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Universal LightingCR Browne & Associates Inc., with 120 years of collective experience in the electrical industry, now represents Universal Lighting in BC, including Vancouver Island. Based in Maple Ridge, BC, CR Browne & Associates is a member of the British


CR browneBritech, one of Canada's oldest and largest companies in the electric heating cable industry, has appointed CR Browne & Associates to represent its line-up of electrical heating cables and controls in BC. CR Browne & Associates Inc. sells and


TelecommunicationsMore and more Canadians are adopting smartphones and tablets, reports the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in its just-released 2014 Communications Monitoring Report. This is just one in a number of usage increases in


Shore Power PlugsFive-years after Port Metro Vancouver made dockside power available, cruise lines still aren’t hooking up. 

CSA Merit AwardsCSA Group handed out their 2014 Award of Merits last week in Charlottetown, PEI, and the electrical industry posted a nice showing.  The Award of Merit is given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in developing voluntary standards and


CSA groupIn preparation for launching an updated version of the Canadian Electrical Code in January 2015, CSA Group is hosting a three-city conference series this fall to raise awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues and the most


CSAIn preparation for launching an updated version of the Canadian Electrical Code in January 2015, CSA Group is hosting a three-city conference series in fall 2014 to raise awareness of electrical installation, maintenance and safety issues and the


ChinaCSA Group has announced the opening of a higher power test laboratory and a HVAC psychrometric test chamber in Guangzhou, China. The two new laboratories will expand CSA Group's services for Chinese customers looking to reach global markets.

CSA Status ReportAsh K. Sahi, President and CEO of CSA Group, has announced his retirement in 2015. The exact timing will depend on completion of major projects initiated by Ash. He intends to pursue other interests in music and education. 


SCCThe Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has appointed CSA Group Secretariat for a new international Climate Change Coordinating Committee (CCCC). As Secretariat, CSA Group will facilitate the development of strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas


CSA Group

If your employees work with electrical current or close to sources of current electric, then they’re exposed to risk of injury or death. CSA Group offers various publications, print and electronic, as well as implementation tools and training to


CSA Footwear Guidelines CSA Z195-14 deals with new protective footwear and includes requirements for two grades of toe impact resistance, as well as special requirements for electric-shock protection, conductivity, sole plate performance, metatarsal protection, sole flex


Terminal BlocksCSA Group Bayern, a subsidiary of CSA Group, now has the capability to test and certify terminal blocks for the North American market. CSA Group Bayern can also conduct audits on client programs and witness tests at manufacturers' own test


CSACSA’s newly revised standard on the management of emergency and business continuity measures helps managers prepare to deal with crisis situations, such as implementing plans for prevention, mitigation, preparation, response, recovery, and business


CSACSA Group has issued a call for session speakers and ideas in advance of a conference series on safe electrical installation and maintenance. The fall conferences, scheduled for Mississauga, ON (Oct. 7-8), Calgary, AB (Oct. 15-16), and Halifax, NS (Nov.


CSA Status ReportSince 1919, CSA Group has grown from a truly Canadian to a global organization with 1,800 employees in 15 different countries. Our global expansion has allowed us to help reach our vision of contributing to a better, safer and more sustainable


CSAThe unexpected or deliberate dangerous energy release has a very real risk of serious injury or even death. CSA Z460 can help companies to adopt safety best practices and demonstrate due diligence for preventing injuries caused by electric current.


cullitonStratford, ON - February 21, 2014:  Delivering quality and value on several high profile construction projects including the Grand River Hospital Patient Care Development – Kitchener and the Niagara Outlet Collection- Niagara-on-the-Lake; Culliton,


campbells safety awardCummins Inc., a U.S.-based corporation that designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, is the 2014 recipient of the Robert W. Campbell award. Keeping its workforce safe is a key


Chris CurtisWith former Idea president Bob Gaylord off to pursue other interests, Chris Curtis will be taking the reins of the company’s day-to-day operations and chairing the search for a new CEO. 

Pierre GauthierPierre Gauthier will be taking the presidential reigns of CVTech this August, a role the new president said he’s eager to start.  

Dag NyhofNick Shkordoff, Vice-President of Electrical, North America with IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dag Nyhof to the position of General Manager of IDEAL INDUSTRIES (CANADA), CORP.



GerrieGerrie Electric Wholesale Limited welcomes Dan Schellenberg as Director of Sales for the East and West Regions. Schellenberg will be responsible for all sales within these regions. 

Danfoss MegatrendsOn January 28, Danfoss hosted its 20th annual press briefing during the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago. This year’s press briefing included discussions of four industry megatrends impacting the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration


RichJoseph Rich will lead the growth of the company’s variable frequency drive business in North America. Danfoss is a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating,


Daryl Sittler

Hockey is the theme for the Ontario Electrical League’s 2014 Electrical Industry Conference, taking place April 30 to May 3 in Toronto. Session topics include worker safety, freeing up cash flow, operational planning, CSA special investigations and


NorthwindsDaryl Witiuk, Northwinds Corporation, joins EC Ontario Region’s leadership team, headed by Chair Bill Stephens, Ideal Industries (Canada), Corp. In February 2015, Witiuk will assume the Chair position.

