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These two Canadian firms, representing General Cable’s Carol Brand/GC and Stabiloy Brand, have received awards at General Cable’s 2014 National Sales Meeting, held in Phoenix, AZ. Desdowd Inc. (Montreal, QC) earned a Stabiloy & Nual Representative


DesdowdDesdowd has added two new manufacturers to its portfolio, reports Jean-Sébastien Bercier, Vice President of sales and Marketing. Desdown are now agents in Quebec and the Ottawa area for Panasonic (bathroom fans) and Deca Cables (manufacturer of


EconomyOTTAWA -- Average weekly earnings for Canadians, not including farm employees, were up 0.7 percent from February, Statscan reported, working out to a weekly average of $933.  

Solar GridInvestment bank Deutsche Bank is predicting that solar systems will be at grid parity in up to 80 per cent of the global market within two years, and says the collapse in the oil price will do little to slow down the solar juggernaut.



Energy ConsumptionRecent research tells us that: Cloud computing and mobile devices leads to an increase of energy facilities. There are now 4 million network antennas on the planet, and the new standard (LTE or 4G) consumes 60 times more energy than 2G technology.


DimplexDimplex’s new representative for Eastern Quebec will be Eclairage Optimum, the company announced last week. 

DimplexDimplex’s new agency representative, Mac’s II, will help expand the company’s B.C. presence. Dimplex North America Limited announced that Mac’s II Agencies LTD will be taking over as Dimplex’s Representative for the province of British Columbia, effective


Distracted Drivers

By Scott Williams

Highway safety laws in every Canadian jurisdiction prohibit driving while distracted, which makes drivers liable for any consequences. But occupational health and safety legislation also makes employers liable: distractions while


Do Your Customers Know What Type of Electrical Work You Do?When a customer has an electrical problem or new installation opportunity, he or she will search for the company that offers the solution. How well do your existing customers know what type of electrical work you can perform? Simple question, but can


NAED ConferenceWhat is the AdVenture Marketing Conference?

E-Commerce Although we can shop on smartphones that follow us everywhere, our tablets contain all available product catalogues, and new online retailers continue to enter the Canadian market, Canadians have not yet returned to their pre-2008-09 spending levels.

Horsemen Bamber

Western Canada’s largest independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler has made the following appointments and promotions



E.B. HorsmanClose to 100 suppliers will be on hand to demonstrate new products and answer questions at the E.B. Horsman & Son Vernon Branch Product Show, taking place September 17 from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Visitors will be able to speak with electrical suppliers


CGNA PMECEastern Canadian premiers and U.S. governors came together to discuss a myriad of issues, top of which was energy innovation. 

EatonPower management company Eaton has been recognized as a top employer for young people in Canada by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. Now in its 12th year, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People is an editorial project that recognizes the


Eaton Appoints Elizabeth Sanchez Perry D’Ortenzio, VP & GM, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Canada, recently announced the appointment of Elizabeth Sanchez to the position of plant manager for the Low Voltage Distribution Assemblies facility in Milton, ON. Elizabeth will report to


Eaton Appoints Helen Veldhuis as Manager, Canadian Satellite Sites and LV Enclosed Control Facility
Perry D’Ortenzio, VP & GM, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Canada, recently announced the appointment of Helen Veldhuis to the position of manager, Canada’s quick-ship satellites and the Low Voltage Enclosed Control facility (Mississauga).

EatonAs of May 1, Eaton has appointed Rob Goldsmith Sales Manager, Commercial and Industrial, Canada, Cooper Power Systems Division, Electrical Sector – Americas. Goldsmith will be located in Burlington, ON. In this role, Goldsmith will lead the


Steve CassanoTablets and other prizes were handed out to distributor reps in Eaton’s recent C22 Pilto Devices product promotion. 

electric vehicle chargerEaton is expanding its charging station product offering with a prewired, cord-connected EV station that includes a Cooper NEMA 6-50 receptacle, plug, and weatherproof cover on the box.
The charger is suitable for indoor or outdoor installation,



Eaton Canada has named Steve Boccadoro Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electrical Canada, and Perry D’Ortenzio to Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Electrical Canada, Electrical Sector – Americas.

Efficient LEDEaton’s Portfolio surface-mount light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire from its Cooper Lighting Division, Incorporating patented WaveStream LED optical technology, provides uniform, glare-free illumination for standard and high ceiling applications in


Metal BezelEaton has expanded its line of M22 pilot devices to include a metal bezel option (M22M). The new bezel maintains a low profile to keep panels compact and offers an attractive chrome finish for users looking to add appeal with front-of-panel


Laser Engraved BreakerPower management company Eaton has announced that new laser-etched labels will be featured on its moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) to help with product authentication. 

Information laser-etched directly onto the circuit breaker includes


Eaton NeorayEaton’s new Neo-Ray Index light-emitting diode (LED) pendant luminaire from Cooper Lighting features adjustable optical panels and incorporates patented WaveStream LED technology to improve light quality and reduce total power consumption for


EINEaton was once again a big participant at this year’s Canada Blooms / National Home Show, held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from March 14 to 24. The two co-locating shows comprise North America’s largest home and garden event. 

EatonPower management company Eaton and its Cooper Lighting division have released of the 2014 SOURCE calendar of educational classes for the lighting and design community. Located at the Lighting business’ Peachtree City, GA office, the SOURCE offers a wide


Eaton Logo“Eaton is committed to celebrating leaders in lighting design, who are driving all facets of the industry forward,” says Mark Eubanks, President, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting division. “By supporting the IES awards program, we aim to help improve the


Eaton - Travis SmithBuilding brand, creating synergy opportunities, and positioning Eaton as a technical innovator and industry leader in BC were the primary objectives heading into the ETEC event, held recently in Surrey, BC. ETEC Vancouver is a two-day event


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."

Go HERE to join the discussion



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.

SynapseSmart technology is only smart if it works, and SimplySnap? It just works.
Scalable, field-proven, DLC NLC 5.0 qualified, and easy-to-install wireless network
lighting controls are in-stock. Explore energy code compliant SimplySnap
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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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