Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Feb 28, 2019

IdealGet ready to compete in the 2019 Ideal National Championship, which showcases the abilities of electrical professionals, apprentices and students. Qualifying round events will be held across Canada and the U.S., culminating in the Championship Weekend at the end of 2019. A preliminary list of qualifying rounds appears below.

The qualifying events are conducted in partnership with electrical distributors, trade schools and other organizations. Qualifying Round winners, with the fastest times in each territory, will compete during the championship weekend in Orlando, Florida.

Last year almost  40,000 electricians across North America took part in local competitions organized by Ideal Industries. From these 40,000, a professional representative and apprentice were selected from each state and one from both Western and Eastern Canada. This marked the first time Canadian electricians were eligible to compete in the competition, vying for the title of National Champion and a prize payout of US$75,000.

This year 18 Canadians will advance to the final championship competition in Orlanda, Florida. The Canadian competitors will be drawn from four regions, an increase of two over 2018:

    • Region A —British Columbia
    • Region B — Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northern Ontario, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut
    • Region C — Ontario
    • Region D — Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador

New this year: two professional and two apprentice wildcard spots available, split evenly between Canada East and West. These four qualifying spots are for those who did not win their region, but have the next fastest time.

Qualifying rounds this month

    • Orillia — March 6
    • Exeter — March 11
    • Goderich — March 11
    • Listowel — March 12
    • Barrie — March 13
    • Woodstock — March 13
    • Stratford — March 13
    • Kincardine — March 14
    • Hanover — March 15
    • Collingwood — March 19
    • Owen Sound — March 19
    • Port Perry — March 20
    • Winnipeg — March 21

Learn more about some of Canada’s 2018 winners

Last December EIN attended the Championship Weekend and interviewed Canadian winners. Read about these two professional engineers:


    • Lance Giesbrecht, ELG Electric, Goderich, ON — Fastest Professional Electrician, Canada East http://www.electricalindustry.ca/peers-profiles/5085-lance-giesbrecht-elg-electric-goderich-on-fastest-professional-electrician-canada-east


    • Paul Hannania, Panel Upgrade Experts, Calgary, AB — Fastest Professional Electrician, Canada West http://www.electricalindustry.ca/peers-profiles/5030-paul-hannania-panel-upgrade-experts-calgary-ab-fastest-professional-electrician-canada-west

In the next issue of EIN, watch for an article on Mateo Berrio, Fastest Apprentice/Student, Canada West.

Find out more about the 2019 competition



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 This year’s winning entries were chosen by an independent voting panel of integrators along with the editors of CE Pro.

 

 

 

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By tracking and monitoring a fleet of cable reels that are off-site or at subcontractor locations, significant savings can be realized. The service includes an online and mobile software platform for efficient and convenient management. This innovation provides customers with the real-time location of each reel as well as an alert system for monitoring on-site events including deliveries and pick-ups.

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ManitobaThe Manitoba government has expanded its Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program as part of its continued commitment to safely restarting the provincial economy.

“The Back to Work wage subsidy is benefiting hundreds of Manitoba businesses that are bringing back employees who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hiring more staff to boost their operations and provide valued services to Manitobans,” said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. “Manitoba has designed some of Canada’s strongest support programs to help relieve small businesses of unexpected financial burdens...

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