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Student money stress? Apply for EFC Scholarships

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and its members have launched the 2016 EFC Scholarship Program, providing $136,000 in financial support to university and college students. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2016. >> Read full article

Texcan more than doubles Vancouver footprint

Wire and cable distributor Texcan—a division of Sonepar Canada—has opened its new 105,000-sf head office and warehouse in Surrey, B.C. >> Read full article

2015 AD member sales up 2%

Sales for Affiliated Distributors (AD) members grew by 2% in 2015 to 32-billion, according to AD, who added that performance within the group’s operating segments ranged from 10% to -3%. >> Read full article

Alberta designates $5 million to solar

As part of its Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta government says it is investing more than $5 million to help municipalities and farmers “harness the power of the sun”. The investment is earmarked for a solar energy incentive program—the Alberta Municipal Solar Program—as well as On-Farm Solar Management, a program for agricultural producers. >> Read full article

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GALLERY: ECA of Ontario Open House

GALLERY: ECA of Ontario Open House

Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario has moved to 10 Carlson Court (Suite 702) in Toronto, and we were happy to attend their Open House recently. The new ECAO HQ successfully marries a working office environment with a warm, welcoming palette and modern fixtures. Thanks for the invitation, Jeff! >> Learn More…


Smart Vision Lights’ LE series

Smart Vision Lights says its LE series of sealed lights is inspired by European style and includes rugged IP65-rated housing, strobe and constant operation capability, and extrusion T-slot mounting. >> Read full article

AFC Cable expands EMT, Flex and Liquidtight fittings

AFC Cable Systems and sister company Kaf-Tech have expanded their line of electrical metallic tubing (EMT), flexible metal (Flex) and Liquidtight fittings. The offering is the first part of a multi-phase fittings product extension, AFC says, with more items expected later in 2016. >> Read full article

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Schaffner’s online tool for power quality simulations

Schaffner’s online tool for power quality simulations

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 Event Calendar 

BCEA’s Strategic Steps to Successful Sales: Stage 1

Date & Location: Feb. 23 - Mar. 15 • Burnaby, B.C.
Info: The British Columbia Electrical Association (BCEA) is hosting a weekly course on strategic steps to successful sales from February 23 to March 15, 2016. Instructor Lydia Miller, B.Sc., CHSP, DMATP, BCPIDP, will be leading the workshop. The course aims to help with individuals’ different degrees of sales experience, honing their skills to become more effective and successful at selling. Classes run every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. >> More Info

The Work Truck Show 2016

Date & Location: Mar. 2-4 • Indianapolis, Ind.
Info: NTEA—the association for the work truck industry—is hosting The Work Truck Show 2016, hailed “North America’s largest work truck event”. Vocational truck fleet operators of all sizes, manufacturers, truck dealers and equipment distributors are among those recommended to attend. The show features the newest vocational trucks, vans, vehicle components and equipment on a trade show floor covering more than 500,000 sf. >> More Info

98th CCA Annual Conference

Date & Location: Mar. 6-10 • New Orleans, La.
Info: The Canadian Construction Association’s 89th annual conference theme is Unmasking Our Contributions, which speaks to the industry’s accomplishments that all too often go unnoticed, said Gil Brulotte, chair of the conference. There will be keynote speakers and the “best and brightest” in Canadian construction will be celebrated at the CCA Awards ceremony. The event also features a golf tournament, pub-crawl in the French Quarter, and a swamp and plantation tour, in addition the panel sessions and council and board meetings. >> More Info

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) 2016

Date & Location: Mar. 7-11 • Jacksonville, Fla.
Info: For over 23 years, IEEE says its IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) has been a source of “ground-breaking papers and research that have shaped today’s electrical work practices and electrical safety standards (such as NFPA 70E and CSA Z462)”. Technical committee chair Ken White notes, “At the Louisville ESW, we had 22 technical presentations, 19 focus (poster) presentations, 6 four-hour tutorials, and 5 case studies.” >> More Info

EFC Ontario Region Breakfast Meeting

Date & Location: Mar. 8 • Vaughan, Ont.
Info: Electro-Federation Canada’s Ontario Region presents a breakfast event titled: “Who Dropped the Paperclip? What it takes to grow your cash flow and market share in 2016”. The presentation features Earl Robertson, president & CEO of Quota International, and will list a 10-step small business plan. The event takes place at the Novotel Toronto Vaughan Centre from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. >> More Info