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Unqualified workers are a safety problem in BC

In 2022, Technical Safety BC reports it investigated multiple incidents caused by unsafe conditions created by unqualified workers, many of whom advertise themselves on social media as handymen, capable of completing renovations cheaply. Hiring unqualified workers—particularly for gas and electrical work—can lead to costly repairs, voided insurance, and serious risks and hazards to public safety.

Global leader in customer value – ABB Smart Buildings

After researching the global intelligent buildings industry, Frost & Sullivan recognized ABB with the 2023 Global Customer Value Leadership Award. ABB enables smart buildings that are energy-efficient, remotely controllable, open, and suitable for future modifications in line with changing user demands, says F&S, “making ABB’s offering one of the safest bets on the market for investors and potential customers”.

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PowerON and TTC unveil new electric bus charging pantographs

The Toronto Transit Commission and PowerON Energy Solutions unveiled 10 newly commissioned, battery-electric bus (BEB) charging pantographs as part of a proof-of-concept at the Birchmount Garage in Scarborough. Expanding the TTC’s charging capacity, the new pantographs will support overhead charging, delivering electricity from a centralized power source to chargers mounted above the BEBs. » Read more

Check your mail for CQs and wallet cards from STO

Starting this summer, Skilled Trades Ontario will begin issuing over 17,500 certificates of qualification (CQs) and more than 200,000 wallet cards to apprentices and certified skilled trades workers across the province. “Not only do certificates of qualification and wallet cards serve to validate credentials, they are a testament to the hard work, resilience and unwavering dedication behind every certified skilled trades professional,” said Melissa Young, CEO and Registrar. “I look forward to seeing them proudly displayed on worksites and in businesses across the province.” » Read more

CSA’s champs for electrical, energy efficiency, nuclear safety standards

Every year, CSA Group recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to standards through its John Jenkins Award and awards of Merit. The John Jefkins Award is the most prestigious, as it recognizes individuals who “have fostered the development and advancement of standards, both nationally and internationally”. The 2023 recipient is: Toby Lau (BC Hydro)—standards for energy efficiency, cybersecurity, and electric vehicles. » Meet Toby and the other recipients


ECAO annual industry conference

September 17-21, Boston, Mass. » More info

The Utility Expo

September 26-28, Louisville, Ky. » More info