News & Articles
December 13, 2017 — Schneider Electric has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is doubling its energy productivity, the company syas.
December 12, 2017 - Standard Products recently conducted its annual Donation Day, collecting $75,740 for various causes. Well done!
December 11, 2017 — BJ Take recently announced that Upper Canada Industries will be taking over the Toronto territory.
November 28, 2017 - “Thank you to our clients and Shell, who embraced the true spirit of Christmas and will make Christmas morning a little brighter for someone who will not be home for the holidays,” said John MacDonald, Ideal Supply’s VP Sales & Marketing.
November 27, 2017 — Jordan Hamilton is this year’s winner of Magic Lite’s Future Leaders Award Scholarship, part of the EFC Scholarship Program. Tom Penton, president, Magic Lite, and senior management presented the $3,000 scholarship to Hamilton earlier this month.
November 20, 2017 — There are now 105 locations worldwide that have been approved as Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) accredited service centres, as part of the EASA Accreditation Program. Participation in the program is voluntary and not restricted to EASA members.
October 6, 2017 — Beyond the look that lighting adds to a building, it must also serve the greater purpose of adding security to a property. Lighting is the primary deterrent of crime on any property, so when it comes to building an effective security system, it plays a critical role.
October 6, 2017 — Not all thermal imagers (a.k.a. infrared [IR] cameras) are created equal. While advertisements and promotions may present specifications that, at first glance, make imagers seem like one and the same, many factors make up a quality thermal imager—one that can withstand the rigours of day after day work in harsh environments.
September 15, 2017 — For live indoor stage theatre events, it is extremely important that the audience clearly hears the performance. These days, many performers use very small, portable wireless microphones. Their musical equipment—violins, guitars, pianos, etc.—are also equipped with these microphone-type devices.
September 15, 2017 — A well-built power protection solution with highly efficient uninterruptible power system (UPS) hardware helps keep business applications available, power costs manageable and important data safe. By becoming familiar with the basics of a UPS and how to choose the right one, facilities operators and IT staff can ensure mission-critical systems always have the clean, reliable electricity they need to drive long-term success.
August 30, 2017 - To avoid power quality problems, as well as solve existing PQ ones, it is necessary for us to understand the type of loads on the electrical distribution system. Understanding the principle operations of the load and the characteristic distortion it produces—whether it be transients, harmonics or electromagnetic interference (EMI)—is extremely important.
August 17, 2017 - Energy storage technologies are emerging as a viable way for customers to manage increasing electricity costs. Batteries allow them to take electricity from the grid when prices are low during off-peak hours and use it during high-priced on-peak hours. Batteries also provide a possible mechanism for critical peak avoidance, allowing Class A consumers to reduce their Global Adjustment costs.
December 15, 2017 — Schneider Electric has announced that Cybernetic Control Systems will be the certified drives panel builder for B.C.
December 15, 2017 — A coalition of Ontario skilled trades workers have launched a legal challenge to the provincial government’s overhaul of the compulsory trade system introduced in the 2016 budget.
December 11, 2017 — The K-Line Group says it is the first high-voltage electrical contracting firm in Canada to sign the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry initiated by Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC).
December 8, 2017 — BJ Take has now partnered with Gavex Sales to bring their lighting solutions to southwestern Ontario.
December 5, 2017 - “This legislation could not have been introduced at a better time [...]” said Ron Johnson, director of Prompt Payment Ontario, after it was announced the province passed The Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (a.k.a. Bill 142).
December 5, 2017 — Caterpillar Inc. has purchased the remaining interest in Intelligent Switchgear Organization (ISO), Caterpillar’s joint venture with Eaton Corporation that develops and produces low- and medium-voltage switchgear, generator set controls and automatic transfer switches.
August 9, 2017 - No contractor has zero competition. With the evolution of the internet and social media, your prospects can find other contractors that do exactly what you do faster and easier than ever. So how do you win jobs over your competitors?
April 18, 2017 - Are you pricing for profits, or poverty? Do you know how much to quote to ensure you’re profitable? And do you know how to adjust your pricing based upon the cycles in your business?
February 1, 2017 - “I want to thank you for your time today. We’ll let you know our decision as soon as possible. We have two other contractors coming by to price the job this week. We want to ensure we get the right contractor at the best price. I’m sure you understand.” Sound familiar?
