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March 1, 2016 • Volume 3 • Issue 9


The CE Code and installation rules for hazardous locations

Our contributor Bill Burr continues his coverage of the CE Code with his usual relevance. His 2-part article on Section 18, beginning here and continuing in our next issue, reminds us that the electrical trade poses a number of safety hazards. Which leads of course to a profile of one of us who found that his training as a referee served him well in the electrical industry. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


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Led by principals Patrick Marion and Jean-Sébastien Bercier, Desdowd Inc. will be responsible for driving Crouse-Hinds sales initiatives with their channel partners, contractors, engineering firms and end users.
McKenna Agencies Ltd Alberta Agency Wins Arlington's 2015 Canadian Sales Award
Among the recipients of Arlington Industries Inc.'s 2015 sales awards was McKenna Agencies Ltd., which has sales and training centres in both Edmonton and Calgary…
EFC's Electrical Channel Conference Register Now for EFC's Electrical Channel Conference: May 31-June 2 in Halifax, NS
This year's conference program provides 20/20 vision on where Canada's electrical industry is heading in the next four years. Early bird deadline: March 31…

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 — Instalment 10

By Bill Burr
Hazardous electrical area installations The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook, but will hopefully provide some help in navigating the code. In this article: Section 18 Hazardous locations, Part 1... Read More


Cabling Certification: Multi-Everything Is the New Normal — Part 2

Cabling Certification The industry is awash in "multiples" — multiple cables, multiple standards, multiple teams, multiple tools, multiple projects, multiple test regimes, multiple skill levels and more. Two opposing forces — increasing complexity and thinly stretched expertise — are on a collision course. If something doesn't change, then something has to give. Part 1 discussed emerging challenges. Here in Part 2: the 6 steps of a certification process and the future of certification... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Rob Ruys, Regional Manager, Thomas & Betts / ABB LVP British Columbia & Mid West

Rob Ruys Which would it be? NHL referee or journeyman electrician? Both career options gave Rob Ruys an appreciation for our Canadian prairie winters, but once he was done his apprenticeship training and set his referee gear aside, it didn't take long for Rob to realize that his back-up career plan as an electrician also held numerous opportunities within our industry in sales and management... Read More


Residential Construction Rises 4.8% in December YOY

December Housing Stats Spending on new residential building construction totalled $3.9 billion in December, up 4.8% from the same month a year earlier… Read More

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Electrical Contractors by Province and Territory

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Stelpro Launches Ki — a New Line of Connected Products for the Smart Home

Ki, the first product in Stelpro's new line of connected products for the smart home, is a 4,000W line voltage thermostat manufactured entirely in Quebec. It's the first line voltage thermostat distributed on the North American market to use Z-Wave technology...
Arlington One Box

Arlington Non-Metallic One Box for Ceiling Fixtures

Arlington's versatile, non-conductive box for new construction or retrofits side mounts to a wood or steel joist for an extra secure installation…
Hammond BeagleBone

Hammond Adds Dedicated Arduino and Beaglebone Development Board Enclosures

Hammond Manufacturing has further extended its family of design-specific plastic enclosures for housing small form factor development boards with the introduction of the
• Hamar, configured for the Arduino Leonardo, M0 Pro, Uno or Yún
• Hambb, optimized for the BeagleBone Gree...

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta Annual Conference: Notes on CE Code Changes
    On February 12 and 13, the Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta hosted its 20th Annual Technical Conference in Edmonton, AB. Almost 100 delegates attended the event, which saw presentations on the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) Sections 10 and 24, as well as several on new 2015 CE Code requirements in force in Alberta as of January 1. This conference allowed participants to discuss and compare notes on various changes to the code...

  • Cabling Certification: Multi-Everything Is the New Normal — Part 1
    At the end of the day, all network technologies lead back to the critical, foundational physical layer and the cabling infrastructure that supports it. Like the technologies around it, it is changing. This white paper explores the state of the cabling industry — where it has been and where it is going. Here in Part 1: the evolution of datacom cabling and emerging challenges...

  • Swati Patel: the Art of Success Outside Your Comfort Zone
    Swati Patel is proud of the successes she has achieved so far. Her success is due, in large part, to her courage to take chances, even when outside of her comfort zone. This mother of two was born in Toronto to parents who emigrated from Mumbai, India. Her father is an electrical engineer by training, but she writing had always been her passion. "I quickly realized that my strength was the ability to take complex ideas and make them meaningful and relevant to a diverse audience. I knew that I could apply this skill to any industry." In 2005, she took her love for language and brought it to the electrical sector after an industry friend introduced her to EFC...

  • Electrical Energy Storage: IEC Report on Present and Future Needs, Part 2
    In the near future, electrical energy storage will become indispensable in emerging markets for smart grids and in renewable energy for reducing CO2, says the International Electrotechnical Commission. In a just-published document, the commission summarizes present and future market needs for electrical energy storage technologies, reviews their technological features, and makes recommendations for all electrical energy storage stakeholders. Part 1 reported on the document's conclusions. Here in Part 2, the recommendations...



Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

OEN Networking Luncheon: Barry Perry, President & CEO, Fortis Inc.
March 7
Toronto, ON

EFC Ontario Region Breakfast Seminar: What it Takes to Grow Your Cash Flow & Market Share in 2016
March 8
Vaughan, ON

IEEE IAS Electrical Safety, Technical & Mega Projects Workshop 2016
March 14-16
Edmonton, AB

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