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August 15, 2017 - Montreal-based Ficodis—an industrial supply distribution group—has launched Cromson: a range of tools for the construction and other sectors.
July 19, 2017 - Several electrical players—both familiar and new—can be found among this year’s Energy Star Canada award winners: Conglom Inc., Hydro One, Manitoba Hydro, Philips Lighting Canada and Saint John Energy. Congratulations!
June 29, 2017 - After about a year of construction, the Philips Lighting Concept Centre (LCC) in Markham, Ont., is officially open. EBMag was there for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was carried out by Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, Mike Gentile, president & CEO of Philips Lighting Canada, and Ellen Godson, senior manager for Philips Lighting University.
June 22, 2017 - Following the International Year of Light & Light-based Technologies 2015, EBMag has learned the Executive Board of UNESCO has endorsed an annual International Day of  Light.
June 22, 2017 - Against the backdrop of Global Wind Day (June 15), the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) launched the 7th annual Power of Wind contest.
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.
August 17, 2017 - Energy storage technologies are emerging as a viable way for customers to manage increasing electricity costs. Batteries allow them to take electricity from the grid when prices are low during off-peak hours and use it during high-priced on-peak hours. Batteries also provide a possible mechanism for critical peak avoidance, allowing Class A consumers to reduce their Global Adjustment costs.
August 17, 2017 - Residential fires account for 73% of all fire-related fatalities in Canada. Accidental fires are preventable and, as an industry, we have taken—and continue to take—precautions to protect public safety. Post-fire inspections often reveal dated or disabled safety devices, like smoke alarms, exposing a hard truth those in the industry already know... the proper maintenance of safety devices is oft overlooked.
June 28, 2017 - The Canadian pickup truck market is huge, catering to the multiple needs of work and home—sometimes all in one package. In fact, pickups serving both the workplace and the family are becoming the norm. This fact alone makes choosing the right one simply that much more complex.
June 28, 2017 - When Houle Electric returned to finish Phase 3 of the Northern Rockies Recreational Centre in Fort Nelson, B.C., they knew the facility was close to the community’s heart.
June 28, 2017 - Smart lighting applications have the potential to reduce energy costs for office buildings and industrial facilities by as much as 90% according to Gartner, a research and advisory company.* However, smart lighting goes beyond simply installing solid-state lighting (SSL) and retrofitting programmable LEDs.
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.
August 15, 2017 - Power Survey & Equipment Ltd.—a Montreal-based manufacturer of power quality systems—says it has received $24 million US in funding, which “will be used to support company growth, including the PSL [Power Standards Lab] acquisition, as well as geographic expansion and new product development”.
August 10, 2017 - North American contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group AD reports sales for all of its members—across 10 divisions and three countries—grew by 10% during the first six months of 2017 to $17.8 billion.
August 10, 2017 - Danatec Educational Services Inc.—a wholly owned subsidiary of Yardstick Testing & Training—has acquired ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions Inc., a player in electrical safety consulting, products, and arc flash & shock training solutions.
August 10, 2017 - Electrical Wholesalers Edmonton Ltd. (EWEL) has been appointed the exclusive, authorized stocking Master Distributor for all Drexan Energy Systems Inc. products throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
July 19, 2017 - Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. announced a definitive merger agreement under which Hydro One will acquire the latter in a $6.7-billion all-cash transaction, thereby creating a North American regulated electricity and natural gas business with over $32.2 billion in combined assets.
July 19, 2017 - Legislative amendments and regulations that aim to better protect subcontractors and suppliers in Nova Scotia’s building trades came into effect June 30, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
August 16, 2017 - After leading the organization for over 20 years, Gail Smyth has retired as executive director of Skills Ontario.
August 15, 2017 - Lumenpulse Group Inc. has appointed Tim Berman president & COO, and Lance Howitt as chief marketing officer (CMO). François-Xavier Souvay will continue his role as CEO of Lumenpulse Group.
August 15, 2017 - Beghelli Canada welcomed Marie-France Patenaude as its new Quebec regional sales manager.
August 10, 2017 - Faisal Kazi has been appointed president & CEO of Siemens Canada Ltd., effective September 1, 2017, replacing Robert Hardt, who departed the company in June to take on the role of Catalyst Partner at next47—a Siemens unit for start-ups.
August 2, 2017 - After 31 years with Elec-Tech Sales (Richmond, B.C.) and the last 20 years as its president, John Baron announced he is retiring at the end of the month.
August 2, 2017 - Stephane Larocque, national sales manager at Ouellet Canada, announced the appointment of Vincent Tremblay as sales rep for the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
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.
May 1, 2017 - EBMag is always excited when we have the opportunity to step out and cover a Skills event—in this case, the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition, being held right now at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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