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With 20 years as editor of Electrical Business, I am amazed by all the change in Canada’s electrical industry. What do YOU see happening in the next 20 years? Let me know at acapkun@ebmag.com!
- Anthony Capkun, Editor-Publisher

Powerline contacts are still a thing – and they’re still deadly

With this being Powerline Safety Week (May 13-19), Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority is reminding construction and trade workers of the serious risks posed by powerlines. Over the last decade, ESA recorded nearly 1400 incidents involving overhead powerlines, with 60% occurring in the construction sector. During this period, powerline contact also led to deaths of eight workers.

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Expansion joint system helps expand sustainable transportation possibilities

The largest public transit project in Quebec in the last 50 years is relying on the ability of the local ABB Installation Products team to develop and supply a custom expansion joint system that is able to withstand Montreal’s extreme temperature fluctuations, and provide up to 24X greater span than standard expansion joints.

Alberta’s Safety Codes Council is seeking speakers for Summit 2024

In preparation for Summit 2024, the Safety Codes Council seeks speakers to deliver educational presentations on topics in technology and innovation in the safety codes system, as well as technical presentations within the building, fire, electrical, gas, plumbing, and barrier-free disciplines. Sessions range from 1.5 hours to 15 minutes.

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Homegrown innovation: Canadian AI shines at ABB’s Startup Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 ABB Startup Challenge, two of which hail from Canada: Edgecom Energy and Xaba Inc. The competition invited start-ups to explore how AI could be incorporated into existing energy industry platforms and systems to support the energy transition and a low-carbon future. “The ABB Startup Challenge is all about enabling collaboration—from sharing insights to building on each other’s strengths,” said ABB’s Anton Kotov, head of Corporate Strategy and M&A. » Read more

Innovair and Stelpro ally to propel their future growth

The Stelpro Group and Innovair Solutions Group are joining forces under a strategic alliance, thereby “strengthening their position in the North American market and propelling their future growth”. The alliance will draw upon the combined expertise of both teams in the fields of electric heating and HVAC, as well as their manufacturing capabilities and distribution facilities. » Read more

Hill Day 2024 – EFC champions expertise to deliver clean grid, efficient buildings, EV infrastructure

Along with member representatives and subject-matter experts, Electro-Federation Canada’s executive leadership team visited Ottawa to encourage policymakers “to accelerate action with positive policy signals to ensure Canada can meet increasing electrical capacity demand and secure global supply chains”. The assembly met with numerous MPs and ministry officials, reiterating that Canadian businesses are best-positioned to capitalize on the transition to net-zero. » Read more


Greenlee Pull Connect for achieving synchronized cable pulls

Designed to communicate through walls, floors, and other obstructions, Pull Connect is an accessory that pairs with existing Greenlee pulling equipment to wirelessly synchronize both sides of a cable pull. The unit is interchangeable, allowing it to be used in all modes (pull side, feed side, and optional repeater). » Learn more


ABB Terra AC Wallbox EV chargers available across Canada

ABB’s Terra AC Wallbox electric vehicle charger product family is now available through select ABB Installation Product electrical distribution partners across Canada. The Wallbox is a Level 2 EV charger available in 32A, 40A, and 80A models. The units are engineered to save both space and time, promising a 30-minute installation. » Learn more


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