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Pandemic roundtable with Canadian electrical distributors – April 2020

June 23, 2020  By Anthony Capkun


Originally published as a two-part Direct & Current podcast (June 23, 2020) by Electrical Business Magazine.

June 23, 2020 – At the end of April 2020, to varying degrees, we were just over one month into a national lockdown due to COVID-19.

The economy was shutting down, yet electricians had been deemed “essential” in most jurisdictions and, by extension, their distributors. So I gathered together a panel of electrical distributors, from one coast to the other, to learn how the pandemic was affecting their operations and their ability to serve their customers.

Originally published as a two-part Direct & Current podcast (June 23, 2020), we present “Pandemic roundtable with Canadian electrical distributors” in its entirety as a “podcast-turned-video”.

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In Part 1 of 2 of the podcast, I ask my panelists how the pandemic was affecting their operations and their ability to serve their customers. In Part 2 of 2 of the podcast, I ask them what pandemic-related changes, lessons learned, and the like will persist when the crisis eventually passes, and we get to our NEW normal.

Those panelists include: Cliff Backman, Franklin Empire; Elaine Gerrie, Gerrie Electric; Greg Stephenson, Bartle & Gibson; Jason Taylor, Graybar Canada; Mathieu Legris, Electrimat; Michael Gross, Wesco; Roger Little, Rexel Canada (Nedco, Westburne, Rexel Atlantic); Tim Horsman, E.B. Horsman & Son; Tim MacDonald, Ideal Supply.


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