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Volume 2 • Issue 20


Mentoring, again and again

In this issue we speak once more of succession planning in an article by contributor Michelle Branigan, and also indirectly in our weekly survey, which shows that our industry presents interesting and challenging opportunities for young people. As an industry, it's our responsibility to make it an appealing and viable career choice by sharing our knowledge and experience. Mentoring, right? Scholarship funding seems to be an increasingly valuable tool for transmitting knowledge. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


Adanac Sales Ideal Names Adanac Sales as BC Rep
Bill Stephens, National Sales and Marketing Manager for IDEAL INDUSTRIES (CANADA), CORP. has announced the appointment of Adanac Sales as their agent and representative for British Columbia, effective May 15, 2015.
Unlicensed Electrical Contracting Unlicensed Electrical Contracting Company Convicted in Three Different Cities
An unlicensed contractor was convicted for the third time since January 2015 and received fines totalling $10,000 on charges relating to working without an electrical contractor's licence.
Marc Giroux Marc Giroux, Supervisor, Field Services, Siemens Canada Limited
Marc Giroux joins Siemens Canada as Supervisor for Field Services with over 10 years of experience in the deployment of power distribution (low and medium voltage) systems.
Futech Ottawa Futech Ottawa Joins IMARK Canada
IMARK Canada is pleased to announce that Futech Ottawa, Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario will become a member...

Human Resources

Succession Planning - Part 2

By Michelle Branigan
Succession Planning Last month we looked at the importance of succession planning, and what employers had told Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) during our research into this topic. In this column we'll look at the barriers and challenges, as well as some best practices. Here's what to avoid when implementing or running a succession planning strategy... Read More


Setting up an Electrical Safety Training Program: What's Required by OSHA, CSA and NFPA (Part 1)

By James R White
Safety Training When putting together an electrical safety training program, what requirements does an electrical manager need to follow, for which employees? CSA Z462, OSHA and NFPA 70E do not look at what a worker's job title is. Instead, when determining what level of training is required, they look at the hazards a worker may be exposed to. Any worker exposed to electrical hazards (that includes any electrical conductor or circuit part above 50 V) is considered a qualified person who needs higher level training. This may include many workers who do not consider themselves as electrically qualified, such as HVAC technicians, multi-craft workers, welders, and general maintenance personnel... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Prairie Electrical

Prairie Electrical Prairie Electrical in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba is a full service electrical firm with 18 years of experience. They specialize in custom new home wiring, knob and tube removal and rewire, and service upgrades but also offer expertise with HAI home automation and whole home audio distribution systems, data and telephone cabling as well as Back up Power and commercial applications like sign repair... Read More


Building Permits Up 11.6% in March

Building Permits The total value of building permits rose 11.6% from a month earlier to $6.9 billion in March. This was the first increase in three months. Higher construction intentions for non-residential buildings in British Columbia and Alberta and for multi-family dwellings in Ontario and British Columbia were responsible for much of the advance at the national level. The value of institutional building permits increased 73.9% to $661 million. Read More


Standard™ 2015 EFC Scholarship Recognizes Excellence in Business Admin/Commerce

Standard Products' 2015 EFC Scholarship Standard™ a privately-held, family-owned Canadian supplier of lighting solutions to the commercial, industrial and residential markets, will award a $3500 scholarship to a Canadian university or college student who demonstrates academic excellence, has completed two years of study in business administration/commerce, and has maintained a minimum cumulative average of 80%. The award is part of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s 2015 scholarship program. Now in its 20th year, the EFC scholarship program will award a record $120,500 across 52 scholarships... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says May 12

What Sectors Electrical Technologists and Technicians Work In

Two thirds work in manufacturing. The remaining work in seven other sectors.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

Wesco Power Play WESCO Customer Rewards

Win with WESCO is designed to reward you for growing your purchases of qualifying Eaton products.
The program has four rewards levels providing you with achievable goals to score with! At each level the prizes get bigger and better, and increase in value. More Info

Product Focus

Rittal TopTherm Fan and Filter Units

RittalTop Therm Fan and Filter Units Combining Rittal TopTherm filter fans and rain hoods offers a low cost cooling solution that maintains the protection category of the enclosures in the harshest of environments and achieves NEMA 3R, 4 and 4X ratings. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the CE Code, Part I - A Roadmap (Installment 1 in a Series)
    Often, users encounter situations where they find themselves at odds with the rules contained in the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (the Code). These situations can occur for designers, consultants, installers, inspectors, manufacturers, students, instructors and standards developers alike, and usually result from a misreading, misunderstanding, misapplication or inability to locate the requirement that is needed or relevant to their tasks. Over the next series of articles, I will provide a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook2, but will hopefully provide some help in navigating the Code.

  • Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Performing Arts Venue: GigaCore Ethernet Switches Facilitate AV and Lighting
    A single backbone fibre ring of Luminex GigaCore Ethernet switches unifies and simplifies all the AV and lighting functions at Desjardins Hall, a performing arts venue in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec. Located in the Jean-Marie Roy Community Centre, Desjardins Hall is part of a multi-use facility on the site of a former college. It will be used for community theatrical and musical performances as well as for visiting artists and troupes.



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