Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

May 4, 2017

HouleHoule Electric has a unique and interesting history that reveals the company’s rise from humble beginnings to one of the most prominent electrical contractors in British Colombia. In 1944 Lionel Houle opened Houle Electric, providing electrical products and services to the residents of Port Alberni. Over the next few years Lionel moved the company and his family first to the town of Terrace, and then in 1955 to Kitimat.

Struggling through financial difficulty, Lionel kept the company afloat until he received his big break in 1959, when he secured a contract with Bird Construction to help relocate the inhabitants of Aklavik to the new town of Inuvik. The project included building 150 homes, a hospital, nurses’ residences, and an RCMP station.


In 1960 Lionel again uprooted his family and business, relocating to Burnaby, BC. In Burnaby, he managed to keep costs down by operating the business out of a converted school bus in his backyard. After a short stay in Burnaby Lionel made the wise decision to move his business to an official commercial office in Vancouver. Over the next few decades the company expanded throughout BC, opening an office in Kamloops in 1962, Prince George in 1965, Nanaimo in 1976, and Fort St. John and Victoria in 1978.

In 1979 Lionel negotiated an agreement to sell Houle to 12 of its employees. The following year Houle was awarded its first major project, as the electrical contractor for the $3,300,000 Victoria General Hospital project. Upon completion of the project, Lionel was paid out and Bill Hall was appointed President of the employee-owned company. Piggybacking off the success of the Victoria General Hospital, the company secured several multi-million dollar projects that allowed Houle to purchase a new office in Burnaby.


The late 1980s was a tough time for electrical contractors in British Colombia, but Houle was able to maintain its prominent position and continue to grow. In 1991 Houle established a Network Systems Division to better service their customers.


In 1997 Robert Lashin was appointed President, and has since taken Houle Electric to new heights. Under Lashin’s leadership they have received numerous awards, including the Vancouver Construction Association’s (VRCA) Gold, Silver and Innovation Award; Leader in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and Safety awards; Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Award; and in 2012 and 2017 Consumer’s Choice Awards.

Houle has also not stopped expanding its range of coverage, establishing a security division in 2007 and opening an office in Kelowna and moving their head office to a 32,000 sq.ft facility in 2009. The company has province-wide mobilization that offers electrical construction and service, security and life safety, networks and infrastructure, building automation and preventative maintenance.

And with this month’s theme focused on control panels, building automation and green buildings, there is plenty to discuss regarding Houle Electric. Their contributions to green technology is evident in their LEED award and their company focus on control automation for buildings, including door access control, HVAC controls, lighting controls and system integration.

Houle specializes in system integration of heating, ventilation, HVAC systems, security (including CCTV), audio visual systems, lighting, and energy monitoring. Further they posses custom Web development capabilities customers can utilize for remote notification, viewing and control access tot heir homes or multiple commercial or industrial buildings.

Houle’s list of ongoing and completed projects is extensive and straddles the commercial, industrial and residential sectors including various hospitals and medical centres, schools, airports, manufacturing facilities, numerous Port projects, a detention centre and a CFB base.


Houle maintains the original vision of Lionel and the core company values he started over 60 years ago; safety, quality, ethics and integrity. They are also heavily involved in their community, regularly making charitable donations and participating in charity events.

For more information: https://www.houle.ca/

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Top Recurring Revenue Business Ideas for Electricians

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Sadly, there’s no way to plant dollar bills for your electrical business that will grow into hundreds overnight (wouldn’t that be nice?).

While I can’t gift you a money tree, after talking to dozens of our electrical customers, I can tell you that one of the best ways to grow your business is through recurring revenue.

What is Recurring Revenue and Why Should Your Electrical Business Have It?

Recurring revenue is predictable, stable revenue that comes into your business at regular intervals. It helps you better maintain cash flow, reduce reliance on one-time sales and most importantly, allows you to forecast revenue so that you can make better decisions for the future of your business. 

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The EPLAN AdvantageWhat is EPLAN?

One platform, multiple solutions – the Eplan Platform offers engineering software such as Preplanning for systematic preliminary planning, Electric P8 for preparing circuit diagrams and Pro Panel for 3D enclosure planning, all from a single source. Standardised interfaces and integration processes enable continuous data flows throughout the value chain, with additional links to various system solutions from Rittal.

This year, EPLAN has introduced its new EPLAN Platform 2022 to help address challenges in the design, engineering and manufacturing phases of the panel building process...

