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Message From The Editor

A look at the past to plunge into the future

In this issue, we present a list of people who led CEDA — the precursor to CEMRA — starting in 1945. The list remains to be completed. This chronicle triggers a lot of memories, reminding us of many industry veterans; younger industry members will see family names. This clearly captures the community-spirited side of our industry, which is currently experiencing changes in size with acquisitions and mergers, such as ABB's recent acquisition of GE's industrial division, which Nathalie Pilon, President of ABB's Canadian division, comments on in this issue. Change also brings uncertainly, as we see with the NAFTA renegotiations and a new U.S. tariff imposed on our aviation sector. Always good to remember where we come from to understand where we are going. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

  • Southwire Canada Makes Organizational Changes to Improve Customer Experience
    Southwire Canada has made multiple process and organizational changes to help improve accessibility, accuracy, consistency, reliability, responsiveness, and timeliness in all customer interactions. This includes a number of new appointments to the Southwire Canada team. Maureen Russolo has joined Southwire Canada as Vice President of Customer Experience to lead improvement efforts…

  • ABB Acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions to Create New Product Opportunities
    "This acquisition strengthens our position as partner of choice for electrification globally, North America and in Canada," says Nathalie Pilon, President, ABB Canada. "We look forward to working with GE Industrial Solutions to create new opportunities in this highly attractive core market for our Electrification Products division. Our intention is to combine the best of both worlds…"

  • Graybar Canada New Distribution Partner of Dahua Technology
    Dahua Technology has partnered with Graybar Canada, a distributor of automation, communications, data and electrical products. Graybar Canada will distribute Dahua's network and HD-over-coax video surveillance products and solutions at 30 locations across Canada…

  • President of RAB Design, Irwin Beron, Has Retired
    After 50 years in the lighting industry, Irwin Beron has stepped down as President, handing the reins to his eldest son, David Beron. David assumes the position of President, effective immediately. Irwin will remain as Chairman…

  • Standard Transforms Its Leadership Team
    David Nathaniel has appointed new leadership through a group of well-known and respected Standard members: Kelly Hanson as President, Jason Prevost as Executive Vice-President, and Daniela Di Pietro as Executive Vice-President of Finance. All three have been with Standard for many years…

  • Schneider Electric Launches Global Family Leave Policy
    Schneider Electric's new family leave policy, industry-leading in its global scope, strengthens the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The policy will support employees worldwide by providing paid personal time during moments when it is needed most, enabling them to better manage their life and work…

  • CIMCON Lighting Appoints Rick Schuett as VP, Sales for the Americas
    CIMCON Lighting, Inc. has named industry veteran Rick Schuett as Vice President of Sales for the Americas. Rick comes to CIMCON with 25+ years experience in the lighting and building controls, IoT and SaaS industries, where he has held executive leadership roles. He was most recently SVP Worldwide Sales at the Echelon Corporation…

  • Liteline Selects Carrie Scott as New Director of Finance and Administration
    Carrie Scott's proven record of streamlining processes and financial management are assets that will complement and enhance Liteline's ability to meet the needs of their customers, the company says. Carrie is responsible for planning, implementing and managing functions, and will lead the execution of finance and administration plans…

  • President of Lind Equipment Named to Canada's 2018 Clean50 for LED Jobsite Success
    Lind Equipment President Brian Astl is the recipient of Canada's 2018 Clean50 award for his work in driving the success of Lind Equipment's proprietary LED Jobsite system of LED lights for the construction industry. Brian has been the leader of the LED Jobsite system since its founding in 2015…

  • Beghelli Announces the Appointment of Intralec Electrical Products Ltd.
    Beghelli announced the appointment of Intralec Electrical Products Ltd. as sales agent representing Beghelli in Southwestern Ontario as well as the Golden Horseshoe. Intralec was started in 1977, by 2 former ITE employees, Bruce Chamney, and Dave Doherty...

  • AD Launches the AD Disaster Relief Foundation
    The AD Disaster Relief Foundation is a new entity that enables the AD community to support one another's people when natural or man-made disasters strike...

  • Rittal Systems Partners with the Eddy Group to Strengthen Its Atlantic Canada Distribution Network
    Rittal Systems added the Eddy Group Limited as its newest distribution partner in the Maritimes. Over the past Century, this illustrious group has literally built the foundation of Atlantic Canada…


The Evolving Economic Face of Canada

By Paul Eitmant
Electrofed It is not surprising in uncertain economic times that a researcher has published another interesting report. In the Financial Post's September 28 issue, Claire Brownell reported on seven interesting facts. First, in 2016 Canada ranked eighth in the world for wealthy people. Second, according to Capgemini's World Wealth Report 2017, Canada's population of high net worth individuals — defined as people with at least US$1 million in investable assets — rose 11.3% in 2016, from 321,000 to 357,000. Meanwhile, in the USA, the number of wealthy people grew 7.6%. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Gordon MacDonald, LED Lighting Retrofit Manager at Rexel's Atlantic Division

By Owen Hurst
Rexel Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits him well as a lighting specialist overseeing retrofit projects for Rexel in New Brunswick and P.E.I. He also has had a unique introduction to the field he now works in. Gordon was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick and has lived there for most of his life. He has an incredibly busy home life that extends to his children, stepchildren and grandchildren. Beyond family life he enjoys "playing guitar and piano, going target shooting, cooking BBQ, trying new foods and learning new things." Read More

Looking Back

CEDA Presidents/Chairmen Through the Years

CEDA Thirty-eight members of Canada's electrical industry each served one-year terms leading CEDA, beginning with H. Gardiner (Masco Electric Co. Limited) and concluding with C. G. Major, Lumen Incorporated. In that time, CEDA also bestowed 10 honourary lifetime memberships. If you have stories to share about any of these electrical industry members, share them with CEW: Read More


New Housing Investment Rose 6.4% in July

Statistique Canada Investment in new housing construction totalled $4.9 billion in July, up 6.4% compared to July 2016. Eight provinces posted increases of investment in new housing construction, led by Alberta and Quebec. Nationally, investment was up for all dwelling types on a year-over-year basis. The $149.0 million increase of investment in single-family dwellings was the largest contributor, representing just over half (51.3%) of the national increase in July. The $128.5 million increase in spending in Alberta accounted for 44.2% of the national increase in new housing construction expenses. Read More


Wholesale Sales Up 1.5% in July

Statistique Canada Wholesale sales rose 1.5% to $62.4 billion in July, following a 0.6% decline in June. Sales were up in five of the seven subsectors, representing 86% of total wholesale sales. The building material and supplies subsector reported the largest gain in dollar terms in July, increasing 4.8% to $9.0 billion. Two of three industries within the subsector reported higher sales, led by the lumber, millwork, hardware and other building supplies industry (+9.6%), which posted its fourth increase in five months. Read More



Salaries for Experienced Inside Sales Reps in Toronto, Ontario

Including bonuses and commission, experienced sales reps in Toronto earn between $38,104 and $77,083 annually. Read More

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