Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

ScholarshipsAs part of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s 2015 scholarship program, Eaton is offering two awards for academic achievement that come with a possibility of working for the company. The two awards of $3500 each will be granted to university or college students who have completedat least one year of academic studies with a minimum 80% average (2.5 GPA) whose parent/legal guardian is afull-time employee of an Electro-Federation Canada member in good standing. In addition, the winning studentswill be considered for either a permanent or summer employment position with Eaton’s electrical sector in Canada.

Now in its 20th year, the EFC scholarship program will award a record $120,500 across 52 scholarships.Engaging university and college students is critical to our industry, says JorisMyny, Chair of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s scholarship program and a senior vice president of Siemens Canada Limited. Myny describes the scholarship program as more than funding students. “It is an opportunity to promote our industry in every Canadian university and college and showcase the electrical industry as a viable career choice in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Management, Operations, Information Technology and Human Resources.”

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection, backup power protection, control and automation, lighting and security, structural solutions and wiring devices, solutions for harsh and hazardous environments, and engineering services. The company has 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. In 2013, Eaton recorded sales of US$22 billion. 

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IBEWIBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson recently announced the “IBEW Strong” initiative to grow a more inclusive and representative union, and IBEW leaders in Canada are embracing the push to increase diversity while continuing to educate the best electrical workers in the world. It’s something that’s been an IBEW priority for many years.

“We have an opportunity as an industry to solve multiple problems by putting people to work,” said Cheryl Paron, an international representative in charge of the First District’s outreach to traditionally underrepresented communities.

 

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Supermarket LightingTraditional brick-and-mortar supermarkets are reconfiguring their store layouts and lighting designs as part of their new strategy to retain customers, attract new ones and remain relevant in the rapidly changing grocery retail channel.

As online competition and dollar stores capture more dry-goods business, supermarkets are shifting their focus away from shrinking center aisles to their perimeters where they can feature more fresh foods.

 

 

 

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It was in this office that some counsellor suggested becoming an electrician, and Tom’s interest was piqued. “I knew from that point on what field of studies I needed to focus on to become an electrician,” Tom said.

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ECAO's Graeme AitkenBy Blake Marchand

ECAO recently launched a new program called Future Leaders Advisory Council (FLAC), their inaugural meeting was held virtually this past June. Discussing the thought process behind FLAC, ECAO Executive Director, Graeme Aitken explained there were a number of factors that went into the decision.

The program is meant to be a resource for young professionals in the electrical industry for networking, building professional development skills, mentorship, and learning about the inner workings of the industry in general.

 

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