Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

November 7, 2016

By Julie Kerr

McCoy Samuels was recently named the 2016 Recipient of the RAB Design Lighting Award of Excellence — a scholarship awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and a passion for the electrical industry.

Currently, McCoy is in his final year studying Electrical Engineering at Centennial College in Toronto, ON.

EIN had the chance to speak with McCoy, and it was clear as soon as we said hello that he was a fascinating young man, with a curious mind, a passion for people, and a remarkable entrepreneurial spirit.

A curious mind

From a young age, McCoy remembers tampering with gadgets just to understand how they worked — asking questions such as how do the hands on a watch move, or what causes a fan blade to turn? In fact, he recalls one time in particular taking a portable fan from his mother’s room and pulling it apart to inspect it one afternoon while she was out at the store. Unfortunately, his mother came home early, shocked to find various components of the fan scattered throughout the living room. Apparently, at first she was not as thrilled with his inquisitive nature, but quickly came to terms with her son’s curiosity, and accepted that it was what was going to lead him down such a promising and successful path.

For McCoy, it’s always been about trial and error. Whether it was taking apart and putting back together portable fans, or attempting to fix his friends cell-phones, he was able to use his failures as an opportunity to learn and try again until he fixed the problem. It seems as though this is the same philosophy he applies to life and believes that although failure is inevitable it is important learn from it in order to continue to improve.

A passion for people

Growing up in an impoverished community in the Caribbean has given McCoy an incredible perspective on the world. He sees how people are suffering every day and is determined to find a way to give back. He even discussed starting his own charitable organization that incorporates the teaching of basic practical and communication skills to help connect those in less fortunate parts of the world to opportunities elsewhere.

He looks at the electrical industry the same way — as an opportunity to help people. What excites him the most is the seemingly endless number of things that the electrical industry is capable of controlling and how it has the potential to make people’s life much easier. He has the innate ability to look at problems through a human-first lens and is fascinated by smart technology, marvelling at how in the palm of your hand you can have everything you need to access all the electrical controls in your home.

Entrepreneurial spirit

Looking forward, McCoy hopes to secure his electrical license and open his own electrical contracting business.

However, even while discussing his own aspirations he brought the focus back to others. He discussed how — once he becomes more established — he would like to leverage his own network in order to help young people find apprenticeships and wants to do everything he can to make that process easier for people.

Within his program, McCoy also works with a group of friends on various design projects aimed at making existing processes and systems more efficient. He focuses on challenging status-quo and is determined to find alternative energy sources, and building materials that are both environmentally sustainable, as well as cost effective.

Outside of school, McCoy fixes phones for his friends in his spare time, and tries to squeeze in a game of soccer whenever he can.

Talking to McCoy was inspiring. He is so energized by the electrical field and loves how everyday there is something different to learn, challenge, or apply. In fact, the end of our conversation he even cited the infamous quote: “If you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” For him, he’s found that passion and we are so excited to see what’s next for this promising student.

Congratulations McCoy!

Julie Kerr is Associate Editor / Research Associate, Electrical Market.

 

 Legrand: the Adorne Collection Video Gallery 

Legrand Adorne CollectionThe adorne collection makes life simply beautiful, putting a stylishly smart finishing touch on your home. With adorne you will discover real-world inspiration for turning the ordinary into extraordinary with re-imagined switches and other solutions you have to see to believe. Check out the extensive adorne video collection to learn more about adorne and the advantages in can bring to any home.

 

 

 

 

Watch the video Here

 

Changing Scene

  • Prev
Electricity Human Resources Canada has introduced a new Board of Directors, effective as of their ...
Jacques Fiset, the new president of the EFC Quebec section, told us in a recent interview that his ...
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the twin lighting shows - the  ...
A Friday night, the end of summer, the weather is mild, and 2,500 people — customers, ...
Eaton focuses on developing personable connections in every aspect. In September, our team will be ...
During the recently held IMARK Canada 2019 meeting in Niagara Falls, executives from 14 of the ...
Valard has been selected by Wataynikaneyap Power LPto provide engineering, procurement ...
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum Canadien sur l’Apprentissage (CAF-FCA) has announced ...
Electricity Human Resources Canada has announced this year's keynote speakers for Agents of Change ...
Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA)/Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) ...

Green PlugndriveThe Government of Quebec, Ingka Group (IKEA), City of Madison and several other industry and organization innovators have pledged to join CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero (Drive to Zero) program. 

“By joining the Drive to Zero pledge, Québec is committing to share its transportation electrification knowledge and expertise and coordinate its efforts with those of all partners to make zero-emission technology commercially viable by 2025 in the heavy vehicle sector...

