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Volume 3 • Issue 7


A welcoming and bustling industry

Revenues are up, the workforce and nature of work are increasingly diversified… it is clear as Don MacKinnon points out that our industry has become desirable, challenging, and full of opportunity for advancement. One key challenge is communicating this to the general public. Also in this issue, the benefits of breaking down physical barriers in workplaces for people living with a disability. Research shows, for example, that in terms of punctuality, attendance, work quality, task consistency and overall proficiency, people with disabilities perform as well as or even better than their co-workers. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


EFC Scholarships 2016 EFC 2016: Scholarship Program to Offer $136,000 in Scholarship Funding
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and its members have launched the 2016 scholarship program, providing $136,000 in financial support to Canadian university and college students…
Standard Staff Standard Appoints 3 New Account Managers
Sonya Howe, Akashdeep Singh (Rocky), and Jessica Thériault have been appointed account managers for BC and Alberta, Ontario, and the Montreal area, respectively…
Texcan Vancouver New Headquarters for Texcan Vancouver
Sonepar Canada's Texcan division has opened a state-of-the-art head office and warehouse in Surrey, BC featuring mobile cutting technology, industrial sized cutting equipment, and real-time inventory management…

Human Resources

How Welcoming Is Your Workplace for Those with Disabilities?

By Michelle Branigan
Disabilities Workplace Did you know that both provincial and federal governments have enacted legislation that requires organizations to remove barriers for persons with disabilities (PWD) to participate fully in Canadian society, be that in employment or access to services? While this has been a stimulus for some organizations to develop employment equity strategies, employers should, as a best practice, attempt to foster a culture of equal respect, adaptation and understanding to recognize the strengths that all cohorts bring to the workplace... Read More


Arc Flash Incident Involving A Maintenance Switch

Maintenance Switch The setting: a chemical processing facility with a robust electrical workplace safety process. The facility was planning energized work for an existing 480 V low voltage switchgear assembly that was an existing piece of equipment in the plant. An arc flash occurred while energized work was being performed, causing the entire plant to shut down. Post event analysis proved that… Read More

Peers & Profiles

A Conversation with EHRC Award Winner Don MacKinnon

By Corenne Taylor
Don Mackinnon On December 9, 2015, Don MacKinnon, President of the Power Workers Union, was presented with Electricity Human Resources Canada's prestigious 2015 Leader of the Year award. The award recognized efforts by MacKinnon and the PWU to develop the available talent pool of workers for the power industry and make the industry a more desirable career destination. Electrical Industry Newsweek had an opportunity to speak with MacKinnon and discuss his thoughts on the state of the industry, current opportunities and challenges, and measures being taken to ensure power needs are met now and in the future.... Read More


Building Permits Rise 11.3% in December

Building Permits Dec 2015 The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities rose 11.3% to $6.9 billion in December, following a 19.9% decline the previous month. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta explained the advance. Every province recorded gains in the residential sector except Saskatchewan. Non-residential permits also rose in six provinces.... Read More
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Survey Says

Survey Says Feb 16

Contractor Incomes 2009-2015

Incomes in 2015 were up 9% from 2014, after several years of little change…

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Survey Says From Recent Issues


Espen Shatterproof

Espen Technology: First 8' HO Shatterproof-Glass, Plug-N-Play, LED Tubes

Espen Technology's 8' T8 high output (HO) shatterproof glass LED tubes — the first line of 8' HO shatterproof glass LED tubes to operate on fluorescent electronic ballasts. Ideal for such applications as food service, refrigeration, and warehouse locations...
Terralux LED Light Engine

Terralux LED Light Engine Series for OEM and Retrofit Wall Sconces

Terralux's SR308 and SR312 series of LED light engines are easy-to-install upgrades for commercial wall sconces. They are a UL recognized component, suitable for use in new fixtures by OEM lighting fixture manufacturers, and UL certified as LED retrofit kits...

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the CE Code, Part I - A Roadmap (Instalment 1)
    Often, users encounter situations where they find themselves at odds with the rules contained in the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. These situations can occur for designers, consultants, installers, inspectors, manufacturers, students, instructors and standards developers alike, and usually result from a misreading, misunderstanding, misapplication or inability to locate the requirement that is needed or relevant to their tasks. Over the next series of articles, I will provide a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This will hopefully provide some help in navigating the code. In this article, the introductory pages and Section 0...

  • Renewable Microgrids Are the Way Forward for Canada's Remote Communities
    Each year, over 90 million litres of diesel fuel are transported, at great cost, to remote communities in Canada. The season to safely navigate ice roads has become shorter due to climate change, leaving communities exposed to increased price and supply volatility. This past fall, the Pembina Institute held its second Renewables in Remote Microgrids conference in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The conference focused on breaking down barriers to renewable energy investments in remote communities with microgrids...

  • Electrical Energy Storage: IEC Report on Present and Future Needs, Part 1
    In the near future, electrical energy storage will become indispensable in emerging markets for smart grids and in renewable energy for reducing CO2, says the International Electrotechnical Commission. In a just-published document, the commission summarizes present and future market needs for electrical energy storage technologies, reviews their technological features, and makes recommendations for all electrical energy storage stakeholders. Here in Part 1: the document's conclusions...



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Edmonton, AB

ECAC Edmonton Chapter Industry Night
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February 29
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