November 1, 2016 - It’s that time of year when we ask ourselves questions like: “Where did the year go? I still have so much left to accomplish!” or “Where did I go wrong? I didn’t get the results I wanted from my business!”
August 1, 2016 - Do you work overtime nearly every day to get more sales because you believe the only way to get more profit is by working 10x harder than everyone else? Does it sometimes feel like you’re working for nothing? If you’re just hoping things will change for the better, I have to be blunt... they won’t.
June 30, 2016 - You’re driving home after a long day of work, and your phone rings with yet another call from your team. They need your direction on something that should be routine for them. Yet again you have to pull up your sleeves to do a task you know is way below your pay grade.
August 17, 2017 - In May, the Ontario government passed first reading of Bill 142 (2017), “An Act to amend the Construction Lien Act”, which reflects recommendations from “Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act” a.k.a. the “Reynolds Report”.
April 10, 2017 - In April 2012, I attended the Forum on Construction Law (an annual conference presented by the American Bar Association), which was almost exclusively premised on what was then a new and emerging contractual platform called Integrated Project Delivery IPD).
January 18, 2017 - A though not new, Escrow Bid Documents are being increasingly used in tender requirements for many public agencies and, in particular, municipalities.
October 11, 2016 - Hiring a lawyer is not usually at the top of someone’s To Do list, but there may come a time when you, as a contractor, have no other choice. It’s an expensive process, and you do yourself no favours by loading your lawyer with basic project records and organization issues. Here are my suggestions to keep things running smoothly and a little less pricey:
July 6, 2016 - We are always told the United States is the land of the free; they project an image that is often anti-government intervention and, by extension, anti-legislation, and yet they have legislation that prohibits a specific contractual term that you, as a contractor, sign up for each and every week. I’m talking about indemnity clauses.
November 21, 2017 - Jim Taggart has been appointed president of IMARK Canada, a marketing group for independent electrical and lighting distributors.
November 14, 2017 — Frank Garcia has joined Standard Products’ sales team in Ontario as a lighting specialist. He will be covering southwestern Ontario.
November 13, 2017 - Philips Lighting has announced the appointment of Greg Blackett as head of marketing for Canada.
November 10, 2017 - Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) is welcoming a new executive director—Graeme Aitken—who will assume his position December 11, 2017.
November 9, 2017 - Houle Electric Ltd.—one of British Columbia’s largest electrical contractors—announced Paul Hill will be its new president, starting February 2018. He takes over the reins from current president of 20 years, Robert Lashin, who will remain as company CEO and chair of board.
November 6, 2017 — Richard Hatcher has been appointed head of sales for Danfoss' heating business in the Americas.
November 16, 2017 - I can’t go wrong whenever work takes me to beautiful Banff, Alta., but combine that location with ECAA’s 55th Anniversary Convention & Technical Training Day, and you have a winning recipe.
October 5, 2017 - Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Electrozad Supply Memorial Scholarship Award—Shamus Weiche—son of Jacob “Jake” Weiche, sales manager with “The House that Service Built”.
September 20, 2017* - Yesterday, Franklin Empire hosted its fifth annual Customer Appreciation Day & Tradeshow at its Toronto location on Carlingview Drive. But this year stood out from previous years because it was also the grand opening of Franklin’s new expanded warehouse—a project three years in the making—plus a celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary.
September 18, 2017 - With all the technical sessions going on here in Calgary for IEEE PCIC, it was good to take time over lunch to recognize individuals who contribute so much of their time to PCIC and IEEE, standards development, and knowledge advancement through technical papers. Some of the noteworthy award recipients include:
August 31, 2017 - The White Oaks in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake was a fitting venue for the Ontario Electrical League’s annual conference—particularly as the organization is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year—and EBMag was there to take in the celebration, as well as the education.
August 30, 2017 - Over 275 golfers participated in the 17th Annual EFC Federation Cup Golf Tournament at Clublinks’ Rattlesnake Point Golf Club and, depending on who you were rooting for, Team USA won the 2017 Waterman Cup.
NEMRA Annual Conference 2018
January 31-3, 2018
Electrical Inspectors Assoc. of Alberta 2018 annual conference
February 2-3, 2018
NAILD Innovation Conference 2018
February 13-16, 2018