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Volume 3 • Issue 17

Message From The Editor

Progressing from an entrepreneurial culture to global leadership

A recent study from the University of Toronto's Impact Centre addresses the myth that Canadians are behind Americans in the potential for innovation. It seems that the differences between the business cultures of the two countries are not so far apart after all if you look at their receptivity to new ideas, factors that push businesses to innovate, and employees' perception their employer's capacity to innovate. While our neighbour is in the home stretch of the presidential campaign, it's interesting to reflect on what relations between the two countries after these elections may look like, and on our own assessment of our business potential. Our regular contributors discuss these issues here. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Horseman Adam Dries Joins E.B. Horsman & Son as Alberta District Manager
Adam will work closely with Neil Van Tassel, Northern District Manager, and the E.B. Horsman Alberta team to carry out the company's vision for long-term customer service in the Alberta market. He looks forward to bringing E.B. Horsman & Son's spirit of independence and customer focused service to Calgary…
RC Adanac RC Lighting Appoints New BC Region Sales Agent
RC Lighting has appointed Adanac Sales as its new sales agent for the British Columbia region, effective September 1 (Fort St. John and Cranbrook will remain within the Alberta territory)…
Intermatic Intermatic Hires New Vice President, New Director of Sales
Oscar Ibarra has joined Intermatic as Vice President, Global Sales, and Michael Bartindale has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Sales…
Tools For The Trade


Creating a Supportive Business Environment

By Jim Taggart
Jim Taggart Noir We are constantly told that in order for the electrical industry to continue to succeed in Canada, we must embrace innovation and take advantage of disruptive technologies. So what does being innovative mean? In my opinion, it is not just about inventing and introducing new products and services. We need to do a better job at nurturing Canadian start-ups to become strong global leaders. For real innovation to occur and be implemented in the electrical industry, we need to create a business environment that supports the following… Read More

Best Practices

2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Canada's Future Relationship with the USA?

By Paul Eitmant
Paul Eitmant It was difficult to find exact details of Hillary Clinton's position concerning Canada. In a 2007 CNN debate, Clinton said NAFTA had been a mistake "to the extent that it did not deliver on what we had hoped it would." Obama then accused Clinton of flip-flopping on NAFTA. In the past 40 years I've never seen a presidential candidate act and/or talk like Donald Trump. He did tell CBC's Meagan Fitzpatrick that he "loves Canada," yet some of his pronouncements, particularly about trade, could have ramifications for Canada. Read More


Copper Prices — Like Playing With a Yo-Yo

By Jim Williams
Cuivre Copper prices fell to eight-week lows in early morning trading last week as rising inventories in Asian warehouses fueled fears about weaker demand to come in top consumer China. Stocks of copper in LME-approved warehouses have risen by more than 50,000 tons since Aug. 11, to 254,700 tons, with much of the increase happening in South Korea and Singapore. "A surge in mine supply in the first half of the year has translated into excess refined metal." Read More

Looking Back

Facing a Deficit - 1980

Looking Back Deficit An $80,000 deficit from 1979 greeted the CEDA members at the 1980 Annual General Meeting. The more than $300,000 in expenditures in the previous year had outstripped revenue by that much. Treasurer R. Ellis stressed that the association was still financially sound, and noted that neither the annual dues or the conference fees had been increased for several years. To reduce the deficit, at least one contentious change was implemented. Read More

Survey Says

Average Salaries by Years of Employment

Average Salary for Electrical, Lighting and Wiring Products, Wholesale Experience pays. People with 20+ years make double the earnings of newbies. Read More


Millennials Will Be Key Drivers of Future Value for Energy Providers: Accenture Research

Millenials Millennials' strong interest in new products and services will drive the most future value for energy utilities, but they are much more demanding consumers, according to international research conducted by Accenture. At the top of their list: connected living solutions, solar and other digital products and services. Accenture's seventh annual survey of energy consumers explores the views of almost 10,000 respondents across Canada and 16 other countries. Read More


Investment in New Housing Construction Grows 8.7% YOY in June

New Housing By Dwelling Type The increase at the national level reflects higher investment in all dwelling types except semi-detached houses. Spending on apartment and apartment-condominium building construction totalled $1.5 billion in June, up 16.7% from the same month a year earlier. Investment in single-family dwellings rose 5.3% to $2.2 billion, while spending on row house construction increased 8.1% to $416 million. Provincially, construction spending rose in seven provinces. Read More

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