Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

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Throughout their long history as an independent electrical distributor, Electrozad has stayed true to their company motto: “The House That Service Built.”

Along with offering a full range of electrical products from some of the industry’s premier manufacturers, Electrozad also offers a full compliment of solutions from automation to lighting, as well as technical services to support the future of smart manufacturing. These solutions have been facilitated by their in-house experts across multiple industry segments and their partnerships with leading industry companies, like Rockwell Automation.

Aside from Electrozad’s commitment to high-level service, plus their extensive product and solutions offerings, another key to their longevity is their strong corporate culture, which is centred around the vision of company founder, Joseph Ozad; and Bryan Smith, former Chairman of the Board. Even today, as one of Ontario’s largest independent distributors, Electrozad maintains the feel of a family business.

Since joining AD in 1993, Electrozad has been capitalizing on the partnership’s help to stay true to their entrepreneurial values, while competing in the modern marketplace. “Affiliated Distributors has certainly played a role in the success of Electrozad becoming a stronger independent sales and marketing company,” explains Electrozad President, William C. Smith. “AD provides the vehicle--or should I say, the opportunities--to help grow our sales and profits through their network of first in class suppliers, distributors, and service providers, along with a variety of professional and cost-effective programs that are offered to the members.”

Introduced in 2013, the recently revamped and improved AD Rewards Program has been a great tool in reinforcing Electrozad’s well established brand.

“Increasing customer retention through the rewards program has helped increase profits; since loyal customers already trust our brand, it gives them a reason to spend more with Electrozad,” explained VP of Sales & Marketing, James Taylor. “We believe the program also makes our customers feel appreciated and more connected with our brand.”

 “AD is very much a part of our culture, strategic planning, and training of our Teams. We are able to operate as local entrepreneurs, and through AD we can offer savings, services, incentives, and expertise of a multi-billion-dollar organization to our customers and staff while driving growth with our supplier partners committed to AD Affiliates,” concluded Smith.



 

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion

 


 

Surgelogic RecallProduct: Surgelogic™ NQ SurgeLoc™ Surge Protection Device.

Issue: The Surgeloc Surge Protection Device can experience an arc event, which can result in a fire hazard.

What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protection devices and contact Schneider Electric for instructions on receiving a free equivalent replacement surge protector.

 

 

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Terry BeckerBy Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member

The electric shock hazard has been neglected.  Journeyman Electricians have accepted been shocked as part of the job, a “right” of passage, a badge of honour. 

This has not been acceptable and Journeyman Electricians may not be aware of the long term sequela health effects of receiving multiple low voltage electrical shocks and how it may have impacted them.  With respect to treatment there is only a single formal recognized treatment centre in Canada, the St Johns Rehab Centre. Electrical Injury Program.

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EIN Code Quiz 2Take this opportunity to test your knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code - Part 1. Here are two questions on essential electrical systems: health care. 

You'll find the answers in EIN articles written by our code experts — mainly Bill Burr and Terry Becker — and of course in your own best practices. Answers will be posted on our website in a few days and published in our next issue. Good luck and share your results with our Facebook group: Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussions.

 

 

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Extech Non-Contact High Voltage DetectorFLIR Systems has announced the availability of the Extech DV690 its first non-contact high voltage detector with a detection range of up to 69,000 volts (69 kV). The industrial-grade DV690 provides early warning alerts of energized electrical components for utility lineworkers, telecommunications installers, first responders, search and rescue teams, and tree removal services.

The DV690 features five flexible mounting options: handheld, around the neck, clipped to a belt, strapped to an arm, or attached to a universal spline hot stick. The three handsfree possibilities allow the most optimal operation to efficiently and carefully complete a job. Using a hot stick creates a safer distance to target, extending operator reach.

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Jo Istanbul Four Seasons ABy Owen Hurst

Recently, Electrical Industry Canada has developed a relationship with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a non-for-profit group developing resources and networking potential for women and all working or planning to work within the renewable energy sector. Aside from being the WiRE President & CEO, Joanna Osawe is the Global Business Development Manager of Major Projects for DMC Power Inc.

EIN sat down with Osawe to learn more about WiRE and the substantial benefits it provides. Joanna is very personable and open regarding her career and her ambition, as well as the opportunities she is developing for women nationally and globally. 

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Stephanie SmithBy Blake Marchand

“It was quite surprising,” said Stephanie Smith of being named EHRC’s Leader of the Year. “Leadership in 2020 has certainly been a challenge for everybody in the world let alone the nuclear industry or the electricity industry.”

An engineer by trade, Smith spent the majority of her career with Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She was the first woman to be certified by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station where she served as Plant Manager and was recently named the first President and CEO of CANDU Owners Group. Smith is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.

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