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Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 3 • Issue 43

Message From The Editor

Listening to stories to better understand our industry and its challenges

We often ask ourselves how we can attract young people into our industry. All the conferences we go to say we have to renew our workforce, coexist with multiple generations, implement succession plans, and ensure knowledge transfer. Initiatives are implemented everywhere — mentoring programs, scholarships, networking, and more. All these initiatives are welcome. Another way to do it might be to tell stories. This is the approach taken by our latest contributor, Keith Sones. In the coming months he will talk about the importance of electricity in our lives and his pride in being a part of this industry. You'll meet him today, and read him in the next few months. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Wave Energy Research BC Funding Supports Wave Energy Research
The BC government is providing $150,000 to the University of Victoria's West Coast Wave Initiative in support of research into the potential of ocean waves to generate clean, renewable and affordable electricity…
Atalink Altalink Gift Powers Learning in Electrical Engineering
Students in the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's Electrical Engineering Technology program are energized for the future, thanks to a new leading-edge power system simulator funded by AltaLink…
Saskpower SaskPower Investing $110 million in Lloydminster, North Battleford Areas
To keep up with a growing demand for power, meet environmental commitments, and renew and grow an aging power grid, SaskPower is upgrading portions of the power grid in North Battleford, Lloydminster, Onion Lake, Paradise Hill, St. Walburg, Turtle Lake, Glaslyn, Biggar, Kerrobert, Unity, and Macklin and surrounding areas…

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

Preventive Maintenance

Five Reasons for Preventive Maintenance

By Joy Sonn
Workers in Plant Keeping electrical distribution equipment at optimum performance levels can be challenging and stressful. Why? Because nothing operates without reliable power. Developing a maintenance strategy for your electrical distribution system is a sound business decision and implementing an electrical preventive maintenance program is a great starting point. Here are five reasons why. Read More


Spotlight: Power Over Ethernet

Ethernet Power over Ethernet is a technology that is decades old. Ethernet cable has been around for over 40 years now. PoE refers to when both data and low voltage DC power are provided over the same Class 2, Category 5, or better, ethernet cable. The techniques for delivering power over Ethernet have been standardized via the IEEE 802.3 family of standards. The newest standard, still under development, is intended to provide for greater energy efficiency and delivery of up to 100 watts. So why are so many people talking about PoE lately? There are a number of factors… Read More

Peers and Profiles

Keith Sones — a Storyteller with a Passion for the Industry and a Focus on His People

By Line Goyette
Keith Sones Keith Sones, President of Allteck for the past several years and now an executive with the Valard Group of Companies, is an incredible story teller. You will read his stories in EIN on a regular basis starting next month. He will talk to you about safety management, business development in our industry, relationships with your customers, aboriginal advancement, operational leadership and much more because he knows a lot about those subjects. I recently sat down with Keith to learn more about our newest contributor and his lifelong commitment to our industry. Read More


Q1 Investment in Non-Residential Building Construction Continues Decline

Investment in Non-Residential Building Investment in non-residential building construction declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, down 1.6% from the previous quarter to $12.5 billion in the first quarter. Nationally, the decrease resulted from lower spending in all three components, with commercial buildings accounting for most of the decline. Non-residential building construction spending was down in eight provinces, with Alberta posting the largest decline and Quebec a distant second. British Columbia and Saskatchewan were the only two provinces to register advances. Read More

Survey Says


Where Electrical Contractors Work

Most spend there time on residential and industrial buildings. Few on hotels. See where else they work.

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New Products and Solutions

Brady Transparent Gate Valve Lockout Device

Brady Transparent Gate Valve Lockout Device Wins 2016 Safety New Product of the Year Award

Brady's award-winning Transparent Gate Valve Lockout Device features a specially formulated transparent material to allow for both visual confirmation of the correct valve position and hazardous leak identification while in the locked out state, helping to ensure facility safety. The device won a 2016 New Product of the Year award in the "Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding" category from Occupational Health & Safety magazine. Read More
Magic Lite LED Switch Star

Magic Lite Introduces LED Switch Star

Magic Lite's new LED Switch Star mounts to most standard 2" x 4" electrical boxes and can be used both indoors and outdoors. The solid polycarbonate construction (5VA flame rated) means the fixture will never corrode in harsh environments. There are no remote drivers to deal with: LED Switch Star connects directly to 120V and is extremely easy to install. Read More
Klein Tools - Drivers

Klein Tools: New Line of Multi-Function Drivers: Interchangeable Sizes and Smaller Designs

Klein Tools has introduced a new line of multi-bit screwdrivers and exclusive multi-nut drivers designed to increase productivity and save space in a tool belt or bag. Klein Tools' research shows electricians want to do more with fewer tools and these multi-bit screwdrivers and multi-nut drivers do just that. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Six Ways to Troubleshoot in Local Area Networks
    "Network transmission media can be copper, fibre or wireless so network technicians need to be armed with troubleshooting tools that can tackle any problem they encounter," explains Tim Widdershoven, Global Marketing Manager at IDEAL Networks. "This makes it more challenging for technicians — if errors occur, they could be located in a wide range of different media and layers of the network." Here are six ways that technicians can use a tester to troubleshoot errors.

  • How to Relate to "Millennials" (#spoileralertitsnotwithhashtags)
    Whether we are trying to engage them with relevant and interesting content, attract them to our workforce, or just understand what they want, the term "Millennial'" is everywhere. As a former account manager at an ad agency, the word Millennial is certainly not foreign to me. It appeared in almost every brief, strategy presentation, case study video, and pitch deck. In my new position at Kerrwil, it stills come up every day. I completely understand the obsession, so it's about time we learn how to communicate with this portion of the population  in a relevant, meaningful and engaging way.

  • Who Holds the Knowledge in Your Organization?
    The demographics and changing dynamics of the Canadian workforce pose both opportunity and risk for organizations. Risk comes in the form of the loss of knowledge that is unique to the business — legacy systems, innovations, trouble shooting, etc. — the loss of which could have significant implications for business competitiveness, productivity, and even health and safety. This highlights more than ever the need for companies to look at how they manage the knowledge in their organization.

  • Building Permits Jump 10.4% in August
    Municipalities issued $7.3 billion worth of building permits in August, up 10.4% from July and the second consecutive monthly increase. The gain was mainly attributable to higher construction intentions in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. The value of residential building permits was up 9.6% to $4.5 billion. Six provinces posted increases, led by Ontario and British Columbia. In the non-residential sector, municipalities issued $2.9 billion worth of permits, up 11.6%. Gains were reported in five provinces, led by Quebec, followed distantly by Manitoba.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

BCEA Emerging Markets Breakfast Meeting
November 1
Burnaby, BC

CanWEA 32nd Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016
November 1-3
Calgary, AB

BCEA LINK Conference
November 2-3
Vancouver, BC

BCEA Kelowna Meet and Greet
November 14
Kelowna, BC

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