Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 2 • Issue 48


Everyone wants to earn profits, but saving, is it a good idea?

Regularly our contributors share best practices in managing your business. This week we talk about your employees' "non-productive" (non-billable) time, but non-productive doesn't have to mean unprofitable. See the difference. Read also about the importance of measuring and mitigating risks associated with arc flash. Some safety measures we can all get behind. Read as well about our industrys' young people who are organizing themselves into a dynamic force. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


Don MacKinnon Power Workers' Union Leader Named EHRC Electricity Industry Leader of the Year
Electricity Human Resources Canada Chair Norm Fraser describes Don MacKinnon as "one of the most respected and hard-working individuals in the industry today..."
BC Hydro BC Hydro Completes Construction of Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Line
The project includes 642 new transmission structures, as well as a 500-kilovolt series capacitor station at Ruby Creek near Agassiz, and line termination work at Nicola and Meridian substations…
Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan: 30% of Energy from Renewables by 2030
Alberta's just-released plan calls for phasing out coal-burning power. Two-thirds of the replacement energy would come from renewable sources, primarily wind power…


Implementation of Arc Flash Mitigating Solutions at Industrial Manufacturing Facilities: Part 1

Arc Flash Mitigating Solutions Over the course of the past several years, industrial manufacturing facilities across the globe have learned to recognize the importance of identifying and understanding, measuring and mitigating the impact of arc flash hazards in their facilities. Although reported injuries are infrequent, the very high costs associated with these injuries make them one of the most important categories of injuries in the industrial workplace. The following case study involves a multi-site business operating 13 plants in Canada and the U.S., and includes six lessons learned... Read More

Best Practices

3 Simple Steps to Covering an Employee's Non-Productive Time

By Shawn McCadden
Employee's Non Productive Time If your business pays an hourly employee for non-productive time, you'd better know how to build it into your labour charges so your customers are paying for it, not your profits. The theory for how to do it is actually very simple. Non-productive time is the hours you must pay an employee for, when he or she is not producing income for the business. Basically it's what is typically referred to as non-billable time. Here is a brief list of common examples… Read More


EFC Officially Launches the Young Professionals Network

By Laurence Rocher-Brassard
Young Professionals Network Electro-Federation Canada's November 4 Future Forum marked the first meeting of EFC's new Young Professionals Network (YPN). Some 60 people took part in the event. Jason Prevost, YPN's national president, outlined the network's objectives. It is designed for anyone aged 40 and under working in any capacity in the industry, and will serve as a forum to gather, grow and contribute. Through YPN activities, young members of Canada's electrical industry will have an opportunity to create links, learn best practices, and further their careers... Read More


September Investment in New Housing Construction Rises 4.8% YOY

New Housing Construction Spending on new housing construction rose 4.8% year over year to $4.8 billion in September, following a 2.9% gain in August. The increase at the national level reflected higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building and row house construction, as spending on single-family and semi-detached dwellings continued to decline. The increased spending occurred in five provinces... Read More

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Undercabinet LED Fixture

Nora Lighting Ledur Undercabinet LED Fixture with Edge-Lit Technology

The Ledur series of 120V dimmable LED undercabinet fixtures features Edge-Lit Technology, providing smooth, uniform illumination onto a work surface without the hot spots generated by direct-view mounted LEDs…
HD Infrared Camera

Fluke's First HD Infrared Camera

The Fluke TiX Series Infrared Cameras feature up to 10 times the on-camera pixels available on standard 320 x 240 cameras and a large 5.6-inch articulating display to help identify issues in the field…
Philips EasySense Fixture-Mount Sensor

Philips EasySense Fixture-Mount Sensor

The Philips EasySense fixture-mount sensor combines occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting and institutional tuning in a single, compact package for easy OEM fixture assembly…

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From Our Last Issue
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    Electrical designers and engineers spend a lot of time scanning manufacturers' catalogues and other data to specify electrical equipment they require to ensure an appropriate design.

  • Combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (CAFI): 2015 CE Code Requirements for AFCI Protection
    Thanks to the 2015 version of the Canadian Electrical Code, which mandates arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection in designated branch circuits in dwelling units, electrical professionals and consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the need for and the benefits of AFCIs.



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