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March 14, 2018 - What ubiquitous cable device is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has travelled as far as Mars, and possibly now numbers in 28 billion units produced? If you said the Ty-Rap cable tie, then well done!
March 10, 2018 - Working with partner Umwelt Arena Spreintenbach, ABB says it has helped create the world’s first off-grid multi-occupancy building that does not compromise on comfort.
March 8, 2018 — Alectra Utilities recently presented United Way with a cheque for $385,180.50 in support of the communities the utility serves in Hamilton, Simcoe County, St. Catharines, Peel and York regions.
March 6, 2018 - “Do you know someone who has been a strong agent for change in our industry?” asks Electro-Federation Canada, which aims to present its inaugural Trailblazer Award to a deserving individual at the association’s annual conference in May.
March 6, 2018 - For the first time, Canadian electricians are eligible to compete in the Ideal National Championship—which is entering its 3rd year in the U.S.—where they can vie for the title of National Champion and a prize payout of $75,000 US.
February 27, 2018 - According to a new “Leaderboard Report” from Navigant Research, Osram, Eaton, Philips Lighting and Acuity Brands are the top influencers in the commercial building market for IoT (internet of things) lighting.
February 26, 2018 — Vocational vehicle specifications serve as building blocks for a fleet and provide financial responsibility for the end product. As work trucks become more complex, mistakes are inevitable. However, a well-written spec can be invaluable when determining who is responsible for correcting errors and, ultimately, monetarily accountable.
February 26, 2018 — Despite decades of improvement in lighting and HVAC equipment efficiency, building energy intensity remains high due to the growing use of personal electronic devices and other electrical equipment in buildings.
February 26, 2018 — Smart lighting delivers more than just illumination: the combination of LED technology and intelligent lighting control systems has significantly lowered energy usage while simultaneously reducing operating expenses and addressing ever-tightening building code requirements.
February 13, 2018 — Despite decades of improvement in lighting and HVAC equipment efficiency, building energy intensity remains high due to the growing use of personal electronic devices and other electrical equipment in buildings.
February 13, 2018 — “Is your head in the sand?” asked Scott W. in a Letter to the Editor regarding the article, “The 5 shades of green of electric heat,” published in EBMag’s January 2017 issue. That article argued consumers should make the switch to electric heat systems. But Scott wrote:
February 13, 2018 — As the IoT (internet of things) revolution continues, it presents an ever-growing range of innovations emerging on the commercial lighting and power supply front, where data-gathering sensors have long been an integral part of daily operations.
March 19, 2018 - For the 25th year, Deloitte announced the winners of its Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program (2018), recognizing best-in-class Canadian companies that are both privately owned and managed, with annual revenues over $15 million. And the list of honorees from Canada’s electrical industry continues to grow!
March 19, 2018 - Electrimat has opened a fourth branch, located in Boisbriand, on Montreal’s North Shore.
March 18, 2018 - Philips Lighting announced it is changing its name from Philips Lighting to Signify, saying the new name “originates from the fact that light becomes an intelligent language, which connects and conveys meaning”.
March 14, 2018 - A group of construction trade organizations in British Columbia—including the Electrical Contractors Association of BC—have united under the banner “Prompt Payment B.C.” to convince government to find a solution to payment delays in the construction sector.
March 5, 2018 — ABB has integrated the Baldor Electric Company name as part of its “Next Level” strategy, which includes harmonizing different ABB-owned brands under the global ABB brand.
February 23, 2018 — Across Canada, investment in new housing construction totalled $57.3 billion in 2017, up 8.9% or $4.7 billion compared with 2016, reports Statistics Canada.  
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 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.
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”.
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.
March 14, 2018 - The Canadian Construction Association recently presented its annual awards in conjunction with its 100th conference, with Ross McLean of Houle Electric being recognized with a 2017 CCA Trade Contractor Award. Congratulations!
March 12, 2018 — Distech Controls recently announced that Scott Hamilton has joined the company as vice president, sales.
March 9, 2018 - Philips Lighting has named Chris White president of the Americas, where he will manage all commercial and operational activities relating to the company’s consumer and professional products, systems and services throughout North, South and Central America.
March 9, 2018 — Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) recently held its 5th annual Awards of Excellence luncheon in Toronto.
February 22, 2018 — NSi Industries recently hired Jason Obetz as the eastern regional vice president of sales.
February 21, 2018 - EBMag has just learned Larry Cantelo has been elected president of the Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta. Congratulations!
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”.
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.

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