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Volume 3 • Issue 51

Message From The Editor

A time for all cultures to get together

Michelle Branigan, EIN contributor and CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada, speaks once more about an important workplace issue that is often a challenge to address day to day, especially now when holiday celebrations are in full swing — how to integrate and respect all employees and not ignore their contributions to new Canadian culture. Our industry is in the throes of renewing its workforce and must welcome more and more workers from all regions and cultures. It will enrich us all. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  

Changing Scene

Mike Marsh EHRC Recognizes Extraordinary Achievers
On December 8, Electrical Human Resources Canada (EHRC) hosted its Awards of Excellence ceremony in Toronto at the St. Andrew Club & Conference Centre…
SaskPower Truck SaskPower Investing $3.5 million in Melfort-Hudson Bay Area
SaskPower continues making significant investments in the province's electrical system. The work includes upgrading portions of the power grid in the south area of the province, including Melfort, Hudson Bay, Tisdale, Weldon, Naicam, Pathlow, and surrounding areas…
Top 2017 Employers PowerStream Recognized for Exceptional Employee Engagement and Satisfaction
PowerStream's ongoing dedication to outstanding initiatives that support employee engagement and satisfaction has earned the utility recognition as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers for the sixth consecutive year…

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

Human Resources

Happy Christmas? Diversity Around the Holidays

By Michelle Branigan
Holiday Ornaments The last few years have seen companies remove the word "Christmas" from their end of year communications, replacing the word with such terms as "Happy Holidays," or calling the annual office party a "festive get-together." This is of course a positive effort not to offend anyone who does not celebrate Christmas owing to religion or culture, and to ensure that the workplace is seen as inclusive and respectful of all employees. I would suggest that we need to look at this from a different perspective. Read More


5 Unwritten Social Media Rules for Contractors

Social Media Icons Social Media can be an intimidating place for newcomers. The best way to learn is either by fire (experience) or education. Just don't be caught breaking any of these five unwritten social media rules when your business reputation is on the line. There are many more than just these five rules, but this will give you a good start. Under no circumstances are you to break these rules. Stick to what works, like the suggestions below each rule, and you will be successful. Read More


Lighting the Way to Improving Safety and Efficiency

By Julie Kerr
Electrician Lighting technology is evolving at such a fast pace that what is relevant today may not be tomorrow. This constant change is challenging industry stakeholders to adapt to the sweeping changes and meet the demanding requirements and energy efficiency. EIN spoke with Alison Drover, Marketing Project Manager at CSA Group, about what programs are already in place to monitor the rapidly changing landscape, and what stakeholders can look out for moving forward. Read More


Q3 2016 Investment in Non-residential Building Construction Down 0.5%

Non-residential Construction Economic Chart Investment in non-residential building construction totalled $12.5 billion in the third quarter, down 0.5% from the previous quarter. This was the sixth decrease in seven quarters dating back to the first quarter of 2015. The decline reflected lower spending on commercial and industrial building construction, which more than offset higher investment in institutional buildings. Alberta and British Columbia posting the largest declines. The largest advance occurred in Quebec, followed by Manitoba. Read More

Survey Says


What Equipment Buyers Look for Online

Catalogues first; local suppliers and tech support last.

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New Products and Solutions

Fibre Optic Testing

Ideal Networks Offers Guidance for Tier-1 and Tier-2 Fibre Optic Testing

To help cable installers and maintenance technicians select the correct fibre optic testing equipment, Ideal Networks has published a new white paper offering guidance on the different tiers for certifying fibre optic cabling. "Unlike copper cabling, there are two tiers available when certifying fibre optic cabling and these dictate which type of tests must be performed, and therefore which testers should be used," says Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manager for Ideal Networks. Read More
Schneider Control Panel

Schneider Electric: New Harmony Flush Mounting Kit for Upgrading Control Panel Aesthetics

Schneider Electric's new flush mounting kit for Harmony XB4, XB5, and XB7 devices improves the style of control panel or machine design by transforming the look of pushbuttons, selectors, and pilot lights. The kit is well suited to a wide range of applications, including packaging, food and beverage, material working, and material handling, textile machinery. Read More
Eaton Downlight

Eaton Lighting Solutions Releases Halo Commercial Downlighting Series

Focused on contractor-friendly designs in economic projects, Eaton's Halo Commercial offers new construction, remodel and retrofit solutions for a broad range of applications, including hospitality, retail, office, healthcare, and education. Designed for performance and value, Halo Commercial balances optical control and efficiency with lower watts per square foot. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 19
    In this article: Section 34 — Signs and Outline Lighting. The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook, but will hopefully provide some help in navigating the code.

  • The Lighting Pyramid: Prioritizing LED retrofit opportunities
    What products should you retrofit to LED first? Our lighting experts get that question all the time. If you have any applications in your building that still have incandescent or halogen lighting, start there first. The retrofit gives you the biggest energy savings and almost always the fastest return on investment. Where should you consider LED next? Well, there are a number of factors to consider, from energy use to ease of maintenance.

  • EDP — Where Design and Technology Go Hand in Hand
    EDP, a lighting manufacturing agent, stands out as a leader in a changing industry. The company serves Quebec and works in the commercial, architectural, institutional, industrial, urban and corporate areas. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree from the HEC Montréal business school, EDP founder Serge Le Myre worked for a bank, where he quickly realized finance wasn't for him. Serge was then recruited into the lighting industry. In 1990, he founded Ventes Dimension Plus, Inc., which later became Éclairage Dimension Plus Inc. (EDP). The business was located in his own basement.

  • Case Study: Guildford, BC's Recreation Centre Aquatic Addition
    The Guildford Recreation Centre Aquatic Addition expands an existing facility in Surrey, BC. The 7,000 square metre addition was designed as a destination aquatic facility for both recreation and therapeutic users, offering a 50m Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) certified lap pool as well as a leisure pool that contains a therapeutic area, waterslide, family friendly hot tub, and children's area. Electrical engineering design was of key importance to this project in order to meet the competition lighting levels as well as the architectural intent.

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January 18-20,
Markham, ON

OEN Networking Luncheon, with IESO's Bruce Campbell
January 31, 2017
Toronto, ON

2017 Canadian Energy Industry - Updates and Insights
February 6, 2017
Ottawa, ON

Manitoba Electrical Expo
February 22-23, 2017
Winnipeg, MB

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