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Message From The Editor

What will we give them?

The Canadian Manufacturers Coalition, which is part of Electro-Federation Canada, sent a letter on January 18 to Canada's Minister of Finance highlighting the importance of the Canadian manufacturing industry and its priorities for the federal budget under development. You will find this letter in the Opinion section. Canada is in a period of uncertainty over NAFTA and has decided to move forward with the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement without the United States. Canada's economic framework is changing, so it's a good time to ask ourselves, as contributor Paul Eitmant does, what will we leave the next generation? A lot of strong opinions in this issue. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  
Tools For The Trade

Changing Scene


Budget 2018 — Business Investment, Productivity and Growth

Electrofed On January 18, the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition sent a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlining their joint priorities regarding the upcoming federal budget. The letter contains six tax reform proposals, starting with reducing federal and provincial general corporate taxes to a combined 20%. The goal: supporting economic investment and growth. Read More

Taking Stock

What's Our Legacy for the Next Generation?

By Paul Eitmant
Electrofed What are we leaving behind to the next generation? The landscape in the electrical industry has changed in the last 35 years. To my point, we have numerous companies that have been family owned and operated for years. It's been a pleasure to see companies continue the growth in which the first generation started. Read More


Too Much of a Good Thing?

By David Nathaniel
Standard There are typically many benefits associated with technology advances. This is certainly the case for LED lighting because the compactness of the light source allows luminaire designers tremendous possibilities. Picture a revolutionary LED recessed downlight. It is very thin and quick to install, even if a ceiling stud is in the way. Users who have concrete ceilings can build a drop ceiling that will accommodate these fixtures without losing much height. These recessed downlights are great for new construction or remodelling: punch out a lot of light, take very little power, have a long life rating, and don't cost much. Good, right? Well, maybe too good. Read More


The New Seller Project and Frank's New Book

By Frank Hurtte
River Height Consulting Our industry adds another new seller to the ranks daily. Over the past year, we have had the opportunity to speak to dozens of them, but compared to the vast number out there this is but a thimble full of water in a sea of people. For the coming year, I am determined to change that percentage. Why? First, the demographics demand it. Every time we speak to a group of distributor sales types, it's hard not to notice the number of folks who are pushing up against retirement. Our industry will need to fill the ranks. Read More

Looking Back

1965 Span-Can — Seabell Inc. 1984

CEDA Like many famous people throughout history, Don Hughes had a dream. In 1965 he made that dream a reality by forming the first marketing group of independent electrical wholesalers, and that group was named Span-Canada Electric Limited. Span-Can, as it became known to the trade, was true to its name, as each of the members involved had a specific territory, which in total covered Canada from coast to coast. Read More

The Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cybersecurity and Manufacturing

CSA Group Industrialized nations are being influenced by transformative forces creating what many are calling "The 4th Industrial Revolution," also referred to as Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Smart Manufacturing. Companies all over the world are investing in this digital industrial future in an effort to establish themselves as a leader in IIoT enabled productivity. Indeed, these heavy investments can help ensure industry can set new expectations for the speed and cost of manufacturing. Read More


Q4 Investment in Non-residential Construction Rose 1.6%

Statistique Canada Investment in non-residential building construction totalled $13.7 billion in the fourth quarter, up 1.6% over the previous quarter, marking a third consecutive quarterly increase. Nationally, gains were reported for all three components (institutional, industrial and commercial), led by spending on institutional building construction, up $117.2 million to $3.9 billion. Provincially, increases were posted in five provinces in the fourth quarter. Read More


Wholesale Sales Rose in November for Second Consecutive Month

Statistique Canada Wholesale sales rose 0.7% to $63.6 billion in November, a second consecutive increase. Sales were up in six of seven subsectors, representing 99% of wholesale sales. In volume terms, wholesale sales increased 0.5%. Sales in the building material and supplies subsector rose 0.6% to $9.0 billion, its third consecutive increase. Wholesale inventories were down 1.2% to $81.1 billion in November, the first decline in eight months. Read More


Apartments Lead New Housing Construction in November 2017

Statistique Canada New housing construction investment rose 7.9% from November 2016 to $5.0 billion in November, mostly attributable to increased construction investment in apartment buildings (+$282.1 million). For the first time since September 2011, every province reported higher spending on apartment building construction. Quebec led the way, with a year-over-year increase of $165.3 million. Read More

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