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In Memoriam – Pierre Desilets, Leviton Canada

September 25, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

During the CE Code-Part I Committee meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont., in 2015, several members were recognized for their years of dedication. From left: Michael Anderson (20 years), Pierre Desilets (25 years), Ark Tsisserev (chair, CE Code-Part I), David McColl (20 years), and Tim Pope (senior project manager, CE Code-Part I, CSA Group). Photo A. Capkun.

September 25, 2023 – With great sadness, Electrical Business Magazine reports the passing of Pierre Desilets, director, Product Training & Regulatory Affairs, with Leviton Canada (second from left in photo).

“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.”

I first met Pierre around Christmas 2009; afterward, I would see him regularly at a variety of Electrical events, where you could find him explaining CE Code discussions involving arc-fault circuit interrupters, the latest in electric vehicle charging equipment … you name it, he lived and breathed Electrical.

Pierre was a regular contributor to the Canadian Electrical Code and, for his efforts, was recognized with an Award of Merit from CSA Group (June 2012). He also served as president of CANENA (Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations in the Americas) from 2011-2015.

“Beyond his professional accomplishments at Leviton Canada, Pierre was a pillar of support and mentorship for countless individuals, fostering the growth and development of the next generation of electrical professionals,” writes Leviton Canada. “He will be remembered, not only for his expertise, but also for his kindness, compassion, and willingness to lend a helping hand.”

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Pierre’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time,” Leviton continues, adding it will “continue to honour the memory of Pierre in our work and endeavours”.

— Anthony Capkun, editor, acapkun@ebmag.com.

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