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Volume 3 • Issue 11


Transformer safety and how to adapt the workplace to the new workforce

This week you will learn how a transformer works, its role in preventing short circuits, how to use it under specific operating conditions, and more. You will also read about implementing flexible work models to better meet the needs of the generation now renewing our industry, and meet a family that has forged strong links from one generation to the next. Good reading, and follow us on Twitter @einewsletter.

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


Deloitte Canada's Best Managed Companies See Which Electrical and Lighting Firms Are Among Canada's Best Managed Companies
A number of firms from Canada's electrical and lighting industries have made the list — again. Check out who's on it…
ABB Electrification Products / Thomas & Betts Canada ABB Electrification Products / Thomas & Betts Canada Executives Assume Greater Responsibilities
David Tracey, Vice President Sales — Thomas & Betts Industrial Products, and André Boudreau, Vice President Sales — Thomas & Betts Commercial, Retail and Emergency Lighting Products, have assumed additional responsibilities…
IESO Awards IESO Awards 16 Contracts for Large Renewable Energy Projects in Ontario
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has awarded 16 contracts representing 454.885 megawatts (MW) of clean renewable energy capacity...

Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED
A sleek linear LED style within your budget

Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED suspended and wall mount luminaires offer great performance in a sporty, low-profile design. FloatPlane's sleek minimalism (only 1.2"h x 8"w) blends seamlessly into your unique layout, and the distribution options of 70% up, 75% down and 100% down give you further flexibility. FloatPlane's astounding performance offers outputs up to 129 LPW. Now you can have the distinct energy savings of LED, with the affordability of fluorescent luminaires. Read More...

Human Resources

Equal Billing? What Does Your Industry Say About You?

By Michelle Branigan
women in workplace As we celebrated International Women's Day on March 8, it seems appropriate to look at how well women are working in Canada. Women make up a vital part of the economy, yet they are under-represented in many sectors, professions, trades and technical jobs, and their work is rarely valued at the same level as men's work. Electricity Human Resources Canada recently spoke to women in the electricity sector to get their perspective on the top three greatest challenges they face. We also asked for their thoughts on how employers could demonstrate their commitment to attracting, recruiting and retaining women. Here's what they told us. Read More


Transformer Short Circuit Considerations

Transformer Short Circuit Short circuits or faults can and do occur on electric power and distribution systems. When a fault occurs on the load side of a transformer, the fault current will pass through the transformer. As components on these systems, transformers need to be able to withstand it. Fault currents flowing through transformers are significantly higher than the rated currents of the transformers. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Liteline Corporation — As Luck and Ingenuity Would Have It

By Line Goyette
Liteline The beginnings of a successful company are often the result of a happy confluence of circumstances where intuition, knowledge, economic or social factors and, it must be said, a certain amount of luck all come together. I have met several members of the Silverstein family on various occasions, and each time I have seen a fire burning in their eyes — a fire of passion and pleasure. Here, work, family and leisure are interrelated, and after meeting president Steve Silverstein I might even add that it could be genetic. Three children, Daniel, Mark and Sarah, are actively involved in the business their parents founded in 1979, but it's Mark, VP Sales and Marketing, who tells me the story that brought me to their facility. Read More


GDP Rises 0.2% in December

Real gross domestic product Dec 2015 Real gross domestic product grew 0.2% in December, after rising 0.3% in November. Manufacturing and wholesale trade increased, while retail trade, mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction as well as utilities posted notable declines. The output of service-producing industries rose 0.3%, mainly as a result of increases in wholesale trade, the finance and insurance sector and the public sector (education, health and public administration combined). In contrast, retail trade declined notably. The output of goods-producing industries increased 0.2% in December. Manufacturing, construction and, to a lesser extent, the agriculture and forestry sector all rose. Mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction as well as utilities declined. Looking at the year as a whole, the value added of service industries rose 1.9%. Finance and insurance (+4.5%) and the public sector (education, health and public administration combined) (+1.2%) were the largest contributors to growth in service-producing industries. The agriculture and forestry sector grew 4.4% while manufacturing edged up 0.1%. Notable declines occurred in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction (-3.5%), construction (-3.4%) and utilities (-1.0%). Goods-producing industries also decreased 1.6%, the first annual decline since 2009. Read More

Survey Says


Number of power establishments by employment size category and region: December 2015

The small and micro enterprises form the largest number of electrical workers.

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Product Focus

Motus - the Future of Motor Starting

Fusetek Motus ContactronControl The Motus ContactronControl hybrid motor starter is an extraordinarily durable innovation due to its hybrid switching technology, resulting in a smooth switching functionality. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 — Instalment 11
    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. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook, but will hopefully provide some help in navigating the code. In this article: Section 18 Hazardous locations, Part 2.

  • Lighting Plan to Illuminate Ottawa's Parliamentary Precinct
    The Parliamentary Precinct, which includes the Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the commercial Sparks Street, and the Confederation Boulevard, will be brought to light by an exterior lighting master plan created by Lemay and Lightemotion. Distributed according to four hierarchical levels of light, the illumination will reveal and reinforce the comparative prominence of the various buildings in the Parliamentary Precinct. Drawing its inspiration from the image of a diamond, the "Jewel in the Night" concept combines frontal and detail lighting to give the impression that the illuminations are outlined against a black sky. In certain locations, the play of shadow and light will bring out the dramatic and mysterious aspects of the Gothic Revival buildings on Parliament Hill, thus emphasizing the contrasts and the tensions in the landscape in the chiaroscuro style. Distributed according to four hierarchical levels of light, the illumination will reveal and reinforce the comparative prominence of the various buildings in the Parliamentary Precinct

  • Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)'s Jennifer Taylor
    Jennifer Taylor is completing her PhD at the University of Toronto, focusing on the production of knowledge in renewable energy transitions, specifically focusing on interesting controversies such as the wind turbine health studies. She also teaches a course in environmental impact assessment and carries out research for Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative. A favourite quote: "If you always do what you what interests you, at least one person is pleased" — Katherine Hepburn. "Any woman who has worked in the energy industry is familiar with the gender imbalance that plagues it. I think it's been really valuable for us to come together and support each other. We're bringing long overdue recognition to women's contributions to the industry and encouraging more women to pursue a career in sustainable energy. I'm on the academic sub-committee and we communicate WiRE's events to universities and colleges in southern Ontario, award bursaries to students to attend renewable energy conferences, and develop other networking and professional development activities for students and recent grads. I've also spent quite a bit of time as a volunteer at our trade show booth, talking to prospective members and the wider renewable community about WiRE and what we have to offer…"

  • December 2015 Energy Use Down 6.8% YOY Due to Warmer Temperatures
    Canada's demand for electricity totalled 49.5 million megawatt hours (MWh) in December, down 6.8% from the same month in 2014. Unseasonably warm weather in most of the country contributed to the decline in demand. Lower demand pushed generation down 6.5% to 53.9 million MWh, the lowest level for a month of December since 2003. Exports of electricity to the United States also declined year over year in December, falling 3.1% to 5.2 million MWh. This was the first year-over-year decrease in exports of electricity since October 2014. Much of the decline in exports reflects lower shipments from Quebec and Ontario as eastern U.S. states reported their warmest December temperatures in recorded history, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Exports from British Columbia tempered the decline, rising 34.4%. Meanwhile, imports from the United States also decreased in December, totalling 0.8 million Mwh…



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