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Volume 3 • Issue 29

Message From The Editor

Some secrets should be shared

A poignant testimony reminds us that not so long ago power line accidents were kept secret. The reason was very simple: don't hand your competitors any advantages. Fortunately, industry leaders intervened and began collaborating on injury prevention. In this issue, the first of two parts on best practices for lineman safety. You'll also find the profile of a company that knows a lot about safety, and a favourite article from last year on mentoring. Join your new employees in best practices. Good reading and follow us on Twitter @EINnewsletter

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Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Eaton - Dave Matthews Eaton Appoints Product Line Manager, Power Distribution and Control Assemblies
Dave Matthews, Eaton's new Product Line Manager, Power Distribution and Control Assemblies, will be located in Edmonton, AB. He will report to Darko Matulic, Eaton Marketing Manager, Electrical Assemblies Canada…
T&B Garage Makeover Thomas & Betts Announces Garage Make-Over Promotion Winners
Thomas & Betts Canada has announced the winners of the Star Teck fittings "Win a garage make-over promotion," which ran from March 1 to April 29, 2016. With every $100 purchase of Star Teck fittings, electrical contractors had an opportunity to enter a draw to win one of four prizes, including the garage make-over grand prize…
Schneider Wiser Thermostat Schneider Electric Launches Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Eco IQ
Schneider Electric's Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, featuring the new Eco IQ self-learning feature, is now available across Canada. Eco IQ is a self-learning algorithm that only requires users to provide feedback when they're not comfortable…
  • Hoffman Canada Appoints New National Sales Manager
    Brian Mills will be joining Equipment Protection as National Sales Manager for the Canadian team…

  • Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award Presented to Ray Massey
    The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has awarded the fourth biennial Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award (DCMA) to Ray Massey, former Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's 2016 conference in Vancouver, BC…

  • Alberta Sets New Rules for Homebuilders to Protect Fort McMurray Homeowners
    Amendments to regulations under Alberta's New Home Buyer Protection Act and the Safety Codes Act will support and protect Wood Buffalo residents as they rebuild their homes. In May, almost 2,000 homes were destroyed by wildfires in the Wood Buffalo region, including Fort McMurray…

  • SCC Congratulates the IEC 2016 Thomas A. Edison Award Winner
    Robert Arseneault was recently awarded the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 2016 Thomas A. Edison Award for exceptional achievement, dedicated service and significant contributions to the IEC through the effective management of technical committees (TCs) or subcommittees…
Tools For The Trade


14 Best Practices for Lineman Safety, Part 1

By Wilson M. Yancey, Jr.
Lineman safety It was not so long ago that on-job injury and fatality information was held close to the vest by those of us in the electrical transmission and distribution industry. It was considered proprietary information, the kind of thing you didn't want your competitors to know about your company. In 2003, executive leadership from our industry decided it was time to take the unprecedented step of joining together to move aggressively toward reducing or eliminating injuries and fatalities. The best practices that follow have become the standard in the industry. Read More

Human Resources

What are the Benefits of Effective Coaching?

By Michelle Branigan
Effective Coaching In recent years, organizations are increasingly realizing the benefits of one-on-one coaching and beginning to implement coaching programs. As we navigate through a changing industry, with employees being promoted into positions being vacated by the aging workforce, workplace coaching provides a potential solution. For new entrants it also provides for learning that cannot be provided in the classroom. Some of the organizational benefits include… Read More

Company Profile

I-Gard: Safety Product Specialists with an Emphasis on Education and Training

I Gard Seminar I-Gard has been in the electrical industry for over 40 decades. Transforming from a power resistor supplier, the firm became an expert in resistance grounding and ground fault protection in 2001, when it acquired the Federal Pioneer line of ground fault protection products. I-Gard provides commercial and industrial grounding systems, products and application, specializing in ground fault protection relays, arc detection relays, and HRG Protection systems. It's the first North American resistor business to achieve ISO 9000 certification, and has been ISO 9001 certified since 1998. Read More


Building Permits Down 1.9% in May

Building Permits Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.8 billion in May, down 1.9% from the previous month. Lower construction intentions for commercial buildings in Quebec and Ontario and single-family homes in Ontario contributed most to the decrease. Residential permits were down 1.1% to $4.3 billion, following a 0.9% drop in April. Non-residential permits fell 3.3% to $2.5 billion, following a 1.9% increase in April. Alberta posted the greatest decline. Read More

Survey Says

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New Products and Solutions

Wieland RST

Wieland Electric Releases Small Industrial Power Connectors with Type 4X Ratings

Wieland Electric Inc. has released a small industrial circular power connector with Type 4X/6P protection. Rated for 600V and 16A, the new RST Mini 5-pole, circular power connectors (RST16i5) are designed to simplify, speed up, and reduce the cost of wiring installations in lighting, building automation and industrial applications. They reduce installation time by up to 80% and installation costs by up to 25% compared to conventional connection systems. Read More
Greenlee Datascout

Greenlee Communications Adds Mobile App Remote Control to DataScout Line

Greenlee Textron Inc. now offers a new Android application enabling remote control of the DataScout multi-service network analyzer. This new Bluetooth interface and app option enables the device to be remote controlled up to 100 feet away using any Android tablet or mobile device equipped with Bluetooth. The DataScout can also be locally controlled via the built in ruggedized LCD touch screen in addition to WAN remote control via a web browser. Read More
Hammond USB

Hammond Introduces Miniature Enclosures Optimized for USB Interconnect

To house small PCBs using USB as the external power and signal interconnect, Hammond Manufacturing has extended its popular 1551 miniature family with three new sizes: 35, 50 or 65mm long, 20, 25 or 30mm wide respectively, all 15.5mm high. The sizes have been chosen after customer consultation to provide prototype builders and small volume OEMs generous room for their PCB. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 15
    In this article: the first of two parts on Section 26 — Installation of electrical equipment.The code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need.

  • PEI Begins Substantial Interconnection Upgrade Project
    Prince Edward Island has begun on one of the largest construction projects in its history — replacing and upgrading undersea electrical connections between PEI and New Brunswick.

  • Light Up Your Cruising Nights
    Informed estimates are that barely 10% of Canadian pleasure craft have underwater lighting but in Florida it's a far higher percentage. And, among new luxury cruisers in Florida, the number equipped with underwater lighting is probably more like 90%.

  • Étienne Bolze — From Art to Electricity
    Étienne Bolze, multilinguist, is a young professional in the electrical industry. He joined the industry at age 24, as Communications Coordinator at Convectair. He still holds this position two years later. Among his previous positions, he was an online account editor director's assistant in an art gallery.

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