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Arlington Industries Inc. announced the recipients of its 2013 sales awards at the recent 2014 NEMRA (National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association) meeting held February 5-9 in Atlanta, GA. The awards were presented to firms


Arlington Sconce BoxArlington says its new sconce box is low profile and fast and easy to install. 

Arzon SolarAccording to Arzon Solar, its new CPV platform, the“Universal Module” (uModule) performs with 30% efficiency, offering more power per surface area than any other PV module on the market. This makes it the highest efficiency and highest power


Skills CanadaBe a part of the Skills Canada National Competition — the only national event of its kind in Canada, where over 500 of the best skilled trades and technology students from across Canada compete for gold in over 40 unique skilled trade competitions


Uptime InstituteWhat are the symptoms of a poorly managed data centre facility?
How do you know if your facility is skating at the edge of thin ice, at risk of a sudden operating failure or catastrophic downtime? In Uptime Institute’s February 13 webinar,


Mashal CarrisimiMashell Carissimi, owner and CEO of JMC Electrical Contractor in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, was recently named a 2015 winner of Enterprising Women’s Enterprising Women of the Year Award.  


Axel SchlumbergerSouthwire has named Axel Schlumberger President of Southwire Canada. In this role, he will manage sales, marketing and support operations, all of which are based at Southwire Canada’s headquarters in Mississauga, ON. Schlumberger most recently



Axis Sales and Marketing has acquired the electrical division of S&D Marketing Limited, merging the business and its assets into Axis’s existing sales structure. S&D Marketing Limited, established in 2002, represented many of the industry's top


Banff SolarIn what may be the first municipal action of its kind in Canada, the town council for Banff, AB has approved an incentive program that would help eco-conscious residents install solar panels on private homes and businesses. As reported in The Crag


Flow BatteryCapturing the energy from the wind and the sun is becoming easier, but storing it for a rainy day is another story. This is a problem, as critics of renewables often point out. Wind energy tends to be most abundant at night, when it’s needed least.


Green HousesBC Environment Minister Mary Polak has introduced legislation for managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the province’s burgeoning liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. Bill 2, Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act) establishes a


Fine for unlicensed workBrian Cook, owner and operator of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, is the most recent recipient of a BC Lieutenant Governor Safety Award. Cook received the award in December 2013 for “significant contributions to electrical safety by working


BC Hydro

The John Hart Generating Station is getting a $1 billion upgrade, one that will see improved power output, safety and reliability. It’ll also be the biggest BC Hydro project since the 1980s. 

BC Hydro Debuts Canada's First Fast Charger NetworkBC Hydrohas announced an initial roll out of 13 DC Fast Chargers, which will be supplied by several electrical power equipment manufacturers, including Eaton. BC Hydro has also selected Greenlots’s SKY network management solution to manage the


BC HydroBC Hydro has announced that it is making available yearly target energy volume information to help developers with project planning under its Standing Offer Program (SOP). As part of the “Clean Energy Strategy” included in BC Hydro’s 2013


SwitchgearNewly installed switchgear equipment in BC Hydro’s Mica Generating Station, located on BC Hydro's Columbia River system north of Revelstoke, will help the plant improve safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to provide reliable


BC HydroA new transmission line and substation are powered and delivering electricity to Vancouver, BC hydro announced last week. The $201 million Vancouver City Central Transmission project is the largest electrical investment in 30 years, BC Hydro said.


CEAThe Canadian Electricity Association has given out awards for social, environmental and economic excellence in electricity. BC Hydro and Power Authority, Hydro Ottawa, and Ontario Power Generation Inc. walked away winners from the Canadian


BCEABritish Columbia Electrical Association's Education & Lighting Expo is set for October 16 this year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

BC has restored a previously cancelled program providing point-of-sale rebates on the purchase of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The program had contributed to the province having more charging stations than outlets


Schneider Clark MicrogridBC Premier Christy Clark says Schneider’s MicroGrid Lab is a vote of confidence in the economy and the province’s future as a clean energy provider. 

Beghelli CanadaScott Laing has accepted the position of National Sales Manager, Canada for Beghelli Canada Inc. Laing has 15 years of proven results in leading a team to exceed their budgets and objectives. He brings strong negotiation skills and effective sales


 ground circutSince ground fault circuit protection was adopted in Canada over 40 years ago, the number of people dying annually from electrocution has been steadily reduced from over 800 to less than 200, and much electrical equipment and other infrastructure


bicsiSince 1984, BICSI’s TDMM has been the definitive reference manual for ITS, telecommunications and information communications technology infrastructure design.

Bill C8Canada's new anti-counterfeiting legislation, Bill C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act, was passed by the House of Commons earlier this month and has already received second reading in the Senate. The bill had received all-party support in its


Ventes FuturaLes Ventes Futura, founded in 1987, is now representing BJ Take Inc.’s complete product line of LED & fluorescent light fixtures in Quebec, adding to its core product lines Juno Lighting and Tech Lighting. Les Ventes Futura is based in Boisbriand, PQ.


Boundary Dam PlantBoundary Dam Plant Sask Power released preliminary performance numbers for the operation of Unit #3 at Boundary Dam Power Station, the world’s first coal-fired commercial power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.



Specs350Breakdown of Specifications by Type

Skilled Labour As Ontario struggles to solve a labour shortage that will require an estimated 40,000 skilled workers over the next decade, stigma blocks a potential workforce that could play a large part in rectifying the problem. The historical and misguided


Brian Cook

A licensed electrical contractor and registered Electrical Field Safety Representative, Brian Cook is founder and president of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, a Vancouver-based company that conducts electrical safety assessments for the


       Partnering For The Next Step                

Siemens CanadaWelcome to the Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit brought to you by Siemens

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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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