Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the Electrical Council, Electro-Federation Canada
Volume 2 • Issue 16


Open or resistant to change — generational or industry phenomenon?

Do we speak of resistance or openness to change according to our generation or our industry? Some facts we've known about for years, and yet we still hesitate to take the necessary steps — statistics tell us that action is essential, and yet we continue to hesitate. So it is with managing workplace health and safety. We know it has to be done to protect our people and our businesses, but often businesses must demonstrate ingenuity — and commitment — to do so. The COR program is one solution. More in this issue. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


Harald Henze Electro-Federation Canada Names Recipient of 2015 Industry Recognition Award
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) presented its 2015 Industry Recognition Award (IRA) to Harald Henze.
Nathalie Pilon Nathalie Pilon Announced as 2015/2016 Electro-Federation Canada Chair
At the Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) AGM on April 15th, Nathalie Pilon, Thomas & Betts Ltd. was announced as the EFC 2015/2016 Chair.
SaskPower SaskPower Invests to Support Demand Growth, Renew Aging Grid
SaskPower has made significant investments - $1.279 billion - into the province's electrical grid in 2014, as aging infrastructure, increasing demand and changing environmental regulations continue to challenge the Crown corporation.
Kerrwil's Gold Book Launches Kerrwil Launches Electrical Industry GOLD Book - THE New Resource for Canada's Electrical Industry
Kerrwil Publications Limited announced the official launch of Electrical Industry's Gold Book online sourcing tool for buyers, specifiers and installers of electrical equipment in Canada.

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Heating & Ventilation: Selecting a Bath Fan

Point Source Ventilation And You - Part II

By Paul Laplante, Milan Jovanovic
Selecting a Bath Fan In last week's article I discussed the topic of point source ventilation stemming from bath fans, the need for them to be certified for performance and sound levels, Canada's national building codes pertaining to spot ventilation and finally in Quebec's case the Novoclimat guidelines and requirements. Let's continue with information that hopefully will round out what you need to properly size /select/supply the proper amount of supply wiring in a given situation... Read More

Human Resources

Succession Planning - Why Is It So Important?

By Michelle Branigan
Succession Planning We simply don't have enough people in the talent pipeline. There are two key drivers causing this pressure. The first is the demographics issue that is challenging not only for us but for most industries across the country. We have an aging populace and a large number of employees taking retirement. The second relates to the infrastructure changes that will take place over the coming decades... Read More


"I have witnessed more significant, very dramatic accidents than probably anyone in this room"

By Scott Williams
Health and Safety Strong words from an engineer and experienced construction professional: Lawrence Quinn, Senior VP Major Projects, Infrastructure Ontario. "This is hardly bragging rights," said Quinn, "but health and safety has very personal overtones for me." Quinn made these remarks to delegates attending an open house on the certificate of recognition (COR) health and safety program at the recent Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) Leadership Conference... Read More

Codes & Standards

2015 CE Code — Part 1 Changes

By Steve Douglas
Codes controller nameplate This is the third of a series of articles detailing significant changes for the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I (CE Code). Specifically, Sections 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. The rules in this article are limited to changes adopted by CE Code Technical Committee and not subject to further changes. It should be noted that until a formal memorandum of revisions to the CE Code is published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), the information provided in this article is simply based on the observations of the writer... Read More


New Housing Price Index Up in February

Housing Price Index Following a 0.1% decline in January, the New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.2% in February. The combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa was the top contributor to the increase, with prices up 0.3% over the previous month. Market conditions and new list prices were the main reasons behind the gain. For 9 of the 21 metropolitan areas surveyed, prices remained unchanged. Read More


Building Permits Edge Down in February

Building permits stats Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.1 billion in February, edging down 0.9% from the previous month. This was the second consecutive monthly decline. Lower construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta were responsible for the decrease at the national level. The value of permits in the non-residential and institutional sectors also fell. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Gerber Electric

By John Kerr
Gerber Electric At Kerrwil we love stories about family businesses and we love those great untold ones about great electrical family business that have stood the test of time. The founders of Gerber Electric go back to 1931 and have demonstrated a long rapport with the community it's served then and today. Read More


Hubbell Canada LP's 2015 EFC Scholarship Rewards Community Leadership

Hubbell Scholarships As part of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s 2015 scholarship program, Hubbell Canada LP is offering a $3,500 Electrical Industry Leadership Award. Engaging university and college students is critical in our industry, says Joris Myny, Chair of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s scholarship program. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says April 21

Number of employer establishments by employment size category and region

Establishments with 5-99 employees predominate in every jurisdiction but one.

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Product Focus

Wattstopper Wireless Occupancy Sensor Kits

Wireless Occupancy Sensor Kits Enjoy faster, simpler installation with preconfigured wireless occupancy sensor kits, resulting in significant savings on labour and materials. Each kit includes an RF switch and a self-powered wireless PIR sensor, pre-paired to operate together out of the box. Ideal for existing buildings or where wiring is a challenge. Read More

Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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