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Wayne Edwards, EFC’s VP Sustainability & Electrical Safety, will moderate a Natural Resource Canada session, “Energy Star for Industry,” as part of Energy Summit 2014 on May 14. The Niagara Falls, ON event brings together the country's leading


Brian BentzElectricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has recognized Powerstream Inc. President and CEO Brian Bentz as its 2014 Leader of the Year for his outstanding leadership and vision in the workplace, and his exemplary commitment to developing an


EHRCElectricity Human Resources Canada plans to celebrate the best people and HR practices in the Canadian electricity industry with its 2014 Awards of Excellence, to be presented at EHRC’s 2014 HR Forum and  Awards Breakfast in Toronto on October 24.


A new national occupational standard from Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) offers guidance for businesses, educators, trainers and job seekers for working within the electricity industry. According to EHRC, the standard will help to unify the


Electri-FlexElectri-Flex Company has just released its full product catalogue featuring the complete Liquatite line of nearly 40 types of flexible metallic and non-metallic conduit. Standard and industrial conduits are used in a wide range of applications for


Canada generated 48.7 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in October, up 1.1% from the same period in 2012. The increase was led by gains in hydro (+2.1%) and nuclear power (+3.1%) generation. Combined, the two sources represented 78.9% of


Economy Chart Canada produced 47.4 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in August, down 2.0% from the same period in 2013. The decrease in generation was largely attributable to a 1.3% decline in domestic demand. Compared with August 2013, demand was down in


Power StatsElectric power generation in Canada declined 6.2% to 45.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) in July compared with the same month in 2013. Hydro power generation was down 6.0% to 28.0 million MWh. Generation by utilities fell 7.4% to 42.2 million MWh,


Canadian Power StatsCanada produced 44.7 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in September, equalling levels generated in September 2013. Increased electrical power generation from Ontario and Alberta was offset by declines in British Columbia, Quebec as well


Electrical Utility Construction PriceConstruction costs for the electric utility distribution systems decreased 0.8% in 2013 compared with the 2012 annual index. Major contributors to the decrease include lower costs for labour (-3.4%) and construction indirects (-1.0%), which includes engineering (-1.1%) and administration and overheads (-1.0%).


vehicle charger Pike Research recently forecasted North American electric vehicle sales will grow from around 66,000 units in 2012 to 1.8 million units in 2020.* Whether this prediction is met or exceeded, the batteries driving these electric vehicles will need to be


Electric Vehicle ChargerBuying an electric car? How do you decide what charger you need?
•    Do you need a home charger?
•    What is Level 1? Level 2?
•    What size charger do you need?
•    Is there sufficient power in my home to charge my new car?
•    Where will you install it?

Canada's Best Managed CompaniesDeloitte announced the winners of the 2014 Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies. This year’s winners are characterized by their continued focus on customer relationships as


Survey SaysAlmost all buyers go online, but where they go varies dramatically.



Field Evaluation my previous articles on certification and field evaluation marks, I received a number of inquiries about other marks that may appear on electrical products in Canada and


Survey SaysElectrical Contractor Vehicle Fleet 

Amazon Gift CardLeading Canadian Electrical Equipment manufacturer wants your input to better serve your needs.  The first 70 COMPLETED SURVEYS  will win a $50 Gift card.



Contractor SalaryElectrical Contractors in Canada: Median Salary by Title/Role

Contractors RevenuesDriven by residential and non-residential construction and government institution construction, Canadian electrical contractor revenues will approach $15.12 billion for 2014 based on an independent review by EIN. Estimated profits for the


Survey SaysElectrical Contractors' Work Day Breakdown

EC breakfastHow to engage, attract and retain millennials in your workforce.


Call for Nominations. Please submit your nomination by April 11, 2014.

Survey SaysElectrical Engineering Employment Growth Estimates by Province 2014 - 2019

BzowyE.B. Horsman’s Maureen Bzowy, a long-time Canadian electrical industry stalwart, is retiring. After 13 years, Maureen Bzowy retired from E.B. Horsman & Son (EBH) on May 31. Bzowy has been in the Canadian Electrical Industry since 1966 and has


Scottish LandlordsA new law requires landlords in Scotland to carry out electrical safety inspections on privately rented properties at least every five years. The inspections must be carried out by a member firm of the Electrical Contractors' Association of Scotland


Electrical SafetyThis week, Bill Burr explains the role and function of the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety. While the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety is an independent organization, and its recommendations have no legal standing, the


Kenny JasonElectrician is among 10 occupations deemed a priority for the foreign credential recognition program, announced Minister Kenney last week. 

Ron GarlandHow does one begin to tell the story of someone who was not only the rock, but also the sunshine in our family? This story is about my father, Ronald Clarence Garland, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by repeated exposure to


Electricity ConsumptionElectric power generation dropped in most provinces this past May, save for Alberta, which saw a 3.9 percent increase. Electric power generation in Canada fell 2.1% to 45.2 million megawatt hours (MWh) in May when compared to the same month in



The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released a policy paper on March 3 that draws attention to the impact of copper theft from electricity infrastructure and outlines four key recommendations to deter theft. “Given the high price of copper,


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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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