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Message From The Editor

Defining objectives well to reach our goals

When I was young an ad that appeared extensively said there are 6 million of us, we need to talk. The concept was adapted by others to promote events and ideas far different from the ad's intent, which was to promote a brand of beer. The need to talk still exists, but as contributor Michelle Branigan suggests perhaps listening is more important while we are at the crossroads of important changes in our industry, in terms of both the workforce and technology. And as long as people are talking and listening on social media, you might as well use it to your advantage. Good reading!

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Managing Editor

Changing Scene

New Transmisson Line New Transmission Line from Edmonton to Fort McMurray Approved
The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved a $1.6 billion transmission line project running from west of Edmonton to the Fort McMurray area…
Medicine Hat Contruction Simulation Medicine Hat Installs New Generation Facility
Construction is now underway for a new electrical generation unit that will ensure sufficient electricity supply to the city's customers even if the largest unit goes offline…
Sustainable Energy Building Yukon Energy Achieves Sustainable Electricity Company Designation: A First for Northern Canada
For its commitment to sustainable business practices, Yukon Energy Corporation is only the fifth company to achieve the CEA's sustainability designation…

Personal Development

Communications — How to Listen to Your Employees

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan Open and honest communications play an important role in any positive and respectful workplace. Quite often failure to pay attention to this important skill set sees misunderstandings arise between co-workers or employees and their managers, leading to tension, conflict and an overall reduction in morale and/or productivity. For management, an open-door policy ensures that employees at every level can approach senior managers with any questions or concern, fostering a sense of mutual respect and consideration. Relationships are strengthened as a result. Consider these five tips to keep your door open. Read More


8 Lead Generating Review Websites for Contractors

Laptop with Google When deciding on a large home improvement or upgrade decision, most people will take the time to do some research. What research they do depends on a lot of factors that you have very little to no control over as an electrical contractor. What you do have control over is where your business is located on the top review websites. The Internet is where most people look for their information. Your job as the contractor is to make sure your business is held in the best light in all possible review channels. Here are eight of the most popular contractor review websites on the Internet today. Read More


How Hydro Ottawa Attracts the Best Candidates for the "Safest Most-Dangerous Job in Town"

By Kaarina Stiff
Hydro Ottawa As the President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa, Bryce Conrad leads a team of more than 700 employees, but he doesn't like to dwell on being in charge. His understated approach to leadership puts him on a first-name basis with his staff on the work site, in the office hallway, and in the cafeteria line-up. What matters, Conrad says, is that Hydro Ottawa's staff have built a supportive culture of camaraderie and respect that has earned the company a spot on the list of the region's top employers for the past eight years. Read More


Q4 Non-residential Building Construction Prices Up 0.6%

Construction Works The Non-residential Building Construction Price Index was up 0.6% in the fourth quarter compared with the previous quarter. This was the fifth consecutive quarterly increase and the largest gain since Q2 2014. Contractors reported quarterly increases in six of seven census metropolitan areas surveyed. Year over year, the NRBCPI rose 1.6%, with Vancouver (+5.8%) and Toronto (+3.7%) reporting the largest increases. Edmonton (-2.6%) and Calgary (-1.9%) reported the only year-over-year declines. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Key Buying Factors

Lots of factors come in to play. Availability and manufacturer's rep are neck 'n neck, closely followed by four other factors.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

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Schneider Electric Enables Smart Control with EcoStruxure Control Advisor Software

Schneider Electric has added a new enterprise-wide IIoT plant performance and control optimization software to its PES and Foxboro Evo process automation systems and Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system. Leveraging Expertune PlantTriage technology, EcoStruxure Control Advisor provides plant personnel actionable real-time operating data and predictive analytics capabilities so they can monitor and adjust every control loop across multiple plants and global sites 24/7. Read More
Magic Lite Switchex

Magic Lite's Switchex Combines an Inwall LED Dimmer Switch and Power Supply in One Unit

Simplify LED array lighting systems with Magic LIte's new Switchex. It combines an inwall LED dimmer switch and power supply into a single integrated unit. The Switchex Dimmer + Driver accepts 120V AC and converts it to low voltage DC, all within a standard electrical box. Read More
Rittal Light Systems

Rittal Introduces First UL-Approved Lighting System for Industrial Enclosures

Rittal Systems Ltd. has added to its offerings the LED System Light, the first lighting system designed specifically for enclosures. The LED technology shines into every corner of the industrial enclosure, from the roof to the floor, and delivers up to three times the luminous flux of its closest competitor. Read More
Leviton HomeKit

Leviton: New Decora Smart In-Wall Dimmers and Switches with Apple HomeKit Support

Leviton's new Decora Smart Apple HomeKit-enabled lighting control accessories can be used with your iPhone or iPad, including in-wall dimmers and switches. Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri voice control on your iPhone or iPad or Apple's Home app. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 21
    In this article: Section 38 — Elevators, dumbwaiters, material lifts, escalators, moving walks, lifts for persons with physical disabilities, and similar equipment. The numbering of rules in this section is an exception to the numbering system outlined in the code's preface because most of these rules will be used by elevator constructors.

  • Lind Equipment Concludes Massive LED Jobsite Project with Ledcor
    Lind Equipment's LED Jobsite system of temporary LED lighting was a featured part of a BC construction site for a massive, $600 million, 1.2 million square foot shopping mall. The Tsawwassen Mills project saw Ledcor build a $1.2 million square feet premium outlet shopping mall with 180 outlets just outside of Vancouver, BC.

  • Lighting Work and Play at Ubisoft Quebec City
    Ubisoft's 400 video game creators located in Quebec City have been settling in to their new workspaces since last May. An ambitious relocation project, the design of this new studio was done in an integrated way under the direction of the firm Coarchitecture, mandated by Ubisoft Quebec for this architectural challenge.

  • Building Permits Decline 6.6% in December
    Municipalities issued $7.2 billion worth of building permits in December, down 6.6% from November. Lower construction intentions were recorded for all components, led by commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings. In the residential sector, eight provinces posted declines while Ontario reported a record high.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

EAM Mid-Canada Electrical Expo 2017
February 22

Manitoba Electrical Expo
February 22-23

Basic Tax Strategy for YPNs
February 23
Toronto, ON

2017 Electrical Learning EXPO
March 2
Edmonton, AB

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