Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Apr 25, 2019

Lori AckermanThe Energy Council of Canada has chosen of Fort St. John, BC Mayor Lori Ackerman as Canadian Energy Person of the Year.

As a 30-year resident of Fort St. John, BC and the community’s first female mayor, Lori Ackerman is one of Canada’s top energy advocates. She is admired for her leadership of a resource-driven municipality, striking a balance between energy development, community representation, and First Nations partnerships.

Mindful of the challenges and opportunities that energy resource municipalities manage, Mayor Ackerman consistently advocates for economic and community development, technological innovation, and Canadian competitiveness. Her willingness to share lessons learned and to engage in dialogue regarding the relationship between local communities and Canada’s energy sector marks her as a leader not only in her own community but across Canada.

Mayor Ackerman thinks globally and acts locally. Together with Fort St. John City Council, she successfully aligned the city’s strategic plan with UN Global Sustainable Development goals, toured local resource projects with mayors from across BC, and received one of only two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum and Certified Passive House designations in Canada for Fort St. John’s demonstration house. Fort St. John, under Mayor Ackerman’s leadership, was presented Clean Energy BC’s Community of the Year Award and installed an in-line turbine on the city’s gravity-fed effluent outfall line generating 780 MWh of energy each year.


Mayor Ackerman is also a contributing member of the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) initiative, working with resource-based communities in Colombia and Peru to build capacity in local government, was recognized as one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in BC, and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.


The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established by the Energy Council of Canada in 2001 to recognize and pay tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact at the national and international levels within the energy sector and nominations are based upon the nominee’s outstanding accomplishments in the business or public sectors and the community at large.

A foremost characteristic of the nominee is their strong sense of social responsibility and their commitment to give back to the community. Their focus on environmental and social issues, and economic development should be evident. Their forward thinking and innovative spirit enable these leaders to promote the Canadian energy sector and Canada’s role in the world energy market.

AD Spotlight

E.B. Horsman & SonE.B. Horsman & Son (EBH), one of the fastest-growing, independently owned full-line electrical distributors in Western Canada, announced that it is a 2020 winner of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed status for 11 consecutive years.

During the past year, the company remained successful amidst changing market conditions by focusing on its six pillars: operational excellence, growth and expansion, talent management and development, collaboration and communication, enhanced customer experience and market awareness. 

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COVID-19Below Electrical Industry News Week has collected the latest updates from companies in the industry. The majority are not experiencing major impacts with respect to supply chain and production, but are implementing changes to adhere to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, Health Canada and Center for Disease Control.

This list will continue to be updated as companies update their current situation. 

 

 

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“There are clear benefits of PoE for many applications, but with standards changing all the time, it can present challenges for IT technicians and cable engineers,” explains Tim Widdershoven, Marketing Director for IDEAL Networks. “Consider a Voice over IP (VoIP) phone, for example. If it doesn’t have a sticker which specifies what standard is required, technicians may not know whether the measured power passes or fails.” 

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