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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,







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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