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Volume 3 • Issue 14

Message From The Editor

More global changes and how they affect our economy

Many economic indicators at the heart of our industry and more in the future of Canada's electrical industry in this issue. We're talking about renewable energy, key changes to come in electrical distribution, and daily indicators to follow. An analysis on the ups and downs of copper prices shows us whether they were necessary, as well as the importance of monitoring the economic activities of other national stakeholders, trading partners and investors. Good reading, and follow us on Twitter @CEWnewsletter.

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Sylvania Sylvania Celebrates LEDVANCE with Launch Party
Sylvania held a launch party recently to introduce the industry to their new brand and product line — LEDVANCE. Born of out of the OSRAM brand, LEDVANCE looks to bring a new modern edge to the company…
Espo Robertson Electric Wholesale Purchases Espo Electric Supply
Rick Campbell, President of Robertson Electric Wholesale, has announced the purchase of Espo Electric Supply. Espo is an independent electrical distributor servicing the Oakville/Burlington, Ontario area…
Pathfinder Order the 2017 Pathfinder Report: Choose from One of Two Packages
Released annually, this report helps industry members maximize their company's growth and profitability by providing an in-depth overview of key industry performance measures and market conditions…
Tools for the Trade


Agility is the New Lean: Alexander Defeats the Persians

By Rick McCarten
Alexander The Great Earlier this year I wrote about how agility is becoming the new business model over the more traditional lean model. This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with producing quality products or services by reducing costs through redefining the process, but in times of change and in times of technological advancements, new organizations are needed to address new competitors and new circumstances. One of my favourite quotes comes from Mike Marks of Indian River Consulting. He says that market share only changes when the market itself is going up or coming down; it is during those changes that customers rethink their loyalty. Read More

Industry Update

An Industry Undergoing Change

By David Gordon
David Gordon We've just passed the 6-month mark for the year and while there has been much change, the past month in particular highlighted many and accelerated some. Consider these developments in consolidations, ecommerce, technology, human resources, and more… Read More

Copper Pricing

Copper Surges Over US$5,000/Ton Despite Less Than Stellar Data

By Jim Williams
Cuivre Copper traders seem oblivious to the fact that data released in China last week show copper imports fell 2.3% from a month ago. One reason China may have seen a drop in copper imports is because it has become more attractive financially to store copper in a London Metal Exchange (LME) warehouse. Analysts estimate a trader could receive warehouse incentives of US$50 - US$60 a ton to store the metal, against a premium in Shanghai of a flat US$52.5 a ton. Read More

Global Energy Forecast

Coal And Gas To Stay Cheap, but Renewables Win on Costs

Charbon This year's edition of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's long-term forecast sees US$11.4 trillion investment in global power generation capacity over 25 years, with electric vehicles boosting electricity demand by 8% in 2040. Low prices for coal and gas are likely to persist, but will fail to prevent a fundamental transformation of the world electricity system over coming decades towards renewable sources such as wind and solar, and towards balancing options such as batteries. Read More


Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry

Power Lines The electric power industry is in the midst of a profound transformation — the generation mix is changing, the power grid is becoming more digital and more distributed, and customers have new and more defined expectations. Technology, policy, and customers are all playing a key role in driving this transformation. A decade from now the electric power industry will look much different than it does today, says Lisa Wood, Executive Director, Institute for Electric Innovation, in her introduction to a new collection of essays. Read More


Millennials and Your Sanity

By Danah Head
Dannah Head Imagine this: a beautiful Monday morning and you have come into work, a double hot extra shot mocha something in one hand, your cell phone in the other. Today will be awesome, new people have started, your company is growing, and for bonus points there are white puffy clouds against a bright blue backdrop of sky. As you round the corner to your office to see… The Millennials. So close your office door and learn a few things about them I have done some digging to help relieve your pain. Read More


Building Permits Down 1.9% in May

Building Permits Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.8 billion in May, down 1.9% from the previous month. Lower construction intentions for commercial buildings in Quebec and Ontario and single-family homes in Ontario contributed most to the decrease. Residential permits were down 1.1% to $4.3 billion, following a 0.9% drop in April. Non-residential permits fell 3.3% to $2.5 billion, following a 1.9% increase in April. Alberta posted the greatest decline. Read More


Q2 2016 Investment in Non-residential Building Construction Rises Slightly

Non Residential Building Construction Investment in non-residential building construction increased 0.2% to $12.6 billion in the second quarter, following five consecutive quarterly declines. Nationally, the growth was a result of higher spending on the construction of commercial buildings and, to a lesser extent, industrial buildings. Overall, investment was up in four provinces, with Ontario registering the largest gain, followed by British Columbia and Manitoba. The largest declines occurred in Alberta and Quebec. Read More

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