Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Dec 22, 2020

EIN 39 CS AEA 400By Blake Marchand

“It was amazing,” Alberta Electrical Alliance CEO Tara Ternes said of their first Virtual Electrical Learning Expo. “It was a built from scratch platform, based on our 26-years of experience doing the Expo,” so it certainly didn’t go without its challenges. “Going forward it will be much easier,” she said, adding that they learned a lot in the process of putting together and putting on the event virtually with Ivy Design, a marketing firm based out of Calgary, Alberta.

“The bonus with working with them is he (Cole Maruk of Ivy Design) was in the industry,” noted Ternes, “they went above and beyond the call of duty, being that this was the first Virtual event of this type for both of us.”

The exhibitors had to adapt to the online approach, obviously being in front of people is where they excel but the online equivalent is their only option at this point. Particularly when it comes to engaging new clients.

“It's uncharted territory for them,” commented Ternes. “It’s been a learning experience, but I think it was positive in many ways.”

“So far what we’ve been hearing (from the AEA exhibitors) is there hasn’t been any other opportunity for them to gain new customers, and to put their new products and technologies in front of new customers.”

From the attendee perspective it gave them a chance to ‘ask the experts’. Something that many people will have missed out on during the pandemic, “The exhibitors got a lot of great questions and engagement from customers that were truly interested in their products.”

For the learning portion, they were able to offer a diverse range of programing that spoke to the realities of the current industry landscape. They have a diverse membership throughout the province, so it was important to cover a wide range to topics.

Neil Thornton, President of The Thornton Group of Companies presented on the new reality of sales. Todd Hursh, VP and Chief Economist, ATB Financial discussed Alberta’s evolving economy in a COVID world. “He didn’t mince words, because it is what is,” she said, and “Alberta is known for its entrepreneurial spirit.”

Ben Rajewski of Williams Engineering Canada gave an interesting presentation on UV-C lighting and its applications, “it’s certainly speaks to the diversity and innovative technology of our industry,” Ternes commented, as Rajewski discussed, once the technologies can be certified by regulators, UV-C lighting will have a major impact on how buildings are designed and the lighting strategies that are deployed.

Dave Hiemstra, Controls Group Manager with Optics Lighting presented on budget friendly lighting controls, taking into consideration that budgets may be tight with the current economic climate. “People are struggling, how does the contractor give their customers a design that’s not going to kill their budget?” While at the same time not handcuffing clients down the road.

Clarence Cormier, Provincial Electrical Administrator, Standards Development & Support, Alberta Municipal Affairs put on an overview presentation on changes to 2021 Canadian Electrical Code on both days of the Expo, as well. The seminars also touched on solar, EVs, and a carbon neutral development in Edmonton.

Nicholas Gall Director Distributed Energy Resources - Canadian Renewable Energy Association put on a presentation discussing the Solar PV and Energy Storage landscape. “Solar is huge in Alberta, we have solar farms popping up everywhere,” said Ternes. While Havandeep Rai, eMobility Engineering Specialist with Siemens Canada presented on the impact of electrical fleets on the industry.

Cimir Bains with the City of Edmonton discussed how Edmonton is transforming 536 acres of land into a highly sustainable community, “Blatchford will be home to up to 30,000 Edmontonians living, working, and learning in a neighbourhood that uses 100% renewable energy, is carbon neutral, significantly reduces its ecological footprint and empowers residents to pursue a range of sustainable lifestyle choices.”

“I was concerned about having such a jam packed two days, but I think it was good in that people took those two days and set them aside because there were excellent, timely presentations made for, and spoken to Albertans.” 

“It’s our job as the Alberta Electrical Alliance to provide this, we’re a vehicle for information to get these topics and give them to our members. We really wanted to focus on providing An Electrical Learning EXPO that would apply to a number of different areas throughout the entire province of Alberta," because, ultimately, “That’s the whole point of why we’re around and why we do this Expo, it’s for our exhibitors and it’s for our members, so we have to make both sides of the fence happy. It definitely checked the boxes.”

