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February 7, 2019 - Ocean Guardian claims its patent-pending eSpear is the world’s first handheld electrical shark deterrent for use while diving, snorkelling and spearfishing. The Australian company has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to expedite the product’s development.
February 4, 2019 – Electrical construction and maintenance provider Ducon Utilities has partnered with ‘smart energy’ communications platform developer Trilliant to provide connected LED streetlights to the town of Milton, Ont.
January 31, 2019 – University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) researchers have developed a hybrid AC-DC distribution system for electricity, which they say would improve service reliability and reduce prices.
January 22, 2019 – For the sixth consecutive year, electrical utility Hydro Ottawa has been named one of Canada’s top employers for young people. The organization reports apprentices represent nearly 20% of its trades workforce.
January 21, 2019 – Montreal’s upcoming Mécanex/Climatex/Expolectriq/Éclairage (MCEE), reportedly Canada’s largest trade show for the electrical, lighting, hydronics, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industries, has sold 90% of its space to 366 exhibitors, anticipating more than 400 by the time it opens in April.
January 17, 2019 – The federal government is pilot-testing a new apprenticeship incentive grant for women to help them get certified in Red Seal skilled trades, including as electricians.
January 14, 2019 – The government of Saskatchewan is transferring responsibilities for electrical licensing from the ministry of government relations and electrical inspections and permits from SaskPower, the province’s principal electric utility, to the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK).
January 10, 2019 – Schneider Electric Canada has developed an EcoStruxure Platform design for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to deliver plug-in electrical shore power connections for ships docked Centerm Container Terminal, operated by DP World Vancouver. The system was connected to the first ship on Oct. 15, 2018.
January 4, 2019 – On Nov. 7, 2018, Justin Trudeau became the first sitting prime minister to address the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA).
December 21, 2018 – Employees of tool manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker Canada, representing its DeWalt brand, visited a No Frills grocery store in Mississauga, Ont., on Dec. 12 to ‘pay it forward’ and spread holiday joy with random acts of kindness for customers.
December 14, 2018 – Toronto-based contractor Quantum Electric recently helped restore a widowed mother’s “faith in humanity” by coming to her family’s aid before Christmas.
December 7, 2018 – The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) recently marked its 20th anniversary with the introduction of a new awards program to recognize the contributions of and dedication demonstrated by leaders in the sector.
December 3, 2018 - Lumca, an outdoor lighting firm based in Quebec City, won the lion’s share of a tender for a $28-million project to replace Montreal’s decorative light fixtures with LEDs.
November 20, 2018 – On Nov. 6 and 7, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) hosted its inaugural Supporting Women in Trades (SWIT) Conference in Halifax, bringing together more than 350 delegates to discuss female participation in electrical work and skilled trades.
December 13, 2018 - An eye-catching street bridge replacement project in Victoria and an arc-flash safety specialist based in Stoney Creek, Ont., are the big winners in Electrical Business Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Electrical Awards (CEA) program.

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