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These two Canadian firms, representing General Cable’s Carol Brand/GC and Stabiloy Brand, have received awards at General Cable’s 2014 National Sales Meeting, held in Phoenix, AZ. Desdowd Inc. (Montreal, QC) earned a Stabiloy & Nual Representative


DesdowdDesdowd has added two new manufacturers to its portfolio, reports Jean-Sébastien Bercier, Vice President of sales and Marketing. Desdown are now agents in Quebec and the Ottawa area for Panasonic (bathroom fans) and Deca Cables (manufacturer of


EconomyOTTAWA -- Average weekly earnings for Canadians, not including farm employees, were up 0.7 percent from February, Statscan reported, working out to a weekly average of $933.  

Solar GridInvestment bank Deutsche Bank is predicting that solar systems will be at grid parity in up to 80 per cent of the global market within two years, and says the collapse in the oil price will do little to slow down the solar juggernaut.



Energy ConsumptionRecent research tells us that: Cloud computing and mobile devices leads to an increase of energy facilities. There are now 4 million network antennas on the planet, and the new standard (LTE or 4G) consumes 60 times more energy than 2G technology.


DimplexDimplex’s new representative for Eastern Quebec will be Eclairage Optimum, the company announced last week. 

DimplexDimplex’s new agency representative, Mac’s II, will help expand the company’s B.C. presence. Dimplex North America Limited announced that Mac’s II Agencies LTD will be taking over as Dimplex’s Representative for the province of British Columbia, effective


Distracted Drivers

By Scott Williams

Highway safety laws in every Canadian jurisdiction prohibit driving while distracted, which makes drivers liable for any consequences. But occupational health and safety legislation also makes employers liable: distractions while


Do Your Customers Know What Type of Electrical Work You Do?When a customer has an electrical problem or new installation opportunity, he or she will search for the company that offers the solution. How well do your existing customers know what type of electrical work you can perform? Simple question, but can


NAED ConferenceWhat is the AdVenture Marketing Conference?

E-Commerce Although we can shop on smartphones that follow us everywhere, our tablets contain all available product catalogues, and new online retailers continue to enter the Canadian market, Canadians have not yet returned to their pre-2008-09 spending levels.

Horsemen Bamber

Western Canada’s largest independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler has made the following appointments and promotions



E.B. HorsmanClose to 100 suppliers will be on hand to demonstrate new products and answer questions at the E.B. Horsman & Son Vernon Branch Product Show, taking place September 17 from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Visitors will be able to speak with electrical suppliers


CGNA PMECEastern Canadian premiers and U.S. governors came together to discuss a myriad of issues, top of which was energy innovation. 

EatonPower management company Eaton has been recognized as a top employer for young people in Canada by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. Now in its 12th year, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People is an editorial project that recognizes the


Eaton Appoints Elizabeth Sanchez Perry D’Ortenzio, VP & GM, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Canada, recently announced the appointment of Elizabeth Sanchez to the position of plant manager for the Low Voltage Distribution Assemblies facility in Milton, ON. Elizabeth will report to


Eaton Appoints Helen Veldhuis as Manager, Canadian Satellite Sites and LV Enclosed Control Facility
Perry D’Ortenzio, VP & GM, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Canada, recently announced the appointment of Helen Veldhuis to the position of manager, Canada’s quick-ship satellites and the Low Voltage Enclosed Control facility (Mississauga).

EatonAs of May 1, Eaton has appointed Rob Goldsmith Sales Manager, Commercial and Industrial, Canada, Cooper Power Systems Division, Electrical Sector – Americas. Goldsmith will be located in Burlington, ON. In this role, Goldsmith will lead the


Steve CassanoTablets and other prizes were handed out to distributor reps in Eaton’s recent C22 Pilto Devices product promotion. 

electric vehicle chargerEaton is expanding its charging station product offering with a prewired, cord-connected EV station that includes a Cooper NEMA 6-50 receptacle, plug, and weatherproof cover on the box.
The charger is suitable for indoor or outdoor installation,



Eaton Canada has named Steve Boccadoro Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electrical Canada, and Perry D’Ortenzio to Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Electrical Canada, Electrical Sector – Americas.

Efficient LEDEaton’s Portfolio surface-mount light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire from its Cooper Lighting Division, Incorporating patented WaveStream LED optical technology, provides uniform, glare-free illumination for standard and high ceiling applications in


Metal BezelEaton has expanded its line of M22 pilot devices to include a metal bezel option (M22M). The new bezel maintains a low profile to keep panels compact and offers an attractive chrome finish for users looking to add appeal with front-of-panel


Laser Engraved BreakerPower management company Eaton has announced that new laser-etched labels will be featured on its moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) to help with product authentication. 

Information laser-etched directly onto the circuit breaker includes


Eaton NeorayEaton’s new Neo-Ray Index light-emitting diode (LED) pendant luminaire from Cooper Lighting features adjustable optical panels and incorporates patented WaveStream LED technology to improve light quality and reduce total power consumption for


EINEaton was once again a big participant at this year’s Canada Blooms / National Home Show, held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from March 14 to 24. The two co-locating shows comprise North America’s largest home and garden event. 

EatonPower management company Eaton and its Cooper Lighting division have released of the 2014 SOURCE calendar of educational classes for the lighting and design community. Located at the Lighting business’ Peachtree City, GA office, the SOURCE offers a wide


Eaton Logo“Eaton is committed to celebrating leaders in lighting design, who are driving all facets of the industry forward,” says Mark Eubanks, President, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting division. “By supporting the IES awards program, we aim to help improve the


Eaton - Travis SmithBuilding brand, creating synergy opportunities, and positioning Eaton as a technical innovator and industry leader in BC were the primary objectives heading into the ETEC event, held recently in Surrey, BC. ETEC Vancouver is a two-day event







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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