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June 21, 2017 - 95 years ago this month, University of Illinois professor Joseph Tykociner showed us how movies could talk. On June 9, 1922, he gave his first public lecture and demonstration of his sound-on-film apparatus. A film of his demonstration was one of the first to successfully incorporate sound.
June 14, 2017 - During the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial Summit (CEM8) in Beijing, Ledvance committed to selling 2.5 billion LED lamps by 2023 as part of the Global Lighting Challenge.
June 6, 2017 - Canada’s national monument to the men and women of the building trades—the Canadian Building Trades Monument—was finally unveiled May 16, 2017, in Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who accepted the monument on behalf of the people of Canada.
June 5, 2017 - Smart meters and time-of-use (ToU) electricity pricing have only “modestly reduced residential energy demand during the most expensive peak periods”, suggests a new study from the University of Waterloo.
May 15, 2017 - 3M Canada’s new “Uncover the Secret” contest offers more than 6000 prizes, with the grand prize decided by the winner: a snowmobile, an all-terrain vehicle or a 3M Visa International prepaid card for $10,000.
May 9, 2017 - The German Energy Agency (dena) has announced the Energy Efficiency Award 2017 and private and public companies from across the world are invited to submit their entries by July 15.
June 21, 2016 - It may be the most agreed-upon concept in business: to build a great company, you must be able to attract and retain great people. However, in the Western world, demographic shifts are making that goal harder to achieve each year.
June 21, 2017 - The media landscape is more complex than ever, and there are also more places than ever—print, digital, social media, etc.—in which to invest your marketing dollars to get your message out there.
June 21, 2017 - By now you know Carol McGlogan is Electro-Federation Canada’s new president & CEO, replacing Jim Taggart, who led the association for six years. And while we’ve all seen the announcement, I wanted to chat with Carol to learn more about both her and the organization she now leads.
June 21, 2017 - So far, 2017 has been a bit of a sleeper year for CEMRA members. Then, just when they thought not much was happening, several successes were achieved. The path hasn’t always been smooth, but CEMRA members have been working diligently, and—with support from Electro-Federation Canada members—they are heading to the front of the class!
June 21, 2017 - Electro-Federation Canada has changed over the years. We dropped our “council” structure in favour of a more uniform, cohesive group representing the main industry channel of manufacturers, distributors and reps of electrical/electronic products. With that in mind, our National Advisory Council continues to address how best to offer value to the industry.
June 21, 2017* - It’s a birthday Glen Miller won’t soon forget. Probably never. Glen is the branch manager of Graybar Canada’s Windsor location at 2760 Deziel Drive and, on the evening of Wednesday, August 24—while he was out with his wife, son and daughter-in-law celebrating his 51st birthday—he got a call from one of his neighbours, Rose City Electric, who plainly told him: There’s a hole in the side of your building.
June 21, 2017 - A vital part of Werner Electric Supply’s goal to double sales to $500 million by 2020 is its 200,000-sf, state-of-the-art distribution centre in Appleton, Wisconsin. Not long ago, the distributor of electrical, lighting, datacom, pneumatic, safety and automation solutions had a 100,000-sf facility and was leasing additional warehouse space.
June 21, 2017 - Lumenpulse Inc.—the parent company of the Lumenpulse Group, a manufacturer of LED lighting solutions—announced it has successfully gone private.
June 20, 2017 - Last month, Brossard, Que.-based distributor Electrimat received a Silver Medal in the Entrepreneurial category at the 11th edition of the Business Transfer Awards, which took place at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Congratulations!
June 19, 2017 - Now entering its 4th year, EFC’s Marketing Awards Program aims to recognize Electro-Federation Canada member organizations demonstrating marketing excellence, and EBMag proudly returns as Sponsor of the Customer Event/Tradeshow Category.
June 14, 2017 - As a result of amendments to the Ontario College of Trades & Apprenticeship Act (OCTAA) made by Bill 70, the college was mandated to develop—for the first time—a Compliance & Enforcement Policy, which was made public in May.
June 14, 2017 - BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is conducting consultations related to proposed fee increases across all products and services it delivers from 2018 to 2020. Have your say!
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.
Take your business & team from chaos to control • May 27, 2016 - Have you ever had to run a large-scale job with a poorly structured set of plans? Or perhaps you’ve had to run a job without any plans at all?
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.
June 21, 2017 - Liteline says it’s focused on growing its North American footprint, so it is expanding its team to increase sales & marketing efforts.
June 20, 2017 - Stelpro—a Canadian manufacturer of integrated heating solutions—presented a cheque for $20,000 to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, bringing the total amount of donations from Stelpro over the past 10 years to $170,000. Well done!
June 20, 2017 - Tony DeCicco, director of sales for Intermatic Canada, is the 2017 CEMRA Person of the Year. Congratulations!
June 15, 2017 - EBMag has just learned Bob Arbuckle is retiring from Nedco... after 48 years of service. Well deserved, Bob!
June 13, 2017 - Stelpro has appointed Christopher Balleine as sales rep, Maritimes (responsible for Nova Scotia), under the supervision of John-Daniel Chabot.
June 13, 2017 - Convectair—a Quebec-based manufacturer of electric heaters—has appointed Youri Cupidon as technical engineering director.
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!
June 14, 2017 - What a great year 2017 is turning out to be, especially as EBMag had the opportunity to celebrate Canada150 at the 11th edition of Electrifest—Nedco Canada’s largest selling show.
June 13, 2017 - “As much as tomorrow is going to be outstanding, next year will blow you away,” said Steven Richman, president of Milwaukee Tool Corp. to the crowd of media gathered on the eve of the Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium 2017 at company headquarters in Brookfield, Wis.
May 7, 2017 - Organizers tout Partners in Prevention as Canada’s largest and longest-running health & safety show. The recent 2017 edition explored “The New Workplace” and its challenges.
May 7, 2017 - EBMag recently returned from a busy MCEE 2017, held April 26-27 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal.
April 28, 2017 - About 80 people passed through I-Gard's doors yesterday for its annual open house and complimentary technical seminar on electrical safety by design.

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