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SNC-Lavalin feels that “now is the right time to rebrand”

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has rebranded to AtkinsRéalis … “a new name for a new transformed company,” said Ian L. Edwards, president & CEO. The name “AtkinsRéalis” combines Atkins—a legacy brand from across the company’s international markets—and “Réalis” which, according to the company, is inspired by the city of Montréal and the company’s French-Canadian roots.

Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria account for 3/4 of Canada’s residential building permit value

The total monthly value of building permits—non-residential and residential—in Canada decreased 6.5% in September to $11.2 billion, reports Statistics Canada, with most of the drop attributed to the monthly decline in the institutional component. The total monthly value of non-residential permits fell 21.0% from August to $4.0 billion in September. This drop was attributed to the decline in construction intentions for the institutional component (-50.7% to $1.0 billion), following a record high for the component in August ($2.1 billion).

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Ford, SK On, EcoProBM investing $1.2 billion to build cathode manufacturing in Quebec

SK On, EcoProBM and Ford are investing $1.2 billion to build a cathode manufacturing facility in Bécancour that will provide materials needed for batteries for Ford’s future electric vehicles. The new facility—Ford’s first investment in Quebec—is part of the automaker’s plan to localize key battery raw material processing in regions where it produces EVs. Once production begins, the site will have the capacity to support the production of up to 225,000 electric vehicles annually. » Read more

Jim Taggart retiring from Imark Canada presidency

After many years across numerous aspects of the electrical industry, Jim Taggart has announced he is retiring effective December 31. Taggart currently serves as president of Imark Canada. “There is a deep admiration from not only the Imark Canada members, but the whole industry, for Jim,” said Leslie Clarke, president of Paul Wolf Lighting and Electrical Ltd., and Imark Canada board member. “On behalf of Imark Canada members, we thank Jim for everything he has done for Imark Canada.” » Read more

PrairiesCan spending $832K to help Saskatchewan businesses prepare for SMRs

Dan Vandal, Minister for Prairies Economic Development Canada, announced a federal investment of $832,500 to help Saskatchewan businesses become qualified suppliers in nuclear and clean mining supply chains. “Canada is leading the world in the deployment of small modular reactors and we’re excited to see Saskatchewan planning for SMRs as part of their clean energy mix,” said Bill Walker, president & CEO, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries. » Read more


Designed for disinfection – Hubbell Canada ScrubSwitch sealed switches

Hubbell’s ScrubSwitch devices help reduce bacteria transmission in high-touch areas, making them suitable for door handles, bedrails, call bells, etc., in healthcare facilities, or other applications with strict cleaning and disinfection procedures. The switch module is completely sealed against liquids and installs in a standard electrical box. » Learn more


Greenlee 881GX hydraulic bender for large bending jobs

The large-diameter conduit bender (2.5 in. to 4 in.) reduces operator fatigue with follow bars that are up to 55% lighter than Greenlee’s 881CT model. An extended yoke eliminates the need to reposition the ram, and spring pins enable quicker, easier setup. » Learn more


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