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Message From The Editor

Promoting change: 2 first-person accounts

To conclude the month of March, personal testimony from two leaders about how to present a safety training program so that workers accept and adopt it, and the importance of opening up to the world and integrating different perspectives. In this instance: international collaboration on the development of standards. See what is happening elsewhere so that we can better define our own needs. Earlier this month I attended a conference that brought together 8,000 people. We were presented with 180 business solutions and an opportunity to attend up to 400 technical workshops in which delegates could explore these solutions and understand their practical applications. During this event — ABB Customer World — I met international experts that you too will soon meet in these pages. They will also help us understand the importance of opening up to the world so that we can discover new opportunities. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
Tools For The Trade

Changing Scene

BC Hydro BC's Site C Hydroelectric Project Surpasses 2,000 Workers
The latest employment statistics from BC Hydro show that there were 2,124 total workers on the Site C project in January. Among the workers were 195 Aboriginals, 257 women and 42 apprentices…
Enmax Award Enmax Awarded Federal Contract for Renewable Energy in Alberta
Enmax Energy Corp. has received a five-year contract worth $131 million to supply the federal government's electricity needs in Alberta. There is provision for a one-year extension…
Alberta Power Alberta Power Reforms: A $6 Billion Price Tag?
An independent electricity consultant estimates that the province's transition to a cleaner power grid will cost between $486 million and $883 million annually until 2030 — for a total bill of $6.8 billion to $12.4 billion…

Codes and Standards

Chatting with a Standards Maker: Canada's Alice Sturgeon

Sturgeon Over the past 20 years, Alice Sturgeon has been extensively involved in international standardization, primarily with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in information security and identity management planning and management, as well as risk, cryptography, biometrics and smart cards. In recognition of her contributions to Canadian and international standardization, the Standards Council of Canada presented Ms. Sturgeon with a certificate of recognition and sat down with her to discuss her career and the importance of standards. Read More

Managing Change

Overcoming Resistance

By Keith Sones
Sones When I graduated as an occupational safety and health technologist, I was out to save the world. With my newfound knowledge I recognized the flaws in the industrial complex and was determined to change everything. One of my first assignments was to deliver a technically demanding training program on confined space entry. I managed to lull an entire audience to sleep. I came up with a better solution, and expected a line-up of trainers eager to implement it. Didn't happen, at least right away. Read More

Company profile: Newman

Atlantic Canada's Newman Electric

Newman Electric Founded in 1995, Newman Electric has established itself as a leading electrical contractor. Just last year the company was named "2016 Best Electrician" in The Chronicle Herald's Reader's Choice Survey. Locally owned and operated, the company employs over 40 certified and experienced electricians in the Halifax region, and offers electrical services in the residential, commercial and Industrial sectors. Read More


GDP Rose 0.6% YOY in Q4 2016

Morrissey Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.6% in the fourth quarter, following a 0.9% increase in the third quarter. Final domestic demand continued to decelerate (+0.1%), with ongoing weakness in business investment. Investment in housing increased 1.2%. Businesses reduced their inventories by $5.0 billion in the fourth quarter, after accumulating $7.4 billion in the third quarter. Manufacturing inventories were drawn down by $6.9 billion. Read More

Survey Says


Where Industrial Electricians Work

From 2015 to 2016, there's little change. It's a different story for 2014 to 2015. See which categories were affected.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Greenlee Textron

Greenlee Textron's Semi-Conductive Cable-Scoring Tool

Greenlee Textron's semi-conductive cable-scoring tool is designed to easily strip underground primary distribution cable barriers. The tool has a concealed blade that actuates around the cable, rotating clockwise for a spiral cut and counter clockwise for a ring cut. It is also available in two sizes. Read More
Brady Spiil Kit

Brady SPC Specialty Spill Kits

Brady's new Specialty Spill Kits tackle hard to treat spills, including formaldehyde, bodily fluids, mercury and battery acids. The individualized kits were designed based on customer feedback that identified the four most common difficult spills that require unique components. Read More
Arlington Drop In Floor

Arlington Industries' Drop-In Floor Box Kit

The drop-in floor box kit is ideal for electrical outlets placed on the floor. The drop-in floor box significantly reduces trip hazards and eliminates the necessity of running power cords. The box fits most 3 ½ in. standard covers and Arlington's round low-profile covers that sit only 1/8 in. off the floor. Read More
LED Sign

Thomas & Betts Aluminum Slim Edge-Lit Pictogram Sign

The aluminum slim edge-lit pictogram exit sign is a new and improved version of standard pictogram exit signage. The signage has a slim profile acrylic panel with a pictogram legend extruding from an aluminum housing. The housing is equipped with universal surface mounting for wall, ceiling, or end mount. Read More
Insulated Rescue Hook

Salisbury by Honeywell Insulated Rescue Hook

The insulated rescue hook is an essential tool for working in hazardous conditions, confined spaces or near electrical cabinets or switch gear. The rescue hook allows a rescuer to remove injured or incapacitated individuals from hazardous areas without the threat of endangering themselves. Read More
Insulated Rescue Hook

Shawcor’s Connection Systems Group announces a new line of cold shrink end caps for sealing cable ends

Shawcor is pleased to announce the introduction of a new cable accessory product line based on cold shrink technology that offers an effective solution to seal and protect cable ends from moisture ingress and contamination. Read More

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

BCEA Women's Network Roundtable: Workplace Conflicts and Life/Work Balance
April 12, 2017
Burnaby, BC

Leadership Conference for Women in Energy
April 12-13, 2017
Toronto, ON

OEN Networking Luncheon: David Collie
April 19, 2017
Toronto, ON

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta: Assessing & Finalizing the Tender
April 21, 2017
Edmonton, AB

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