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Volume 3 • Issue 23

Message From The Editor

Do you have a transactional website? Better to be seen and reviewed

Do you sometimes feel you're reliving events that you have already experienced or imagined? This theme is widely exploited in cinema and literature, and by people who are always right. Difficult to resist this feeling of déjà vu when you read in historical chronicles about disruptive new technologies and informatics. It all seems so self-evident today. Same thing with the U.S. election: a larger popular vote for one candidate, but another candidate wins the race. We've seen this before. Speaking of seeing, to ensure the success of your online strategies, it is important to be seen. Read up on it in this issue. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Jim Taggart ESFI Honours Electro-Federation Canada's Jim Taggart
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has named Jim Taggart as the 2016 recipient of its Outstanding Service Award in honour of Harold Leviton…
Bill Wright E.B. Horsman & Son Hires Commercial Outside Sales Representative in Calgary
Bill Wright has joined E.B. Horsman & Son as a Calgary Commercial Outside Sales representative. He has spent the majority of his sales career focusing on design build, P3 projects as well as lighting and distribution projects across Canada…
Universal + Salex Logos Universal Lighting Technologies Partners with Salex
Salex, Inc., based in Scarborough, Ontario, will represent Universal in the greater Toronto area, northern, eastern and southwestern Ontario, the Niagara area, and the Windsor area, providing Universal's advanced LED and ballast retrofit and replacement solutions…


Slow Growth Over the Next Few Years

By Jim Taggart
Jim Taggart The consensus from our EFC Economic Forecast Day is that Canada is going to face slow growth over the next few years. The economists indicated that Canadian GDP growth would likely finish at a sluggish 1.2% in 2016 and inch up to 2.1% in 2017. At these low growth levels, it is essential that our members, and our industry in general, operate at a high productivity level. In this competitive environment, any drop in productivity will ensure poor operating results and a loss in market share. To ensure maximum productivity within the electrical channel, it is essential that we get serious and support the following… Read More

U.S. Presidential Election

Will the Stunning Upset Upend Canadian-U.S. Trade?

By Paul Eitmant
Paul Eitmant The Republican candidate pulls off a stunning upset, as his party retains control of both houses of Congress. This was surprise for everyone. Not only did Trump win the election, the Republican also won the majority in both houses of Congress. This has not happened since George Bush's election (2005-2006). There were issues such as NAFTA, Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty and Immigration that came up during the presidential campaign, but we all have to wait and see what develops in 2017. The implications for Canada could be significant… Read More


SEO — What you Need to Know Before Starting the Conversation

By Julie Kerr
Marketing Data During Electro-Federation Canada's Marketing and Communications meeting last month, Paul Allamby, Marketing Specialist and Managing Partner at PaulAllamby Consulting, spoke about SEO (search engine optimization) best practices. SEO refers to a combination of tactics used to obtain a high ranking on search engines, all in an effort to attract visitors to your page. Oftentimes, companies look at SEO as a tactic within their marketing strategy, but SEO in itself is a strategy that needs to be considered at the forefront. Allamby suggests before even starting your optimization process that you conduct a series of audits. Read More

Looking Back

Toward the Next 50 Years

Looking Back The last 50 years have been exciting ones for the electrical industry but they won't compare to what is going to happen in the next decade, let alone the next half century. While electronics will be the buzzword of the 1980s, the future structure of the distribution industry is less of a certainty. Some predict distributors will become more… Read More


Wholesale Sales Value and Volume Dip in September

Economy - Wholesale Wholesale sales decreased 1.2% to $56.0 billion in September, following increases in four of the previous five months. Declines were recorded in five subsectors, led by lower sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies, and the miscellaneous subsectors. In volume terms, wholesale sales decreased 1.5% in September. The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector recorded the largest decline in dollar terms in September, down 4.0% to $10.9 billion, its lowest level since April 2016. In September, three out of four industries posted declines, led by the other machinery, equipment and supplies (-7.8%) and the computer and communications equipment and supplies (-4.6%) industries. Read More


Investment in New Housing Construction Rises 5.9% YOY in September

Economy - Housing Construction Investment in new residential construction totalled $5.1 billion in September, up 5.9% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the increase was led by higher spending on single-family dwellings, which rose 8.2% year over year to $2.6 billion in September. This marked the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year advances. Gains were also reported in spending on apartment buildings (+2.8% to $1.8 billion) and row houses (+8.7% to $484 million). At the provincial level, advances in new housing construction were reported in four provinces, led by British Columbia and Ontario. Read More


Survey - Province

Survey Says: Average Salaries by Province

Alberta far exceeds six other provinces. See how they compare. Read More
Survey - Company Size

Survey Says: Average Salaries by Company Size

Larger isn't always better in terms of salary. Read More

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