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Volume 4 • Issue 4

Message From The Editor

Is there a wind of change in the industry?

There seems to be a lot of excitement swirling around us at this time, or maybe it's just the annual effect of a new year. Our contributor Keith Sones talks about steps to follow and benefit from when the winds of change start to blow. In the coming weeks, we will suggest a lot of reading on what is being called the new industrial revolution and its impact on our industry. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
Tools For The Trade

Changing Scene

John Sencich ABB Canada Implements Western Canada Organizational Changes
John Sencich, Lead Division Manager and Executive Vice President, Electrification Products — ABB Canada, has announced a number of organizational changes in Thomas & Betts Canada's Western sales region…
Alectra Logo Enersource, Horizon Utilities, Hydro One Brampton and PowerStream to Become Alectra
The new utility resulting from the merger of four electric utilities, serving almost one million customers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, will be known as Alectra…
Lorne Newick New President Takes the Reins at IBEW CCO
Lorne Newick has assumed the presidency of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario, replacing outgoing president Mick Cataford (IBEW 530 Sarnia), who served two terms…

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

Managing Change

Taking on Risk and Uncertainty

By Keith Sones
Keith Sones In 1986, after spending a few years in university and working at various construction jobs, I received a phone call from a company that I'd applied to for employment. The human resources manager informed me that I'd been selected from a number of candidates for what was, at that time in my life, my dream job. I was elated! Visions of vast riches flowed through my mind like a TV lottery advertisement, and I believed I was now set for life. Two years later, I decided to walk away from it all. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Nyx Hemera Technologies: Intelligent Lighting for Dark Tunnels

Dark Tunnel New York City's Queens-Midtown tunnel is the latest lighting project to be undertaken by Quebec City's Nyx Hemera Technologies, which provides flexible and intelligent lighting control systems for roads tunnels. The company's flagship solution is the Tunnel Lighting Addressable Control System. TLACS is the second phase of a control system already installed in one of the world's longest tunnels, the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway in Singapore, as well as 29 other tunnels around the world. Read More

Codes & Standards

A Short History of Safety Norms For LEDs

By Fausto Martin
LED Lights What came first: the chicken or the egg? In technical files the answer is simple: first comes the product, then the standard. In 1993, when Nichia introduced the blue LED (based on GaN), the issue of photo biological safety was taken into consideration. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) decided to include LEDs in the laser product category and related norms (IEC 60825). A few years later — 1996 — IESNA published ANSI/IESNA RP27.1, "Photobiological safety for lamps and lamp systems - general requirements…" Read More


Q4 Non-residential Construction Investment Declines for 7th Time in 8 Quarters

Economic Chart Investment in non-residential building construction totalled $12.3 billion in the fourth quarter, down 0.7% from the previous quarter. This marks the seventh decrease in eight quarters. Nationally, the decline reflected lower spending on commercial and industrial building construction. Overall, non-residential investment fell in six provinces, with British Columbia posting the largest decline and Alberta a distant second. New Brunswick and Manitoba both recorded their third straight quarterly advance. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions


Southwire Introduces the MAX PUNCH XD Knockout Tool

Southwire Tools & Equipment, an industry leader in professional contractor equipment, announces the introduction of the MAX PUNCH XD Knockout Tool, a heavy duty, drill-operated knockout tool. "The Max Punch XD Knockout Tool is designed for safety and convenience," says Tanner Hansen, product specialist. "By allowing you to use your own drill, you don't have to keep track of an extra charger or battery pack." Read More
Legrand Pop-Out Outlet

Legrand adorne 20A Pop-Out Outlet

Legrand's adorne collection now includes a 20A pop-out outlet. This new adorne Pop-Out Outlet has two 20A receptacles that elegantly hide away when not in use. Ideal for kitchens, hallways, bathrooms, and media rooms, simply push the outlet to pop it out. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • A New Year and a Fresh Look at Your Career
    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.

  • Could Technology Help Improve Electrical Compliance?
    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.

  • 5 Mistakes Electrical Contractors Repeatedly Make on Social Media
    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.

  • November Residential Building Permits Decline as Non-residential Rise
    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.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

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

WiRE — Kinectrics Field Trip
February 2
Toronto, ON

Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta (EIAA) Annual Technical Conference
February 3-4
Edmonton, AB

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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