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February 19, 2019 – During March Break, Hydro-Québec will offer free guided tours of its Beauharnois generating station, one of the world’s largest run-of-river hydroelectric plants.
February 19, 2019 - Stelpro, which manufactures electric heating products and controls in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., has won three Good Design Awards, competing with submissions from 47 countries.
February 7, 2019 - Ocean Guardian claims its patent-pending eSpear is the world’s first handheld electrical shark deterrent for use while diving, snorkelling and spearfishing. The Australian company has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to expedite the product’s development.
February 4, 2019 – Electrical construction and maintenance provider Ducon Utilities has partnered with ‘smart energy’ communications platform developer Trilliant to provide connected LED streetlights to the town of Milton, Ont.
January 31, 2019 – University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) researchers have developed a hybrid AC-DC distribution system for electricity, which they say would improve service reliability and reduce prices.
January 22, 2019 – For the sixth consecutive year, electrical utility Hydro Ottawa has been named one of Canada’s top employers for young people. The organization reports apprentices represent nearly 20% of its trades workforce.
February 9, 2019 - Originally founded in 1966, Buy-Low Foods grew to become the largest food wholesale distributor to independent grocers in Western Canada, serving nearly 1,900 wholesale customers through its Associated Grocers and Van-Whole Produce divisions.
December 13, 2018 - While cargo vans are already a staple for many commercial vehicle fleets, including those used by electrical contractors, today’s cargo van has evolved, with many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offering a variety of roof heights, lengths and towing capacities. This variety translates into increased flexibility in terms of the functions these vans can perform.
November 30, 2018 - The current-carrying capacity of a cable, better known as its ampacity, is a value from the code table, right? Select a cable, select a table, and off you go. What is often overlooked, however, is that the ampacity given for a cable is actually governed by heat flow.
November 26, 2018 - Electrical contractors have increasingly adopted light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for illuminating industrial settings, primarily because they offer a more energy-efficient alternative to high-pressure sodium (HPS) and other conventional lighting systems. Recent data, however, also demonstrates a correlation between the technology and industrial workplace safety and efficiency, suggesting a switch to high-performance LED systems in these environments can significantly improve productivity and reduce the risk of accidents and other hazards.


November 26, 2018 - One winter morning in early 2004, PhD student Jodie Lane was walking her dogs through the slushy sidewalks of New York City when all of a sudden, without any warning, both she and her dogs were writhing in pain, hit by an invisible force. A metal sidewalk plate had become energized at 57 V, due to the corrosion and insulation failure of an antiquated and poorly maintained wiring system beneath it.
November 26, 2018 - It has long been the goal of architects and designers to create spaces for human comfort. For today’s workforce, especially, this means thoughtfully designed and built environments that help attract and retain top talent in the workforce and promote innovation and creativity.
February 12, 2019 – AD, a member-owned buying and marketing group for electrical supplies and other products, has announced plans to merge with IDI, a co-operative network of Canadian distributors of industrial supplies, power transmission devices, bearing products, fluid power and safety products, effective Apr. 1. The transaction will create a new brand, ‘AD Canada Industrial & Safety.’Merging with IDI will add 107 independent industrial distributors with more than 360 locations to AD, along with 21 employees and a distribution centre in Mississauga, Ont. The deal marks AD’s ninth merger since it was founded and its fourth within Canada, following previous agreements with Canadian electrical groups in 1993 and 2012 and a plumbing and heating group in 2016. Today, AD’s Canadian members represent 20% of its consolidated sales.The IDI merger further enhances the group’s private label and redistribution capabilities, reaffirms AD’s commitment to independent industrial distribution throughout North America and reinforces the value of single industry groups coming together under the AD multi-industry umbrella.“We are proud to join this group,” says IDI board chair Steve Drummond. “IDI members will now get the best of both worlds: programs and services we value from IDI; and the multi-divisional scale and infrastructure of AD.”Current IDI president Rob Dewar (pictured, top row, second from left) will remain president of AD Canada Industrial & Safety. Also pictured at the merger signing, from left to right, are IDI vice-president (VP) of finance and operations Brad Harper, IDI board member Scott Simpson, AD Industrial president and chief programs officer Jack Templin, AD chief financial officer (CFO) Drew Moyer and IDI VP of supplier relations John Morrison.“The investment AD continues to make in e-commerce is unparalleled and will be a true game-changer for the new members,” says Dewar.
February 8, 2018 – On Feb. 1, Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC’s) 11th annual Ontario Region Gala drew record attendance to the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel. The event nearly sold out, with well over 300 electrical industry professionals and their guests, including EFC national members visiting from as far away as Nova Scotia.
February 6, 2019 - In a sign of changing times, Shell New Energies—a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, known primarily for petrochemicals—has signed a deal to acquire Greenlots, which develops electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management software and systems.
January 31, 2019 – North American Pipe, a Westlake Chemical company, and Royal Pipe and Fittings have introduced a new brand name and website. From now on, the two PVC pipe and fittings companies will operate under a single brand: NAPCO.
January 30, 2019 – Ascot Capital Group, the parent company of Standard and Stanpro, has decided to merge the two businesses, creating one of the largest lighting companies in Canada.
January 28, 2019 – Private equity firm CBPE Capital has acquired majority ownership of Ideal Networks—which provides handheld testers for data cable and network installers (examples pictured)—from its parent company, Ideal Industries. The sale was completed on Dec. 20, 2018.
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 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?
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”.
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).
February 19, 2019 – Engie MultiTech, a full-service electrical and mechanical contractor, has hired Michael De Cesare (pictured), Andre Dagenais and Daniel M. Stephen to join its office in Mississauga, Ont.
February 4, 2019 – Electrical product supplier Legrand North America has appointed Jennifer Eastman director of national sales for its building control systems division and Wattstopper lighting controls business in Canada.
February 4, 2019 – Sweden-based Frico, a Systemair company that specializes in convectors, fan heaters, radiant heaters and air curtains, has appointed Scott Ferguson country manager for both Canada and the U.S.
February 1, 2019 – Electrical product distributor Sonepar Canada has promoted Kevin Bain to regional director of Dixon Electric.
January 25, 2019 – The raceway division of Robroy Industries, which manufactures PVC-coated conduits, fittings and electrical accessories for corrosive environments, has hired Jim Walsh as business development manager.
January 24, 2019 – Wire and cable producer Southwire Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ont., has promoted Karim Parbatani to director of retail sales.
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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