December 19, 2012 - The 2007 National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS) is the third survey to collect detailed information on apprentices in Canada, and focuses on the experiences of apprentices before, during and after their training. In September 2012, the remaining five studies based on the NAS were made available.
December 19, 2012 - Are you interested in getting involved in the development of national occupational standards and examinations? If you are a qualified holder of a Red Seal, the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) encourage you to share your trade expertise and knowledge.
December 19, 2012 - The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) announced the election of several individuals to its board of directors at its annual general meeting held in Ajax, Ont., back in November:
December 19, 2012 - Caterpillar says it will develop a turnkey power plant utilizing 10 Cat G16CM34 natural gas gensets for Alberta Newsprint Co. (ANC) in Whitecourt. The gensets will provide the company with 65MW of total output capacity, making it Caterpillar’s largest power plant installation in Canada.
December 18, 2012 - Ontario’s College of Trades says its Review Panels are calling for submissions on the journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios from the fourth groups of trades, which includes Group D-18: Electrician: construction and maintenance; and Electrician: domestic and rural.
December 18, 2012 - To address “an unprecedented severe skilled labour shortage facing the renewable electricity industry”, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)—formerly Electricity Sector Council (ESC)—is working with industry to develop a set of strategies for “recruiting and retaining the most important asset to any organization”: its skilled workers. According to EHRC, timely HR best practices and a “solid understanding of labour market conditions can make a big impact on a company’s bottom line well into the future”.
December 18, 2012 - Shermco Industries Inc.—a provider of testing, maintenance, repair, engineering, training and commissioning services for low-, medium- and high-voltage electrical equipment, motors and generators—has been acquired by funds managed by the GFI Energy Group of Oaktree Capital Management LP. Oaktree acquired Shermco in partnership with its existing management team, which will continue to serve in the same capacity.
December 17, 2012 - According to CABLExpress’ 2012 Data Centre Executive Survey, IT executives are most concerned with business continuance, disaster recovery and maximizing uptime (44%), as they look to designing their next-generation data centre infrastructure. Other concerns include capital and operational expenses, IT agility, and security and compliance, ranked respectively.
December 17, 2012 - Cummins Power Generation Inc. announced global price increases of up to 3% for most of its diesel- and gas-fuelled generator sets, automatic transfer switches and other products.
December 17, 2012 - Plasco Energy Group Inc. will build a 150,000 tonnes/year waste conversion facility in Ottawa, Ont., which will produce about 15MW of net electricity for the grid.
December 17, 2012 - Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)—formerly Electricity Sector Council—announced its annual conference will be held in Fall 2013, and will feature the inaugural awards gala.
December 16, 2012 - BC Hydro says that it and IBEW 258 have reached a tentative memorandum of settlement for a new two-year collective agreement.
December 14, 2012 - Following its strategic review of the Power Systems division, ABB says it is repositioning the business “to secure higher and more consistent profitability”.
December 13, 2012 - Pierre-Luc Desgagne, senior director Strategic Planning at Hydro-Quebec, took the opportunity to announce—on behalf of The Electric Circuit’s founding partners—the selected locations for the first public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) to be installed in Estrie and the Sherbrooke area.
December 13, 2012 - Leviton today announced the manufacturing processes of its QuickPort datacom wallplates product line will transition from the company’s manufacturing plant in China to its Network Solutions plant in Bothell, Wash., beginning now through early 2013.

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