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March 10, 2017

Electrical and Lighting Industry Members Among Canada’s Best Managed for 201Deloitte’s Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program recognizes Canadian privately-owned and managed companies that demonstrate exceptional business performance.

Each of this year’s winners had an unquestionable expectation of growth that helped drive them beyond the status quo and their peers, says Deloitte. This growth orientation enabled this year’s winners to embrace a courageous mindset and make innovative business decisions that other companies may not, and the success is evident.

“Leading with a courageous mindset is imperative to being a Best Managed company,” says Peter E. Brown, National Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and Partner at Deloitte. "When faced with tough situations, these companies have the values and the strength to make hard decisions to ensure that their business continues to move forward and succeed.

“Best Managed companies are calculated risk takers and make brave business decisions that contribute to their sustained success, year over year."

Trends common to Best Managed companies that contribute to their success include:

  • a disproportionate investment in people, with a focus on fostering diversity and inclusion, developing leadership capacities and investing in learning and growth to upskill their workforce
  • targeted investments in productivity and adaptability including software, equipment, and new processes and developing a culture that embraces change Best Managed companies also place a strong emphasis on self-assessment and being realistic about their limitations and potential future challenges

This mindset enables companies to plan constructively for their business and ultimately move them beyond only wishing for growth, and toward developing tangible actions for success.

“While many companies look only to revenue growth as a key marker of success, Best Managed companies take strategic risks to grow in a number of different ways,” says Lorrie King, National Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and Partner at Deloitte. “It’s this adaptability and approach to business that sets them apart from the status quo.”

According to Deloitte’s recent report The Future Belongs to the Bold, courageous businesses experience greater revenue growth, create more jobs and outperform their peers. However, most Canadian businesses — nearly 90 percent — lack courage. The report also found that fearful businesses were also twice as likely to see their revenues fall compared to their courageous counterparts. Here’s a sampling of this year’s winners.

New winner

Daltco Electric (Kingston, ON) is a first-time winner.

Best managed winners

These companies have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years.

  • Éclairage Contraste Inc. (Lévis, PQ)
  • Forbes Bros Ltd. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited (Burlington, ON)
  • Integral Energy Services (Airdrie, AB)
  • Mulvey & Banani International Inc. (Toronto, ON)
  • Powerline Plus Ltd. (Toronto, ON)
  • Stelpro (Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, PQ)
  • The K-Line Group of Companies (Stouffville, ON)

Gold standard winners

After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years.

  • ECS Electrical Cable Supply Ltd. (Richmond, BC)
  • Houle Electric (Burnaby, BC)
  • HTS (Toronto, ON)
  • Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. (Airdrie, AB)

Platinum Club members

These winners have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more.

  • Alliance Energy (Regina, SK)
  • BBA (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, PQ)
  • CANA Group of Companies (Calgary, AB) 
  • Deca Cables (Trenton, ON)
  • E.B. Horsman & Son (Surrey, BC)
  • Groupe Deschênes Inc. (Montreal, PQ)
  • Standard Products Inc. (Saint-Laurent, PQ)

See the full list of winners: www2.deloitte.com/ca/en/pages/canadas-best-managed-companies/articles/meet-our-winners.html.

Irwin Beron RAB Design has announced the retirement of President, Irwin Beron.  After 50 years in the lighting industry, Irwin has decided to step down as President and hand over the reins to his eldest son, David Beron.  David will assume the position of President, effective immediately.  Irwin will remain on as Chairman, which will allow him to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation with his lovely wife Lynette and seven grandchildren, yet still free to impart his many years of experience and expertise whenever possible as Chairman of RAB Design. Irwin has been serving as President of RAB Design Lighting since 2002.  He acquired the company during a difficult period and through grit, determination and hard work, turned it around to make it one of Canada’s most respected lighting companies.

 

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Electricians Provide Assistance in TD Centre's 50th Anniversary Illumination Project

Contractors Guild, Ainsworth, Symtech, Plan and ACML donated their services to temporarily reconfigure the buildings' automated lighting systems, while a crew of staff and volunteers worked to open and close blinds on over 6,000 windows across the TD Centre's five towers to create the message "Less is more or" in 100-foot-tall lights.

A media statement called it the largest public art project of its kind undertaken anywhere in the world.

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CSA

 

By William (Bill) Burr

In this article: Section 56 — Optical fibre cables. Section 56 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of optical fibre cables in conjunction with all other electrical systems. Rule 56-002 provides a special terminology definition for an Optical Fibre Cable — a cable consisting of one or more optical fibres that transmits modulated light for the purpose of control, signalling or communications.

Rule 56-102 outlines that there are three types of optical fibre cables.



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 Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits him well as a lighting specialist overseeing retrofit projects for Rexel in New Brunswick and P.E.I. He also has had a unique introduction to the field he now works in. 

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