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Electric Vehicle ConferenceElectric Mobility Canada has its 6th Annual EV2014VÉ Conference and Trade Show scheduled for October 28th to 30.

Website MarketingMore and more consumers are doing research online before they hire an electrician. Here’s how you stand out from the bloated search engine results. So you’ve got a website. You spent the money on a decent website and loaded all your company info onto


LED LightingLED's Part 2
The benefits of LEDs almost seem too good to be true, and in some cases may be. Rapid growth in LED technology has led to equal growth in the number of manufacturers and suppliers, with sometimes questionable results. To get the


DC CurrentDirect Current (DC) electric power is an emerging disruptive technological area that has the potential to stimulate economic growth, inspire innovation, increase research and development opportunities, create jobs, and simultaneously advance


HVDC ServiceABB has won an order from maritime Link to supply a high-voltage direct current power transmission solution, technology that will give Nova Scotia more access to renewable energy.

Acadia CenterWith the release of Acadia Center’s Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth in Canada, policymakers and the public have access to detailed analysis regarding the macroeconomic impacts of energy efficiency programs across Canada.



Structured CablingThe goal of structured cabling has always been the same — put in a cabling infrastructure that will allow you to connect any kind of device to a network within your building, without the need to install new cables or connectors. What has changed is an


Following up on its June announcement, Actuant has finished divesting itself of its electrical segment, serving primarily the retail do-it-yourself, marine, industrial OEM and wholesale electrical markets.

Product RevelAcuity Brands, Inc. has launched a next-generation OLED product portfolio, including the award-winning Revel, Kindred, Trilia, and Canvis. The four luminaires provide distinctive design statements for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, and


AcuityDistech Controls Inc., a Canadian building automation and energy management solutions provider, says it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Acuity Brands, a provider of intelligent lighting solutions.



Rogers ElectricalWe are pleased to announce that Rogers Electrical Wholesale, headquartered in Summerside, PEI, is the newest Affiliate member of AD Canada! Rogers Electrical Wholesale has an extensive history in Atlantic Canada dating back to the mid 1800’s. They are


Add EnergyAddÉnergie Technologies, which designs, develops and markets smart charging station systems, is celebrating its fifth anniversary, a milestone that marks its transition from a startup to an established business.

Affiliated Distributors AwardsJim Milne, President of AD Canada, stated, “I am truly inspired by the performance of our Distributors and Suppliers.  Our market leading growth is fueled by our exclusive AD Rewards program and the power of many entrepreneurs working together to


Affiliated DistributorsIndustrial and construction products buying group Affiliated Distributors, Wayne, PA, reported sales in 2013 of $28 billion. AD’s members across all AD divisions grew 4% in 2013.

Air Water Engineering A progressive engineering company based in Ottawa, AirWater Engineering Inc. designs and implements building facility systems for real estate property management, commercial, advanced technology, R&D laboratories, government buildings, and


Alberta Safety Codes CouncilMaster electricians in Alberta with certification in good standing are now eligible to receive credit for the Canadian Electrical Code course, which is required for certification as an Electrical Group A Safety Codes Officer.

Power LIneThe Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has selected Alberta PowerLine, a joint venture formed by Quanta Services and ATCO Group, for the Fort McMurray West 500kV transmission project, reports Energy Business Review. The project involves two


AlstomAn agreement between Alstom Renewable Power and DCNS’s Marine Energy and Infrastructures Division aims to develop and then commercialize the world’s first integrated system for a semi-submersible floating wind turbine, which will deliver 6 MW. The


AlstomPhilippe Delleur, Senior Vice-President, International Network at Alstom, has announced the appointment of Claude Lambert as President of Alstom Canada, leading all the activities of Alstom in Canada.

smart gridL-R: Hervé Amossé, Vice President of Substation Automation Solutions, Alstom Grid and Élie Saheb, Executive Vice President – Technology at Hydro-Québec.
Following its Smart Grid Technology Innovation partnership, Alstom Grid and Hydro-Québec’s


Alstom HVDCNalcor Energy has awarded Alstom a trunkey contract to design, supply, and install a point-to-point HVDC for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link. 

AppletonAppleton Grp LLC has appointed Harish Shinde to Vice President - Canada. He will be responsible for Canadian sales, marketing, and operations functions.



secretariatThe answer to tomorrow’s looming labour shortage lies in today’s schools. For more than a generation, students have been told that all paths to a rewarding career around which you can build a comfortable life pass through a university campus. While


EatonInvestigate a display of leading technologies, talk to technical experts, and explore Eaton capabilities in the residential, commercial, industrial, OEM and mining markets at the full-day Eaton Northern Ontario Exhibition in Sudbury, ON. The event


TorontoElectro-Federation Canada's Electrical Council hosts Richard Ford, Manager, CDM Program Delivery & Business Development for Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, at tomorrow’s breakfast meeting in Concord. Ford will discuss Toronto's rapidly


ArevaAREVA and Schneider Electric have signed an agreement to develop a new energy storage solution, the flow battery, to produce and store electricity by combining hydrobromic acid and hydrogen. 

Argo InternationalUpdate your address book: Argo International has a new address: 5195 Harvester Road, Unit 6, Burlington, ON L7L 6E9. Phone: 905 637 7119

ArkemaInstitut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (IREQ) and Arkema have reached a collaborative research agreement to develop a new and safe electrolyte from fluoride and non-fluoride salts produced by Arkema. This new electrolyte will be suitable for use in


Arlington IndustriesThe U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has found in favour of Arlington Industries, Inc. regarding an infringement of its patents on its SNAP-TITE and SNAP2IT connectors by Bridgeport Fittings. The judgement covers all


Arlington IN/OUT BoxesArlington’s IN/OUT outlet box adjusts for wall depths up to 1-1/2" – ideal for use when the final wall thickness is unknown, as well as double drywall, tile, mirrors, etc. The new single-gang, low profile FA101LP is designed for new work


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
technology here.

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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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