Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

ABB MontrealABB will establish a world-class centre in Technoparc Montréal. This $70 million investment over 10 years will contribute to the development of ABB's advanced technology solutions. The new ABB Saint-Laurent Campus will consolidate the company's complete energy value chain under one roof.

The new 300,000 square ft. facility will house the corporate headquarters, as well as research and development, manufacturing, assembly and testing for ABB's energy value chain in Quebec. Also, the 700 employees presently spread across six locations in Greater Montreal will be united under one roof by March 2017.

"This project, which is part of our 2020 global strategy, aims to promote greater collaboration, and increase efficiency and organizational synergy between teams," says Nathalie Pilon, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Canada. “The investment will allow us to continue improving our operational effectiveness and contribute to the development of cutting-edge technology in collaboration with our business partners, and with the academic and research sectors with whom we have long collaborated. It also underscores our ongoing commitment to the city of Montreal and to the local market."

This new ABB campus will include, among other things, spaces for technological demonstrations and for training clients on solutions and systems developed by ABB. It will be equipped with ultra-modern equipment and boast advanced technologies and manufacturing processes.

Construction of the campus, entrusted to Broccolini, officially began early September. According to the schedule, spaces dedicated to manufacturing will be completed in December 2016, while office spaces will be completed in February 2017. This project will generate positive impact for many companies in Quebec, including NKF Devencore, DuprasLedoux, (consulting engineering firm), ARCHITECTURE49 (architects) and Lemay (interior design).

"The new campus is being built in harmony with ABB's vision for sustainable development, following principles of ecological construction and showcasing ABB products. Our teams and those at ABB aim to obtain LEED Silver certification, a global certification attesting to a reduction of ecological footprint," says Roger Plamondon, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development and Acquisitions, Broccolini.

ABB employees in Greater Montreal will enjoy an avant-garde work environment featuring a great variety of services, including indoor parking, charge stations for electric cars, a gym, bicycle racks, an ultramodern cafeteria and better access to public transportation. "We want to create an inspiring workplace for our employees and take advantage of natural light and open spaces in order to foster innovation. We are delighted by this project, which will reinforce ABB's leadership and encourage the advancement of Quebec's expertise in engineering in the field of energy and the automation technologies," says Nathalie Pilon.

 

Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

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EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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