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SignaltekIdeal Industries Inc.’s handheld qualifier confirms correct installation of copper and fibre cabling capable of supporting voice, video, data and CCTV applications over 10/100 Megabit or Gigabit Ethernet.

IEEEIEEE has approved 802.11ac-2013, which is intended to achieve higher multi-user throughput in wireless local area networks (WLANs). The amendment will improve WLAN user experience by providing data rates up to 7Gbps in the 5GHz band — more than 10


IES LogoThe Illuminating Enegineering Society of North America has recently published a new framework for lighting practitioners. 

Wind FarmThe IKEA Group announced has purchased a 165-megawatt wind farm in Texas, representing the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The former Apex Clean Energy wind farm will contribute significantly to the


Imark Product StampedeDuring the recent IMARK Canada meeting in Niagara Falls, executives from 16 leading Canadian manufacturers participated on the IMARK Canada Product Stampede.

Imark Canada“Techspan’s versatility, broad product offering and excellent service levels make this company a very valuable resource for IMARK Canada members,” says Jerry Knight, IMARK Canada VP, Supplier Relations.



I-mark CanadaIMARK University Canada, powered by, now provides IMARK Canada members with access to high-quality Web-based learning materials related to the products and applications of key product groups in the electrical and lighting industry. The online


Imark CanadaEffective immediately, North American Lighting Products, Inc. (Mississauga) and Power & Telephone Supply (Burlington) have joined IMARK Canada.


Importing CounterfeitingThe RCMP has laid fraud charges were laid against a company named Montréal-Import and its owner, René Major Jr., 41, of Terrebonne, QC. It is alleged that René Major Jr. sold electrical products bearing counterfeit UL certification logos from


Standardization Committee The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has launched an online portal that allows users to browse, filter and easily apply for any standards development, policy, and conformity assessment committee in which Canada participates internationally—over 450


Ideal Supply

Bob Branscombe, President of Independent Electric and Tim MacDonald, President of Ideal Supply have reached an agreement to service local electrical contractor customers together in a South Barrie location. Ideal Supply, which is also engaged in


Industrial ElectriciansPaper beats metal in this week’s Survey Says.

EHRCElectricity Human Resources Canada has brought together industry and government under a new program that aims to bring more women into the electrical industry. 

Circultation Heater and ControlsInline heaters (a.k.a. circulation heaters) are ideal for processing fluid, including hazardous liquids, that requires intermediate heating while maintaining a flow rate. Instead of stripping the heat from another source as it would for a heat


Intermatic ServiceIntermatic Incorporated has announced the formation of its 2015 Contractors Council. Comprised of 14 residential and commercial electrical contractors, the Council is part of Intermatic’s ongoing commitment to capture the Voice of its Customers. 



IntralecPriority Wire & Cable Canada is excited to announce the appointment of Intralec Electrical Products Ltd as their Manufacturer’s Representative Agency in Southern and Central Ontario.



Schneider SurgelockSchneider Electric is pleased to announce the release of the innovative Surgelogic SurgeLoc, a new line of commercial surge that provides advanced power and equipment protection for Square D™ NQ panelboards. Engineered with input from contractors and



IRWIN Tools, founder of the annual National Tradesmen Day, has expanded efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for trade professionals by launching the IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Contest. Community members throughout North America are invited


Save Money OnlineFor the past year many have talked about Amazon Supply and how it can benefit MRO buyers and contractors. But just because you may use Amazon as a consumer does not mean it is the right solution for all of your business purchasing.



ISO For Cities

ISO is working on a new standard for communities and cities that put an emphasis on sustainability, one that they say will help improve governance and delivery of services. 

Jamaica Wind EnergyBMR Jamaica Wind Ltd. is receiving support to the tune of $62.7 million to build, operate and maintain a 36.3 MW capacity wind farm about 90 km west of Kingston, Jamaica. This will be the largest renewable energy project developed by the private


RideJean-Sébastien Bercier, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Desdowd, is very determined to end cancer. The Enbridge Ride to Conquer is a two-day event, with proceeds going to the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital. On July 5 and


Tim PopeFeaturing: Tim Pope, Senior Project Manager of CSA Group



RecallThis recall involves various models of Sea Gull Lighting chandeliers from one of the following seven collections: Brandywine, Laurel Leaf, New Verona, Newport, Parkview, Roslyn and Somerton. The chandeliers are metal with various finishes and two or


Electric power generation in Canada dropped 1.6% to 45.1 million megawatt hours (MWh) when compared with the same month in 2013, reported StatsCan. Hydro power generation also fell, marking a 2.5% decrease to 28.1 million MWh. In total, Canada used


Fluke SafetyIt’s the foundation of any electrical safety program: limiting the exposure of workers to the electrical hazards of shock and arc flash. Using test leads and clamps to probe inside a live panel when troubleshooting and performing routine


IR WindowsThis is the second in a 2-part series. Part 1 appeared in the November 11 issue of EIN, and discussed non-contact infrared (IR) thermometers, visual infrared thermometers, and infrared cameras.
Safe work practices, including the use of non-contact test tools


Kelvin-EmtechKelvin Emtech is an engineering consulting firm with offices in Montreal and Toronto and more than 15 years of expertise in conceptual and design services in the electrical and mechanical fields. The firm has expertise in critical electromechanical systems



Pre-orders are now being accepted for the 2015 Edition of Pathfinder, the premier electrical  industry benchmarking tool. 

