Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 2 • Issue 17


The new generation is hungry for information and training

Last week at MCEE I met dozens and dozens of students who have chosen technical trades. Very open and eager to share their experience, they said they want to learn more about new technologies, new products, and also best practices. They saw an opportunity to seek information on the Internet. Their enthusiasm was palpable. Great news and more in this edition. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


Women in Electrical EHRC Receives $292,365 to Help Women Advance in Canada's Electricity Industry
The federal funding will go toward a project to develop and test a mentorship model.
Amir Kassaian E.B. Horsman & Son Strengthens VFD Market by Adding to Team
E.B. Horsman & Son is pleased to announce that Amir Kassaian has joined its Automation, Controls and Process Instrumentation Division.
Electrical Trades NTCCC Summit Paves the Way for Trade Contractor
Trade contract representatives met in Ottawa to discuss the urgent need for prompt payment legislation.

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Trade Show and Conference

The MCEE 2015 in Montreal

MCEE 2015 Close to 10,000 people participated in Montreal last week at the MCEE trade show and conference. Total annual purchasing power of MCEE visitors' companies is evaluated at approximately $6 billion. More than 390 exhibitors from Quebec, the rest of Canada, the U.S. and overseas displayed a huge range of products in plumbing, heating, hydronics (modern hot water heating), ventilation, electrical, lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, electrical equipment, water treatment systems, tools, alarm systems, kitchen and bath fixtures, fire prevention, pipes, valves and fittings, software, and vehicles. Read More

Energy: Residential Market

Energy in the Connected Home 2015: Technology Evolution, Landscape and Distribution Strategies

Residential Energy consumption Spurred by the rapid increase of consumer interest in smart devices, coupled with innovation in cloud platform development, the residential energy management market is entering its third phase, defined by an abundance of analytics-driven technologies. Read More


New Housing Investment Up in February Year over Year

New Housing Investment Investment in new housing construction increased 2.4% to $3.5 billion in February compared with the same month in 2014. The increase came mainly from higher spending on row house and apartment building construction. Read More


Q1 2015 Non-Residential Building Construction: Investment Down 1.2%

Non-Residential Construction Stats Following three consecutive quarters of growth, investment in non-residential building construction decreased 1.2% to $12.9 billion in the first quarter. This decline was largely the result of lower spending on the construction of commercial buildings (-1.9%). Read More


Eaton's Two 2015 EFC Scholarships Include Job Possibilities

Scholarships As part of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s 2015 scholarship program, Eaton is offering two $3500 awards for academic achievement that come with a possibility of working for the company. Engaging university and college students is critical to our industry, says Joris Myny, Chair of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s scholarship program. Now in its 20th year, the EFC scholarship program will award a record $120,500 across 52 scholarships. Read More

Survey Says


Who Industrial Electricians Work For

In 2013 and 2014, transportation and warehousing led by a narrow margin over two other areas.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

Product Focus

Siemens Integrated Power Systems (IPS) Switchboards: Compact Solution Saving Time and Cost

Siemens Integrated Power Systems Are you space confined in your electrical room? Siemens' Integrated Power Systems (IPS) switchboards can provide a compact solution by integrating multiple pieces of electrical distribution equipment into a single assembly that results in:
• reduced installation time up to 90%... Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Point Source Ventilation And You - Part II
    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...

  • Succession Planning - Why is it so Important?
    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...

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

  • 2015 CE Code — Part 1 Changes
    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...

  • 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.



Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

Springfest 2015
April 30 - Toronto, ON

2015 Ontario Energy Industry Spring Networking Evening
May 1 - Toronto, ON

2015 Women Connected
May 5 - Toronto, ON

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