Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 2 • Issue 24


In the generations game there are only winners

We all see ads where young people try to pack their elders away. We also know people who believe they retain unchanging and irreplaceable knowledge. Between these two groups, multiple generations cohabit the workplace. When managed effectively, it creates more open and innovative organizations. There is no reason to ignore the challenges of renewing the labour force in our industry and transferring essential knowledge. The routes are many, and our contributor Michelle Branigan presents several. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


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Human Resources

Multigenerational Workforces

By Michelle Branigan
Multigenerational Workforces At this particular moment, there are several different generations in our workplaces, all with different worldviews, expectations and needs. We have newly graduated employees working next to those with 30+ years in the business. By 2016, all but the youngest boomers will have reached the average age of retirement for our sector, 58, and will likely have the 30 years of experience needed to qualify for full pension. For many, that cottage is looking good. But what does this mean for utilities trying to manage these demographic changes in their workplace? Read More

Human Resources: Mentorship

Tips When Developing a Mentorship Program

Mentorship Programs Key considerations: 1) determine the actual purpose, output and/or outcome the organization is trying to achieve with the mentorship program. Ensure the feedback is regular, and holds to a clear schedule for a constant channel of feedback (i.e., how long does the mentorship program last? Is there a time limit?). Ensure the program clearly outlines what will be shared: learnings and key lessons from senior leadership to manager/directors (succession planning). 2) Determine the resource requirements and time commitments from both mentors and mentees. Here are three different types of mentorship models... Read More


Arc Flash Alphabet Soup: Understanding the Hazard Behind the Acronyms and Technical Terms (Part 2)

By Jim Pollard
Arc Flash Danger Arc flash, a type of electrical explosion, is one of the most complex workplace risks that exists. It is often described using technical terminology and several acronyms. But beneath the alphabet soup of letters and numbers associated with workplace electrical safety there is a simple explanation for arc flash. Firstly, it's important to understand arc flash has nothing to do with welding; it's an electrical hazard. Within a millisecond, the temperature produced by an arc flash, at its core, can be up to four times hotter than the surface of the sun. Other secondary hazards related to an arc flash include intense light emissions, pressure wave (arc blast), flying debris, toxic fumes and damaging sound levels... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Ryfan Electric Ltd - Servicing Millions of Kilometres in Northern Canada

Ryfan Electric Ryfan Electric Ltd. was incorporated in the Northwest Territories in 1979 with its head office in Yellowknife, NT. With a service area of 1.1 million plus logistically challenged square kilometres in the Northwest Territories, 1.9 million in Nunavut and an additional 350,000 in Edmonton and North Alberta, getting to customers is no easy feat... Read More


Building Permits Up in April for 2nd Straight Month

April Buidling Permits Contractors took out $7.8 billion worth of building permits in April, up 11.6% from the previous month and a second consecutive monthly advance. The gain stemmed from higher construction intentions in Ontario's residential and non-residential sectors. In the non-residential sector, permit value rose 30.2% to $3.3 billion, following a 24.8% gain in March. Increases were posted in three provinces, led by Ontario, followed by Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. British Columbia and Quebec registered the largest declines in construction intentions for non-residential buildings. In the residential sector, permit value rose 1.2% to $4.5 billion. Institutional permits are also up... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says June 16

Electrician Employment Drivers by Sector

Among seven sectors, half of all employment is in manufacturing, followed by repair and maintenance.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

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Product Focus

Crouse-Hinds Launches VXF Stainless Steel Junction Box and Pendant Cover

Crouse-Hinds Junction Box Power management company Eaton recently introduced its new 316 stainless junction box from its Crouse-Hinds business. The junction box is designed to provide long, dependable service in the most demanding environmental conditions. With four drilled and tapped conduit entries and pendant fixture cover or flat blank cover, the box provides versatility for mounting luminaires or terminating or splicing electrical circuits. The stainless steel junction box and pendant cover are suitable for wastewater treatment, food, beverage, and mining applications... Read More



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