LDS LaunchKerrwil Publications is proud to introduce the newest addition to its electrical e-newsletters and websites.  With the premiere issue having launched on March 26, 2015, Lighting Design and Specification (LDS) is a monthly e-newsletter with the


What’s Your Breaking Point?

SimPRO Industry Bundled Program

If you’ve ever learned how to ride a bike, a surfboard or even tried your hand at yoga– you know how difficult it can be to find balance. You can focus on a fixed point in the distance and shift your weight around all you want. But at the end of the day, there are often things out of your personal control that can send you tumbling.

We’re all experiencing what it feels like to be thrown off our balance right now with looming economic uncertainty. If this uncertainty has already impacted your business, you’re not alone. How can your business continue to thrive in the face of challenges out of your control?


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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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Yukon Canada

Communities across the North and Arctic are prioritizing cleaner, more reliable energy sources, as they continue to feel the impacts of climate change. By investing in renewable energy initiatives that support energy independence and economic development, we can keep our air cleaner and build resilient, healthy communities for everyone to call home, all while creating good-paying, sustainable jobs and lowering harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Yukon is leading the country in its pursuit of cleaner energy and climate change initiatives. 



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Linde announced it has inaugurated the world's first hydrogen refueling system for passenger trains in Bremervörde, Germany.

Linde’s hydrogen refueling system, which it built, owns and operates, will refuel 14 hydrogen-powered passenger trains, enabling each train to run for 1,000 km emission-free on a single refueling. It has a total capacity of around 1,600 kg of hydrogen per day, making it one of the largest hydrogen refueling systems ever built. Linde’s future-ready hydrogen refueling system has been designed and constructed with the ability to integrate future on-site green hydrogen generation. The new hydrogen trains will replace existing diesel-powered trains.

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Chris Lane

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lane of Johnson Controls to the CABA Board of Directors. As Director of Product Management for Building Automation System (BAS) products at Johnson Controls, Lane leads a team of product managers responsible for designing the strategy and direction for Johnson Controls’ global portfolio of BAS products. 

"I’m honored to have the opportunity to join CABA’s board and support their vision to empower connectivity among people, spaces and technology,” said Lane. 


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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



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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HellermannTyton Double Slit Conduit

HellermannTyton announces HelaGuard Double-Slit Corrugated Conduit. The two-piece solution features one semi-circular tube that snaps over another to envelop a wire or cable bundle. This makes it possible to add flexible corrugated protection to wiring that is already connected on both ends.

Standard conduit requires installers to guide cabling into and through the length of tubing. That is less of an issue at the time of manufacture. But if the ends of the wire are soldered to a terminal or otherwise inaccessible, non-slit conduit – and even single-slit conduit – can be tedious or impossible to apply.



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Greenlee Mobile Bending Table

By Blake Marchand

For the new Bending Table for Greenlee® 881 Series Benders, Greenlee Tools, Inc. set out to improve ergonomics and product security.  Previously, contractors usually had to disassemble their bender unit for relocation off the jobsite due to it being harder to secure on the jobsite. New anti-theft features incorporated into the bending table product design allowed the cart and its accessories to be more fully locked. 

This increases contractor productivity by helping reduce the need for tedious setup and tear down of the bender due to off-jobsite storage. Greenlee wanted to make the Mobile Bending Table as versatile as possible and intentionally designed it to fit through most 32” wide doors.  

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Siemens PBSI Sept1 GIF fire test

DCC-11 EV Energy Management System

DCC-11, manufactured by Thermolec, is an energy management system designed to allow the connection of an EV charger to the main feeder of a panel without affecting the load calculation. 


  1. DCC does a real-time reading of the total power consumption of a home or condo electrical panel;

  2. It detects when the total power consumption of the main circuit breaker exceeds 80% and temporarily de-energizes the charger.



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EIN 21 TSBC EJTC 400Effective October 1, 2022 the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, 25th Edition, Safety Standard for Electrical Installations, Canadian Standards Association Standard C22.1-21 is adopted as the BC Electrical Code. All electrical work that is subject to the BC Electrical Code must be in compliance with the updated edition effective November, 30, 2022. 

All code-related information bulletins and directives that have been issued to date remain in effect. All potentially impacted information bulletins and directives will be reviewed for consistency with the new code edition and revised if necessary. 

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