Electrical Industry News Week
Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 3 • Issue 31

Message From The Editor

It's all about timing — and a little more

The figures are on the rise for construction and infrastructure projects taking place across Canada. We all know the value in following economic indicators when planning for the future of our businesses, but these indicators are not a crystal ball and many imponderables remain. In this issue, a suggestion to revisit your marketing strategies as a way of weathering the storms that periodically affect our economy. Timing is of course important, but developing a strategy that aligns with economic conditions is even better. Good reading and follow us on Twitter @EINnewsletter!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Standard Standard Appoints New Account Manager for BC, Alberta
Bryan Rogne joins Standard's sales team as Account Manager responsible for the BC and Alberta regions. Bryan has 16 years of experience in the lighting industry, 10 as account manager and another 6 as an inside sales supervisor…
Illegal Electrical Work Windsor Man Convicted of Illegal Electrical Work Promoted Through Kijiji
A Windsor, Ontario resident convicted on 16 charges, including doing unsafe electrical work and advertising to do electrical work without an electrical contractor's licence, has been placed on 2 years probation, must perform 75 hours of community service, and pay $27,085 in restitution to his victims and fines of $500…
Brian Bentz CEO and Presidents Appointed for Large New Ontario Utility
A holding company CEO and two affiliate company presidents have been selected to lead a proposed new electric utility resulting from the merger of Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream, and the merger's purchase of Hydro One Brampton. PowerStream's Brian Bentz has been appointed President and CEO (designate)…

Codes & Standards

22 CE Code Changes Related to Wiring Devices and Cable Management, Part 2

CE Code Changes Appearing below are seven more examples of Canadian Electrical Code changes involving wiring devices and cable management, compiled by Legrand. This is the second of a three-article series on the 22 changes. Watch for Part 3 in the next issue of Electrical Industry News Week. Read More

Managing Your Business

Now Might Be a Good Time to Remodel How and Why You Do Marketing

By Shawn McCadden
Shawn Mccadden Recently I presented a half-day marketing workshop titled, "Choosing and Targeting the Right Customers and Projects Types for Your Business." At the workshop I shared new ways contractors can think about and do their marketing so they can attract their desired customer and job types. It's what I call strategic marketing. For those of you who missed the workshop, here are some of the key points we discussed. Read More

Company Profile

Intermatic — An Innovative Family Business Celebrating 125 Years

Intermatic Intermatic is a North American family-owned energy control company celebrating its 125th year in business. Founded in 1891, the firm serves commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential property customers with a range of products spanning the electrical, HVACR and pool and spa markets. Offerings include time switches and controls, timers, power protection, surge protection devices, hour meters, sensors, weatherproof receptacle covers, professional lighting, consumer timers, and pool and spa controls. Read More


New Housing Construction up 5% in May YOY

31 Economy The increase at the national level came mainly from higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building construction, up 17.2% year over year to $1.5 billion. Spending on row house construction also contributed to the advance, up 13.4% to $454 million. In contrast, investment in single-family dwellings was $2.0 billion, 2.6% lower than in May 2015, while spending on semi-detached dwelling construction declined 10.7% to $206 million. At the provincial level, the largest increases in new housing investment were recorded in Ontario and British Columbia. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says 31

Salary by City

Edmonton leads among seven cities, followed by Vancouver. At the other end, Ottawa.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Greenlee Tension Monitoring System

Greenlee G-Series Smart Pull Cable Tension Monitoring System

Greenlee has developed the patent-pending G-Series Smart Pull, a real time cable pulling monitoring system that alerts contractors when a cable pull has met or is exceeding the amount of tension recommended by the cable manufacturer. This saves contractors time and money by avoiding overstretching the cable leading to faulty cable installation. Read More
Wieland Barrier Module

Wieland Electric Non-Incendive Barrier Module

Wieland Electric Inc.'s single non-incendive barrier module for virtually any type of signal enables engineers to eliminate the explosion-proof enclosures and conduit in Class 1, Division 2 environments. The non-incendive barrier also offers significant cost and space savings compared to traditional intrinsically safe (IS) barriers. Read More
Boite Jonction Hammond

Hammond Type 3R Junction Boxes for Exterior Applications

Hammond Manufacturing's new C3RESCNK Series Type 3R Junction Box is a cost-effective range that gives contractors complete freedom to affix any size conduit to the body of the unit at any point, providing on-site flexibility. Typically used outside for power and data junction points, the 10 industry-standard sizes range from 6 x 6 inch to 24 x 24 inch with depths of either four or six inches. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • 22 CE Code Changes Related to Wiring Devices and Cable Management, Part 1
    Appearing below are the first 8 of 22 examples of Canadian Electrical Code changes involving wiring devices and cable management, compiled by Legrand. This is the first of a three-article series on the 22 changes. Watch for Parts 2 and 3 in the next two issues, respectively, of Electrical Industry News Week.

  • How to Measure Light
    How do you ascertain the illumination level needed for various applications so as to achieve optimal light and safety as well as visual comfort? We often install light bulbs according to their watt consumption without knowing the amount of light they project. How do we measure light? In the lighting industry, we often speak of foot-candles, lumens, and lux. Here is a simple illustration that will help you understand the foot-candle measurement…

  • EHRC's Newest Project Supports Workplace Access for People with Disabilities
    A new project launched by Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), EnAbling Change: From Disability to Inclusion, will see the organization focus on improving equity of access for people with disabilities who work or wish to work in Canada's electricity industry. Undertaken with the Ontario government, the project will also help to create national awareness that hiring people with disabilities is socially responsible and good for business, increasing employee morale, productivity, innovation, profitability and the ability to retain talent. As part of its project activities, EHRC will develop and promote tools and information resources that employers can use to hire, advance, train and retain people with disabilities.

  • Q2 2016 Investment in non-residential building construction Rises Slightly
    Investment in non-residential building construction increased 0.2% to $12.6 billion in the second quarter, following five consecutive quarterly declines. Nationally, the growth was a result of higher spending on the construction of commercial buildings and, to a lesser extent, industrial buildings. Overall, investment was up in four provinces, with Ontario registering the largest gain, followed by British Columbia and Manitoba. The largest declines occurred in Alberta and Quebec.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

2016 ECAO Industry Conference
September 21-25
Minett, ON

BCEA Energy Industry Breakfast Meeting
September 27
Burnaby, BC

Alberta Safety Codes Council: Alberta Electrical Utility Code
September 28
Red Deer, AB

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Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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The Electrical Stock Market

Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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