Electrical Industry News Week Cooper Industries
Published by Kerrwil Publications Limited with support from the EFC
Volume 3 • Issue 52

Message From The Editor

To end the year in an inspiring way

We present in this final issue for 2016 profiles of men and women who this year have inspired us with their determination, their desire to have an impact on their industry or their community, and creative ideas they have turned into reality. We share with them our respect for everyone in our industry. We wish you a great end of the year. We'll be here next week to introduce you to this year's news making companies and noteworthy articles. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor  
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

Jeff Koller — A Man of Strong Convictions

By Corenne Taylor
Jeff Koller Jeff Koller was recently named the new Executive Director for the Electrical Contractor Association of Ontario (ECAO), and is tasked with advocating on behalf of his members for fair and above-board practices within the electrical industry. Electrical Industry News Week had the opportunity to speak with Koller about his role with the ECAO and issues he feels are pressing concerns for the industry. As an advocate for electrical contractors, Koller has particular concerns about two pieces of legislation: Bill 112 and the Construction Lien Act. Read More

Peers & Profiles

On the Job With Steve Del Guidice, 3E Power Services Ltd.

By On the Job With Steve Del Guidice, 3E Power Services Ltd.
3EPower Truck For Steve Del Guidice of 3E Power Services Ltd., a successful career in the electrical industry was never a question. It was only a matter of when. Del Guidice has been in the trade for over 30 years, first as an electrical engineering technician and then later, as a 309D electrician. He has held his Master Electrician's license since 2006, and he currently specializes in construction and maintenance of high voltage installations and distribution systems Read More

Peers & 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

Peers & Profiles

Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)'s Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor Jennifer Taylor is completing her PhD at the University of Toronto, focusing on the production of knowledge in renewable energy transitions, specifically focusing on interesting controversies such as the wind turbine health studies. She also teaches a course in environmental impact assessment and carries out research for Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative. A favourite quote: "If you always do what you what interests you, at least one person is pleased" — Katherine Hepburn. "Any woman who has worked in the energy industry is familiar with the gender imbalance that plagues it. I think it's been really valuable for us to come together and support each other. We're bringing long overdue recognition to women's contributions to the industry and encouraging more women to pursue a career in sustainable energy. I'm on the academic sub-committee and we communicate WiRE's events to universities and colleges in southern Ontario, award bursaries to students to attend renewable energy conferences, and develop other networking and professional development activities for students and recent grads. I've also spent quite a bit of time as a volunteer at our trade show booth, talking to prospective members and the wider renewable community about WiRE and what we have to offer…" Read More

Peers & Profiles

Patrick Deschamps — Finding His Place in the Industry and Staying There

By Laurence Rocher-Brassard
Patrick Deschamps Patrick Deschamps, father of a 10-year-old girl, was recently appointed Vice President of Commercial Sales at Contact Delage. While still a CEGEP student, Patrick launched a small lawn mowing business. As he worked on the sales and marketing side of his business, he realized how much he loved it. For the next two years, he worked at a car dealership, but his schedule was incompatible with his family life. Patrick then returned to studies in international trade. In 2002, he met Contact Delage President Guy Goupil at a family reunion. Together, they discussed careers — a life-changing moment... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Gilbert-McEachern Electric

Gilbert-McEachern Electric Based in Brantford, ON, 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 ensure commercial and industrial clients will keep their vital motor and pump systems operating. Read More

Peers & Profiles

François Anquetil — Distribution Is in His DNA

By Line Goyette
Francois Anquetil François Anquetil? You'll never get him to sit down for an interview, people told me. He's too busy. However, this conversation between two francophones feels like an informal chat over a glass of wine. François Anquetil, President of Sonepar Canada and Chair of Electro-Federation Canada's Board of Directors, is engaging, and happy to share his vision of the industry. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Jason Prevost — Gather, Grow and Give (A Recipe for Successfully Closing a Generation Gap)

By Line Goyette
Jason Prevost Jason Prevost is National Chair of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s Young Professionals Network. He is also VP of Marketing at Standard Products. Father of two young teens and actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, he gathers, grows and gives. No matter what you ask of him, he always has a solution, someone he can refer you to, an angle to follow up on. His openness to new ideas is amazing, as well as his respect for the opinion of experts. He never imposes his own opinions, yet his knowledge and skills are often sought out. This was not always the case. Read More

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