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October 13, 2017 — Rittal Systems has welcomed Franklin Empire to its distribution/partner network in Canada.
October 10, 2017 — ABB has announced it will supply one of its Heavy Vehicle Charger (HVC) 450P fast charge systems to the Société de transport de Laval (STL), which provides public transit services to the city of Laval, Que.
October 6, 2017 — Growth Enterprise and Manitoba Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen have announced that the Manitoba government introduced legislation to meet its obligations under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and “ensure future domestic trade agreements are easily implemented.”
October 5, 2017 - “The Building Trades regrets the opportunities that have been lost in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and on the Prairies,” said Robert Blakely of Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) on the news that TransCanada has cancelled the $12-billion “nation-building” Energy East Pipeline.
September 27, 2017 - We’re wrapping our visit at the 2017 North American Meeting of AD’s Electrical Supply Division (NAM ESD). Again, the highlight was celebrating this year’s Spirit of Independence Awards recipients. Congratulations to the following Canadian distributors and suppliers:
September 19, 2017 - “This fall we are also officially launching the Ontario Mechanical League,” writes Stephen Sell, president of the Ontario Electrical League, in the September 2017 edition of The Dialogue. “We would like to welcome our mechanical contractor members to the organization, and we look forward to working with them on industry issues that are affecting them.”
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.
October 16, 2017 - ENMAX reports it has received a favourable court decision from a legal proceeding involving the effective date of its Battle River Power Purchase Arrangement (PPA) termination.
October 10, 2017 - Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act (Ontario), passed second reading with a unanimous vote at Queen’s Park, reports Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO). The act now moves to the committee stage for consideration.
October 3, 2017 - The Weidmüller Group—a player in industrial connectivity and automation headquartered in Germany—has acquired W Interconnections companies in Canada, the United States and Mexico from Rockwell Automation Inc. for an undisclosed sum.
October 3, 2017 - Montreal-based LED lighting player Arani announced it made Profit 500’s 2017 ranking, coming in 34th place with 2052% revenue growth over a 5-year period. Congratulations!
October 3, 2017 - Rittal Systems’ newest distribution partner in the Maritimes is Eddy Group Ltd., which traces its history back to the late 1800s.
October 3, 2017 - The Ontario College of Trades released its Code of Ethics yesterday, “raising the standards and profile of the skilled trades” in the province by further defining the professional obligations that already apply to all members, and are contained in the Professional Misconduct Regulation.
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.
October 13, 2017 - Following the retirement of Tom Salpietra, Eye Lighting International—manufacturer of LED luminaires, HID lamps and controls—announced Greg Barry has been appointed president & COO effective immediately.
October 13, 2017 - Toronto Hydro’s president & CEO, Anthony Haines, was recognized as a Responsible CEO of the Year by Corporate Responsibility Magazine at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., last night. Congratulations!
October 12, 2017 - François-Xavier Morin will be joining the Leviton Manufacturing of Canada team as director, Lighting, effective October 16.
October 2, 2017 - “I stand tall because I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Erni Wiebe, president of Innovative Solutions Engineering Inc., as he accepted the John Jenkins award at CSA Group’s 2017 Conference & Committee Week.
October 2, 2017 — Britech Corp. has added Craig Heizer to its specifications and special projects team. Heizer comes to the position from Pentair Thermal Management, where he served as business development manager.
September 29, 2017 - David Nathaniel, head of Standard Products Inc., has appointed a new leadership team—Kelly Hanson, Jason Prevost and Daniela Di Pietro—to run the company so he can “focus on seeking new strategic opportunities for Standard”.
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.
June 14, 2017 - As I mentioned in the Part 1 of 2 Gallery, perhaps the best part of Nedco Electrifest XI for me was being able to put attendees and exhibitors on the cover of Electrical Business Magazine at our photo booth... and they had fun doing it!

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