MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Our Own Olympics
While we eagerly watch young people fighting for gold and realizing their dreams in Sochi, we have many young people everywhere in Canada that are looking for the right trade that will enable them to realize their own dreams. Shaun Thorson from Skills Canada is hoping that we will be able to reach them and show them how trades could be an exciting, modern choice for a career path. We know he is right!
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek
Introducing Square D™ SurgeLoc for NQ Panelboards
Schneider Electric is pleased to announce the release of the innovative Surgelogic SurgeLoc, a new line of commercial surge protection that provides advanced power and equipment protection for Square D™ NQ panelboards. Engineered with input from contractors and specifiers, the innovative SurgeLoc device from Schneider Electric™ has revolutionized commercial surge protection.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Are You Looking for Skilled Workers for Your Electrical Installations or Your Automation and Control Department?
If the answer is yes, you should read this and you may become part of the solution. Is there a shortage of skilled workers? Where are they? Do we have jobs for these young men and women in trades? It seems that young people still think that they have to go through university to get an exciting job and a nice future. Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer at Skills/Compétences Canada is not convinced that this is the only path for a bright future.
National Industry Associations, Colleges to Address Employment and Innovation Challenges
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) has launched a coalition of industry and labour organizations to come up with solutions to Canada's current skills challenges. Co-chaired by ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot, and Paul Charette, ACCC Board member and Board Chair of Bird Construction Company Ltd., the coalition seeks to enhance collaborations between colleges, institutes and industry sectors.
Want to Increase Business, Part I: Plan to Grow and Market Yourself
By Stan Rydzynski
Many electrical contractors were schooled only on the tactics of being a contractor, but word of mouth as a means of generating the next sale is not enough anymore.
PEERS & PROFILES
Teshmont Consultants LP: Canadian Expertise Gone Global
Teshmont provides engineering services for EHV AC and HVDC power transmission systems. With a staff of 70 engineers and technicians, the firm provides a wide range of services, from assistance with specialized system studies to complete project design and implementation support. Based in Winnipeg, this consulting firm is recognized worldwide for its HVDC expertise, and has designed and managed the installation of transmission systems from the permafrost of northern Canada to the deserts of the Middle East.
Where Electrical Contractors Buy
This table details results from recent surveys on where electrical contractors sourced electrical equipment in Canada in 2011 and 2012
Charge Up Your Winter with Ideal's IDAPT Power Station Promotion
Purchase one Ideal Barrel or four Stubbys of Ideal Can-Twist,CWT's, or Ideal WireNut wire connectors from a participating distributor between now and April 18, 2014, and you'll receive an IDAPT i3p Power Station — but only while quantities last.
Canadian Electrical Industry 5-Minute Survey: e-Commerce
You could win an iPad Air...
The Canadian electrical industry is quickly evolving, and we'd like to get your opinion on how this industry is keeping up with the e-commerce era. In exchange for 5 minutes of your time, we're offering you a chance to win an iPad Air. Deadline to be entered into the draw: February 28. Your survey responses will help us better understand your company's purchasing needs…and will also give electrical manufacturers and distributors insight on how they can make your e-Commerce experience a better one.
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THE ELECTRICAL STOCK MARKET
Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.