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Volume 3 • Issue 11


The future is in 2020, and it starts tomorrow

We now have a defined timeframe. New technologies that will shape the world of tomorrow must be understood and integrated as soon as possible. Changes in technology are more than ever related to cultural changes that will dramatically affect the Canadian economy in the next few years. New technologies, new entrants, new intergenerational management — these challenges are here now and stimulating change. Read in this issue why it's important to nurture and develop our networks, and how technology may direct them and us toward renewable energy. Good reading, and follow us on Twitter @CEWnewsletter!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


CS Panduit ELP Marketing Now Representing Panduit in Atlantic Canada
Panduit's alignment with ELP Marketing will help the community serve our customers with value and expertise, says Panduit…
CS Appleston Appleton Group Appoints New Head of Canadian Operations
Appleton Group, a business unit of Emerson, has named Dane Dreher Vice President of Appleton Canada, where he will lead day-to-day operations, reporting directly to Appleton Group President Russ Kerstetter…
CS WattStopper FOR-TREM to Represent Legrand Wattstopper
Legrand Canada has appointed FOR-TREM Inc. as Wattstopper's new sales representative for Eastern Quebec running northeast of Trois Rivières Victoriaville…


EFC's "20/20 Vision": Looking Back and Ahead

By Jim Taggart
Jim Taggart Noir Many delegates have just returned back from another EFC conference; it was great to see all our members/friends from across North America. It gave us an opportunity to visit beautiful Halifax and take in the great Atlantic Canada culture and hospitality. The theme of this year's conference was "20/20 Vision" and it certainly made us aware of the many disruptive technologies that we face and should address. It also gave us some ideas on how to adapt to these changes, so that we can continue to grow and remain profitable. In my opinion, the two big benefits of attending EFC conferences are the skills-based learning and networking… Read More


Internet of Things Part 2 — Interview with Greg Puschnigg

By Paul Eitmant
Paul Eitmant Last month, my IoT (Internet of Things) article covered the basic definition and a few opinions from different research groups. In the last few weeks I had an opportunity to interview Greg Puschnigg, founder/CEO of BOSS Controls LLC headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, and one of the first people to launch Wi-Fi products. Here are some of his views on how IoT will impact our workplaces. Read More

Looking Back

Educational Commitment — 1977

Looking Back Faced with meagre enrolment and rising cost, Seneca College cancelled the Electrical Distribution Course. The Directors, undeterred in their commitment to education, began a serious look at courses of shorter duration. CEDA had been working closely with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) on the promotion of CIPH educational programs. In response to member participation in these programs, the Board agreed to continue actively co-operating with CIPH, particularly in programs designed for sales and quotations staff. Read More

One of Us

Ouellet Canada: A New Distribution Centre in Montmagny

Ouellet Canada Ouellet Canada Inc.'s new 45,000 square foot distribution centre at 270 Avenue Corriveau in Montmagny, PQ will house the shipping, storage and repackaging activities of the company's Ouellet, Momento and Global Commander brands, most of which are manufactured at Ouellet's L'Islet plant. The company serves the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors and has become a North American leader in electric heating. The new distribution centre is part of a corporate rationalization and modernization plan. Ouellet is also implementing two major projects that are scheduled for completion in early 2017... Read More

Renewable Energy

Integrating High Levels of Renewables into Microgrids: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

Renewable Energy The future of microgrids is bright, and increasingly powered by renewable resources. Over the next five years, forecasts GTM Research, overall North American microgrid capacity is expected to more than double. Meanwhile, the annual North American market value is expected to nearly quadruple, increasing from US$225.7 million by the end of 2015 to US$829 million by the end of 2020. Globally, microgrid adoption is also rapidly expanding, with fast-growing Asian markets expected to make up an increasingly larger share of overall deployments. As barriers are overcome, high-renewable projects with goals related to reliability, energy cost reductions and grid modernization are expected to be the next growth phase in microgrid development. Read More


March Wholesale Sales Down in 5 of 7 Sectors

Wholesale sales March Wholesale sales declined for a second consecutive month in March, down 1.0% to $54.6 billion. Lower sales were recorded in five of seven subsectors, led by the motor vehicle and parts subsector and the miscellaneous subsector. In volume terms, wholesale sales declined 0.4%. Higher sales were recorded in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, up 0.5% to $11.0 billion. Gains in the computer and communications equipment and supplies industry (+1.5%) and the farm, lawn and garden machinery and equipment industry (+2.4%) led the increase. Read More


Investment in New Housing Rises 9.7% YOY

Investment Constrution Investment in new residential construction totalled $3.8 billion in March, up 9.7% from the same month a year earlier. At the national level, higher spending on apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, which rose 19.9% to $1.4 billion, and single-family dwellings, which increased 5.9% to $1.9 billion, contributed the most to the advance. Investment in row houses also registered an increase, rising 9.2% to $384 million. Conversely, spending on semi-detached dwellings decreased year over year for the 11th consecutive month, down 15.1% to $164 million in March. Read More

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