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Volume 2 • Issue 31


Management tools adapted for electrical contractors

One can always dream of being an electrician like Scott in this issue, but knowing the Code and having useful technical knowledge on a construction site or a project are skills that rarely transfer to the management level of a company. We often meet entrepreneurial spirits who, lacking these tools, do not pursue their dream of having their own business. In this issue, we begin a series of articles on how to better manage your business purchases. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Sean Bernard Franklin Empire Inc. Appoints New Contractor Sales Manager for Ontario
Cliff Backman, V.P. of Franklin Empire Inc., has announced the appointment of Sean Bernard as Contractor Sales Manager - Ontario…
Schneider and BSI Canada Schneider Canada Awarded BSI Canada Award of Excellence
BSI Group Canada has awarded Schneider Electric the 2014 BSI Canada Award of Excellence for Quality Management Systems…
Wesco Wesco Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results
Wesco International has announced its 2015 second quarter results…

DC Technology

9 Reasons Why DC May Replace AC: Part 2

By Gregory Reed
AC Current Direct Current (DC) electric power is an emerging disruptive technological area that has the potential to stimulate economic growth, inspire innovation, increase research and development opportunities, create jobs, and simultaneously advance environmental sustainability. The technology and applications offer the promise of enhanced energy efficiency, improved power quality and reliability, and inherent alignment with renewable and clean energy development... Read More

Best Practices

Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 1 — Economies of Scale

By Barry Olson
Maximize purchasing Whether one has a dedicated purchasing team or relies on project managers to procure materials, awareness of these tactics can help increase profit and efficiency. One of the first lessons an economics student learns is the principle of economies of scale. Relating to the procurement of material, the concept is easy to grasp: if I buy more of an item, I should get a better price per item. Some items — such as copper wire or other commodity materials — are less inclined to deep manufacturer discounts, but the principle holds true, in general... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Industry Activity Is Just Another Way to Give Back for Precision Electric

By Stacey Roy
P&P Precision As a first generation electrician, Scott Huckins, owner of Precision Electric, was encouraged to enter into the trades through school and regional competitions like the regional Halton Skills Competition. "I took third in it 25 years ago," Huckins recalls. "Nobody typically ends up on the path that they started on. I'm weird in that way because I've wanted to be an electrician since I was 18." Besides a brief hiatus in the design and program end of things, the Milton, ON area man has done just that, and has shared his experiences along the way. "We try to help out where we can," he said... Read More


Electricity Demand Drops 5.6% in May Year over Year

Power Stats Demand for electricity totalled 39.3 million megawatt hours (MWh) in May, down 5.6% from the same month a year earlier. Demand for electricity has fallen on a year-over-year basis in 12 of the past 13 months. Like demand, electric power generation declined in May, down 1.4% to 44.6 million MWh, largely as a result of lower generation levels in Alberta and Quebec... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says Aug 4

Contractor Salaries By Company Size

Company size and salary size: is there a correlation? See how salaries compare among seven sizes of electrical contracting companies.

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Product Focus

Eaton's Auto-Monitoring GFCBs and Wall Receptacles Advance Electrical Safety, Reliability

Auto-Monitoring GFCBs< Designed to automatically monitor ground-fault circuit interruption (GFCI) status, Eaton's new wall receptacles and circuit breakers protect detect and against ground faults in damp or wet locations by automatically running self-test diagnostics… Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Now Available: CAN/ULC Standard on Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety
    ULC's Standards Committee on Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety has approved CAN/ULC-S801, Standard on Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety for Generation, Transmission, and Distribution. With so much at stake when maintaining electrical systems, the power line industry now has a revised standard to help ensure proper work habits, procedures and safety equipment will get people home after a day's work. The standard applies to the construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of electric utility systems used to generate, transform, transmit, distribute or deliver electrical power or...



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