Ternes said the event stacked up well against their traditional in-person Electrical Learning Expo, and given our current realities, it was the next best option.

“It’s the first time we did it, so there’s things behind the scenes that we know we can do better, but I think for the first virtual event, a product from scratch, it was pretty awesome!”

It really put an emphasis on the quality of interaction between attendees and exhibitors. Being virtual, attendees had a chance to review product materials, brochures, videos, whitepapers etc. on their own time, so that when they did engage with exhibitors, it was a meaningful engagement.

As for 2021, the AEA will use this experience to inform future events. There is still some uncertainty as to the format for the next Electrical Learning Expo, whether it can happen in-person or not. But factoring in a virtual component will certainly be a consideration either way, given the success of this year’s event.

Ternes said if they can do the event in-person in 2021 they will, but there is a good chance that won’t be possible. Although, they may be able to put on some of their smaller, social events in-person.

As successful as the event turned out, Ternes said, “An in-person tradeshow is way easier!”

www.albertaelectricalalliance.com

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Salex Announces Promotion of Paul Manson to GTA Sales Manager     

Paul MansonJanuary 26, 2021 – Salex, a facilitator of commercial lighting installations and control systems for Canada’s architectural lighting community, is excited to announce the promotion of Paul Manson to GTA Sales Manager. Paul joined Salex back in 2015, and has over 25 years of invaluable industry experience.

Dedicated to the education and promotion of quality, high-efficiency lighting and controls, Manson’s extensive background in on-site electrical installation, national accounts, relationship building, manufacturers, and sales team management at Philips Lighting, will provide valuable experience to fulfill his new role.

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Changing Scene

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With close to 400 exhibitors and more than 6,000 attendees from throughout Canada and the United States, MEET is the second-largest industry event of its type in Canada, and the largest trade event east of Montreal. Given the size and nature of the show and the travel that comes along with it, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the rescheduling of the event several times.

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group

CECD Zac recetacleOne CECD group memeber recently posed a quick code question regarding some new arc fault requirements and powering a hallway receptical with a bedroom receptical. 

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The Beard and the Respiratory Protection MaskHalf-masks and full-facepiece respirators require an optimal seal to guarantee their effectiveness, and the beard can impede it considerably.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A BEARD’S REGROWTH AS LITTLE AS ONE DAY OLD CAN AFFECT THE MASK’S SEAL IN PLACE?

What does it mean exactly?

Since many masks have been tested on different face types, the results of these tests vary considerably. However, it should be noted that in 100% of cases, after 7 days without shaving, the respiratory protection masks showed a leak of more than 1%. This means that the air inside the mask contained more than 1% of unwanted particles!

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Product News

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Signify LytePro LED Wall Pack Gen 3Providing high quality illumination, LytePro’s low profile design complements and blends in with its surroundings. Available in 3 sizes, LytePro offers two optical distributions, multiple lumen packages, and is suitable for a range of mounting heights.

Lumen output ranges from 1,000 to 9,600 with efficacies up to 114 LPW, and all models are DLC qualified. The LPW32 even features button photocell, motion response, battery pack, and field adjustable wattage options.

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SATCO CCT Selectable Wall PacksSATCO continues to expand its wall pack selection with options that make installation flexible and stock versatile. The latest additions in the line include the CCT Selectable Small Wall Pack and the CCT Selectable Compact Round Wall Pack.

 
The Small Wall Pack is perfect for light commercial uses such a smaller storage units and municipal lighting, as well as commercial Main Street buildings. As with all of the fixtures in this exterior family, these wall packs offer advanced features, are built durable and are able to withstand harsh, all-weather conditions.

 

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Libra Smart MeterBy Blake Marchand

Trilliant, an international provider of utility solutions for advanced metering and smart grid systems, recently announced a custom-made product for the North American market with the release of its Trilliant Libra Series Edge-Ready Smart Electric Meter.


The meter’s technology will allow utilities to enter the connectivity sphere by providing peer-to-peer data acquisition and analytics, while enabling new energy management features that benefit both customer and utility. 

 

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