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Volume 2 • Issue 35


Experts share their knowledge with us

People say that, elections aside, the subject Canadians love to speak most about is the weather. Witness the success of weather channels. Since temperature extremes are commonplace in our country, heating is important, especially now as the summer heat wanes. We present here the first article of the season on heating technology. Others will follow: as the mercury drops, customers will increasingly seek your expertise. Also in this issue: the next instalment in our series on management tools for electrical contractors. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Nathalie Pilon Nathalie Pilon Takes on Role of Managing Director for Canada at ABB
Power and automation technology group ABB has announced that Nathalie Pilon will take over as Managing Director effective October 1…
John Sencich ABB Appoints John Sencich Local Division Manager
John Sencich is the new Local Division Manager for the ABB LP (Low Voltage Products) Division...
AD Sales AD Member Sales Up 4% in 2015 Q2
The US$31 billion contractor and industrial products wholesale buying/marketing group reported sales for AD members across all seven divisions, including Canada, grew by 4% in 2015 Q2 to $16.7 billion…


Heating with Electrical Resistance

Electric resistance heating Electric resistance heat (ERH) is a safe and simple solution for many heating needs, and frequently offers meaningful advantages over other sources of heating. When used in residential, commercial or industrial applications, ERH provides a comfortable, efficient, and affordable heating option that is often the preferred method. One of the primary purposes of this 2-part NEMA white paper is to provide an overview of recent developments in the world of ERH. In Part 1: a high-level exploration of the different types of electric heating options... Read More

Best Practices

Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 2 — Time

By Barry Olson
maximize purchasing I have noticed a common practice employed by purchasing staff and project managers in the past when buying out a project. The low quote used on bid day is reviewed for accuracy, and then the vendor is contacted and told they have a chance to write the order. Unfortunately, though, they are told they need to go back to their office and sharpen their pencil to do so. Often the vendor is just told to return with their best and final number. An advanced version of this game includes multiple vendors pitted against each other… Read More


Investment in Building New Housing Up 3.1% Year over Year in June

New housing investment Overall investment in new housing construction rose 3.1% to $4.1 billion in June compared with the same month in 2014, mainly owing to higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium construction, up 12.8% to $1.3 billion. Spending in row house construction also contributed to the gain, rising 4.2% to $385 million. In contrast, spending in semi-detached dwelling construction decreased 9.4% to $223 million. Investment in single-family dwellings edged down 0.9% to $2.1 billion... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says Sept 1

Contractor Bonuses By Job

To earn the biggest bonus, be an electrical project manager.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues


BendWorks Software

Greenlee Introduces BendWorks Software for Conduit Optimization

The BendWorks software program, available for Autodesk Revit and Revit MEP, helps designers optimize conduit runs more efficiently. Greenlee bending parameters ensure error-free and export-ready conduit runs for prefabrication or on-site bending…
Hammond Stomp

Hammond Adds New Size to Stomp Box Range For Deeper Switches

Hammond Manufacturing's 1590 Stomp die-cast aluminum enclosures accept the most commonly used switches for stomp box applications — foot-operated equipment used by electric guitarists to produce preset effects…

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Establishing When the CE Code Becomes Mandatory
    In June 2015, the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety (CACES) met at its annual meeting. This council is an influential body regarding electrical safety, and comprises regulatory members representing every province and territory, as well as representatives of certification bodies, Inspection bodies and standard development organizations. One of the summary discussions on the agenda was when the regulatory authorities anticipate the newly published Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) might become a mandatory requirement within each of their jurisdictions...

  • Run 5 Essential Lighting Tests in 30 Seconds with Fluorescent Light Tester
    If you're the building maintenance technician for a commercial, retail, or institutional facility with fluorescent lighting, you probably have hundreds or thousands of fluorescent tubes that have to be kept working. And even though those tubes last for tens of thousands of hours, they do fail, some prematurely. So if it's your job to make sure that all those tubes are doing their job, you have quite a bit of ground to cover. Fluke decided to develop a tool that takes the trial and error — and a significant amount of time —out of maintaining fluorescent lighting. ..

  • An EIN Exclusive: Video on Schneider Electric's New WiserAir Smart Thermostat
    Schneider Electric's WiserAir smart thermostat will be launched this fall. Here is a video presentation of this new device's main features…

  • Siemens Canada Power Product Podcast: Integrated Power Systems (IPS) Switchboards
    As part of an online series of podcasts, Siemens Canada introduces the next presentation in its series of online Power Product Podcasts: Integrated Power Systems (IPS) Switchboards. These short presentations have been developed by Siemens' team of Canadian low voltage product experts, and introduce or act as a refresher to the features and benefits of Siemens power distribution products...

  • June New Housing Price Index Rises 0.3% Nationally
    The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.3% in June, largely as a result of gains in Ontario. This was the third consecutive monthly price increase for the Canada-level index. The combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa (+0.6%) was the top contributor, recording the largest monthly price advance among the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) covered by the survey. Builders reported market conditions, higher material and labour costs, as well as higher land development costs as the reasons for the increase...



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

Int'l Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) Canada Conference
Aug 31-Sept 2
Winnipeg, MB

3rd Annual Electric Elle Tournament
September 15
King City, ON

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Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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