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Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 3 • Issue 40

Message From The Editor

The third and fourth generations have it

The history of Holley Electric, which you can read about in this issue's Profile section, spans four generations. I don't know how common generational continuity is in other industries, but that's certainly how it is with us as we welcome Julie Kerr to our editorial group. Julie is the granddaughter of Jack, the founder of Kerrwil Publications — where my career as an editor began — and the daughter of John, our publisher and an active member of the industry, with whom I have had the pleasure of working for many years. Julie is a communications and social media pro. While she began her career elsewhere, Julie was born into the electrical industry. We welcome her and are pleased that she shares our passion for the industry and Kerrwil's philosophy from the beginning: "We will be a member of the industry first and publisher second." Welcome Julie, and good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Thomas & Betts Save the Dates for T&B Fall Seminars in Sarnia, Sudbury, Winnipeg and Saskatoon
Thomas and Betts is sponsoring an electrical engineering showcase, providing a unique opportunity to learn more about the complete range of Thomas & Betts electrical solutions as well as ABB low voltage control and variable speed drive products...
BC Training Investment BC Invests $210,000 in Trades Training for Power Line Technicians
The BC government plans to invest $210,000 for skills training in high-priority trades seats at BC Hydro. The investment will create 224 more seats in the power line technician program through to March 31, 2017.
Hydro One Hydro One Establishes Farm Rapid Response Team
Hydro One's Farm Rapid Response Team is ready to help farming customers identify, assess and mitigate on-farm electrical issues. This approach provides Hydro One's 13,000 farming customers in Ontario with a single point of contact to manage their concerns…

A sleek linear LED style within your budget
Philips 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 luminaries. Read More

Codes and Standards

Using Encircled Flux Compliant Light Sources For Testing Fibre Optic

Fibre Optic International standards development organizations including ISO/IEC and ANSI/TIA are updating several key standards documents that affect field-testing of fibre optic cabling. In particular, the standards now describe the use of encircled flux compliant light sources. Encircled flux refers to the distribution of light exiting the launch fibre of a light source used for testing. The purpose of the standards is to ensure that different test systems from any manufacturer report the same loss for a given cable under test. Read More

Best Practices

Complaint Handling and Online Reputation Defence for Contractors, Part 1

By Nick Gromicko
Complaint Handling Eventually, every contractor will receive a complaint from a client, but it's not necessarily bad news. A complaint provides an opportunity to learn what your client really thinks about your service, which gives you the chance to consider making changes to how you do things in your company. Clients who go to the trouble of complaining are usually interested in giving you the chance to make things right and make them happy. The number one rule for receiving a complaint from a former client is to… Read More

Peers & Profiles

Holley Electric Ltd. — Over 100 Years of Quality Service

By Huong Nguyen
Holley Electric When you walk into Holley Electric Ltd., you can't help but feel an ambiance of pride. Pride in their history, for the quality of their work, and an appreciation for their customers. Since 1914, Holley Electric has been located in Brampton, Ontario. Their services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company history spans four generations, with Gerry Holley as the third generation president and owner. Read More


Investment in New Housing Construction Rises 5.9% YOY in July

Investment in Housing The value of investment in new housing construction at a national level totalled $4.5 billion in July, up 5.9% from the same month in 2015. The advance reflects higher spending on construction of apartment and apartment-condo buildings, single-family dwellings, and row houses. Investment in semi-detached dwellings declined year over year for the 15th consecutive month, down 3.4% to $233 million in July. At the provincial level, Ontario and British Columbia were the only provinces to record gains. Read More

Survey Says

What They Buy

What Electrical Contractors Buy

Among 13 types of products, almost everyone buys 5. Another 7 are bought by more than half of electrical contractors.

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New Products and Solutions

Anti-Bacterial Devices

Legrand Adds New Steriguard Anti-Bacterial Devices to IEC 309 Product Line

Legrand's SteriGuard anti-bacterial line of plugs, connectors and cord are designed to help prevent the outbreak of dangerous bacteria, especially in the food and beverage industry. Antimicrobial additives are embedded in the products, which are impact, heat, and weather resistant, as well as rated for use with NEMA 4, 4X, 6, 6P enclosures. Read More
Flexible Coupler Kit

Thomas & Betts' Cable Tray Flexible Coupler Kit: No Need for Bonding Jumper

The T&B Cable Tray flexible coupler kit, new from Thomas & Betts, features a bendable plate that allows for electrical continuity, which eliminates the need for a bonding jumper. The flexible coupler kit also provides maximum horizontal installation flexibility and easy installation that eliminates the need for cutting cable tray side rails. Read More
Sensorless Monitoring

Wieland Device Provides Sensorless Monitoring of Single-Phase, Three-Phase or DC Motors

Wieland Electric Inc. has expanded its product line of machine safety devices with a sensorless standstill monitor compatible with all motor types. The DIN rail mounted SVM4001K Series standstill monitor uses electromagnetic feedback technology to provide a sensorless method of detecting motion in virtually all types of machinery applications. Read More
Thermal Transfer Printer

Phoenix Contact Thermal Transfer Printer for Mobile Use on Site Larson Electronics: We've Got Your Back with Explosion-Proof Lighting

Larson Electronics has an array of tank lights that will keep you safe. The line-up includes explosion proof LED lights with magnetic mounts, LED string lights, and portable LED carts and temporary mount LED lights. Larson lights offer operators high visibility and quality construction that can be easily customized. Read More

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    Summer is becoming a distant memory. The leaves are changing and pumpkin lattes have returned. Despite the beautiful scenery it offers, fall also comes with its usual irritants, including cold bathroom floors in the wee hours of the morning.

  • Where is "High Performance" for Buildings Headed, Part 4: Signs of Alignment
    There is no singular HPB mechanism or pathway available to building owners to optimize their properties, and there does not necessarily need to be one, as each of the existing mechanisms and pathways has added to the evolution of high performance buildings. That said, there are signs that interest in convergence is growing, as new relationships are emerging between the governing organizations for HPB mechanisms

  • Apprenticeship Training: 93,500 New Registrants in 2014
    In 2014, apprenticeship programs in Canada had more than 451,100 registrations. New registrations accounted for 93,500. More than three-quarters of all registrations were in apprenticeship programs having a Red Seal designation at the national level. Among Red Seal trades, construction electricians, carpenters and automotive service technicians accounted for 27.6% of total registrations.

  • Gilbert-McEachern Electric
    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. Gilbert-McEachern Electric has remained a family owned business, and provides personal and fast response services that…

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

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Edmonton, AB

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October 6
Sarnia, ON

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