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July 19, 2019 – S&C Electric and North Bay Hydro Services have installed what they say is Canada’s first utility-scale advanced microgrid, completing the Community Energy Park in North Bay, Ont.
July 15, 2019 – The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) has issued sanctions against 22 construction electricians for engaging in academic misconduct while attending apprenticeship technical training.
July 15, 2019 – Northern Transformer, which designs and manufactures industrial power transformers in Vaughan, Ont., has received a repayable contribution of $3 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to help implement ‘clean’ technologies and reduce its environmental footprint.
July 10, 2019 – Ideal Electrical has launched its fourth competition to find the best electricians in North America, but is also expanding its championship program this year to include more international competitors.
July 10, 2019 - Electricity companies across Canada are recognizing today (July 10) as the first National Lineworker Appreciation Day.
July 2, 2019 – AD, a member-owned wholesale buying and marketing group, held its second annual finance and human resources (HR) summit in St. Paul, Minn., from June 3 to 5. More than 180 attendees from across North America represented 114 independent distributors in nine industries, including the electrical business.
July 10, 2019 - End users desiring speed and/or torque control often buy variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to modify existing applications where a standard induction motor is in place. Frequently, they try to control costs by using that existing standard induction motor. Before taking that path, however, it is best to consider a few areas of concern with the approach.
July 10, 2019 - “Standards can lead to innovation, but innovation can demand the creation of a standard.”
June 19, 2019 - Emergency lighting has long been seen as a nuisance by building maintenance and operations teams. To comply with safety regulations, such as CSA C22.2 No. 141 and NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code), these personnel used to have to walk throughout their building regularly to check every emergency exit light and test their batteries.
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.
Aug. 19, 2019 – Mercury Lighting, a distributor based in in Vaughan, Ont., is ending its affiliation with the Mercor Lighting Group (current logo pictured) as part of an effort to return to its roots and re-establish itself as a pre-eminent national lighting provider.
August 14, 2019 – NSI Industries LLC (Huntersville, N.C.) has acquired Bridgeport Fittings Inc., a Stratford, Conn.-based manufacturer of electrical fittings for cable and conduit installations.
Aug. 9, 2019 – Dot Family Holdings (DFH) has signed an agreement to acquire OmniCable, a redistributor of wire, cable, electrical products and value-added services for distributors in Canada and the U.S.
Aug. 2, 2019 - Winnipeg-based GB Agencies’ role as the exclusive manufacturer’s representative for Delta Transformers in Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba has now been extended to include Saskatchewan, too.
Aug. 1, 2019 – Spark Power Group in Oakville, Ont., which provides energy services to industrial, commercial, institutional and utility customers across North America, has acquired 3-Phase Electrical, a low-voltage (LV) electrical service and contracting firm in Winnipeg.
July 25, 2019 – Salex, a Toronto-based sales agency that has served the architectural lighting sector for more than 45 years, has signed on to represent Cree Lighting Canada throughout Ontario.
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”.
Aug. 21, 2019 - Lighting manufacturer and marketer MaxLite recently hired Jeffrey (‘Jeff’) Bristol as vice-president (VP) of commercial and industrial (C&I) sales.
Aug. 16, 2019 – Service Wire has appointed Charles (‘Chuck’) F. Oldaker, Jr. executive vice-president (EVP). He will also continue to maintain his position as the wire and cable manufacturer’s chief financial officer (CFO).
Aug. 14, 2019 – Arlington Industries, which manufactures electrical fittings and connectors, has appointed Dave Welsh to a newly created position as business development manager.
Aug. 12, 2019 – The board for ABB, which develops electrification, automation, robotics and motion product lines, has unanimously appointed Björn Rosengren (pictured) CEO. He will join the company next February before succeeding interim CEO Peter Voser in March.
Aug. 7, 2019 - Jimmy Siavelis has returned to Legrand Canada as the Wattstopper electrical distribution district manager for Ontario.
Aug. 6, 2019 – Ideal Industries, which manufactures tools and products for the electrical industry, has appointed Sean Bernard a regional sales manager for its Audacy wireless lighting control division, with a territory spanning the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Eastern Canada.
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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