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May 10, 2018 - Are you an aspiring female cleantech entrepreneur and innovator? Could you use a little cash... say, $1 million?
May 10, 2018 - Nokia Bell Labs and Osram have teamed up to create “the foundation of affordable, high-performance indoor radio networks”. In their joint initiative, the partners are exploring how ceiling luminaires can be used to create an integrated interior radio network with 5G capabilities.
February 15, 2018* - Adam Dixon, a meter technician at Alectra Utilities has returned from Pyeongchang, South Korea, with a silver medial from the Canadian sledge hockey team's participation at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Dixon also earned the top defenceman award for achieving the most points as a defenceman. Congratulations!
April 5, 2018 — Greenlee Textron Inc. is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Knockout with the “Where’s Sluggo?” campaign. “Where’s Sluggo?” will run from April 2 — June 30.
April 5, 2018 - Construction professionals from across Canada and the U.S. will converge on Moncton, N.B., May 2-3 for the Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology Show (MEET 2018), and EBMag will be there!
March 26, 2018 — Desjardins Group has announced the installation of 200 charging stations for electric vehicles in its network of Desjardins caisses, in partnership with Hydro-Quebec.
May 10, 2018 — Keeping customers happy is always top of mind, because word-of-mouth, and online referrals and ratings are a key part of growing your business. Not only do you have to give 110% on every job, it means your employees do as well.
May 10, 2018 — Numerous identification products for wire & cable, terminal equipment and electrical cabinets are available on the market today, and each has its pros and cons. Ultimately, the most-important thing is to select markers that will remain readable and in-place throughout an installation’s lifetime.
May 10, 2018 — LED lights have been commercially available since the 1960s, and they continue their rise toward becoming the preferred choice in lighting owing to their energy efficiency, durability, design flexibility and zero UV emissions.
April 17, 2018 - Poor energy policy choices—including Ontario’s Green Energy Act—have increased electricity prices for residents, cost tens of thousands of manufacturing workers their jobs and produced only minimal health and environmental benefits, according to a new collection of essays published by the Fraser Institute.
April 4, 2018 — Upsizing the cross-sectional area of current-carrying conductors in power electrical cables can reduce the I2R loss which, in certain cases, can offset the higher material and installation costs.
April 4, 2018 — Although the earliest practical DC motor was built by Moritz Jacobi in 1834, it was over the next 40 years that men like Thomas Davenport, Emil Stohrer and George Westing- house brought DC machines into industrial use.
May 14, 2018 - Arlington Industries reports that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) rejected Bridgeport’s attempt on May 8 to challenge one of its patents on duplex connectors.
May 10, 2018 - Congratulations to Service Wire Company, which is celebrating 50 years in business.
May 8, 2018 - Pentair Thermal Management is now a part of nVent, a new public company formed from Pentair’s Electrical businesses.
May 8, 2018 — Lutron Electronics has signed an agreement to acquire Ketra, a maker of smart lighting and controls.
May 7, 2018 - The Province of Ontario reports it is supporting the development and manufacture of “next-generation power delivery” at Northern Transformer Corp., with a project that will help create 60 jobs and retain 82 jobs in Maple.
April 19, 2018 — The Ontario College of Trades recently announced officers will be performing compliance and enforcement inspections in the construction sector to coincide with the start of increased building and renovation activity during the spring and summer.
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 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!”
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”.
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:
May 24, 2018 - Carol MacLeod, the founding executive director of NETCO (National Electrical Trade Council), announced she is stepping down, effective June 30, 2018.
May 23, 2018 - Brian Power, vice-president of sales with Techspan, has decided to retire on November 30, 2018. He’s been with the company for 15 years.
May 18, 2018 — Osram has named Yavor Kolarov the new vice-president of sales in Canada and the U.S. for digital systems.
May 11, 2018 - Catalyst Sales & Marketing recently added two new-hires to its team: Lierin Nesbit to lead inside sales, and Kate Horodyski to cover marketing and specification sales.
April 12, 2018 — Maxime Peillet has joined Standard Products’ sales team in Eastern Canada as a lighting specialist, covering the Greater Montreal Area.
April 9, 2018 - “Entrepreneur” and “60-year-old company” are not usually found in the same sentence, so congratulations to Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. co-presidents Heather Gerrie-Kwant and Elaine Gerrie-Valentini, who will receive the 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.
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”.
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.

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