Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

Jan 15 2016

Hydro Ottawa For the third year in a row, Hydro Ottawa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People. At Hydro Ottawa, young workers benefit from career development opportunities, community involvement initiatives and a culture that focuses on the safety and well-being of each employee.

With more than 40% of its workforce set to retire in the next 10 years, Hydro Ottawa is strategically reaching out to young talent early thanks to its educational partnerships and focus on the student experience. Currently, employees under the age of 30 represent 16% of Hydro Ottawa’s workforce.

Here’s how:
• Hydro Ottawa’s partnership with Algonquin College provides training to students enrolled in the two-year Powerline Technician diploma program.
• Hydro Ottawa offers in-house apprenticeship programs for its trades workers and also manages an engineer intern training and development program.
• In 2015, Hydro Ottawa hired 55 students, growing its workforce by 9%.
• Hydro Ottawa delivers The Student Apprentice, a full-day program that offers students an opportunity to present "value-added" ideas to the organization.
• Hydro Ottawa’s outreach strategy includes awareness at the elementary school level, and leveraging deeper connections through partnerships at the secondary and post-secondary level. The goal is to capture the imagination of young workers early while they’re still considering career options.

Among other winners of the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition are these electrical industry members:
• BC Hydro (Vancouver, BC)
• Bruce Power (Tiverton, ON)
• Enbridge (Calgary, AB)
• Epcor Utilities Inc. (Edmonton, AB)
• General Electric Canada (Mississauga, ON)
• Manitoba Hydro (Winnipeg, MB)
• SaskPower (Regina, SK)
• Siemens Canada Ltd. (Oakville, ON)

Find out more: http://www.canadastop100.com/young_people/.

 


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SoneparSonepar Canada has announced the launch of new mobile applications for Gescan Vallen, Sesco and Lumen.

The mobile apps were officially released as of June of this year and features barcode scanning, access to pricing, product availability, store locator and much more – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new mobile app is changing the way customers can interact with the Operating Companies within Sonepar Canada. The barcode scanning functionality is a popular feature amongst customers allowing them to scan an item easily and add it to their cart.

 

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Fredericton Transmission LineNB Power recenly announced it will seek approval to build a new transmission line in the Fredericton area, which will improve the reliability of the power grid in the region for approximately 25, 000 customers.

The new proposed 15-kilometre transmission line will run from the Rainsford Substation, in Fredericton, to the Mactaquac Terminal.

“NB Power strives to offer its customer a reliable power grid that meets or exceeds all utility standards,” said NB Power’s President and CEO, Gaëtan Thomas. “This will increase transmission reliability for customers in the Fredericton region with fewer interruptions that can be restored within minutes rather than hours or days.”

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Emergency Lighting PrinciplesBy Kevin Smee, Vice President Sales at AimLite

Most of us take light for granted. It has become so ubiquitous and cheap to use that we don’t really stop to think about emergencies. Thankfully most buildings are required by law since 1974 to be equipped with emergency lighting that automatically activates during power failures to facilitate our exit.

Emergency lighting is only one component of a building’s life safety systems, but perhaps one of the most important. 

 

 

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