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Volume 3 • Issue 3


The year of creativity has begun

If you follow economic news, your optimism may be put to the test these days. Our dreams always have their place, and many Canadians crossed the border in vain to procure a Powerball ticket and a chance to become a billionaire. We now know that no Canadian won the jackpot, so let's look forward and implement innovative solutions and use tools that at first glance don't seem focused on growing your business. In this issue, see how to use invoices with creativity. Michelle Branigan talks to us about the immense challenges of workforce renewal in our sector, and says that the magnitude of the challenge should encourage us to avoid making the mistakes of the past. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


EFC Staff Appointments EFC Announces New Appointments
Nathalie Lajoie has been appointed Director of National Events; Swati Patel, Director of Research and Communications…
Selinger Notley Alberta and Manitoba Sign MOU on Shared Energy And Climate Change Priorities
The MOU includes a commitment to share information and develop cooperative measures related to energy conservation programs, renewable energy development and greenhouse-gas reduction policies…
Ontario Wiring Fees ESA Increases Ontario Wiring Fees
As of January 8, all Ontario wiring fee items have increased by an average 1%. A number of individual fee prices have also been adjusted…

Human Resources

Do Not Repeat the Mistakes of the Past Under the Weight of Economic Constraints

By Michelle Branigan
Year In Review The passion of Michelle Branigan — the Chief Executive Director of Electricity Human Resources Canada, member of our Reader Advisory Board and a regular columnist in our publication — for labour force training is well known. We asked her to share her thoughts with us about the past year and the challenges that await us in 2016... Read More

Best Practices

10 Ways to Turn an Invoice into a Marketing, Educational, Networking and Business Development Tool

By Andrew Griffiths
Handshake For those businesses that send out invoices, I think it's time to rethink the opportunity we have here. Invoices are always seen as a perfunctory kind of document, sent with the hope of fast payment in most cases. But I think they are much more. I see invoices as a great opportunity to build relationships, educate clients, sell your services and generate more money... Read More


How to Keep Lone Workers Safe

Hydro Ottawa Many people thrive on the freedom that comes with working alone, but with that freedom come risks. What if something goes wrong? For those of you who work on your own, or employ others who work on their own, here are eight steps that can help reduce the risk of something going wrong and ensure support is available when needed... Read More


Building Permits Drop 19.6% in November

Building Permits The value of building permits issued by municipalities declined 19.6% from October to $6.2 billion in November, falling below the $7 billion mark for first time since May 2015. The decrease was the result of widespread declines in both residential and non-residential sectors in most provinces, particularly Alberta... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says Jan 19

Where Electrical Contractors Buy

Among seven categories, full line distributors lead by a wide margin…

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Product Focus

Legrand Launches Best-in-Class Architectural Dimming Panel Platform

Legrand Dimming Panel Legrand's new lighting control and automation panel (LCAP) series, an architectural dimming and integration platform, provides enhanced end-user experiences, complies with the latest energy codes and standards, and simplifies design for future space requirements... Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
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    The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. In this article: Section 16 Class 1 and Class 2 circuits...

  • Lighting Up Artopex's New Showroom
    Artopex, one of the biggest office furniture manufacturers in Quebec, just unveiled its new showroom in the heart of Old Montreal. In collaboration with Lemay, LumiGroup created the lighting of this space, previously vacant for 25 years. Located in the basement of the former Royal Bank of Canada, this showroom was presented with a formidable lighting challenge: the almost total absence of natural light...



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

BC Safety Authority 2015 Electrical Code Change Training
January 19-20
Revelstoke, BC

8th Annual EFC Ontario Region Gala - Mardi Gras
January 22
Toronto, ON

U40 Industry Night
January 28
Burnaby, BC

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