Electrical Industry News Week
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Volume 3 • Issue 17


World Day for Safety and Health at Work

This Thursday will be the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. For 2016, the theme is "Workplace Stress: a collective challenge." Work-related stress is now generally acknowledged as a global issue affecting all countries, all professions and all workers both in developed and developing countries. Every year some two million men and women lose their lives through injuries and illnesses linked to their work. Please visit our website and consult our archives for items on safety and stress. Follow us on Twitter @EINnewsletter. Good reading!

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Managing Editor


Schneider Schneider Electric Expands Brossard Site To Create Unique Canadian Solution Centre
Schneider Electric, has opened a significant expansion to its facility in Brossard, PQ that will allow the company to build and assemble end-to-end digitized electrical distribution solutions, and will give customers across the country more order flexibility and will reduce lead times...
TD Centre Toronto's Iconic TD Centre Turns to Future of LED Lighting
The Toronto-Dominion Centre, Canada's largest commercial complex, is working with Osram Sylvania and Gerrie Electric to replace T8 fluorescent lighting with approximately 55,000 energy-saving and long-life LED tubes...
Lumenpulse Lumenpulse's Lumentalk Technology Named Controls Product of the Year
Lumentalk, a patented power line communication technology that uses existing AC mains as a bi-directional carrier for data, has won the 2016 LuxLive Middle East Award for Controls Product of the Year…

Lighting Case Study

Hotel Le Crystal Lighting Upgrade Saves $000s

Case Study Whether visiting Montreal for work or for leisure, you'll enjoy personalized service and staff members who are experts at anticipating your needs at Hôtel Le Crystal. This five-star hotel offers an indoor saltwater pool, panoramic views of the Montreal skyline, and an innovative cuisine using products from local artisans. You'll sense the hotel's traditional warmth and hospitality the moment you cross the threshold. But here's what you won't notice: the tremendous financial and environmental savings the hotel generated when it upgraded its lighting... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Gilbert-McEachern Electric

Company Profile GM Based in Brantford, ON, Gilbert-McEachern Electric is a key provider of electrical and mechanical products and services for southwestern Ontario. The company originated in the late 1940s as a one-man shop that provided machining services to local Brantford companies. In its early days, this small shop proudly serviced a local manufacturer of munitions and marine engines used in Canada's war effort... Read More


New Housing Price Index: List Prices and Market Conditions Drive Increase

New Housing Price Index The New Housing Price Index rose 0.2% in February and 1.8% over the 12-month period ending in February, following an identical increase in January. The February advance was led by higher new home prices in Ontario and British Columbia. Of the metropolitan areas covered by the index, the combined region of Toronto and Oshawa (+0.4%) and Vancouver (+0.8%) were the top contributors to the national increase. Builders in both regions cited new list prices and market conditions as the main reasons for the advance. This was the largest monthly price increase in Vancouver since September 2009. The NHPI increased 1.8% over the 12-month period ending in February, following an identical increase in January... Read More


Q1 Investment in Non-Residential Building Construction Down 1.6%

Investment Non Res Investment in non-residential building construction declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, down 1.6% from the previous quarter to $12.5 billion in Q1. Nationally, the decrease reflected lower spending in all three components: commercial, institutional and industrial. Commercial buildings accounting for most of the decline. Lower spending was recorded in eight provinces, with Alberta posting the largest decline and Quebec a distant second... Read More

Survey Says

Where Industrial Electricians Work

Where Industrial Electricians Work: 2013-2015

Manufacturing, manufacturing, and more manufacturing dominate among 10 sectors in all three years. Transportation and warehousing are a close second.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues


Legrand LMRC

Legrand Introduces Feature-Rich Wattstopper DLM 0-10V Dimming Room Controller

Legrand, North America's new room controllers offer building owners the option of improved monitoring and save contractors time and money. As the foundation of the digital lighting management (DLM) platform, these installation friendly room controllers simplify code mandated multi-level control requirements and integration into intelligent buildings.
Fluke Connect Assets

Fluke Adds Work Orders to Connect Assets Software Solution

Fluke Connect Work Orders, the latest enhancement to the Fluke Connect Assets, eliminates errors to ensure the right work is done at the right time. This new capability makes Fluke Connect Assets the only system that saves measurements directly from wireless test tools to work orders.

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • I'm Stressed Out!!!!
    Sound familiar? Stress. We all feel it at some stage in our lives, whether it's related to work or our personal lives. While a little stress can be good for you -providing an adrenalin rush that can boost performance and make sure you meet that deadline -it's when it becomes too much, for too long, that the damage can occur. High blood pressure, problems sleeping, headaches, chest pain, depression, anxiety…….these are just some of the symptoms that can be brought on or made worse by chronic stress. For employers, this can translate into lower productivity and reduced customer service as more and more employees feel stressed or even "burnt out", and sick leave levels increase. Not only is it bad for the bottom line it's bad for morale as others then need to pick up the slack, creating a vicious circle.People are starting to realise that they need to take control of managing their stress levels in order to live longer, healthier and happier. Here are a few ideas to get you started...

  • Dynamic Pricing: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
    Dynamic product pricing exists in many aspects of society, observes a new report by Navigant Research. Examples include airline tickets, theatre and sporting event tickets, subway fares, and road tolls. The basic concept is that the value of a product varies based on time and other factors. Thus, being able to charge prices that better reflect that value is more economically efficient than simply charging an average flat price across all hours and variables. The largest region of adoption is expected to be North America. Despite a number of drivers, says the report, dynamic pricing also faces barriers...

  • Electrical Product Not Meeting Canadian Safety Standards — What To Do?
    Occasionally an organization or private individual becomes aware of a consumer or commercial product that appears to be unsafe, or does not appear to be a legitimate product properly certified for its intended purpose. For example, one indicator may be the labelling has spelling mistakes, the marks or logos on the product don't appear to be correct, or some other feature appears to be abnormal. When you suspect there may be a potential safety concern with an electrical product, it should be reported. There are several organizations that should be informed…

  • Value of Building Permits Rose 15.5% in February
    Municipalities issued building permits worth $7.4 billion in February, up 15.5% from January. This growth followed a 9.5% decline the previous month and largely resulted from higher construction intentions for commercial buildings in Alberta, single-family dwellings in Ontario, and institutional structures in Quebec.The value of residential building permits increased 5.0% to $4.2 billion, following a 12.7% decrease the previous month. The value of non-residential building permits increased 33.1% to $3.2 billion. Among the 34 census metropolitan areas tracked by Statistics Canada, the total value of building permits was up in 18. Edmonton recorded the largest gain, followed by Montreal and Toronto...

  • Quarter by Quarter, Employment Inches Upward
    After three months of little change, employment increased by 41,000 (+0.2%) in March, lowering the unemployment rate by 0.2 percentage points to 7.1%.With the gains in March, employment grew by 0.2% in the first quarter (+33,000). This was the fourth consecutive quarter with 0.2% employment growth.In the 12 months to March, employment increased by 130,000 (+0.7%), the result of growth in full-time work. Most of growth occurred among people aged 25 to 54. Over the same period, the number of hours worked increased by 1.2%...



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

Ontario Energy Industry Spring Networking Evening
April 29
Toronto, ON

BICSI 2016 Canadian Conference & Exhibition
May 1-5 May 2016 Niagara Falls, ON

BCEA Alumni Lunch
May 2
Burnaby, BC

BC Electrical Association: Lighting Trends Breakfast Meeting
May 3
Burnaby, BC

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