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June 10, 2019 – Last week, Ontario’s government passed the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, which updates the province’s skilled trades governance model and support for apprentices.
June 2, 2019 - Congratulations to IPEX Electrical, Ledvance and Schneider Electric, all of whom were recognized for “service and partnership during the year 2018” by Nedco.
May 28, 2019 - A consortium of Canadian energy companies has been shortlisted to develop the ‘electricity distribution system of the future,’ as part of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Power Forward Challenge.
May 15, 2019 – Tomorrow (May 16) will be marked as the second edition of the International Day of Light (IDL), celebrating the central role of light in science and culture, with more than 300 events taking place in 60 countries around the world.
May 27, 2019 – Last month’s Mecanex/Climatex/Électricité/Éclairage (MCEE) trade show at Place Bonaventure in Montreal was a success for more than 400 exhibitors and more than 5,000 visitors—but especially for two lucky winners in our prize draw.
April 30, 2019 – Just before the opening of last week’s Mecanex/Climatex/Électricité/Éclairage (MCEE) trade show at Montreal’s Place Bonaventure, the winners of the show’s New Products Competition were announced.
June 18, 2019 - There is an interesting change happening in lighting today, whereby projects are being designed around the users of a space, rather than around the space itself. This is not so much a trend as it is a shift in mindset.
June 18, 2019 - Hand health is an important issue for every electrician who uses cutting tools. The profession requires fine motor skills for many common tasks; indeed, for some electricians, this is the case for almost everything they do. An injured hand, depending on the severity, could mean time away from work or even the end of their career. After all, without healthy hands, it is difficult to continue working.
June 17, 2019 - In recent years, LEDs have increasingly been adopted as the industry standard for many commercial-grade lighting applications, from outdoor signage to hotel lobbies to towering office buildings. While it may be less obvious to most people, they have also gained ground with industrial-grade models for hazardous locations.
June 14, 2019 - Water’s importance is difficult to overstate. For 1.3 million people in the Fraser Sewerage Area, the vital resource is handled by Metro Vancouver Regional District’s Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (AIWWTP) in Delta, B.C. Given the facility’s crucial role, it must operate constantly. By 2016, however, its aging on-site variable-frequency drives (VFDs) were causing concerns about possible component failure.
May 23, 2019 - Your position as a leader requires more than just keeping your team on track for your company’s goals. You should also strive to empower your employees to stay on track for their personal goals.
May 23, 2019 - Analyzing and understanding the dynamic relationships between a business, its employees and its customers is a foundational element for any successful enterprise. For electrical distributors, certainly creating open lines of communication and a pleasant ‘customer journey’ are key to remaining profitable.
June 13, 2019 – Earlier this year, U.S.-based Chatsworth Products Inc. (CPI), a provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure products and industrial enclosures, acquired R.F. Mote, which manufactures and assembles data centre racks, cabinets and enclosures in Richmond Hill, Ont. Details of the deal were not disclosed.
June 13, 2019 – Master distributor ITC Electrical Components is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
May 15, 2019 – Specialized Power Solutions, a sales agency in Coquitlam, B.C., has been named a manufacturer’s representative for Siemens.
May 10, 2019 – Rockwell Automation Canada has named Westburne, part of the Rexel Group, an authorized service provider across Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
April 30, 2019 - Ascot Capital Group, the parent company of Standard Products, Stanpro Lighting Systems, AimLite and LumenTruss, has acquired Beghelli Canada from its Italian parent company.
April 30, 2019 – Nedco, a Rexel-banner wholesale electrical supply distributor for contractors and electricians, has announced it will soon reopen its branch in London, Ont.
May 10, 2019 - What if you never had a lack of cash? What would it be like? Would you have less stress? Buy new equipment? Give yourself a paycheque?
December 11, 2018 - Think about this for a minute: why did you get into owning your business? Over time, we tend to forget our answer to this very important question. Take a moment to pause and reflect on this, as your answer is a bit like a compass: either it will lead you to your goals or you will eventually get lost.
August 21, 2018 — As an electrical controls licensed electrician, I know first-hand the challenges an electrical contractor faces each day. The following five mistakes contractors make are based on my own experiences when I started and ran my own contracting company many years ago. While I may not practice my trade any longer, I continue to speak with and coach business owners in the trades every day, and can con rm these challenges still ring true.
May 10, 2018 — Meetings are a waste of time, but only when they lack structure and purpose from you, the leader. When led properly, meetings can be one of the best ways to improve leadership.
February 13, 2018 — It’s hard enough being the boss, but seeing yourself as a leader can be even harder, especially as the owner of a contracting business.
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 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.
November 27, 2018 - While the title of this article may seem somewhat harsh, there is a trend in subcontract language today we need to address because it could cause ‘project cancer.’


July 27, 2018 — I’ve noticed a common trait among the various members of the construction industry that I meet through my work and at conferences. Please don’t hate me for saying it, but many of you are loathe to read your construction contracts or, at the least, have someone read them for you.
April 4, 2018 — The Ontario government is due to proclaim a new Construction Act (which heavily modifies the current Construction Lien Act), and while a lot of time has been spent discussing new prompt payment provisions (justifiably so), of equal importance is a whole new section regarding Adjudication.
January 22, 2018 — As a construction lawyer, a large part of my practice tends to focus on projects gone wrong. You may be thinking of some of your own projects right now, asking What the hell went wrong?
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”.
June 17, 2019 – Burndy, a Hubbell company that manufactures connectors, tools and accessories for utilities, power generation and related markets, has appointed Kevin Ryan vice-president (VP) and general manager (GM).
June 14, 2019 – Mark Mercer, Ideal Industries Canada’s area sales manager for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Eastern Ontario, has announced his retirement.
June 13, 2019 - Toronto-based lighting manufacturer Viscor, known for its Visioneering, Certolux and TBR brands, has hired Gurpreet Nijjar as manager of its customer service and inside sales department and Ron Stevens as marketing and communications (marcom) manager.
June 11, 2019 – Power-Tek Electrical Services co-owner Walter Pamic (pictured), Spectrum Development president Arjan Arenja and Festival Hydro CEO Ysni Semsedini have been appointed to the board of directors for Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).
June 11, 2019 – Standard Products and Stanpro, which merged earlier this year to form Canada’s largest lighting manufacturer, have hired Jean Kupina (pictured) as specifications representative for Eastern Canada and Joe Harold Conrad as project and quotations specialist for Atlantic Canada.
June 10, 2019 – Hubbell, which manufactures electrical products for construction, industrial and utility applications, has appointed Gerben Bakker president and chief operating officer (COO).
June 7, 2018 — “Today for us is about answering the No. 1 question that I get day in and day out: ‘Can Milwaukee really do more with M18?’. The answer, my friends, is ‘Hell yes!’,” said Paul Fry, VP cordless management, in his opening remarks at Milwaukee Tool’s 2018 New Product Symposium.
March 22, 2018 - Last week started off beautifully in Calgary, but then a freak snowstorm blew in on the day of Alberta Electrical Association’s (AEA) Learning Expo. Those of us exhibiting at the event (and, in my case, also covering) feared the worst: that people would simply not come. But we were pleasantly surprised.
March 22, 2018 - Kudos to the organizing committee of the Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance & Projects Workshop (a.k.a. ESTMP) held last week in Calgary. This distinctively Canadian and uniquely Albertan event continues to impress me with its educational track, learned speakers, and loyal supporters and delegates.
January 5, 2018 - Last fall, Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. asked friends and customers to help them celebrate 60 years of business by attending one of their 60th anniversary selling and education shows.
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”.

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