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Volume 3 • Issue 47

Message From The Editor

Electricity — necessity and creativity

Holding COP 22 in Morocco, where many African countries participated, highlights global inequalities in access to electricity, and our collaborator Keith Sones reminds us how important electricity is in our lives as well as in the lives of those who ensure its production and distribution. No one present when the first electrical connections were made could have imagined how far this energy would lead us. Philippe Charron illustrates this perfectly. Read his profile to see how his creativity has led him to explore highs literally and figuratively. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

CEA SAFETY Utilities, Frontline Employees Recognized for Excellence in Health and Safety
The Canadian Electricity Association announced the winners of the 2016 Occupational Health and Safety Awards and Lifesaving Awards at its recent 125th anniversary celebration in Toronto, Ontario…
SFU Energy Systems Canada, BC Invest $90 Million in New SFU Energy Systems Engineering Building
The funding will support the construction of a new building for degree programs in energy systems and environmental engineering. The 15,000-square-metre building will allow the university to expand its research in the energy, hydrogen, electricity and liquefied natural gas sectors…
Bill Wright E.B. Horsman & Son Hires Commercial Outside Sales Representative in Calgary
Bill Wright has joined E.B. Horsman & Son as a Calgary Commercial Outside Sales representative. He has spent the majority of his sales career focusing on design build, P3 projects as well as lighting and distribution projects across Canada…
  • SaskPower Investing in the Wynyard-Wadena Area
    This year, SaskPower has been working on projects worth $13 million in the Wynyard-Wadena area to keep up with growing demand, meet environmental commitments, and renew an aging power grid. Work is underway to construct a new $3.3 million Wadena substation. Work has also begun on a $5 million project to expand SaskPower's Bankend station…

  • Attend EHRC Awards of Excellence Luncheon on December 8
    The Electricity Human Resources Canada 2016 Awards of Excellence Luncheon, taking place December 8 in Toronto, brings industry leaders and human resource professionals together for a unique opportunity to collaborate and learn with peers…

  • Toronto Hydro Corporation Appoints David McFadden Board Chair
    Effective December 11, David McFadden assumes the position of Chair of the Board. McFadden has been a member of the Toronto Hydro board since 2015 and is currently Vice-Chair…

  • Calling HR Leaders: Join a Roundtable Discussion with EHRC
    Electricity Human Resources Canada is hosting an industry roundtable on December 8 to discuss ways to improve employment access and support for people with disabilities who work (or wish to work) in the Canadian electricity industry. If you're an HR professional and would like more information, or are interested in participating, contact...

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

Peers & Profiles

Interview with Philippe Charron — Flextherm's Epicurean President

By Line Goyette
Phillipe Charron Flextherm, a company that specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of floor heating systems, came into being 25 years ago. A celebration last summer captures the expectations and ambitions of the founder and president, Philippe Charron. The event brought together customers, distributors and employees. Flextherm has nearly 50 employees, operates a modern and innovative 50,000+ square foot plant, and takes pride in its R&D department. Head of the company since its inception, Philippe Charron is an epicurean, jack-of-all-trades, lover of detail, and resolutely turned towards innovation and performance. We met with him recently on the company premises. Read More


Remembering the Difference We Make

By Keith Sones
Rittal LED Several years ago my niece accepted a great job back east, so she and her husband packed up and headed to their new home in Toronto. They arrived on Thursday, August 14, 2003. Shortly after they dropped their bags in their suburban apartment, the power went out. And it stayed out. Unbeknownst to them and millions of other Canadian and U.S. residents, a series of events involving power system monitoring, transmission lines and trees had blacked out a huge swath of the heavily populated central and eastern portion of North America. And they were about to learn how valuable electricity really is in our society. Read More


Lumenpulse Lights Boston City Hall

Boston City Hall Lumenpulse luminaires chosen to light Boston City Hall highlight and revitalize the building's unique "Heroic" style. An initiative from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the city set out to liven up the City Hall Plaza as well as create an inviting space for locals and visitors alike. To illuminate the original tripartite design of City Hall, Lam Partners Inc. used a mix of high-output Lumenbeam Grande RGBW and Lumenfacade RGBW luminaires, washing the hall's façade in a warm white light as a regular setting, while also having the capability to project an array of colour options for civic and celebratory events. Read More


Value of Building Permits Declines 7% in September

Economy Municipalities issued $6.9 billion worth of building permits in September, down 7.0% from August. Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario recorded the largest declines. The overall decrease was attributable to lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings, led by commercial structures. The value of non-residential building permits was down 22.3% to $2.2 billion. Conversely, in the residential sector, the value of permits increased for a second consecutive month, up 2.6% from August to $4.6 billion. The value of permits for multi-family dwellings recorded the largest gain, up 3.7% to $2.0 billion. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Key Factors in Buying Among Contractors with under 15 employees

Availability and price lead, but four other factors follow closely behind.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Standard Pro - LED

LED Security Lights with Motion Sensor from Standard

Increase the security of your surroundings with Standard security lights — equipped with a motion sensor as well as an integrated photocell that allow you to power the lights to turn on when motion is detected during the day or at night. This system creates an inviting atmosphere and provides added security at all times. The motion-activated built-in sensor turns light on when you need it, whereas most lights traditionally stay on all night. This LED system eliminates waste and allows savings on energy consumption. They are the perfect solution for areas that need to be well lit during the night, and areas where activity and foot traffic are irregular, such as yards, walkways, driveways, patios, parking lots and loading docks. Read More
Samsung LED Chip

Samsung Introduces LED Modules Based on Chip Scale Packaging for Spotlights and Downlights

Samsung Electronics's new line-up of chip scale package (CSP) LED modules for spotlights and downlights features colour tunability and increased design compatibility. The modules are Samsung's first to incorporate CSP technology, which bring a wide range of lighting benefits such as significantly reducing the size of a conventional LED package. Read More
Nonmetallic Light Fixture

Nonmetallic Light Fixtures from Sceptalight

Whether you're looking for economical outdoor lighting solutions or corrosion-resistant fixtures for punishing industrial environments, Sceptalight fixtures from IPEX prove themselves to be all-round performers in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications. Sceptalight fixtures are made from a glass-reinforced thermoplastic polyester resin, which enables them to stand up better to corrosive elements than metal. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Are You an Employer of Choice?
    Canada's Top 100 Employers released its 2017 winners on November 8. Now in its 18th year, the national competition looks to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. Employers will need to provide the best work environment they can if they are to attract and retain the brightest and most motivated employees. To make sure that the next generation wants to work for your company, look at your own practices and ask yourself if they create the best working environment possible.

  • Improving Arc Flash Prevention and Safety
    Working among the electrical components in an enclosure comes with inherent risks. The power in any one enclosure can range from 2kw up to 200kw depending on the power density. One of the most common and dangerous risks is an arc flash (or flashover). When an explosive release of energy erupts from a phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground arc fault, the results range from devastating to deadly. Design and retrofit approaches can limit exposure by using components installed outside the enclosure to permit qualified personnel in personal protective equipment (PPE) to service equipment inside without opening the enclosure door.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

Solar Photovoltaics
November 23
Calgary, AB

Electrical Association of Manitoba Gala and Charity Dinner
November 26
Winnipeg, MB

IIDEX Canada
Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Toronto, ON

Solar Canada
December 5-6
Toronto, ON

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