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FuturPlusFuturPlus has appointed André Pouliot as inside sales representative for their Quebec City branch.

Futurplus CorrectFuturPlus is opening a new sales office and warehouse in Magog, QC and has appointed Gervais Bérubé as sales representative for the province’s Eastern Townships region. Gervais has over 25 years of experience in the electrical industry.

FuturplusSeptember 23 marks the official opening of a new 10,000 square foot FuturPlus location at 36 Antares Drive, Nepean. In other FuturPlus news, Juergen Wiedermann is now in charge of sales for the company’s Carlton Place location. 

FuturPlusFuturPlus’s Pierre Proulx is now the company’s Regional Manager, Business Development for the Laval, North Shore and Quebec City regions.

FuturplusFuturPlus has moved its Ottawa branch to a 10,000 sq. ft. facility at 36 Antares Drive in Nepean. The company has also appointed Juergen Wiedermann as Inside Sales Representative. Wiedermann has more than 20 years of experience in the electrical


FuturPlusAnew FuturPlus Express branch is opening at 8294, rue Hochelaga, Montreal, QC H1L 2L3. The company has also announced the appointment of Sylvain Delisle as inside sales representative. Delisle has more than 30 years of experience in the electrical


Technology Trends“We have identified the top 10 technology trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes,” says David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow. “This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of


ShneiderThe Gartner Magic Quadrant, an authoritative source for competitive comparisons in the information technology industry, has positioned Schneider Electric the furthest in the Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) quadrant for completeness


winterwindWinterwind 2014, the premier international conference on wind energy in cold climates, drew 450 delegates to Sundsvall, Sweden. Among the presenters: the TechnoCentre éolien, based in Gaspé, Québec.

Priority Wire and CablePriority Wire and Cable, Inc. has announced the appointment of GB Agencies Ltd., Winnipeg; as representatives for the Province of Manitoba, and North West Ontario.


Jeffrey ImmeltAfter months of talks, GE has been approved to acquire Alstom’s Power and Grid businesses.  Big news out of France this past weekend as the Alstom Board of Director decided to recommend GE’s offer to acquire their Power and Grid businesses.

GEJaime Irick, GM, Lighting North America Professional Solutions, recently announced the following appointments:

GE Edison AwardThe 32nd annual GE Edison Award competition recognizes excellence and quality in professional lighting designs that significantly use GE Lighting products, including GE LED systems, LED luminaires, LED architectural products, LED lamps and modules,


GEGE’s Industrial Solutions is implementing an open access standard to its electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) Connect software platform to provide simple interoperability for drivers and expanded unit capabilities for owners. Programmers


GE Advanced ManufacturingGE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated last week the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Connecticut. The AML uses sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems to design and build production lines for


ecommerceGE’s Power Conversion business has launched an e-commerce app, the “Motor and Generator Store,” . The new platform, which applies initially to GE’s standard and stock low- and medium-voltage motors, will allow new and existing customers to access

GE Industrial UnitsIn a US$3.3 billion cash deal, GE is selling its appliances business to Sweden’s Electrolux so that it can focus on the company’s core industrial units. The deal is scheduled to close in 2015, and follows GE’s recent bid to acquire the power and grid


GE Industrial SolutionsGE’s Industrial Solutions business announced plans to strengthen its partnerships with authorized channel partners across Canada. This new arrangement, effective immediately, enables authorized GE channel partners to serve the industrial market


Robertson ElectricalRobertson Electric Wholesale’s National Accounts Division has hired a new account manager to serve customers in the London, Ontario area. An IES Graduate, George Thomson offers 25 years of industry experience, most recently as a regional manager at


Germany Green TransportGermany has begun pumping wind and solar energy into their transportation sector. Parliamentary Secretary of State to the Federal Transport Minister, Katherina Reiche, fuelled a fuel cell vehicle at the “Green Energy Hub” (H2BER) at the TOTAL


Gerrie Electric Gerrie Electric has promoted Ken Cherrett and Peter Postrozny, plus brought in new hire Joe Conciatori, to their senior management team. Ken Cherrett has been promoted to Director of Industrial Sales for the Central region. He took on the role June 2.


EHRC HRElectricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is looking to bring together employers, government, labour, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to address a need for current and accurate labour market intelligence. The goal: to produce an


Skills Canada A WeekSkills Canada invites individuals and organizations to help raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers among parents, youth and the general public by participating in and promoting National Skilled Trade & Technology Week. “This is an


Smart GridThe market for smart grid sensors is set to rapidly expand in the coming decade, with revenues growing nearly ten-fold, from 2014 to 2021, according to IHS Inc. The smart grid sensor market is already roughly doubling in size every two years, as


Global Wind PowerA new analysis estimates that global wind-generated energy could supply up to 20% of the world's electricity by 2030. Unveiled by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace International, the analysis indicates wind power capacity will



Markham, ON – Graybar Canada’s Markham Branch has demonstrated their assurance to customers of providing top-quality products and service by earning certification of the Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2008.

graybarAt Horizon Utilities Corporation’s annual Energy Savings Champions Awards in Hamilton, ON, Graybar Canada’s Hamilton branch received an award for implementing innovative energy conservation and demand management projects involving retrofits,


Stephen CarpenterIn a recent ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, green building pioneer Stephen Carpenter was presented with the Order of Canada for “visionary leadership in the development and stewardship of Canada's green building industry.”
Raised in Ottawa, Mr.


Wind PowerThis is the theme of the Quebec wind power industry’s 8th conference and 4th gala, taking place this June in Gaspé, QC. One might add that this conference also takes place at the heart of our preconceptions. Unlike many European countries, where


The New American HomeBuilders of a model home under construction in Las Vegas that showcases the latest methods for energy efficiency in new home construction are incorporating Thomas & Betts products as a means of saving energy and labour costs. The New American Home


Contractors! You Deserve Better.

Ledvance EIN Aug4 You Deserve Better July 2022Contractors! You Deserve Better | Win $2,000 Grand Prize from LEDVANCE, THE WORLD'S LEADING VERTICALLY INTEGRATED LIGHTING COMPANY


You deserve better and LEDVANCE wants to make sure you know it. Enter for a chance to be one of over 190 winners with the grand prize including $2000 and a SYLVANIA Work Light!

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2021 Canadian Electrical Code Overview of Changes

EIN CSA Group Logo 2022 400CSA C22.1:21, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains many updates and changes that are potentially significant to electrical professionals. This online, self-guided course provides the key changes and impacts to the industry presented in an easy-to-follow format.

 Designed for professionals with a good working knowledge of the Code and who solely need the key changes including general updates or those made for clarification, safety, and new products and systems. Key changes due to Rule relocation or deletion are also noted.

This course may help save valuable time to help keep electrical projects safe and in compliance. This training is developed with input from a broad cross-section of electrical industry experts and with cooperation from all provinces, territories and several key jurisdictions across Canada. 

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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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Grimard is more competitive and produces estimates 3X faster with Procore


When the pandemic lockdowns started in March of 2020, Grimard (an electrical contractor) had to decide whether to shut down its operations entirely or implement a new platform with people who were now freely available for work. Once they implemented Procore, they found a way to efficiently communicate with stakeholders and offer full transparency in terms of project costs and planning. It also allowed Grimard to utilize historical data to make project estimates more accurate. Grimard was able to streamline its bidding process, which made it more attractive to potential clients and helped the business grow.

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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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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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