News & Articles
July 12, 2018 — City Electric Supply (CES) recently hosted the third biannual North American Managers’ Conference (NAMC) in Grapevine, Tex., where more than 1,200 employees converged for three days of learning, celebration and networking.
July 12, 2018 — The UK’s first energy-positive office, which generates more solar energy than it consumes, recently opened at Swansea University.
July 12, 2018 — Over 135 senior executives from IMARK Canada member distributors and IMARK Canada suppliers recently attended the organization’s annual meeting in Montreal, Que. from June 26-28.
July 11, 2018 — IEEE and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) recently announced registration is now open for the Empower a Billion Lives (EBL) global competition, where teams will propose economical and sustainable energy access solutions to energy poverty.
June 22, 2018 — Last month, at Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s Annual General Meeting (which took place during its Annual Conference in Vancouver), Peter Horncastle, Graybar Canada, was appointed EFC chair.
June 22, 2018 — IMELCO, a member-owned group of electrical wholesaler organizations from across Europe, Australia, Russia and North America, conducted their 2018 annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 4 - 6, where members recognized the winners of the 2018 Supplier Awards program.
June 20, 2018 — Heat is a byproduct of operating any-sized electrical circuit, and many problems in electrical systems display themselves in terms of heat. Electricians must be able to classify a loaded circuit as either Normal or Abnormal; if the latter, they should be able to identify the issues that present, i.e. hot spots that need attention.
June 20, 2018 — Whether a facility or campus, smart buildings automate occupant comfort, security and energy use. When there is also renewable energy generation in the mix, both energy consumption and energy generation are dynamic.
June 20, 2018 — Regular readers of Electrical Business Magazine and visitors to EBMag.com may have noticed that one of the events for which I get particularly excited about attending is the ESTMP in Alberta—the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical, Maintenance & Projects Workshop (sites.ieee.org/estmp).
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.
July 20, 2018 — ABB has completed its acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions (GEIS), GE’s electrification solutions business.
July 19, 2018 — Franklin Empire has expanded its partnership with Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) to include lamps and ballasts.
July 12, 2018 — GE recently announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Distributed Power business to Advent International, a global private equity investor, for $3.25 billion.
July 4, 2018 — Britech Heating Cables and Controls has appointed Intralec Electrical Products Ltd. as the representative for Ontario, excluding the Ottawa and Gatineau areas.
June 15, 2018 — Stanley Black & Decker Canada recently added Irwin Tools and Lenox Tools to the Global Tools and Storage Group. The company acquired the two brands in a transaction completed in 2017.
June 15, 2018 — Siemens Building Technologies Division is acquiring Enlighted Inc., a provider of smart IoT (Internet of Things) systems in buildings. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
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:
July 13, 2018 - Anthony Zellermeyer has joined Techspan Industries as national marketing manager.
July 13, 2018 — Tom Pankratz has joined Mersen Electrical Power as VP distribution sales and customer care U.S./Canada.
July 13, 2018 — Eaton recently announced leadership changes to its Electrical Sector sales and marketing organization: Molly Murphy has been named senior vice president, North American sales, and Jeff Krakowiak has been named senior vice president, marketing and commercial operations, effective August 1, 2018.
July 13, 2018 — Stelpro recently announced it has created the Retail Merchandising Team.
July 13, 2018 — Emerson recently announced a number of leadership changes at Appleton Group, an automation solutions business.
June 21, 2018 — Eaton recently announced Safford Hazen has been appointed vice president of sales, North America, for its Crouse-Hinds division.
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”.
2018 IES Annual Conference
August 9-11, 2018
IAEI Canadian Section Convention and Tradeshow
September 5-7, 2018
Electric Elle 2018 Golf Tournament
September 11, 2018