Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Feb 23, 2021

IMG 0261 Jacques Marchand 1By Line Goyette

Jacques Marchand represents the fourth generation to lead Marchand Electric. The company was founded in 1892. “Originally we built dams”, explained Jacques. Since then, Marchand Electric has had its part in illuminating countless Ottawa-Gatineau homes, commercial establishments, and industrial locations.

With an over 125-year history, the Marchand family has innovated and evolved over the years to maintain a leading position in the industry. AD has been part of that evolution. “We have been an AD member since the merger with IED. Joining AD has given me the tools to grow my business, with an increase in buying power and industry knowledge,” noted Jacques on the company’s AD membership.

Among the strengths that AD provides to Marchand, Jacques pointed to AD Rewards as a key element for the company and customers.

“I saw the new AD Rewards program features and it’s a great tool. It gives me a way to better engage with our customers and bring more value to them. Another selling point of AD Rewards is that it’s run by AD and it’s turnkey,” he said. Jacques added that the program is also popular with customers. It allows their sales teams to maintain communication and enhance relationships, and ultimately, he said, “It drives business.”

“AD Rewards also offers the “Inside Rewards” program. We use this program to support AD vendors and our counter staff. The staff promote AD Rewards recognized vendors products and they are compensated with AD points. We create quarterly promotions, and it works.”

At the conclusion of our interview Jacques commented, “Being an AD member has been very positive for Marchand Electric, it has given me a chance to meet vendors in person and increase my buying power. A big selling point for me is the networking opportunities and our network session. All in all, an excellent group and I’m looking forwards to our next conference.”  

Today, Marchand Electric remain passionate about providing quality custom lighting solutions, as their experienced lighting and electrical professionals are continuously adding to their expertise with the most current trends and technologies. Finding creative solutions and providing superior customer care are cornerstones of their success and longevity.






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 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."

Go HERE to join the discussion



Ideal's Stay Wired to WinIt's April, which means it's time for you to ignite your competitive spark with the a new challenge from IDEAL Nationals Canada. This month, IDEAL is asking you to show off your electrical knowledge with the most correct answers.

Five professionals and five apprentice winners will each take home a $100 VISA gift card and forged wire stripper from IDEAL.





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William (Bill) BurrBy William (Bill) Burr

Section 32 – Fire Alarm Systems, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, and Fire Pumps, as outlined in Rule 32-000 Scope, is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and provides additional and specific requirements for the location, installation, wiring, and protection, of

• local fire alarm systems

• permanently connected smoke and carbon monoxide alarms...

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LumenpulseBy Matthew Payette

A lighting programming and control narrative is a document that is essential to coordinate the design/construction process with a fully realized final architectural product. It defines how lighting will integrate into the space and ultimately how humans will interact with that same space.

Sometimes there is a gap between the initial visions of the designers and the final product. Other times, the final product and operation of the lighting systems is achieved but after much project management distress...

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11 Piece Insulated TorqueVario-S and SlimLine Blade Set• Individually tested to 10,000 volts AC and rated to 1,000 volts AC for safety and peace of mind.

• Meets VDE testing standards for protection against arc flash explosion.

• Torque accuracy of +/- 6% for confidence in precise tolerances.

• 33% narrower blade shafts for reaching deep set terminal block fasteners.

• Direct-molded insulation for protection against electrical shock and arc flash explosion.

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Jo Istanbul Four Seasons ABy Owen Hurst

Recently, Electrical Industry Canada has developed a relationship with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a non-for-profit group developing resources and networking potential for women and all working or planning to work within the renewable energy sector. Aside from being the WiRE President & CEO, Joanna Osawe is the Global Business Development Manager of Major Projects for DMC Power Inc.

EIN sat down with Osawe to learn more about WiRE and the substantial benefits it provides. Joanna is very personable and open regarding her career and her ambition, as well as the opportunities she is developing for women nationally and globally. 

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