Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Returning to our roots before going back to the future

This month we have talked a lot about wiring. To make new technologies possible, we have to link objects together and connect them to voltage sources. Electricity came to Canada in 1927, and the Canadian Engineering Standards Association began publishing a collection of standards still used today: the Canadian Electrical Code. The code adapts as new technologies emerge and electrical work changes. For electricians, it's a trade that requires lifelong learning. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Forbes 13 Electrical Industry Members Make Forbes' Top 300 Canadian Employers for 2017
Forbes Magazine asked 8,000 Canadian employees working for large firms or institutions to rate their willingness to recommend their own companies on a scale of 1 to 10. Here's how they voted…
Enbridge Enbridge and Spectra Energy Finalize Merger
The merger makes Enbridge a leading global energy infrastructure company and the largest in North America, with roughly $166 billion in enterprise value…
Manitoba Manitoba to Build 2 New Transmission Lines
Construction of two new transmission lines in southern Manitoba, estimated to cost $92 million, is expected to start in summer 2018 and end in 2020…

Codes and Standards

Canada 150: Standardization Leadership in Canada

Canada 150 The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is delighted to participate in the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation… Read More


Bonded-Pair Cabling Prepares Networks for the Internet of Things

By Stéphane Bourgeois
Bonded-Pair Cabling When it comes to the IoT — the Internet of Things — we consider every signal transmitted as mission-critical… Read More

Power Protection

Case Study: Solution Gives Financial Institution Total Data Centre Protection

Data Centre Protection A cold climate, ultra-reliable renewable hydropower and an expanse of flat land make Canada a hotbed for data centres. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Shawn Lemay: Tactician and Strategist

Shawn Lemay Right out of high school Shawn joined the trades, focusing on building automation controls, but quickly realized his passion was in electrical work. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Where Electrical Buyers Get Their Information

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New Products and Solutions

Fluke ScopeMeter

Fluke 120B Series Industrial ScopeMeter Hand-Held Oscilloscopes

Over the last 20 years automated industrial machinery has become more efficient, more connected and less likely to break down. But, it’s also gotten harder than ever to maintain and troubleshoot. Read More
Gap Wireless

Gap Wireless' Junflon MWX6 Series: Precise Skew Match Type

Gap Wireless' Junflon MWX6 Series offers a highly precise skew match cable assembly… Read More
Legrand 3M USB

Introducing Legrand's adorne 3.1A Dual USB, Plus-Size Combo Outlet

Legrand has added a 3.1A Dual USB, plus-size combo outlet to its adorne collection. Read More
Wieland Connectors

Wieland Electric Expands Revos IT Series Split Housing Data Cable Feed-Through Connectors

Wieland Electric Inc. has expanded its portfolio of Revos rectangular connectors with the new Revos IT series split housing data cable feed-through connectors… Read More
Brady Infographic

Brady Debuts "Labelling In and Around a Control Panel" Infographic

Brady's new "Labelling In and Around a Control Panel" infographic explains the various label types needed to identify wires… Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Communications — How to Listen to Your Employees
    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.

  • 8 Lead Generating Review Websites for Contractors
    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.

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

  • Q4 Non-residential Building Construction Prices Up 0.6%
    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.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

2017 Electrical Learning EXPO
March 2

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta: Safety Principles
March 3-4

Energy Connections 2017
March 4

2017 Electrical Learning Expo
March 7

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