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Volume 3 • Issue 8


All about cabling and the CE Code

You know our commitment to best practices and safety. Our articles and contributors on the CE Code are always among the most popular. This is why we remind you here that networks play an essential role in electrical installations. See in this issue an article on the current state of the cabling industry and emerging challenges. Knowing the CE Code and sharing best practices is certainly part of our industry and EIN's mission, but EFC's Swati Patel has assigned herself an additional goal of attracting and inspiring other young people to join our industry. Learn more about Swati. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


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Codes & Standards

Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta Annual Conference: Notes on CE Code Changes

By Pierre McDonald
Electrical Inspectors Code Changes On February 12 and 13, the Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta hosted its 20th Annual Technical Conference in Edmonton, AB. Almost 100 delegates attended the event, which saw presentations on the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) Sections 10 and 24, as well as several on new 2015 CE Code requirements in force in Alberta as of January 1. This conference allowed participants to discuss and compare notes on various changes to the code... Read More


Cabling Certification: Multi-Everything Is the New Normal — Part 1

Cabling Cert Fig 1 At the end of the day, all network technologies lead back to the critical, foundational physical layer and the cabling infrastructure that supports it. Like the technologies around it, it is changing. This white paper explores the state of the cabling industry — where it has been and where it is going. Here in Part 1: the evolution of datacom cabling and emerging challenges... Read More

Peers & Profiles: Young Professionals

Swati Patel: the Art of Success Outside Your Comfort Zone

By Laurence Rocher-Brassard
Swati Patel 3 Swati Patel is proud of the successes she has achieved so far. Her success is due, in large part, to her courage to take chances, even when outside of her comfort zone. This mother of two was born in Toronto to parents who emigrated from Mumbai, India. Her father is an electrical engineer by training, but writing had always been her passion. "I quickly realized that my strength was the ability to take complex ideas and make them meaningful and relevant to a diverse audience. I knew that I could apply this skill to any industry." In 2005, she took her love for language and brought it to the electrical sector after an industry friend introduced her to EFC... Read More

Energy Storage

Electrical Energy Storage: IEC Report on Present and Future Needs, Part 2

Electrical Energy Storage 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. Part 1 reported on the document's conclusions. Here in Part 2, the recommendations... Read More
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From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • How Welcoming Is Your Workplace for Those with Disabilities?
    Did you know that both provincial and federal governments have enacted legislation that requires organization 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...

  • Arc Flash Incident Involving A 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…

  • A Conversation with EHRC Award Winner 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....



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