 

Read More

 

 

 

Latest Articles

  • Prev
IDEAWORKS engages undergraduate students and hires co-op students in Mohawk’s Energy and ...
Pick up a newspaper or scan your preferred electronic newsfeed and you’ll likely see a series ...
Britech Corp, one of Canada’s largest heating cable companies has signed a formal agreement ...
Electrical enclosures serve to protect electrical devices from adverse environmental influences, ...

Humber CollegeLike many higher education institutions, Humber College is committed to sustainability. But at Humber, they take that commitment to the highest level. The Toronto college instills sustainability across every facet of the school and has had numerous accomplishments from their projects and partnerships that link community engagement and academics. One impressive result is that Humber has been named one of Canada's greenest employers for four consecutive years (2016-2019).

 

 

Read More

 

 

Tools for the Trade

  • Prev
  IDEAL Industries has introduced Combination Drill Taps to its tool lineup. Combining the ...
  Stripping and crimping device, 100 - 240 V input voltage, for insulated ferrules with a ...
Professional all-in-one cutter/stripper for coaxial and twisted pair cables     ...
  Klein Tools' Coax Explorrer 2 tests coaxial cable and maps up to 4 locations   ...
  Ideal Industries' T-14 wire stripper s are ideal for all professionals working within the ...
  The ATS850 conveyor eliminates all types of electro static discharge requirements. ...
  Lorik Tool & Automation has the experience and ability to manufacture a variety of ...
  Ideal Industries' 26 piece insulated Journeyman kit is ideal for new electricians or for ...
  Klein Tools Deluxe Fish Rod Set comes in 19 pieces that when assembled can fish wire and ...
  BendWorks Software was designed to help electrical contractors adopt this new process ...

beckhoff CU81The new CU81xx uninterruptible power supply (UPS) series is designed for universal use in the field. With flexible and cost-saving connection options including One Cable Technology (OCT) for uninterruptible power supply (UPS-OCT), the CU81xx series is suitable for a broad range of applications. This includes connection to the entire range of Beckhoff components – in particular the Industrial, Panel and Embedded PCs – as well as third-party products. In combination with the Beckhoff Industrial PCs (IPCs), particularly efficient cabling is possible with just one cable for 24 V supply and communication through UPS-OCT.

 

Read More

 

Product News

  • Prev
ABB launches NeoGear low-voltage switchgear.        
Banner’s new WLB72 Basic strip light is a bright, high-efficacy LED task light for use in ...
Just because wire diameters are decreasing, it doesn’t mean the data needed to identify ...
Littelfuse have expanded its line of POWR-SPEED PSR series high-speed fuses by adding 275 new ...
  With a 30+ year track record for excellence in linear lighting, ML / NSL takes you into ...
The SYLVANIA ValueLED UFO High Bay is a DLC Premium LED fixture that has a lightweight, impact ...
Power Integrations announced new high-power-density members of ...
Tray portrays a picture frame design. The intention was to evoke the idea of empty picture frames, ...
Magic Lite introduces the next generation of their hugely successful LED Brick ...
The adorne Collection has expanded their line of designer switches and outlets to now come in the ...

 

LYTSwitch DriversPower Integrations announced new high-power-density members of its LYTSwitch™-6 family of safety-isolated LED-driver ICs for smart-lighting applications. The new ICs with PowiGaN™ technology enable designs that deliver up to 110 W with 94% conversion efficiency using a simple, flexible flyback topology.

The high efficiency of the new LYTSwitch-6 ICs eliminates the need for heatsinks – greatly reducing ballast size, weight and cooling airflow requirements. The 750 V PowiGaN primary switches provide very low RDS(ON) and reduced switching losses. 

 

Read More

 

 

Betacalco TrayTray portrays a picture frame design. The intention was to evoke the idea of empty picture frames, characterized by a similar concave design, for use in high-end architectural environments. Tray is a fresh contemporary alternative to traditional lightbox style fixtures. With sloped back and side surfaces, Tray creates a floating effect when mounted on ceilings.

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

 


 

Stephanie MedeirosBy Blake Marchand

Stephanie Medeiros leads ABB Canada’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure team, as well as transit bus charging in the United States and Canada. She has been with ABB in various positions for 10 years, compiling a diverse skill set that includes work all over the world.

After receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Medeiros got her start in the industry out of school volunteering with the Canadian government as an electrical engineering intern, where she travelled to Peru to help improve their water treatment infrastructure. 

Read More

 

 

Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2019 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil