Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

July 4, 2019

EIN CS 28 WiRE EHRC 400A multi-stakeholder group including Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), TransAlta, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), the Ministry of Labour, education partners, and others are launching a new project aiming to develop a more inclusive and scalable labour force for Alberta’s electricity needs. The Support Equity and Under-Represented Groups project will address the under-representation of key groups in Albert’s electricity workforce and develop a strategy for inclusivity in sector workplaces.

Alberta’s electricity demands, particularly for renewable energy sources, have been growing steadily and are anticipated to continue increasing: with 13,000 workers in the sector as of 2018 (according to EHRC’s Labour Market Intelligence for Alberta’s Energy Sector—Workforce Transitions 2018 report). While demand has been growing, many groups are under-represented in the workforce: women make up just 30% of Alberta’s electricity labour force compared to 46% as the average across all other industries, Indigenous people only make up 3-8% of the Canadian workforce despite being the fastest growing population in Canada, and Canadians with disabilities make up only 1-2% of the national workforce. Newcomers and migrant workers are also a major contributor to Alberta’s energy sector: they provide an invaluable role in labour and will continue to do so. This project will provide actionable recommendations and enduring plans for employers to attract, retain, and provide a supportive workplace environment for these groups. Concurrently, this project will support attracting younger Albertans to the electricity workforce—workers under the age of 25 currently only account for 5% of the energy industry in Alberta, compared to 14% for all industries across the province.

“As Alberta works to improve the provincial economy and create jobs, we also need to focus on maintaining a highly skilled workforce to meet current and future demands of the energy industry. Our workforce is changing and it’s important to provide opportunities for Albertans of all backgrounds to contribute and succeed,” said Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration.

“As Alberta continues to be a major innovator in energy, it must also be an innovator in developing an engaged, skilled, and diverse workforce that meet the province’s energy needs,” said Michelle Branigan, CEO of EHRC. “The groups we see under-represented in Alberta’s electric workforce are an incredible opportunity to develop into skilled talent for the province’s energy future.”

The 18 month project which launched in February 2019 represents an investment of over $220,000 into research, consultation, resource development, education planning, and employer support. The outcomes will be a more diverse workforce, capable of meeting Alberta’s energy needs sustainably as the province continues to be a leader in energy development both in Canada and across the world.

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Arlington TVCE Pro announced the winners of the 2020 CE Pro BEST (Best Electronics Systems Technologies) Awards at CEDIA Expo Virtual this week. Arlington is pleased to announce that their Low profile 5x8" Steel TV Box™ (TVL508S) won the CE Pro BEST Award in the Mount Lift Media Concealment category.

 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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Connected Drum Internet of Things Nexans Canada has launched a service providing cable reel tracking via connected devices. The “Connected Drum” Internet of Things (IoT) service allows customers to benefit from real-time location, theft and loss detection and management of residual cable lengths on reels. 

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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