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Volume 3 • Issue 9


The mixture of genres and generations

In this issue you have not only key indicators of the health of the Canadian economy, but you'll meet two brothers who have chosen a business model that might seem uncertain, even challenging for others. That's why I mentioned in the title the mixture of genres and generations. Jim Taggart goes further by highlighting what young and old draw from the other, and true to his habit Paul Eitmant shakes things up on Planet Internet. Good reading, and follow us on Twitter @CEWnewsletter.

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


Schneider Electric Schneider Electric Creates Unique Canadian Solution Centre
Schneider Electric has opened a significant expansion to its facility in Brossard, PQ that will allow the company to build and assemble end-to-end digitized electrical distribution solutions, and will give customers across the country more order flexibility and will reduce lead times.
Sonepar Canada Sonepar Canada Relocates Mississauga Corporate Office
The corporate office is now located at 250 Chrysler Drive, Unit 4, Brampton ON, L6S 6B6, effective April 18…
Leviton National Leviton Appoints National Director, Network Solutions — Canada
As of April 18, Shari English has joined Leviton Manufacturing of Canada Ltd. as National Director, Network Solutions — Canada. She reports to Gaby Massabni, Vice President Distribution…


Old Farts

By Jim Taggart
Jim Taggart Noir In last year's EFC talent study, we documented that as the workforce ages and heads towards retirement, it could create a serious work and experience shortage in the electrical industry. I believe that the solutions to preventing this work and experience shortage are two-fold. 1) attract and retain young, talented people in our industry. I think that we are off to a great start in this area, with the launch of our Young Professionals Network (YPN). We have regional and national YPN events occurring all over the country. 2) Accommodate older workers and create succession plans for them. By keeping these older workers longer, we have an opportunity to… Read More


The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

By Paul Eitmant
Paul Eitmant I should not be surprised, but during the last few weeks IoT has come up more than once. I did remember the term, but I did not realize the broad impact we are facing today and in the future. Therefore, I saw the need to expand my own knowledge and pass along some important points. The reality is that the IoT allows for virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can't even think of or fully understand the impact of today. Security is a big issue that is oftentimes brought up. Then we have the issue of privacy and data sharing… Read More

Peers & Profiles

The Laplante Brothers — Two Heads Are Better Than One If Both Excel at Compromising

By Line Goyette
Laplante Et Associees One Laplante brother, Paul, arrived in 1978 in the family business founded by their father in 1955; the other, Marc, in 1987. It is often said that opposites attract. The brothers speak of complementarity. Together they evolve in a changing market, the strengths of each allowing them to adapt to these changes relatively smoothly. Their approach has never really changed. It was inherited from their father: respect and integrity first. The brothers say their father was known as a gentleman before becoming a businessman. It seems that Paul's son, the third generation coming to join Laplante & Associés, also shares this philosophy... Read More

Trade Shows

Salon Lumen 2016 — An Industry Benchmark

Salon Lumen More than 5,300 visitors travelled across Quebec to participate in the 9th iteration of Salon Lumen, the electrical industry's largest trade show in Quebec. Attendance was at a record high for this event, which caters to all occupations in the electrical sector. Salon Lumen was held on April 19 at the Centre de foires in Quebec City and on April 21 at the Palais des congrès in Montreal. This unique concept, comprising a surface area of 40,000 square feet, featured an extensive trade show, plus conference sessions, seminars and hands-on workshops... Read More

Looking Back

Careers In Wholesaling — 1976

Looking Back 1976 At the January 1976 meeting of the Board of Directors, the title of the association's manager was changed from General Manager to Executive Director. In April 1976, General Manager Norman McKellar submitted notice of his resignation, stating that he did not wish to participate in the increased involvement with the political scene in Ottawa. Richard R. Taylor was selected as the new Executive Director. A new brochure illustrating careers in the electrical distribution industry was prepared and circulated. The booklets were available in both English and French. Their purpose was to... Read More


Gross domestic product by industry, February 2016

RGD Product Feb After rising for four consecutive months, real gross domestic product edged down 0.1% in February. The output of goods-producing industries declined in February, while the output of service-producing industries was essentially unchanged. After increasing 0.9% in January, the output of goods-producing industries contracted 0.6% in February primarily as a result of decreases in manufacturing and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction. Declines were also registered in the agriculture and forestry sector as well as in utilities. Construction edged up. The output of service-producing industries was essentially unchanged in February, after rising for four consecutive months. A notable decline in wholesale trade was offset by gains in retail trade and, to a lesser extent, the public sector (education, health and public administration combined) and accommodation and food services... Read More


February Wholesale Sales Decline 2.2%

Wholesale Sales Feb Wholesale sales decreased 2.2% to $55.8 billion in February after three consecutive increases, while inventories rose 0.2% to $73.2 billion. Lower sales were recorded in five of seven subsectors, accounting for 66% of total wholesale sales. In volume terms, wholesale sales declined 1.9%. The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector recorded the largest decline in dollar terms in February, decreasing 4.8% to $11.0 billion and more than offsetting the 4.1% gain in January. Lower sales were recorded in nine provinces in February, led by Ontario and Saskatchewan... Read More


February Spending on New Housing Construction Up 5.4% YOY

Investment in New Housing Spending on new housing construction totalled $3.7 billion in February, up 5.4% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the gain was the result of higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building construction, which increased 24.8% to $1.4 billion, and, to a lesser extent, row house construction, which rose 8.2% to $373 million. In contrast, investment in single-family dwellings was $1.8 billion, 4.3% lower than in February 2015, while spending on semi-detached dwelling construction declined 18.1% to $160 million. At the provincial level, three provinces recorded increases: Ontario, followed by British Columbia and Quebec. The Prairie provinces registered the largest decreases, led by Alberta... Read More

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