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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.
May 7, 2017 - “This is an important first step on our journey towards a new vision for CNL and the Chalk River campus,” said Mark Lesinski, president & CEO of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, on the release of a $1.2-billion, 10-year strategy and vision for the future of Chalk River Laboratories.
April 27, 2017 - The Illuminating Engineering Society is on the hunt for advancements in new lighting products, research, publications and design tools from the past year for the 2017 IES Progress Report.
April 21, 2017 - Facility managers who measure the energy performance of their buildings are investing in energy-saving technologies and operational improvements in order to improve their buildings’ energy efficiency, according to a survey conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in 2016.
April 7, 2017 - “It is only natural that we support this major event,” said Éric Martel, president & CEO of Hydro-Quebec, after the utility announced it is serving as title sponsor of the Montreal ePrix, part of the FIA motor racing championship featuring single-seater cars powered exclusively by electricity.
April 10, 2017 - In the February 2017 edition of Electrical Business Magazine, I present real-life problems with LED lighting from the electrical contractor trenches, plus offer some research and best practices to help you make your installations successful.LED lighting is a “switched mode power supply”, which means triplen harmonics, particularly the third harmonic. Not only is there a natural loading unbalance, but also the third harmonic adding up in the neutral conductor.
April 10, 2017 - We’ve all bought expensive things designed to make our lives easier that just don’t. In fact, landfills all over the country are filled with these devices.
April 7, 2017 - When someone asks “Who’s the boss?”, you take pride in responding because, well, it’s you! But being self-employed means more than just having a good idea and the drive to make it happen: you also have to balance the books and fulfil your tax obligations with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
March 14, 2017 - The labs at the University of Calgary’s Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) Engineering Complex are not just any labs: they are brand-new, high-intensity research labs, designed to bolster a “collaborative learning space”, says Bill Rosehart, dean of engineering.
March 14, 2017 - Contractors face many difficulties when making safety practical for service electricians. All work involves risk. Well-intentioned rules and regulations do not necessarily translate as practical on a job.
February 14, 2017 - For over 100 years, incandescent, fluorescent, quartz/halogen and HID lighting ruled the roost. Components were standardized, so electricians could solve any problem using generic replacement parts.
May 3, 2017 - Lumenpulse Inc.—the parent company of Lumenpulse Group, a manufacturer of LED lighting solutions—has entered into an arrangement agreement in which a consortium led by François-Xavier Souvay (founder, president & CEO of Lumenpulse) will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Lumenpulse.
May 3, 2017 - Sales for Affiliated Distributors (AD) members grew by 8% to $8.9 billion in 2017 Q1, across all seven divisions and three countries, according to the buying group.
May 3, 2017 - Siemens Canada and Kensington Capital Partners Limited have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at cleantech energy solutions in the country.
May 1, 2017 - Birnie Electric is celebrating 50 years of business and the Mississauga company celebrated the milestone by giving back to the community.
April 26, 2017 - Bartle & Gibson is undergoing relocations in British Columbia and Alberta.
Leviton says it has consolidated its recent lighting acquisitions into one new Leviton Lighting Business Unit.
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.
May 17, 2017 - Terex Utilities has promoted Clint Weber to vice-president and general manager.
May 4, 2017 - FortisAlberta has appointed Karl Bomhof as president and CEO, effective June 1, 2017. Bomhof succeeds Phonse Delaney, who has been appointed executive vice-president, chief information officer, of Fortis Inc., also effective June 1, 2017.
May 4, 2017 - Jay Hough and Paul MacAloney have joined the Legrand team in Canada as national business development managers.
May 3, 2017 - Kelly Hanson is the new president of Southwire Canada, replacing Axel Schlumberger, who is assuming new leadership responsibilities within Southwire’s Power Systems & Solutions group.
May 3, 2017 - Louis Beaulieu, general manager at Ouellet Canada, announced the appointment of Stéphane Larocque to the position of national sales manager.
April 21, 2017 - Peter Gregg, currently the president of Alectra Energy Solutions Inc., will be joining Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) later this summer to assume the duties of president and CEO.
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.
April 28, 2017 - EBMag switched things up this year and hiked up to Barrie, Ont. for Ideal Supply's Northern Tradeshow (the “Southern” show is at the Stratford Rotary Complex, May 10-11).
January 30, 2017 - EBMag was on site in Mont Tremblant last week for the Avalanche Media 2.0 event, hosted by Stanley Black & Decker and its subsidiaries.
December 13, 2016 - Electricity Human Resources Canada celebrated its 11th Anniversary & Awards of Excellence Luncheon earlier this month. Congratulations to all the winners!

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