Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

January 21, 2021

Electrimat is a major marketer of wholesale electrical equipment, heating and lighting. The company is headquartered in Brossard (Quebec) and has four branches on the Great Montreal area . Electrimat’s expert staff serves the industrial, commercial, institutional, residential, and public sectors with tailor-made solutions to suit their needs. Electrimat commits to source their customers through its rewards programs, the products they need regardless of whether they are available or not on the Electrimat Récompenses website (

An independent Quebec company for 40 years, Electrimat recently celebrated Christian Grenier and Mathieu Legris 10 years of ownerhip. “The year 2020 should have marked the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the company, but it will now be remembered by all as the year when managers and employees showed determination, solidarity and courage to enable them to get through this unprecedented global crisis,” declared Mathieu Legris at a recent event to announce a new logo that memorializes three milestones in the company’s history:

  • The 40th anniversary of Electrimat founded in 1980
  • The 10th anniversary of the acquisition of the business by the current owners
  • The promotion of Electrimat as an independent SME 100% Quebec-owned

For the owners of Electrimat, their association with AD went without saying. “As a member of the largest electrical supply buying and marketing group, we can offer the best of both worlds to our customers: the flexibility of an independent business and very competitive prices,” said Christian Grenier. He goes on to tell us, “We are a former member of IED. We were very happy with the merger with AD because we had a significant critical mass of independent wholesalers in Canada and AD has recognized expertise in all sales and marketing aspects of a distributor. The exchange between members on best business practices is very important to us.”

For Electrimat, AD offers flexibility in managing the company, enabling it to make decisions quickly, manage their inventory and branches independently, and access competitive prices thanks to the group’s purchasing power. Grenier also highlights other important benefits that their clients derive from belonging to AD. “We couldn't have provided our customers with a rewards program without our association with AD. It is a very flexible program that meets our specific needs. We can even promote it with our own branding ( Customers can use their points however they want, such as purchasing products or giving gifts to their customers or employees. We have noticed peak periods in point usage, such as the holiday season.”

In addition, Grenier wished to highlight the expertise of the workers at Electrimat Récompenses. He says he can always count on them to find a tailor made solution for their customers’ needs if the product is not already present on the Electrimat Récompenses website ( This is an invaluable service to them and to their clients.






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 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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