Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Don Mackinnon EHRCDon MacKinnon, President of the Power Workers' Union, has been honoured with Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)’s 2015 Leader of the Year award. The award will be presented at EHRC's 10th anniversary luncheon on December 9 in Toronto.

MacKinnon has been a leading figure in Ontario's electricity industry for over 30 years. A Powerline Technician by trade, he began his apprenticeship with Ontario Hydro in 1971 and in 2012 was awarded the Order of Ontario, the highest honour in the province, for his achievements as a life-long advocate for Ontario's energy industry. Known throughout the industry as an honest, innovative, intelligent and tireless proponent of the industry and the people who work in it, Don inspires a shared vision by creating for others an ideal and unique image of what is possible.

EHRC Chair Norm Fraser describes MacKinnon as “one of the most respected and hard-working individuals in the industry today and widely recognized as an innovator, a problem solver, and a steadying influence."

EHRC established the Leader of the Year award to recognize and celebrate an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their organization within the Canadian electricity industry through visionary people management strategies and leadership. The successful nominee is an individual who has affected positive change and is dedicated to ensuring that their workforce has the opportunity and skills to contribute to the businesses overall strategy and success.

The event is sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, Power Workers' Union, Independent Electricity Systems Operator, Atlantic Utility Council/IBEW, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Sureskills, the Society of Energy Professionals, Powerstream, Hydro Ottawa, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and media partner, Kerrwil Publications. Additional information on sponsorships is available at EHRC's web site.

Find out more about the 10th anniversary luncheon: http://electricityhr.ca/register/.

 

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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