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Volume 2 • Issue 15


Best practices based on the CE Code and our own practices

The first time I heard of best practices, I thought it was a poor translation between the worlds of managers and more technical terrain. I know today that these best practices are first and foremost safety-related and do not consist of user guides or administrative clichés. In this issue, we write about ventilations fans, drafting the CE Code and more. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


Juan Macias Schneider Electric Announces New Canadian President
Schneider Electric has announced that Juan Macias has been named Canada Country President, reporting to Laurent Vernerey, President & CEO, North America.
Affiliated Distributors Companies Awarded at Affiliated Distributors Canadian Electrical Division Spring Network Meeting
A number of Canadian companies received awards at Affiliated Distributors' signature networking event in Tampa, FL.
Simark Controls Schneider Electric and Simark Controls Ltd. Close a Sales and Service Agreement for Western Canada
Schneider Electric Canada has announced that it has it has entered into a sales and service business partner agreement with Simark Controls Ltd, a company of SFC Energy AG, with the Western Canadian portfolio of Telemetry and Remote SCADA Solutions (TRSS).

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Codes & Standards

Developing Safety Standards for Electrical Products Referenced in the CE Code

By Bill Burr
Electrical Safety Standards The majority of electrical safety product standards referenced in Appendix A of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, (the Code) are developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Some referenced standards, related to fire alarm, security or other fire safety equipment, are developed by Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC). In addition, many of the CSA standards are adopted from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), or are harmonized with Underwriters Laboratories (UL - US) and the Association of Standardization and Certification (ANCE - Mexico) standards through the CANENA process. This article deals only with the development and maintenance of standards by the two Canadian Standards Development Organizations. For harmonization procedures for IEC and North American standards through CANENA, please see my article of May 1, 2014. Read More

Technology: Best Practices

Point Source Ventilation And You - Part I

By Paul Laplante, Milan Jovanovic
Ventiltion The right and proper choice of a bath fan is critical, whether for a renovation project, a new series of houses or even multiple unit condominiums. Did you know that all bath fans are subject to performance certifications similar in nature to CSA, CETL and other certifications that you must respect for any electrical materials you are purchasing and installing? These organizations have as their primary objective your ability to compare impartially and with total confidence the performance of various products for you and your end user. All manufacturers proud of their products' performance and quality subject each and every one of them at a substantial cost per test, in order to garner the much coveted performance certifications of HVI and/or AMCA so that you know that you are getting what you pay for. Should you be looking at a fan without these certifications, ask yourself these questions... Read More


Custom Design Brings Dynamic LED Lighting to Montreal's Complexe Desjardins

Complexe Desjardins A new custom LED lighting design developed by Montreal-based Lightemotion has made its mark in downtown Montreal. Working closely with the facilities team at Complexe Desjardins, Lightemotion has breathed new life into Montreal's largest mixed use development, totaling 4 million square feet. Located in the Quartier Des Spectacles and facing the recently renovated Place Des Arts, Complexe Desjardins is the latest addition to the Quartier to include a dynamic and innovative lighting design strategy. Read More


GE Lighting's 2015 EFC Scholarship Rewards Community Leadership

GE Lighting Institute As part of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s 2015 scholarship program, GE Lighting is offering a $3,500 Community Leadership Award. Engaging university and college students is critical in our industry, says Joris Myny, Chair of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s scholarship program and a senior vice president of Siemens Canada Limited. Myny describes the scholarship program as more than funding students. "It is an opportunity to promote our industry in every Canadian university and college and showcase the electrical industry as a viable career choice in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Management, Operations, Information Technology and Human Resources." Read More


Construction Costs for Canada's Electric Utility Distribution Systems, 2014 vs. 2013

Construction Costs Construction costs for the electric utility distribution systems increased 0.1% in 2014 compared with the 2013 Electric Utility Construction Price Index. Higher costs for construction indirects (+4.9%), which include engineering (+5.0%), and administration and overheads (+4.8%), were tempered by lower costs for labour (-2.3%) and construction equipment (-0.9%).In 2014, construction costs for transmission line systems increased by 2.7%. The transmission lines component rose 1.1%, largely as a result of higher equipment costs (+7.6%). The substations component increased by 3.5%, led by higher costs for power transformers as well as for circuit breakers, circuit reclosers (both up 7.1%). Read More

Peers & Profiles

Murray Electric: Electrical Expertise with a Family Flair

Murrays Electric Located in Listowel, Ontario, Murray's Electric has been family owned and operated since it was founded in 1979. As a full service electrical contractor, Murray's has built its reputation on the foundation of excellence in customer service with a strong focus on quality and reliability.

Professional services offered include agricultural, commercial, industrial, and residential projects, including pole line, electrical wiring and home theatres. Their electricians pride themselves on being skilled professionals who have the local reputation of completing their projects on time and within budget. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Number of establishments in Canada by region: December 2014

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Product Focus

HPS Offers Enclosed Option to Existing Centurion R Reactor Line

WattStopper Neutral Sense Wall Switch Sensors Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (HPS) now offers the Centurion R reactor with an enclosed option, providing customers with a complete reactor solution. The HPS Centurion R is available as an open core and coil, Type 1 (as standard) or Type 3R (as special) enclosed unit. These rugged steel ventilated enclosures are constructed for indoor use to provide protection to the reactor against ingress of solid foreign objects as well as protection to personnel against access to hazardous parts. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • 2015 CE Code — Part 2 Changes
    This is the second of three articles detailing significant changes for the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I (CE Code). The rules in this article are limited to changes already adopted by CE Code Technical Committee and not subject to further changes.

  • Stelpro: One Among Canada's Best Managed Companies
    Stelpro, a Quebec family-owned manufacturing business established more than 30 years ago that offers integrated heating solutions, is now among Canada's 50 "Best Managed Companies," one of the business community's most coveted awards. "Even though this may sound like a cliché, it is beyond any doubt a team effort," Stelpro Director of Marketing Richard Paquet told EIN Managing Editor Line Goyette. Find out what Stelpro learned about itself in the process, and much more.



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