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Changing Scene

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The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) is celebrating 100 years of reliability within the electrical ...
ECAO and NECA have announced that on January 1 ECAO officially joined NECA as their 119th Chapter. ...
A virtual event hosted by CAF-FCA to engage employers about the business case for apprenticeship. ...
British Columbian organizations developing low-carbon building solutions can now apply for a third ...
More and more businesses, industries and people are going ‘grid independent.’ This means Licensed ...
CSA Group, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification, has announced the opening of a ...
Sense announced a new standards-based open source effort to enable software to ...
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Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), through the support of its members, is proud to support university ...


EIN NECA ECAO 400ECAO and NECA have announced that on January 1 ECAO officially joined NECA as their 119th Chapter. Executive Director Graeme Aitken joined NECA CEO David Long on LinkedIn Live to announce the partnership.

Given the similarities between the two organizations, ECAO is looking to create more opportunities for its electrical contractor members and this further collaboration will allow them to facilitate that. As well as drawing on the educational opportunities that NECA can offer.

“What we’re looking for is integration, professionalism, but most importantly to expand our community."

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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 ESABy Blake Marchand

This technical Q&A was done as part of ESA’s annual Licence Holder Meeting on November 18th. A recording of the entire meeting is available online. The technical Q&A began with a general overview of ESA’s top 5 changes provided to the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code by Malcom Brown. 

Following that, Brown goes through a number of questions submitted by LECs (Licenced Electrical Contractors), covering several topics, including EV energy management systems, GCFI and AFCI protection, nuisance tripping for washing machines and microwaves, smoke alarm requirements, and common inspection defects.

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Product News

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 In ABB's ongoing commitment to offer superior value at every touchpoint, from ordering to ...
The IDEAL 61-517 GFCI Receptacle Tester is a 120V AC plug in outlet tester that indicates proper ...
The preassembled SCRG cable prevents ice build-up on roofs and gutters that could damage these ...
Low-dosage LED UVC device for continuous disinfection in occupied spaces provides an additional ...
Greenlee, part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, introduces the new ESG45LX Gator Hard ...
The Fluke 417D is accurate, durable, and easy to use—just point and shoot. The simple design and ...
Mercmaster™ LED Luminaires deliver exceptional efficiency, performance and advanced engineering. ...
The SSW Series of Sealed Screwless Wall Plates from SensorSwitch™ is designed to protect wall ...
The Fluke TiS75+ thermal camera offers features to help tackle almost anything teams face in the ...


Gator Hard CutterGreenlee, part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, introduces the new ESG45LX Gator Hard Metal Cutter, a tool solution for the high-voltage industry, featuring an industry-first shock-load damping system that minimizes released energy while making cuts.

The ESG45LX is ideal for overhead one-handed operation and cuts up to 1/2-inch Rebar (Schedule 60) and EHS Guy Strand and 5/8-inch Ground Rod and Standard Guy Strand. It has a compact, lightweight design, weighing less than eight pounds with battery, and is 33 percent lighter than an earlier model thanks to a redesigned flip-top style latch that reduces overall weight.

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Peers & Profiles

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Watt’s the Word is a recently launched Electrical Industry Podcast hosted by Zack Hartle and ...
Allana Kellett-Jamieson loves working in the electrical sector and is proud of the great focus ...
As the head of ABB Canada's electrification business unit, Éric Deschênes is no newcomer to the ...
Karen Pullen knows what it’s like to be the only woman on a construction site, and as a proud ...
As of February 2021, Martin Stephenson is the new President and CEO of Signify Canada.   ...
This past July, Kerith Richards, who has worked for Service Wire Company for the last seven years, ...
EngWorks was formed in 2004 as an electrical engineering and consulting firm by Allan Bozek, “After ...
Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Mercury Lighting services national retail, ...
Among the recipients of the 2021 Clean50 Awards announced last month is Carolina Gallo, Vice ...
Sarah Silverstein is a principal with Liteline along side her two brothers Mark and Daniel. ...


Watt's The WordBy Blake Marchand

Charlie Harte is the Canadian President & CEO for LEDVANCE LLC, as well as holding the role of VP of Marketing & Customer Experience for the U.S. and Canada region. Harte was named as the Canadian President in February 2020 and not long after was also named as the VP of Marketing and Customer Experience. Our interview centered around his experience joining LEDVANCE right before the pandemic, how he approaches leadership, where LEDVANCE wants to find success, and his perspective on the broader industry.

Harte spent 30 years working for some top brands in the building materials industry where he honed a strong skill set in sales, marketing, strategic planning, business development, and leadership. He joined the organization a month before the global pandemic which provided a unique scenario. “You’re starting to lead an organization with whom you almost have no connection,” he noted.

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