February 29, 2012 - Michelle Chislett, chair of CanSIA (Canadian Solar Industries Association), stopped by our studios for a chat about solar energy in Canada. The conversation ranged from her predictions for what we’ll see in Ontario’s ‘FIT 2.0’...
At the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show’s Eco-Drive Showcase, we caught up with Plug’NDrive Ontario to learn about how they’re helping advance market adoption of electric vehicles, as well as Lorne Hedges of Schneider Electric who, as an EV driver, shares some positive, real-world experiences with his Nissan Leaf.
While at the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop, we had the opportunity to chat with two delegates who will also be attending the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical & Mega Projects Workshop 2012 being held in Edmonton, Alta., March 19-21, 2012.
Electrical Business recently had the opportunity to check out Acklands-Grainger’s “The Works” annual MRO & Safety Show in Toronto, Ont., and what an event!
EBMag’s associate editor Alyssa Dalton was there on December 6, 2011, when SMTC Corp. and Enecsys Ltd. officially announced their partnership to produce Enecsys micro inverters for the Canadian market at SMTC’s Markham, Ont., facility, which qualifies for Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program by meeting the domestic content requirement.
EBMag sister publication, Manufacturing Automation, attended the CanSIA Solar Conference 2011’s opening plenary session entitled “Global Outlook, Local Impacts: PV Industry Leaders Panel”. Here, the heads of several global PV manufacturers offered their views on the current and future status of Canada’s solar photovoltaic industry. This video contains comments from Kerry Adler, president & CEO of SkyPower Ltd. and Milfred Hammerbacher, president of Canadian Solar.
EBMag was there as a special ceremony took place at CanSIA’s Solar Canada 2011, where CSA recognized that the solar PV training program delivered by the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario / IBEW-Construction Council of Ontario (ECAO/IBEW-CCO)—and supported by NETCO—aligns to the body of knowledge required for the Construction Electrician (NOC 7241) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Certified personnel certification program.
November 9, 2011 - Last week, Electrical Business had the opportunity to visit the Electrical Joint Training Committee’s (EJTC’s) new training centre in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Our tour guide was Andy Cleven, the facility’s training director. This facility is truly a showpiece for advanced technologies enabling better classroom learning, while maintaining emphasis on practical skill.
Since its inception in Canada in September 1991, the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop has been the premier international forum to enable and accelerate change in the electrical safety culture, and push the envelope on what is possible in preventing workplace injuries from electrical hazards. In this video, EBMag editor Anthony Capkun is joined by Mike Doherty, health & safety consultant with IHSA, to learn why YOU SHOULD attend the upcoming 2012 workshop in Daytona Beach.EBMag will be there! Meantime, also check out the invitation to attend from Dennis Neitzel, ESW 2012 organizing committee chair.
EBMag had the opportunity to attend Schneider Electric Canada’s Customer Day & Grand Opening at its new corporate HQ in Mississauga, Ont., which consolidates several operations from in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Chris Curtis, executive VP and CEO of Schneider North America, discussed tackling “the most significant problem of our time”...
While attending an exclusive Schneider Electric “Editor Day” in Chicago earlier this month, EBMag’s Anthony Capkun chatted with Allen Breeze, senior vice president, Power Business, with Schneider Electric U.S., and asked him about opportunities for electrical contractors—both today and in the coming years. Specifically, how should they position themselves to succeed in the 21st century? How important are electric vehicles, renewables, smart grid, etc.?
The Olympiad of the skilled trades—WorldSkills—kicked off in London, England, this week, and Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC)—a national not-for-profit organization promoting careers in skilled trades—says Team Canada is ready to take on the best in the world as the 41st biannual competition got underway.
While at the Canadian Section/Ontario Chapter convention & tradeshow of IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors), we had the opportunity to sit and chat with David Clements, IAEI's CEO and executive director, and Chuck Mello, IAEI's international president.
Electrical Business is attending Electric Mobility Canada’s (EMC’s) EV 2011 - Electric Vehicles Conference & Tradeshow. While there, we interviewed Leviton Canada’s Pat Whitten to learn about the company’s residential, commercial and public EV charging station solutions. This included a discussion of overcoming “Range Anxiety” with the ChargePoint Network, and exciting news involving Ford and Toyota.
Electrical Business is attending Electric Mobility Canada’s (EMC’s) EV 2011 - Electric Vehicles Conference & Tradeshow. While there, we chatted with John Scott of Project EVE—a group of Canadians working together to advance electric mobility technologies and their adoption. “Our technology focus is on next-generation ‘pure’ electric mobility technologies,” such as ultra-capacitors that capture kinetic energy and make it useable for a lithium-based battery. John discusses some of the Canadian innovation found in the A2B, the vehicle we see in the video.

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