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Message From The Editor

The convergence of many challenges

According to Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), the electricity sector employs 114,000 people responsible for generating, transmitting and distributing electricity. Our sector is facing many challenges, including infrastructure renewal, new energy sources, and replacing an aging workforce with new employees who reflect the Canadian reality while ensuring that the knowledge is passed on. We talk about all this from different perspectives in this issue, birthdays are celebrated, new certifications are achieved… our world is moving. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

ABB Logo HSL Automation Ltd. Powers Up with ABB to Serve BC's Industrial Markets
In an expansion of its relationship with ABB, HSL Automation Ltd. will distribute ABB's low voltage drives within all industrial markets in British Columbia…
Leadership award EHRC Launches Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Canadian Electricity Industry
In honour of International Women's Day, Electricity Human Resources Canada and Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, officially announced EHRC's newest initiative to support greater representation of women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector…
Best Managed Companies 2017 Electrical and Lighting Industry Members Among Canada's Best Managed Companies for 2017
Each of the companies recognized this year had an unquestionable expectation of growth that helped drive them beyond the status quo and their peers, says Deloitte. See who's among the winners…


Distributors as Entertainers

By Rick McCarten
Rick McCarten Here is an interesting fact: despite the huge expansion of recorded music tracks, the number of hits per year has remained the same. In 2007, there were 3.9 million music tracks produced in America. In 2016, there were 8.7 million tracks. Despite the increase in production, the top number of hits remained the same. People are overwhelmed with choices and will take the easiest, fastest and most popular route, rather than try to find something new. Distributors can apply the lessons here to their own market strategies. Read More


Family Rep Agencies: It's All About the Evolution

By Marc Laplante
Marc Laplante I didn't wake up one day and go, "I want to work for my dad!" Actually, it was just the opposite. It was more like, "Are you kidding me? No way, aint gonna happen," but it did. And so it goes with a lot of people in the rep agency business. I seriously think it's genetic. Or if not genetic, it's "evolutionary." As we grew up in it we "evolved" into the business, by osmosis, by being around it constantly, by hearing conversations and customers' names, and company product numbers. Read More

Copper Price Update

Copper Price Falls to 8-Week Low

Copper In New York, copper for delivery in May recently fell as much as 1.7% to US$2.6080 per pound or US$5,750 a tonne after a surge in warehouse stocks in Asia limiting the impact of supply disruptions at the world's biggest mines. Reuters reports copper inventories at facilities controlled by the LME unexpectedly jumped by almost 39,000 tonnes, the biggest inflow in more than a decade and reversing a downtrend in place since mid-December. Shanghai Exchange stocks jumped by 24,000 tonnes to total 320,000 tonnes, an 11-month high. Read More ...


How PoE Lighting Technology Will Affect Distributors

By David Gordon
David Gordon The lighting market is changing and electrical distributors are at risk of losing aspects of the lighting segment. While it's doubtful that they'll lose the majority in the "near" future (5, 10, 15, 20 years), it is being whittled away by a number of factors. The point is that the lighting space is not the sole domain of electrical or lighting distributors. The emergence of LED and the fact that it is an electronic device changes the game. With lighting fixtures representing 20-33% of distributor sales (changes by distributor and their focus) and lamp sales declining, distributors should consider this as a critical business segment that requires attention. Read More


GDP Rose 0.6% YOY in Q4 2016

GDP Graph Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.6% in the fourth quarter, following a 0.9% increase in the third quarter. Final domestic demand continued to decelerate (+0.1%), with ongoing weakness in business investment. Investment in housing increased 1.2%. Businesses reduced their inventories by $5.0 billion in the fourth quarter, after accumulating $7.4 billion in the third quarter. Manufacturing inventories were drawn down by $6.9 billion. Read More


Value of Building Permits Issued in January Rose 5.4%

Building Permits Chart The value of building permits issued in January totalled $7.6 billion, a 5.4% rise over December. The increase follows two consecutive monthly decreases. Six provinces posted increases, led by Alberta and British Columbia. Nationally, construction intentions rose in every component. Construction intentions in the non-residential sector rose 11.2% to $2.5 billion, following a 10.3% decline in December. The value of building permits for institutional structures rose 19.0% to $732 million. The commercial component was up 6.8% to $1.4 billion. Read More


YOY Residential Construction Investment Rises 5.6% in Q4 2016

YOY Chart In the fourth quarter, total investment in residential construction rose 5.6% from the same quarter of 2015 to $31.4 billion, reflecting increased spending on every component except cottages. Higher investment in single-family dwellings, up 11.5% to $7.3 billion, accounted for nearly half of the increase at the national level. Rising renovation spending (+3.4% to $13.3 billion) and acquisition costs related to new dwellings (+6.9% to $3.6 billion) also contributed to the gain. For the year, residential construction investment totalled $121.0 billion, up 3.6% over 2015. Read More


Average Electrical Contractor Salaries by Job Type

Among six job types, project manager salaries consistently lead from 2014 to 2016. However, within each job type salaries vary from year to year. Read More

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