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100% renewable electricity to power Aliaxis in Quebec

The parent company of IPEX—Aliaxis SA—has joined Hydro-Quebec’s Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) pilot project, with the intention of obtaining Ecologo RECs to cover 100% renewable electricity consumption for all of its sites in the province for 2023. Aliaxis says this is an important step toward its commitment to use 100% renewable electricity in all of its manufacturing operations by 2025.

Ontario taking the skilled trades on a road trip... again!

The Ontario government is spending $5.4 million to design and build three mobile tech classrooms that will travel across the province and teach students and young people about the skilled trades. “Since rolling out our first Trades & Tech truck last year, our mobile classroom has provided thousands of students with hands-on learning experiences,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO, Skills Ontario. “This program ignites an awareness of opportunities in the skilled trades and tech field that inspires more young people to pursue these careers.”

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ABB breaks ground on $16-million expansion to meet demand

ABB recently broke ground on a $16-million expansion for the Installation Products Division’s manufacturing facility in Pointe-Claire, Que., to “meet the growing needs of customers from coast to coast”. “With our customer-first approach, this enables us to further innovate our products and manufacturing capabilities to meet the specific needs of the Canadian market,” said Matthias Heilmann, president, ABB Installation Products Division. » Read more

In Memoriam – Pierre Desilets, Leviton Canada

With great sadness, Electrical Business Magazine reports the passing of Pierre Desilets, director, Product Training & Regulatory Affairs, with Leviton Canada. “Pierre had been battling cancer with immense resilience for an extended period,” reports Leviton. “His unwavering commitment to his work and his enduring passion for improving the electrical industry were remarkable and inspiring to all who had the privilege of knowing him.” » Read more

Help ECAO help Electri International with Workforce Survey

Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario is helping Electri International with ongoing research to better understand the expectations of today’s electrical construction workforce. ECAO says this survey “has been thoughtfully created by academic researchers and industry professionals to help us capture specific knowledge of electricians at different phases of their careers”. » Take the survey


Eaton Charging Network Manager for networked EV charging stations

Eaton’s new Charging Network Manager platform optimizes electric vehicle charging network operations from a single dashboard. Within the online operator portal, site hosts can view and manage location and station information, driver access, payment processing, load distribution, reporting capabilities and more. Eaton’s full line of Green Motion EV chargers are configured to seamlessly connect to the platform upon installation. » Learn more


Hammond ABS 1556 family of general purpose enclosures

Hammond Manufacturing’s flame-retardant, IP54-rated ABS 1556 family is rated UL94-V0 and suitable for general-purpose indoor use. Self-tapping screws secure the lid to the base, making it ideal for set-and-forget installations. There are four square plan sizes (ranging from 80 x 80 mm to 200 x 200 mm) and three rectangular ones (ranging from 120 x 80 mm to 200 x 160 mm). » Learn more


Ontario Electrical Safety Awards and AGM – Electrical Safety Authority

September 28, Mississauga, Ont. - POSTPONED due to strike action. » More info

The NECA Show (and NECA Convention)

September 29-October 2 Philadelphia, Pa. » More info

CUTRIC Zero-Emission Transit and Mobility Conference

October 17-18, Burlington, Ont. CUTRIC is the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium. » More info

Safety Codes Council – Summit

October 18-20, Red Deer, Alta. » More info