Canadian Electrical Wholesaler is published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 2 • Issue 7


The way ahead is open — to follow

We heard a lot about the millennial generation at the most recent EFC conference in Banff. Presentations attracted much comment among the participants. A question that always comes up is this: is it the same thing every time we face a major demographic change? Bias often runs alongside half-truths on the subject. The study we present here contains the first recommendations of a study carried out among members of our industry. The report is certainly not exhaustive, but it is an excellent basis for reflection. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Canadian Electrical Wholesaler


On Going to Banff. And Halifax in 2016

By Jim Taggart
Banff Alberta I just returned back from another conference; met a lot of old friends and made some new ones. It gave us all the opportunity to visit Banff and the beautiful surrounding area. If the Fairmont Banff Springs didn't inspire you, the beauty of Lake Louise and Moraine certainly pushed you over the top. In my opinion, the two big benefits of attending EFC conferences are the skills-based learning and networking... Read More


The Biggest Risks to Canada's Economy In 2015 and Beyond

By Paul Eitmant
Canada's Economy Recently I read a May 22 article in the Huff Post "Business Canada" and Doug Carroll from USA Today. I found they both had some points of interest to the electrical industry in North America. We welcome 2015 at a rather tumultuous time for the global economy. The global economy is at a crossroads that could see it either finally escape the aftermath of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, or sink back into a slowdown. Many of the biggest threats to Canada's economy will sound familiar. They've been building since the Great Recession, but 2015 also poses a unique set of challenges that could affect Canadians this year... Read More

Human Resources

2015 Talent Research Report

Human Resources With the proliferation of young emerging talent searching for employment, combined with business growth opportunities in the electrical industry and an aging workforce, it's imperative for companies to begin examining hiring and retention trends and opportunities - particularly those geared towards millennials in Canada. At the EFC Conference - Being relevant in this Transformational Age last week in Banff we were presented a research report: The Talent Gap: Understanding the Millennial Mindset. The purpose of this report is to provide the Canadian electrical industry with a playbook of recommended strategies to adapt to 21st-century employment and retention needs... Read More

Best Practices

Succession Planning - Part 2

By Michelle Branigan
Succession Planning In April we looked at the importance of succession planning, and what employers had told Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) during our research into this topic. In this column we'll look at the barriers and challenges, as well as some best practices. Here's what to avoid when implementing or running a succession planning strategy... Read More

Looking Back

Span-Canada Created - 1965

Span-Canada A small but significant entry appears in the minutes of the Directors meeting held September 21: New Distributor Company - Span-Canada Electric Limited. Don Hughes at that time reported: "The company (Span-Canada Electric Limited) has taken out a charter in the Province of Ontario and is to be a trading company. In no way is it an association and it does not conflict with CEDA Inc. All members of the new company will continue as members of CEDA..." Read More

Economy: Apartment Construction

Higher Material Prices Increase Q! Apartment Building Construction Price Index

Construction materials The composite price index for apartment building construction rose 0.5% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter. This increase resulted from higher prices for materials used in apartment building construction. Of the seven metropolitan areas (CMAs) surveyed... Read More

Economy: Power

March Electrical Demand Drops 5.1% Year over Year; Exports Rise

Economy Power Stats Canada's demand for electricity in March totalled 50.1 million megawatt hours (MWh), down 5.1% from March 2014 levels. Lower demand in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia contributed to the decline. With the drop in demand, electricity generation fell 1.3% to 55.2 million MWh. Lower domestic demand also resulted in much weaker imports of electricity from the United States. Electricity imports in March declined 1.0 million MWh compared with March 2014 to 0.9 million MWh, while exports rose 20.6% to 6.0 million MWh... Read More

Economy: Housing

March Investment in New Housing Up 4.2% Year over Year

Housing Stats Investment in new housing construction increased 4.2% to $3.5 billion in March compared with the same month a year earlier, reports Statistics Canada. Investment rose in all dwelling types with apartment and apartment-condominium buildings accounting for much of the national advance. Investment in apartment and apartment-condominium buildings rose 7.5% to $1.2 billion, while spending on single-family homes increased 1.5% to $1.8 billion. Investment in row house construction advanced 7.7% to $351 million and spending on semi-detached dwellings rose 5.1% to $193 million... Read More

One Particular Counter

D.A.D Sales

DAD Sales Based in Alberta, D.A.D. Sales has been in business for over 35 years. They serve Alberta, southeast and northeast British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Their key personnel have more than 125 years of collective experience in the electrical supply business. D.A.D. Sales is the go-to company for... Read More

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