks at upcoming tools in the product line. Lunch is served at every show and a model from the Ridgid calendar is on-hand to sign autographs. To round it off, the events offer timed competitions and a daily prize drawing.

EMP Distribution and Service launches

Contact Rubber Inc., a manufacturer of rubber-moulded replacement parts for plastic extrusion equipment, is launching a new affiliate company, EMP Distribution & Service.

Osram Sylvania Rod Gilderdale for British Columbia

Osram Sylvania Ltd. announced the appointment of Rod Gilderdale as industrial/commercial account manager-British Columbia, reporting to Hazel Rempel, director of sales-Western Region. Based in Richmond, B.C., Gilderdale joins Colin MacDuff and Barry Hill, who are responsible for the sales growth of the industrial and commercial lighting markets in that province.

NEMA publishes SG 11 for AC outdoor high-voltage circuit breakers

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published SG 11 “Guide for Handling and Maintenance of Alternating Current Outdoor High-Voltage Circuit Breakers.”

McGlone director of marketing for Leviton Commercial and Industrial business

Leviton announced the appointment of Eileen McGlone to the position of director of marketing for its Commercial and Industrial business. In her new post, McGlone is responsible for building sales of the company’s commercial and industrial wiring devices across its electrical distribution (ED), retail and end-user markets.

EFC Supply and Distribution Conference 2009 theme and lineup

“Navigating Uncharted Waters” is the theme of this year’s Supply & Distribution Council Conference being held in St. John’s, NL, May 27-30, which brings together manufacturers, distributors and reps involved in the Canadian electrical market.

Mark Your Calendars

April 30 - Kingston, Ont.
Energy Efficiency Contractors' Network Training Session

May 5-7 - New York, N.Y.

May 27-30 - St. John's, N.L.
Supply & Distribution Conference

June 10-11 - Montreal, Que.
NETcomm Quebec Conference

June 17-18 - Winnipeg, Man.
Mid-Canada Electrical Showcase

June 24-27 - Halifax, N.S.
Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario Annual Conference

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