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October 6, 2015 • Volume 2 • Issue 40


Time is money / Le temps c’est de l’argent

This expression, known in both official languages, is especially true when applied to managing last-minute additions to construction projects. In this issue, we continue our series on tools that can help you better manage the profitability of your business, plus a second heating option in response to an option presented last month. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


IMARK Canada IMARK Canada Members Honoured at 2nd Annual Meeting
President and CEO Bob Smith issued member and supplier of the year awards to Paul Wolf Lighting and Electrical Supply and Standard Products, Inc., respectively at the Toronto, ON meeting…
City Housing Hamilton CityHousing Hamilton Receives $1.6 Million saveONenergy Incentive from Horizon Utilities
The $1.6 million cheque for energy retrofit projects was made possible through the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) saveONenergyom program…
Affiliated Distributors Affiliated Distributors Honours 5 in Canada
At an October 1 meeting of Affiliated Distributors (AD)'s Electrical Division, the wholesale buying/marketing group honoured these five Canadian members…

Best Practices

Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 3 — Time

By Barry Olson
Maximize the Purchasing Function Time is an important part of all construction activities. Project managers are often given notice to proceed at the last minute, yet are expected to stay within the guidelines of the project schedule to meet deliverables and milestone dates. This rush to get things moving can cost you a lot of money in the long run when it comes to buying a project out as the pressure is on to get jobs going... Read More


Electrical Contractor Fined $80,000 After Two Workers Suffer Burns

Electrical Safety An overhead and underground utility contractor has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after two workers suffered burns while working on electrical equipment that had not been properly shut off. The incident occurred at a Toronto condo building in February 2014. Neither worker was aware the equipment was still live when they began working on a switchgear... Read More


New Housing Construction Up 0.5% in July

New Housing Construction Spending on new housing construction was $4.2 billion in July, up 0.5% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the gain came from higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building construction, which increased 17.5% to $1.4 billion and also, to a lesser extent, in row house construction, which rose 6.3% to $395 million... Read More


Energy Demand Dips 2.9% in July

Energy Demand Demand for electricity in Canada totalled 40.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) in July, 2.9% lower than July 2014. Reduced demand pushed generation levels down 0.9% from the same month a year earlier to 46.3 million MWh in July, led by nuclear and steam conventional generation. Electricity exports increased 7.5% to 6.1 million MWh in July, with higher deliveries from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says Oct 5th

What Consulting Engineers Specify

Almost all specify wire and cable, but few specify boxes and enclosures. See what percentage of consulting engineers specify 11 other product categories...

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Product Focus

Legrand Wiremold deQuorum Flip-Up Table Boxes

Legrand Wiremold deQuorum Flip-Up Table Boxes Legrand Wiremold's deQuorum flip-up table boxes provide flexibility in décor, communication connectivity options, and installation to meet specific functional and aesthetic needs. Flip-up table boxes bring the modules above the work surface when in use for easy access. They're available in a black powder coat or brushed stainless steel finish.
Features and benefits include... Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Clean Energy Investment and Capacity: Canada Has Its Best Year Ever
    Other nations may be growing their clean energy sectors at a faster clip, but Canadians still have a lot to celebrate, reports Clean Energy Canada. When it comes to investment and boosted capacity, we just had a banner year. Here's how the picture looks for both investment and capacity. With respect to domestic clean energy investment and development, this past year proved Canada's best ever. Though our domestic clean tech sector grew 17% in 2013, our slice of the global pie narrowed as…

  • Study Assesses Canada's Potential EV Market
    Using today's electricity grids, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) could potentially cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-98% in British Columbia, 45% in Alberta, and 58-70% in Ontario, reports a new study on Canada's potential market for PEVs. So what's required to make this happen? Conducted by the Energy and Materials Research Group in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, the study engaged a sample of Canadian new...

  • Quebec Study Examines Sector Hazards and Strategies
    Workers in the wind energy sector face a range of hazards and challenges, according to a new study released by Quebec's Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), one of Canada's leading workplace health and safety research centres. Hazards and challenges include mechanical hazards associated with wind turbines, cardiac risks, and electrical hazards associated with power circuits and control circuits,...



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