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Volume 4 • Issue 3

Message From The Editor

Included or not included in our New Year's resolutions

As contributor Michelle Branigan indicates in her column this week, it's still early enough in the year to have not given up entirely on our New Year's resolutions. We're all still trying to get to the gym, right? Branigan reminds us that it's important to include career-oriented resolutions, and offers some tips. It's the same with safety. Complying with legal requirements should be just the starting point in our resolution to be safe. This isn't always the case, as some BC graduate students found out. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

AEL, CEC, CREC Alberta Electrical Association = AEL + CEC + CREC
The Alberta Electrical League, Calgary Electric Club and Capital Region Electric Club are joining forces under one banner, the Alberta Electrical Association…
Top Employers Logo 7 Power Industry Members Among Top Employers of Young People
Seven industry members are listed among Canada's top 100 employers of Young People. Winners of the competition are chosen on the basis of the programs and initiatives they have to attract and retain younger workers…
B.A Robinson Logo B. A. Robinson Acquires Sescolite
Purchasing the operating assets of Sescolite Lighting, with locations in Toronto and Burlington, will support B.A. Robinson's growth objectives in the Greater Toronto market…
Tools For The Trade

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

A New Year and a Fresh Look at Your Career

By Michelle Branigan
Professional straightening tie It's that time of the year again where we recover from holiday indulgences and make resolutions that we know we won't keep past February. Regardless of your own personal promise (eat less, exercise more, stop betting on the horses), there is one thing that you should be looking to do in January and that is to spend time evaluating your career goals. We all read on a daily basis how the world of work is changing. One thing that remains constant, however, is the need for us as individuals to be responsible for our own career. Read More


Could Technology Help Improve Electrical Compliance?

Electrical Wires Research conducted on behalf of the BC Safety Authority could provide a technical solution to a key compliance barrier. BCSA estimates that up to 50% of electrical work done by contractors in the province is performed without required installation permits, creating unnecessary hazards. Graduate students from Simon Fraser University's School of Public Policy recently conducted research to identify issues that may inhibit permitting. Recommendations in their report could help bring non-compliant electrical contractors into the safety system. Read More


5 Mistakes Electrical Contractors Repeatedly Make on Social Media

Twitter Home Screen Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. It has also become a place for businesses to make connections, network and spread the word about anything they would like to share. Despite the unlimited potential social media marketing offers electrical contractors, only some of them use it. Even fewer use it properly. Here are five mistakes electrical contractors repeatedly make on social media, and how to correct them. Read More


November Residential Building Permits Decline as Non-residential Rise

Chart Municipalities issued $7.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 0.1% from October. The decline largely resulted from lower construction intentions in Alberta, following a spike the previous month due to impending changes to the Alberta Building Code. The value of residential building permits fell 1.6% to $5.1 billion, following three consecutive monthly increases. Four provinces posted declines, led by Alberta. The value of non-residential building permits rose 3.0% to $2.6 billion, the fourth increase in five months. Higher construction intentions were registered in five provinces. In total value of permits issued, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia recorded the largest gains. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

What Projects Electrical Contractors Work On

Residential first; hotels last. See how four other categories compare.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Liteline Downlight

Liteline Slim-Profile Downlight with Dim-to-Warm Technology

Liteline's low-profile, easy-to-install, SlimLED series is now available with dim-to-warm technology. Ranging from 0.5-1.5-inches in depth, this recessed downlight is I.C. rated for direct contact with insulation and can be installed virtually anywhere — no can required. As you dim the fixture, the colour temperature smoothly transitions from 3000K to 2000K. Read More
Espen Plug-n-Play

Espentech Plug-n-Play TLEDs

Espen Technology now offers dimmable, shatter-coating, plug-n-play TLEDs in 4' 12W, 4' 15W, 5'HO, and 6'HO options. "Our customers love that they have NSF-approval, and frosted real glass diffusion," says John Clancy, VP of Sales. Read More
Larson Blasting Lights

Larson Electronics LED Blasting Lights

During blasting operations, limited visibility is your greatest enemy. The solution: Larson Electronics LED blasting lights. Having a set of bright LED blasting lights while removing rust, corrosion, paint or dirt from walls, tanks, underground locations and other confined spaces can make a huge difference. Read More
Parking Light

Cree Extends IG Parking Luminaire Series

Cree, Inc. extends its IG series LED parking structure luminaires to include a warmer colour temperature and standard 0-10V dimming for better light experiences with enhanced aesthetics and performance. The result is more choices that meet customer preference for warm, inviting light. Featuring Cree WaveMax Technology, the IG series delivers low-glare comfort and defeats shadows for enhanced safety and visibility while delivering exceptional energy efficiency and fast payback. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
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    In this article: Section 36 — High Voltage Installations. 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.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

EDIST 2017
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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