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Message From The Editor

Innovative projects in a climate of uncertainty

I find that this title captures both the content of this issue and the economic and socio-political climate in which our industry is operating. We’re hearing a lot of uncertainty at the same time that CEW contributors write about new markets and new players. Just last week Nathalie Pilon, CEO of ABB Canada, introduced the CEO of Investissement Québec at a meeting of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. I note this because major investments announced during the CEO's presentation touched on the electrical industry, which is exploring new markets. In this instance, electric vehicles and their charging systems. It's a shift that contributor Rick McCarten discusses in his column, signifying more changes to come in the electrical distribution market — but not tomorrow. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  
Tools for the Trade

Changing Scene

ABB and Nova Bus Electric Bus Charger ABB and Nova Bus to Create Electric Bus Charger System in North America
ABB and Nova Bus, a division of Volvo Buses, are now working together to deliver the first ABB electric bus opportunity charging system in North America…
Standard and Axis Logo Standard Partners with Axis Sales and Marketing
As of January 2017, Axis Sales and Marketing is now working in close collaboration with Standard's Atlantic provinces' lighting specialists to strategically reinforce the lighting manufacturer's position in eastern Canada…
Convectair Heating Equipment Convectair Donates Heating Equipment to Habitat for Humanity Québec
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity Québec, Convectair is donating two heating units for a pair of semi-detached houses to be built this year in Ormstown…


The End of the ICE

By Rick McCarten
Rick McCarten Last month, I wrote about Tony Seba's book, Clean Disruption. This month, I will share more details about important concepts raised by Seba, as they relate to our industry. One of the things that Seba looks at is the electric vehicle (EV) market. He predicts that it will soon take over from the internal combustion engine (ICE). According to him, here are five reasons why this shift will happen: Read More


The Changing World of Distribution Equipment

David Gordon The distribution equipment landscape seems to have been continually shifting over the past year, from a product category that historically was core to the identity of a distributor to now one where some distributors are more willing to consider change. Consider for example these changes over the past few years… Read More


CEMRA Certainty

By John Baron
John Baron Is it possible we are leaving the age of change for the age of uncertainty? Having just returned from a very successful NEMRA conference, one of the most heard words on the conference floor was "uncertainty." Certainly the economic and political environments have never been as polarized as they appear to be today. As the globe has been shrinking with technology, the intertwining of these two spheres will continue to have a huge impact on all businesses today. Many of the economic crystal balls are becoming very cloudy as we peer into the future. Read More

One Particular Counter

E.B. Horsman Opens in Calgary

E.B Horsman Storefront The E.B. Horsman & Son team has officially opened its second Alberta location in Calgary. "We have built a great team here in Calgary," says Adam Dries, Alberta Division Manager at E.B. Horsman & Son. "We are open and ready to help our new and existing customers meet their goals." Joining an existing branch in Edmonton and 20 others in BC, the firm's newest branch is 14,500 square feet and equipped with a fully paperless, RF technology warehouse management system. Read More

Copper Pricing

Copper Hits Nine-Week High

By Jim Williams
Roll of Copper Another Groundhog Day has passed. Once again meteorologists across the country put aside science and put their trust in a big rodent named Phil to predict the forecast for the next six weeks. Copper forecasters are not as lucky. They can't predict today, much less six weeks from now. That being said, copper continued to climb last week, hitting a nine-week high. Read More

Utility Industry Survey

Utility Survey Ranks Staff Experience Concerns as #1 New Project Inhibitor

Map of US Results from Bridge Energy Group's 2017 Bridge Index Utility Industry Grid Operations Survey, incorporating feedback from 20,000 utility executives, managers and engineers, show staff experience is a project inhibitor for many organizations. Outsourcing operational technology services has also become less taboo. Results uncovered a 71% increase in organizations considering outsourcing their OT operations and support. "The ability to staff real-time systems experts continues to be an impediment to both the delivery of new OT projects and meeting the demands of day-to-day systems operation," says Bridge Energy Group. Read More


Building Permits Decline 6.6% in December

Economic Growth Chart Municipalities issued $7.2 billion worth of building permits in December, down 6.6% from November. Lower construction intentions were recorded for all components, led by commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings. In the residential sector, eight provinces posted declines while Ontario reported a record high. In the non-residential sector, the value of building permits fell 11.5% to $2.3, led by lower construction intentions for commercial buildings. Seven provinces reported decreases, with Ontario, Alberta and Quebec posting the largest declines. On an annual basis, 2016 was the fifth consecutive year that construction intentions have exceeded $80 billion. The total value of building permits for 2016, $84.5 billion, is down 0.8% from the previous year. Read More


New Housing Prices Up 0.1% in December

Economic Growth Chart The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) edged up 0.1% in December, largely reflecting price increases in Ontario and Alberta. Prices have risen at the national level for 21 consecutive months. Among the 21 census metropolitan areas (CMAs) surveyed, new housing prices were up in 10, down in 1, and unchanged in 10. Five metropolitan areas recorded year-over-year price declines, with Saskatoon (-1.4%) posting the largest year-over-year decrease. For the 12-month period ending in December, the NHPI increased 3.0% over reflecting gains in 16 of the CMAs surveyed. Read More


Salaries by Academic Qualification

BA holders lead by 15% over the closest competitor. Read More

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