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October 11, 2018 – Ottawa-based Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)—a partnership between business, labour, education and government, formerly known as the Electricity Sector Council—has launched funding for a new National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Career Portal project, which will research changing and emerging occupations in the electricity sector.
Oct. 4, 2018 – Captain Electric, a licensed electrical contractor servicing the eastern Greater Toronto Area (GTA), has won a 2018 Ontario Electrical Safety Award in the consumer and home category from the province’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).
October 1, 2018 – Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), which regulates the activities of electrical contractors and related professionals, has designated today, October 1, as Home Electrical Safety Day, a new province-wide day of action to prevent electrical injuries in people’s homes.
September 27, 2018 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced it has paid off its $14.2-billion unfunded liability (UFL) almost 10 years ahead of its legislated schedule, allowing it to reduce average premium rates by 29.8% in 2019.
September 21, 2018 - Roney Marketing, an agency based in Brampton, Ont., that serves the province’s electrical industry, recently took part in its first local Habitat for Humanity build day.
September 20, 2018 - Hand and power tool manufacturer Irwin is ‘kicking off’ its eighth annual National Tradesmen Day program with a new contest, which will award a VIP football experience to two deserving winners.
October 10, 2018 – To help mark this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW), which runs from October 7 to 13, Technical Safety BC is highlighting several common hazards in people’s homes that can cause electrical fires.
October 9, 2018 – Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) recently succeeded in an appeal to recover fines from a former licensed electrical contractor, in the wake of a fatal incident four years ago.
September 27, 2018 — With multiple options on the market, projects with huge budgets and tight deadlines looming, it’s easy to make the mistake of relying on the tried and true of the past. And why not? You have always specified the same service entrance switchgear for your projects before, so what’s the problem? Simply put: not all service entrance switchgear is created equal.
September 27, 2018 — You might not realize it, but you already know how to install a standby generator. Yes, you do—since as an electrical contractor, the skills you use to install electrical services in homes and businesses every day are the very same skills you need to install a standby generator.
September 27, 2018 — There’s no denying electrical safety in the workplace is critically important—not just for electrical contractors themselves, but also for the operators of electrical equipment and for business productivity.
August 22, 2018 — You might remember learning about our 2017 Canadian Electrical Award winners in the November/December 2017 issue of EBMag. The awards program recognizes noteworthy electrical installations and electrical safety champions. (On a side note, nominations for the 2018 Canadian Electrical Awards are now open. Visit ebmag.com/awards).
October 16, 2018 - Leviton Manufacturing, which produces electrical wiring equipment, has signed on Roney Marketing to represent its commercial and industrial product portfolio in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Oct. 4, 2018 - Graybar Canada, a Halifax-headquartered, employee-owned wholesale distributor of electrical products, will open its largest branch to date in Vaughan, Ont., this fall.
October 2, 2018 - E.B. Horsman & Son (EBH), an electrical supplier with offices across Western Canada, has acquired Calgary-headquartered Measurement & Controls, including its brand, assets and contracts.
October 1, 2018 – Effective today, Thomas & Betts (T&B), which designs and manufactures electrical connectors and components, has been rebranded as ABB Installation Products.
September 26, 2018 – Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, has achieved carbon neutrality for its operations in Canada and the U.S. The lighting manufacturer aims to become carbon-neutral on a global basis by 2020.
September 26, 2018 - Sensata Technologies, an international supplier of sensors, electrical protection, control and power management products, has reached an agreement to acquire Gigavac, a growing developer of high-voltage (HV) contactors.
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?
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?
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).
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 17, 2018 – Electrical engineer and Siemens Digital Factory president Raj Batra has been elected to the board of directors for the Siemens Foundation, which supports young people in the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
October 16, 2018 – Canadian lighting manufacturer Standard Products has hired Shawna Sechrist as a lighting specialist. She joins the company’s sales team in Alberta.
October 9, 2018 – Electrical component manufacturer Wago has hired Edward (‘Ed’) Naczek as product manager for its DIN rail-mount terminal blocks.
October 9, 2018 – Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Systems, which produces thermal imaging devices for electrical contractors and other professionals, has hired Tony Buffum as senior vice-president (SVP) and chief human resources officer (CHRO). He succeeds Paul Sale, who recently announced his resignation.
October 5, 2018 - Atkore International Group, which manufactures electrical products for non-residential construction and renovation markets, has appointed Jay Lahman senior vice-president of electrical raceway sales. He will report directly to president and CEO Bill Waltz.
October 5, 2018 - Winnipeg-headquartered control panel manufacturer Celco Automation has hired several business development executives and a senior electric engineer.
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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