Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 2 • Issue 42


The benefits of transferring our know-how

Electrical firms are often family businesses, with one generation taking over from the previous. Fortunately this pattern is not exclusive to our industry, or to family businesses, because there's great value for any operation when senior people share their hard-earned knowledge and give younger generations insights into challenges and solutions that might otherwise take years to acquire. As our contributor Michelle Branigan shows us, the advantages are many, for both employees and employers. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor


EAM Electrical Association of Manitoba Joins CECA
Through this affiliation, association members will be able to access a wider array of information, programs and services…
ABB Montreal ABB Creates A $70-Million State-of-the-Art High-Tech Centre in Montreal
ABB's world-class centre will contribute to the development of ABB's advanced technology solutions and consolidate the company's complete energy value chain under one roof…
Showstopper Awards Showstopper Awards: Winners Selected at 2015 NECA Show
The NECA Showstopper Showcase and Awards is one of the most prestigious recognition events in the electrical construction industry. See who won this year…

Eaton AFCI Technology When It Comes to AFCI Technology, Don't Settle For Second Best

With new provisions for the use of AFCI technology in place, it's important to understand what has changed, and what you can do to prevent dangerous electrical arcing.

The 2015 Canadian Electrical Code requires all branch circuits in dwelling units supplying 125V receptacles rated 20A or less be protected by a Combination-Type arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI), with some exceptions... More Info

Human Resources

What are the Benefits of Effective Coaching?

By Michelle Branigan
Effective Coaching In recent years, organizations are increasingly realizing the benefits of one-on-one coaching and beginning to implement coaching programs. As we navigate through a changing industry, with employees being promoted into positions being vacated by the aging workforce, workplace coaching provides a potential solution. For new entrants it also provides for learning that cannot be provided in the classroom. Some of the organizational benefits include… Read More


Key Factors to Maintaining Arc Flash Safety, Part 2

Arc Flash Safety When an arc fault occurs, the result is a massive electrical explosion known as an arc flash. An arc flash can melt metal and cause severe radiation burns, damage eyesight, and result in fatalities. Part 1 of this article looked at four safety measures: 1) training, 2) de-energizing equipment, 3) performing preventive maintenance, and 4) wearing arc rated PPE. Part 2 continues, with three more safety measures. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Southwestern Electric Ltd.

Southwestern Electric Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Brad Fraser was on the path to becoming a mechanical engineer when life events led him to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. In 1971, Fraser was licensed and co-managing his grandfather's electrical business, and in 1981, he started putting together the details for his own business. With a friend's encouragement, Fraser moved to Brantford in 1987, and Southwestern Electric Ltd. was born... Read More

Economy: Building Permits

Value of Building Permits Drops in August After Increases in June and July

Building Permits The total value of building permits decreased 3.7% to $7.5 billion in August, following increases of 15.5% in June and 0.7% in July. The decline was attributable to lower construction intentions in most provinces, mainly British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Six provinces posted decreases in the value of residential and non-residential permits... Read More

Economy: Housing

Ontario Drives 0.3% Increase in August New Housing Price Index

August New Housing Price Index The combined region of Toronto and Oshawa was the top contributor to the overall 0.3% increase in August, with prices up 0.6% over the previous month. This marks the seventh straight month of price increases in that region. Prices remained unchanged in 8 of the 21 metropolitan areas surveyed. Year over year, the New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 1.3% in August, following identical increases in June and July... Read More

Survey Says

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Where Plant Electricians Work

Among five types of workplaces, one dominates the rest.

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Product Focus

Grace Engineering Voltage Test Station

Voltage Test Station Grace Engineered Products, Inc. expands its portfolio of permanent electrical safety devices (PESD) by providing a purpose-built, safety-by-design application for facilities seeking to enhance their electrical safety programs… Read More



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

Purchasing & Design West
October 25-27, 2015
Palos Verdes, CA

Canadian German Conference on Grid Integration of Renewable Energies
November 3
Calgary, AB

BC Electrical Association — Women's Network Wine & Cheese Event
November 4
Burnaby, BC

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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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