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BridgeportIn an ongoing war of words, Bridgeport Fittings claims a reexamination-based decision on only one of Arlington Industries’ patents – the ’831 patent – is a game-changer in pending litigation with Arlington over infringement of Arlington patents.


BritechIt was 1996 when Britech waded into the electric floor warming and snow melting industry. They had just became the exclusive Canadian representative for one of the first electric floor warming systems in Canada. The floor warming industry was still in


 BrittonThe head office is located in Montreal, through which the company has been providing the Quebec marketplace with a complete range of electrical contracting services and related products since 1948. The company has recently opened an Ottawa office to


Brockway EnterprisesThe east coast’s Brockway Enterprises has built a reputation on honesty, integrity and sincerity, three characteristics often lost as businesses navigate tough markets, recessions, and growing pains. But Brockway, an Independent electrical


Bittner brings over 20 years of leadership in the electrical industry to NSi Industries, based in Huntersville, NC. Bittner most recently led the sales organization at Hubbell Lighting as VP, Sales.

Safety CodeThe Alberta Safety Codes Council has added a building code round table discussion to its 2014 conference agenda, taking place in Banff, AB from June 3 to 6. The council’s annual conference allows industry partners, government, municipalities,


Building PermitsThe month of May saw a 13.8% increase from April in the value of building permits issued, reports StatsCan, primarily led by commercial building permits in Ontario and Manitoba, as well as multi-family dwellings in British Columbia. 

Economy - Building PermitsContractors took out $6.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 6.7% from October. This decline follows an 8.0% gain the previous month. Despite this monthly decrease, the total value of permits continued to show a slight upward trend on


Canadian Building PermitsThe total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 27.3% to $6.7 billion in August, following three months of double-digit increases. The August decline resulted mainly from lower construction intentions for non-residential


Canadian Municipal Building PermitsCanadian municipalities issued building permits worth $9.2 billion dollars in July, up 11.8% from June and the fourth consecutive monthly advance. The increase in July was mainly attributable to higher construction intentions for multi-family


Economy ChartCanadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.6 billion in November, down 13.8% from October, following two consecutive monthly increases. Widespread declines in both the non-residential and residential sectors in several provinces were


Building PermitsThe total value of building permits was $7.5 billion in October, edging up 0.7% from September. The increase came mainly from higher construction intentions in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. 



 Skilled TradesSchool boards and parents should not overlook the opportunities that await today’s students in the skilled trades.  According to apprentices currently working towards their Certificates of Qualification, there is more to the skilled trades than


MarrettesThomas & Betts is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Marrette wire connector with by giving away $35,000 in prizes. From now until September 30, if you purchase a specially-marked Marrette 833M Flip-pak containers, you can enter online for a


CSA EnterprisesC.S.A. Enterprises Ltd., with offices in Halifax, NS, St. John’s, NF, Moncton, NB, and Fredericton, NB, is now Priority Wire & Cable, Inc.’s sales representative for Atlantic Canada. C.S.A. Enterprises Ltd. has been serving Atlantic Canada since


CABAContinental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has announced plans to update its 2010 report, Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Technologies: Market Size in North America 2010. The 2014 edition is scheduled for release by July.

Satellite TVTotal revenue of the cable and satellite television industry rose 3.5% from a year earlier to $14.2 billion in 2013, despite a decrease in the number of subscribers for a second straight year (down 1.3% to 10.8 million).



GE CalgaryCalgary is going with GE LED lighting for the first phase of a possible city-wide streetlight retrofit. The City of Calgary’s Department of Transportation is going with GE Lighting’s LED technology to replace and upgrade existing street light


Lamp Lighting AwardsIf you are a lighting designer, architect, urban planner, interior designer, engineer, landscaper or student, Spanish company Lamp Lighting encourages you to enter its international contest. All entries must be received by 31 January 2015.



CSA CommunitiesThe Subcommittee for the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, Section 16 - Class 1 and Class 2 circuits has a vacancy that candidates may apply to fill.



House of LearningIt has been four years in the making, but good things come to those who wait as the Brown Family House of Learning officially obtained LEED Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council on January 30, 2015.

World SkillsSkills Canada and SkillsUSA have just been awarded hosting rights to the 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly. The event will take place in Niagara Falls. 

Canada Green BuildingThe Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has reached a major milestone in the evolution of green building in Canada with the 5000th registered project for LEED certification in Canada. This comes on the heels of a strong third quarter of 2014 that


BC Clean TechnologyThe federal government has announced investments of $27.3 million for 10 clean technology projects in BC. Funding comes from the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan investment in Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech


LEED CanadaThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) assigns Canada the highest ranking in a list of top 10 countries for LEED outside of the United States.
Rankings are based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as


Energy Star AwardsCanada's ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards recognize participating companies and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient product, technology or service available on the market in Canada.


ABBEnergy and automation leaders are coming together this week in Calgary to attend ABB Energy and Automation Forum Canada 2014, where they will share their challenges, insights and vision on developing sustainable infrastructure in Canada. Here’s a


Rooftop SolarCanada’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plant is now supplying enough electricity to power 60 homes for a year, offsetting 420 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of planting over 25,000 trees. The project features 2,244 solar


Electrical Safety Training ConferenceDon’t miss your chance to preview the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, and hear from industry professionals who have helped shaped Canada’s electrical safety system.  The Canadian Electrical Safety Conference stops in three cities;



In advance of the release of the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I and the Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety standard in 2015, CSA Group is hosting the Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series in Calgary, Toronto and Halifax. This tri-annual


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.

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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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SimplySnap: It Just Works.

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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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