Hydro One ScholarshipDecember 31 is the last day to apply for one of three types of Hydro One scholarships for university and college students: the William Peyton Hubbard Memorial Award, the Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarship, and the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin


Fan ControllerA new fan speed control sensor for Rittal’s TopTherm fan-and-filter units is now available. This handy and compact device, compatible with larger models in the range of electronically commutated (EC) TopTherm fan-and-filter units, automatically adjusts


Five Tips to Find Time for Field Service Marketing

SimProTime is a precious resource that we all want more of. And if you own a field service business or work for one, you undoubtedly know how hard it is to find time for everything you need to accomplish in a workday, let alone a week, a quarter, or a year.

Like many of us, you do your best to check every item off of the to-do list during working hours while inevitably pushing lower priority items off to another day. And often, marketing your field service business is one of those things that easily falls to the wayside after being pushed back for more urgent matters.

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Government of CanadaThe federal governemnt has officially launched a call for proposals (CFP) for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI). The initiative’s 2022 CFP will help fund new and innovative projects that aim to increase awareness and knowledge of ZEVs and charging and refueling infrastructure thereby increasing public confidence in these vehicles and their economic and environmental benefits.

Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through non-repayable contributions of between 50 and 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding of up to $300,000 per project. The CFP will close on August 18, 2022.

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Omnicable joins ETIMETIM North America announced that OmniCable has joined the product classification standards organization. Headquartered in West Chester, PA, OmniCable has 24 locations throughout North America, and also owns Houston Wire & Cable (HWC). The company partners with many electrical manufacturers and only sells to distributors.

According to John Dean, Director of Marketing & E-Commerce, OmniCable/HWC, “The wire and cable industry is often called commodities, but there are very distinct features and attributes for the different products our manufacturers produce. 

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Atkore United Poly SystemsAtkore Inc. announced that it has acquired United Poly Systems, a manufacturer of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe and conduit, primarily serving telecom, water infrastructure, renewables, and energy markets.

“We are pleased to complete the acquisition of United Poly Systems, which strengthens Atkore’s product portfolio, expands our manufacturing capacity and further enables us to meet HDPE customers’ needs,” stated John Pregenzer, President of Atkore’s Electrical business. “HDPE pipe and conduit is a growing market that is expected to benefit from U.S. infrastructure legislation, and United Poly Systems is a great addition to Atkore. We welcome these employees and look forward to working together to continue to serve and support our customers.”

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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 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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The Canadian Electrical Code for safer electrical installations

Canadian Standards Association

For over 90 years, the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CSA C22.1:21), has helped ensure the safety of electrical installations and protection of electrical workers. Its 2021 edition brought 200+ additions and updates that address energy storage systems, climate change adaptation, hazardous locations, and other important topics. To help users better understand and apply the Code, CSA Group developed additional resources and training.

Learn more about available Code packages and resources




Iron+EarthThe RenuWell Project partners are excited to announce the groundbreaking of two pilot sites located near Taber, Alberta. These pilot sites are the first of their kind to repurpose inactive oil and gas infrastructure as a foundation for renewable energy development and job creation.

When operating, the solar projects will generate 2,030 MWh annually – enough electricity to power 280 average Alberta households or irrigate 11,700 acres of farmland for an average year. This is roughly equivalent to $200,000 in electricity sales per year with 1,100  tCO2e savings in GHG emissions. Over a 25-year lifespan, the projects will generate 50,750 MWh, with GHG emission savings of 28,420 tCO2e.

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David O'ReillyBy Elle Bremmer

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David O’Reilly, Vice President Home & Distribution and Secure Power Divisions with Schneider Electric Canada for a discussion regarding the Wiser EnergyTM smart home solution, the Wiser Approved training program, and his thoughts on several different subjects, including sustainability and future technologies currently in the works at Schneider Electric. David has been with the company for five and a half years in his role.

We recently published a study (version en français ICI) from Schneider Electric showing a strong interest from Canadians in smart home technology. 

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SimplySnap: It Just Works.

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Scalable, field-proven, DLC NLC 5.0 qualified, and easy-to-install wireless network
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Ericson String LightsEricson announces upgraded versions of their extremely capable line of Industrial String Lights and SL, LED Stringlights. These new and updated products have several key features important when safe, code compliant lighting for industrial workspace is necessary.

Infinitely capable, these ruggedly built products have several industry leading & exclusive features including:

Industrial String Lights:

  • A United States Navy Specification since before WWII, they’re time and application tested...


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