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Volume 4 • Issue 1

Message From The Editor

The challenges of the coming year are great, a step back to address them

At the beginning of the year, a somewhat special issue. Three profiles you read last year: Jason Prevost, who chairs the industry's Young Professionals Network; the Gerrie family, which now hosts the third generation in the family business; and because he is on the eve of his retirement, Jim Taggart — both to highlight his contribution to our industry and to get a glimpse of what may inspire him in his retirement. Good news, he will remain with us as a regular contributor. Our industry is aware of the role it must play in the community, and we introduce here an organization that is partnering with EFC. Also, as our industry faces generational transition, advice from our contributor on mistakes to avoid in the difficult and strategic decision-making processes. On this, good reading and above all a great year filled with success.

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Hammond Power Solutions Hammond Power Solutions Celebrates 100 Years
Since its inception in 1917, Hammond Power Solutions (HPS) has grown from a small family owned business in the short wave radio market to one of the world's largest transformer and reactor manufacturers…
Thomas and Betts Logo Quebec Invests $1.5 Million in $19 Million Thomas & Betts Project
The Quebec Government has committed $ 1.5 million towards Thomas & Betts' $19 million modernization of its electrical components manufacturing facility in Saint‑Jean‑sur‑Richelieu, in the Montérégie region…
Kathryn Yung & David Weinstein CSA Appoints New General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Kathryn Yung, CSA Group's Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, will be promoted to General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, reporting directly to David Weinstein, President and CEO…

Young Professional Network

EFC's Young Professionals Network Celebrates One Year

ElectroFed Young Professionals Network EFC's Young Professionals Network (YPN) has brought together over 300 young and talented members from across Canada, offering them opportunities to collectively gather, grow and give. This program is designed for employees who are 40 years of age and under, in any role/department. As YPN move into its second year, a number of new and exciting programs are being planned… Read More

Best Practices

Message to Presidents/Owners: Young Managers Can Cause Long-Term Problems

By Paul Eitmant
Young Manager During the last few weeks I have had several conversations with manufacturers and distribution management, and both raised issues with the younger managers in our industry who have the attitude that they know everything and don't need advice. This type of management can lead to major concerns and downfall in any organization, affecting sales, operations and profits for the companies they work for. Now I am an "older" manager. I want to give back. As a business coach… Read More

Looking Back

Future Gazing — By Franz H. Tyaack, President, Westinghouse Canada Ltd

By Franz H. Tyaack
Old Books Golden anniversaries are celebrated by the mature, and our industry is allowed to celebrate this anniversary because it is indeed mature. Those who forecast the future for mature industries, particularly if they extrapolate from past industry experience, usually become pessimistic. On the other hand, if one recognizes the future is not necessarily an extrapolation of the past, a much more optimistic forecast can result. There are some important discontinuities that have occurred in the world since the electrical industry was born. The driving forces that help shape the future are not necessarily the same ones that were dominant in the past. Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility

EFC Partners with Habitat for Humanity Canada

By Julie Kerr
Habitat for Humanity Restore Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has chosen Habitat for Humanity Canada as its partner of choice for industry social responsibility initiatives. Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Like Habitat for Humanity Canada, EFC also believes in bringing communities together as a way to help families establish stability and independence through home ownership. "Habitat has great alignment with EFC as many members are already engaged with the charity and the 'Power to Build' program is an opportunity for other EFC members who manufacture and sell electrical," says John Jefkins, EFC's VP Marketing & Communications. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Jason Prevost — Gather, Grow and Give (A Recipe for Successfully Closing a Generation Gap)

By Line Goyette
Jason Prevost Here again, our profile of Jason Provost. But first, new introductory comments from Jason himself. One year ago, Electro-Federation Canada launched its Young Professional Network to give the industry's youth a voice. "We have come a long way in one year and I am proud to see what the team has built and continues to build. YPN came from an idea and was driven by a passion to make a difference. My words of advice to all YPN members are... Read More

Peers & Profiles

The Gerrie Family - A Solid Mix of Legacy and Looking to the Future

By Line Goyette
Gerrie Family In September 1957, Ken Gerrie opened a storefront electrical supply counter in the growing town of Oakville, Ontario. The business would expand into one of Ontario's most dominant electrical supply companies. Elaine and Heather Gerrie, the two daughters of Ken, co-lead the company today. Of the two sisters' six children, three have joined the company ranks. I had the great privilege of meeting them all in Halifax last spring at Electro-Federation Canada's annual conference. Three generations gathered around the table. No questions had been distributed in advance, leading to a lot of spontaneity and laughter. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Jim Taggart: A Steady Hand, A Stellar Career

By John Kerr
Jim Taggart Jim Taggart loves three things: a great deal, fishing and tennis. They all draw on the same skill sets: agility, finesse, patience, power, and a creative flair. Jim Taggart exudes all these attributes. His career in Canada's electrical industry has served him so well. The experiences and time, the challenges and the many wins he has had have all positioned Taggart to get Harald Henze's nod as the current president of Electro-Federation Canada. Read More


Survey Says

Median Salaries by Skill or Specialty

Among 10 listings, sales ranks first. Accounts receivable comes in last. Read More

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