Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

CEA

The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and its Board of Directors has announce the appointment of Ray Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint John Energy, as Chair of the Association. Ray will succeed Scott Thon who has held the position since January 2016.

"On behalf of CEA's Board and executive team, I am delighted to welcome Ray as the new Chair," said Scott Thon, President and CEO of AltaLink and outgoing Chair. "Ray has a wealth of knowledge and industry experience that will ensure the Association remains well positioned to capitalize on the opportunities and navigate the challenges ahead."

Ray is an electrical engineer with over 30 years of executive and management experience in electrical utilities throughout North America and the Caribbean with demonstrated capabilities in major infrastructure developments, project management, asset management and operational transformation. He has 5 years tenure on CEA's Board, including his current role serving as Vice Chair.

"Electricity is the great enabler of modern society, powering our businesses and the lifestyle to which Canadians have grown accustomed", said Ray Robinson, President and CEO, Saint John Energy. "I am honoured for the opportunity to lead this distinguished group on its ambitious and incredibly important mission of shaping the future of Canadian electricity."

Previously, Ray was an executive with Emera, taking on numerous senior executive roles within Emera and several of its operating subsidiaries. Prior to that, he served as the President & CEO of Yukon Energy Corporation, and held various senior positions at a number of Canadian electric utilities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

"I am delighted at the prospect of working more closely with Ray and continue benefiting from his extensive experience," said Sergio Marchi, President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association. "I would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to outgoing Chair Scott Thon for the exceptional leadership he provided over his two-year term."

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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