Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Wind Energy The winners of the 4th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala were announced last week during a gala that saw 320 people in attendance from the Quebec wind power sector. 

Presented by EDF Énergies Nouvelles, wind farm developer Boralex Inc. won Enterprise of the Year, while Helmut Herold, CEO North America for Senvion Canada Inc., was named Personality of the Year. 

Boralex took home Enterprise of the Year for a number of acheivements. They, along with partner Gaz Métro, commissioned one of Canada’s largest wind farms, Phases II and III of the Seigneurie de Beaupré project with an installed capacity of 272 MW. Boralex, it was noted, has also worked to develop its projects in harmony with the environment and host communities. 

Helmut Herold took home Personality of the Year for being instrumental in establishing the head office of Senvion Canada in Montreal, which has become the epicenter of activities for the turbine manufacturer in North America. The Germany native has been deeply involved in the Quebec wind sector, not to mention helping his company climb to the Top 2 in the 2013 rankings of most important turbine manufacturers in Canada. 

Seven other companies were also recognized during the biannual award ceremony:

Kruger Energy

Award: Wind Farm Developer and Operator category.

Why? The development and commissioning of the 44-turbine Montérégie Wind Farm. “The close attention the company paid to consultations, coordination activities and transparency earned it the support of citizens of a community located near the Montréal metropolitan area,” it was noted. 

ENERCON Canada Inc. 

Award: Manufacturing Enterprise. 

Why? “In 2013, the company maintained its position as the largest wind turbine manufacturer in Canada. The company also overcame the formidable logistical challenge of transporting 3500 concrete turbine bases from its factory in Matane. The company, which collaborates with nearly 250 providers throughout Quebec, including 100 from the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions, thereby contributes to the prosperity of the Quebec wind power sector.  

Activa Environnement Inc.

Award: Service Enterprise

Why? Involved in over 60 wind projects throughout Canada over the last 12 years, the company won the award for its efforts to develop markets in the Maritime provinces as well as the transfer and sharing of approaches already honed by Activa in sectors other than wind. 

Cartier Énergie Éolienne and Collineo

Award: Innovation

Why? The two companies collaborated and developed an original approach to an important problem by designing a unique technology for turbine blade inspections in complex terrain. This patent-pending method helps to reduce down-time while making blade inspections safer. 

Suspendem Rope Access Inc.

Award: Rising Star

Why? The Gaspésie-based start-up, specializing in wind turbine O&M, is one of the few companies in North America that uses a 360° platform to perform its maintenance work. Since being founded in 2012, the company has enjoyed rapid growth and is already active outside of Quebec. 

PESCA Environnement 

Award: Excellence in Human Resources

Why? This environmental consulting firm won for the measures it has implemented to promote a healthy work-family balance, quality of life, and employee retention are all part of the company's strategy.

A Tribute award was also presented to Claude Canuel, former mayor and director of Urban Planning and Development of the City of Matane, for all of his contributions to the Quebec wind industry. Canuel has been involved in the Quebec wind venture since the very beginning and has played a leading role in establishing the sector in Quebec, particularly in the Gaspésie region and the MRC de la Matanie.  

 

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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