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Universal LightingCR Browne & Associates Inc., with 120 years of collective experience in the electrical industry, now represents Universal Lighting in BC, including Vancouver Island. Based in Maple Ridge, BC, CR Browne & Associates is a member of the British


CR browneBritech, one of Canada's oldest and largest companies in the electric heating cable industry, has appointed CR Browne & Associates to represent its line-up of electrical heating cables and controls in BC. CR Browne & Associates Inc. sells and


TelecommunicationsMore and more Canadians are adopting smartphones and tablets, reports the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in its just-released 2014 Communications Monitoring Report. This is just one in a number of usage increases in


Shore Power PlugsFive-years after Port Metro Vancouver made dockside power available, cruise lines still aren’t hooking up. 

CSA Merit AwardsCSA Group handed out their 2014 Award of Merits last week in Charlottetown, PEI, and the electrical industry posted a nice showing.  The Award of Merit is given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in developing voluntary standards and


CSA groupIn preparation for launching an updated version of the Canadian Electrical Code in January 2015, CSA Group is hosting a three-city conference series this fall to raise awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues and the most


CSAIn preparation for launching an updated version of the Canadian Electrical Code in January 2015, CSA Group is hosting a three-city conference series in fall 2014 to raise awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues and the


ChinaCSA Group has announced the opening of a higher power test laboratory and a HVAC psychrometric test chamber in Guangzhou, China. The two new laboratories will expand CSA Group's services for Chinese customers looking to reach global markets.

CSA Status ReportAsh K. Sahi, President and CEO of CSA Group, has announced his retirement in 2015. The exact timing will depend on completion of major projects initiated by Ash. He intends to pursue other interests in music and education. 


SCCThe Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has appointed CSA Group Secretariat for a new international Climate Change Coordinating Committee (CCCC). As Secretariat, CSA Group will facilitate the development of strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas


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If your employees work with electrical current or close to sources of current electric, then they’re exposed to risk of injury or death. CSA Group offers various publications, print and electronic, as well as implementation tools and training to


CSA Footwear Guidelines CSA Z195-14 deals with new protective footwear and includes requirements for two grades of toe impact resistance, as well as special requirements for electric-shock protection, conductivity, sole plate performance, metatarsal protection, sole flex


Terminal BlocksCSA Group Bayern, a subsidiary of CSA Group, now has the capability to test and certify terminal blocks for the North American market. CSA Group Bayern can also conduct audits on client programs and witness tests at manufacturers' own test


CSACSA’s newly revised standard on the management of emergency and business continuity measures helps managers prepare to deal with crisis situations, such as implementing plans for prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, recovery, and business


CSACSA Group has issued a call for session speakers and ideas in advance of a conference series on safe electrical installation and maintenance. The fall conferences, scheduled for Mississauga, ON (Oct. 7-8), Calgary, AB (Oct. 15-16), and Halifax, NS (Nov.


CSA Status ReportSince 1919, CSA Group has grown from a truly Canadian to a global organization with 1,800 employees in 15 different countries. Our global expansion has allowed us to help reach our vision of contributing to a better, safer and more sustainable


CSAThe unexpected or deliberate dangerous energy release has a very real risk of serious injury or even death. CSA Z460 can help companies to adopt safety best practices and demonstrate due diligence for preventing injuries caused by electric current.


cullitonStratford, ON - February 21, 2014:  Delivering quality and value on several high profile construction projects including the Grand River Hospital Patient Care Development – Kitchener and the Niagara Outlet Collection- Niagara-on-the-Lake; Culliton,


campbells safety awardCummins Inc., a U.S.-based corporation that designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, is the 2014 recipient of the Robert W. Campbell award. Keeping its workforce safe is a key


Chris CurtisWith former Idea president Bob Gaylord off to pursue other interests, Chris Curtis will be taking the reins of the company’s day-to-day operations and chairing the search for a new CEO. 

Pierre GauthierPierre Gauthier will be taking the presidential reigns of CVTech this August, a role the new president said he’s eager to start.  

Dag NyhofNick Shkordoff, Vice-President of Electrical, North America with IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dag Nyhof to the position of General Manager of IDEAL INDUSTRIES (CANADA), CORP.



GerrieGerrie Electric Wholesale Limited welcomes Dan Schellenberg as Director of Sales for the East and West Regions. Schellenberg will be responsible for all sales within these regions. 

Danfoss MegatrendsOn January 28, Danfoss hosted its 20th annual press briefing during the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago. This year’s press briefing included discussions of four industry megatrends impacting the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration


RichJoseph Rich will lead the growth of the company’s variable frequency drive business in North America. Danfoss is a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating,


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Hockey is the theme for the Ontario Electrical League’s 2014 Electrical Industry Conference, taking place April 30 to May 3 in Toronto. Session topics include worker safety, freeing up cash flow, operational planning, CSA special investigations and


NorthwindsDaryl Witiuk, Northwinds Corporation, joins EC Ontario Region’s leadership team, headed by Chair Bill Stephens, Ideal Industries (Canada), Corp. In February 2015, Witiuk will assume the Chair position.

Hydro One ScholarshipDecember 31 is the last day to apply for one of three types of Hydro One scholarships for university and college students: the William Peyton Hubbard Memorial Award, the Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarship, and the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin


Fan ControllerA new fan speed control sensor for Rittal’s TopTherm fan-and-filter units is now available. This handy and compact device, compatible with larger models in the range of electronically commutated (EC) TopTherm fan-and-filter units, automatically adjusts


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“Re-envisioning Electrical Switchboards”: For light commercial applications, the status quo is no longer enough


Whether you’re a contractor or consultant, compact footprint and shorter lead times are a priority. At Eaton, we understand these challenges. That’s why we have re-envisioned our traditional electrical switchboard to assess how it could better serve light commercial applications. The result? The Pow-R-Line CS. 

Join Eaton’s webinar on June 30th, 2020 and learn the secret to shorter lead times alongside the additional benefits of:

 -  Versatile Configuration - Cost Effectiveness - Plus a Complimentary 3D Product Demonstration!

Sign up and join our host Annu Yadav - Distributor Programs Manager and our presenter Aditya Ramesh - Product Manger of Panelboards & Switchboards. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Click Here To Register.


WestburneMany contractors prefer to deal with the people that they know, in their local branch. When doing a job out of town, it’s often inconvenient or simply impossible to return to your home branch to pick up material orders for the next day, within standard business hours.

Westburne’s new locker solution extends the branch’s pick up times to 24 hours, 7 days a week.




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EmployeesBy Terry Becker

All electrical incidents are preventable! Keep employees safe with an up-to-date electrical safety program and complimentary training.

“Employees don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect!” This is a great quote when it comes down to occupational health and safety. The need for ensuring that an audit is a key component of your overall occupational health and safety management system and your company’s electrical safety program is essential.

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Brady Pull-Handle Butterfly Valve LockoutThe Pull-handle Butterfly Valve Lockout. Its simple, fold-over design effectively lockspull handles in any desired position. And, it holds up to four padlocks for added safety. No matter what industry you’re in, this versatile, one-piece lockout device bolsters your safety lockout solution. And that’s a welcome addition to any lockout program. With this device you’ll also get:

  • A great fit – exclusive, anti-pivot lockout device that fits a variety of pull handle butterfly valve sizes




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Shannon TymoskoBy Blake Marchand

Shannon Tymosko is a first-year apprentice with IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 105, something she undertook after 10 years working her way up the ranks of a payday loan company.

“One of the things I love, working in the trades, is you can see your progress and you can see at the end of the day the work that you have done.


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