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Volume 2 • Issue 18


Internet of things (IoT), intelligent buildings, wireless controls and fibre in all its forms featured at BICSI - Canada

The BICSI conference, held last week in Ottawa, drew a record number of participants and featured a lot of streaming on enormous TV screens. Indeed, the opening night coincided with the last match of the round 1 playoff series between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens. We were without doubt among the cream of communication networks! According to the president of BICSI Canada, José Mozota, new technology illustrates better and better convergence between the telecommunications and electrical industries. Review our Twitter feed on the event and follow us this week at LightFair @CdnElectrical. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


Emergency Outages Agreement Canadian Utilities Sign Multilateral Support Agreement for Emergency Outages
The agreement provides a ready mechanism for Canadian electricity industry companies to assist each other during emergencies.
Techspan Techspan to Open New Facility in Western Canada
Techspan Industries has announced that they will be setting up a full scale packaging, sub-assembly, and warehousing facility in Vancouver, BC.
Imark Canada Aurora Electric Joins IMARK Canada
IMARK Canada is pleased to announce that Aurora Electric Supply Corporation of Aurora, Ontario, will be become a member effective May 1, 2015.

Codes & Standards

2015 CE Code — Part 1 Changes: IV

By Steve Douglas
2015 CE Code — Part 1 Changes: 4 This is the fourth of a series of articles detailing significant changes the Technical Committee considered the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I (CE Code). The final meeting for 2015 CE Code changes took place in June of this year. The rules shown in this article are limited to changes adopted by CE Code Technical Committee and are not subject to further changes. It should be noted that until a formal memorandum of revisions to the CE Code is published by the CSA, the information provided in this article is simply based on the observations of the writer... Read More

Codes & Standards: NEMA

NEMA Publishes Standard For Control, Thermocouple Extension, and Instrumentation Cables

NEMA 2015 The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI/NEMA WC 57/ICEA S-73-532-2014 American National Standard For Control, Thermocouple Extension, and Instrumentation Cables. This standard applies to materials, construction, and testing of multiconductor control, thermocouple extension, and instrumentation cables rated up to and including 125°C. Users and producers of insulated cable will find this standard useful... Read More


Graybar Canada's 2015 EFC Scholarship Rewards Excellence, Including Community Service

Graybar Canada's 2015 EFC Scholarship As part of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s 2015 scholarship program, Graybar Canada is offering a $3,500 award of excellence scholarship. 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

Peers & Profiles

ECO Contracting Ltd. - Emphasis on People

ECO Contracting When an electrical contractor features its people on its web site so prominently it's a unique trait that speaks to the strength of this Newfoundland company. ECO Contracting in Corner Brook emphasizes its team in everything they do... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Where Electricians Work (Excluding Industrial and Power Sectors)

If you're not in the industrial or power sectors, you're most likely installing building equipment.

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Product Focus

Schneider Electric's New Metering Offer Simplifies Power Quality

Schneider Electric's New Metering PowerLogic PM8000 series power meter, Schneider Electric's newest addition to its PowerLogic portfolio of power and energy meters, now includes power quality (PQ) compliance and analyses capabilities once reserved for more advanced meters. In line with power quality standards IEC 61000-4-30 Class S and IEC 62586, the PowerLogic PM8000 series meters can be used for auditing the quality of your electrical supply. The meters also have such power quality analysis capabilities as... Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • The MCEE 2015 in Montreal
    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.

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

  • New Housing Investment Up in February Year over Year
    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.

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

  • Eaton's Two 2015 EFC Scholarships Include Job Possibilities
    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.



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

IEEE/IAS 51st Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference 2015
May 5-8 - Calgary, AB

OEN Networking Luncheon: Tom Mitchell, OPG
May 6
Toronto, ON

May 7-9
HoChi Minh City, Vietnam

HD Expo
May 13-15
Las Vegas, NV

NECA Safety Professionals Conference
May 18-20
Phoenix, AZ

CEEA 20th Anniversary Dinner
May 20
Toronto, ON

Smart Lighting 2015
May 20-21
Berlin, DE

Manitoba Electrical Expo
May 20-21
Winnipeg, MB

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta Training Day and AGM
May 21
Invermere, BC

LED Expo Thailand 2015
May 21-24

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