April 17, 2019 – Ulrich Spiesshofer is stepping down as CEO of international technology firm ABB, through a mutual agreement with the company’s board of directors. The board’s chair, Peter Voser, will serve as interim CEO, effective immediately, until a new official CEO is found.
April 17, 2019 – Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) has agreed to acquire WiZ Connected, which develops ‘smart’ connected lighting systems based on Wi-Fi technology.
April 15, 2019 – Winnipeg-headquartered lighting and electrical product distributor B.A. Robinson has rebranded its wholesale and showroom businesses as ‘Robinson Supply’ and ‘Robinson,’ respectively.
April 15, 2019 – Effective May 13, 2019, John Gorman will become president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). He currently holds the same leadership role with the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).
April 12, 2019 - To help its electricians in work trucks service everything “from plugs in walls to shopping malls” in an efficient and adaptable manner, Olson Electric—a residential, industrial and commercial contractor based in Sechelt, B.C., that has been in business since 1990—relies on fleet management technology and telematics software to save time and fuel.
April 12, 2019 - On Nov. 30, 2018, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and its standards association (IEEE-SA) published a new technical guide for performing arc-flash hazard calculations to help reduce burn injuries suffered by qualified workers due to equipment failure or less-than-adequate work practices.
April 12, 2019 - Given recent changes to Ontario’s Construction Act and a series of decisions across Canada involving ‘pay when paid’ clauses, this column will try to provide a dashboard of how such clauses are being interpreted in various jurisdictions.
April 12, 2019 - As you spot more and more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road and plugged in at parking lots, what might not be quite as obvious are the abundant new opportunities for electrical contractors. The demand for charging stations to keep EVs on the move is growing fast, with everyone from fleet managers to utilities striving to develop relationships with specialists in this field.
April 12, 2019 – Effective today, Roxanne Lafond will lead Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) in Quebec, supporting the industry association’s activities and programs in the region.
April 11, 2019 - Outdoor lighting can visually transform an existing physical site. By way of example, downtown Winnipeg’s 100-year-old Metropolitan Theatre was recently upgraded with high-output accent lighting. Located across from Bell MTS Place, the historic landmark—now a conference, banquet and meeting facility named the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, but colloquially known simply as ‘The Met’—served as ‘party central’ during the Winnipeg Jets’ National Hockey League (NHL) playoff run in 2018.
April 11, 2019 - On Dec. 27, 2018, a fiery blue glow lit up the Queen’s neighbourhood in New York, N.Y. It caused quite a stir with people speculating on the cause—with some suggesting the city was under attack by an alien invasion—before the local utility, Consolidated Edison (Con Ed), was able to confirm a transformer was responsible.
April 10, 2019 - Data-driven applications are the lifeline of today’s businesses, but they depend on the underpinning information technology (IT) and data centre power infrastructure to stay up and running. As the demands on such systems continue to increase, it is more important than ever for these organizations to incorporate monitoring into their power management plan, which in turn provides an opportunity to electrical contractors and other professional service providers.
April 5, 2019 – General Electric (GE) has sold Current, one of its business units, to American Industrial Partners (AIP), a private equity firm. The business will continue to use the GE brand, however, under a long-term licensing agreement.
April 5, 2019 – The new superhero movie Shazam!, which was shot in Toronto and opens everywhere today, had its red carpet premiere last week in Los Angeles, Calif., where SkyFire Arts delivered an electrifying (literally) live performance.
April 4, 2019 – Wire and cable supplier Southwire Canada recently hired Janny Hogen Esch as customer experience (CX) manager.
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