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Arlington Industries Inc. announced the recipients of its 2013 sales awards at the recent 2014 NEMRA (National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association) meeting held February 5-9 in Atlanta, GA. The awards were presented to firms


Arlington Sconce BoxArlington says its new sconce box is low profile and fast and easy to install. 

Arzon SolarAccording to Arzon Solar, its new CPV platform, the“Universal Module” (uModule) performs with 30% efficiency, offering more power per surface area than any other PV module on the market. This makes it the highest efficiency and highest power


Skills CanadaBe a part of the Skills Canada National Competition — the only national event of its kind in Canada, where over 500 of the best skilled trades and technology students from across Canada compete for gold in over 40 unique skilled trade competitions


Uptime InstituteWhat are the symptoms of a poorly managed data centre facility?
How do you know if your facility is skating at the edge of thin ice, at risk of a sudden operating failure or catastrophic downtime? In Uptime Institute’s February 13 webinar,


Mashal CarrisimiMashell Carissimi, owner and CEO of JMC Electrical Contractor in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, was recently named a 2015 winner of Enterprising Women’s Enterprising Women of the Year Award.  


Axel SchlumbergerSouthwire has named Axel Schlumberger President of Southwire Canada. In this role, he will manage sales, marketing and support operations, all of which are based at Southwire Canada’s headquarters in Mississauga, ON. Schlumberger most recently



Axis Sales and Marketing has acquired the electrical division of S&D Marketing Limited, merging the business and its assets into Axis’s existing sales structure. S&D Marketing Limited, established in 2002, represented many of the industry's top


Banff SolarIn what may be the first municipal action of its kind in Canada, the town council for Banff, AB has approved an incentive program that would help eco-conscious residents install solar panels on private homes and businesses. As reported in The Crag


Flow BatteryCapturing the energy from the wind and the sun is becoming easier, but storing it for a rainy day is another story. This is a problem, as critics of renewables often point out. Wind energy tends to be most abundant at night, when it’s needed least.


Green HousesBC Environment Minister Mary Polak has introduced legislation for managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the province’s burgeoning liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. Bill 2, Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act) establishes a


Fine for unlicensed workBrian Cook, owner and operator of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, is the most recent recipient of a BC Lieutenant Governor Safety Award. Cook received the award in December 2013 for “significant contributions to electrical safety by working


BC Hydro

The John Hart Generating Station is getting a $1 billion upgrade, one that will see improved power output, safety and reliability. It’ll also be the biggest BC Hydro project since the 1980s. 

BC Hydro Debuts Canada's First Fast Charger NetworkBC Hydrohas announced an initial roll out of 13 DC Fast Chargers, which will be supplied by several electrical power equipment manufacturers, including Eaton. BC Hydro has also selected Greenlots’s SKY network management solution to manage the


BC HydroBC Hydro has announced that it is making available yearly target energy volume information to help developers with project planning under its Standing Offer Program (SOP). As part of the “Clean Energy Strategy” included in BC Hydro’s 2013


SwitchgearNewly installed switchgear equipment in BC Hydro’s Mica Generating Station, located on BC Hydro's Columbia River system north of Revelstoke, will help the plant improve safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to provide reliable


BC HydroA new transmission line and substation are powered and delivering electricity to Vancouver, BC hydro announced last week. The $201 million Vancouver City Central Transmission project is the largest electrical investment in 30 years, BC Hydro said.


CEAThe Canadian Electricity Association has given out awards for social, environmental and economic excellence in electricity. BC Hydro and Power Authority, Hydro Ottawa, and Ontario Power Generation Inc. walked away winners from the Canadian


BCEABritish Columbia Electrical Association's Education & Lighting Expo is set for October 16 this year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

BC has restored a previously cancelled program providing point-of-sale rebates on the purchase of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The program had contributed to the province having more charging stations than outlets


Schneider Clark MicrogridBC Premier Christy Clark says Schneider’s MicroGrid Lab is a vote of confidence in the economy and the province’s future as a clean energy provider. 

Beghelli CanadaScott Laing has accepted the position of National Sales Manager, Canada for Beghelli Canada Inc. Laing has 15 years of proven results in leading a team to exceed their budgets and objectives. He brings strong negotiation skills and effective sales


 ground circutSince ground fault circuit protection was adopted in Canada over 40 years ago, the number of people dying annually from electrocution has been steadily reduced from over 800 to less than 200, and much electrical equipment and other infrastructure


bicsiSince 1984, BICSI’s TDMM has been the definitive reference manual for ITS, telecommunications and information communications technology infrastructure design.

Bill C8Canada's new anti-counterfeiting legislation, Bill C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act, was passed by the House of Commons earlier this month and has already received second reading in the Senate. The bill had received all-party support in its


Ventes FuturaLes Ventes Futura, founded in 1987, is now representing BJ Take Inc.’s complete product line of LED & fluorescent light fixtures in Quebec, adding to its core product lines Juno Lighting and Tech Lighting. Les Ventes Futura is based in Boisbriand, PQ.


Boundary Dam PlantBoundary Dam Plant Sask Power released preliminary performance numbers for the operation of Unit #3 at Boundary Dam Power Station, the world’s first coal-fired commercial power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.



Specs350Breakdown of Specifications by Type

Skilled Labour As Ontario struggles to solve a labour shortage that will require an estimated 40,000 skilled workers over the next decade, stigma blocks a potential workforce that could play a large part in rectifying the problem. The historical and misguided


Brian Cook

A licensed electrical contractor and registered Electrical Field Safety Representative, Brian Cook is founder and president of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, a Vancouver-based company that conducts electrical safety assessments for the


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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