Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

The stuff of nightmares

Being sued. Even the prospect of being served with papers is chilling. Allay those fears with guest contributor Renee Schwerdt's 8-point action plan. It won't make a lawsuit go away, but it may give you one less thing to worry about in the middle of the night. Let's turn our attention to more positive thoughts, such as positive economic tidings: on a national level new housing construction increased 8.7% year over year in January. Or, on a more pragmatic level, what to look for in a behind-the-meter energy storage system. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Gordon Marshall Good-bye to Chromalox's Gordon Marshall
The electrical industry lost a dear friend and colleague in the passing of Gordon Marshall on March 27, 2017…
Diversity 4 Electrical Industry Members Among Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)
To determine this year's winners, Mediacorp editors reviewed diversity and inclusiveness initiatives among employers that applied for the Canada's Top 100 Employers project…
Houle Houle Electric Wins Vancouver-North Mainland Consumer Choice Award
For the 17th year in a row, Burnaby-based Houle Electric has earned a Consumer Choice Award, which recognizes business excellence in small and medium sized businesses…

Best Practices

Contractor Checklist: What to Do If You Are Sued

By Renee Schwerdt
Renee Schwerdt Owning a business can be uniquely rewarding, but rewards do not come without risk. Perhaps the most dreaded of those risks is a lawsuit. While some contractors who get sued keep that worry in the back of their minds, others avoid thinking about legal issues altogether, or worse — they assume it can't happen to them. But contractor lawsuits do happen. Often. Here are eight steps contractors could take if they get sued…Read More

Energy Storage

Guide to Back-Up Power: Considerations for Energy Storage Assets

By Chip Palombini
Storage Providing back up power is essential to providing maximum value for commercial and industrial behind-the-meter energy storage installations. With ever increasing costs of loss of productivity from power outages alongside the cost of installing energy storage installations, commercial and industrial customers are expecting back-up power from their demand reduction energy storage installations. But not all energy storage inverters are capable of providing back-up power. Here we provide considerations in selecting an inverter to provide backup power with a behind-the-meter energy storage system. Read More

Power over HDBase

HDBaseT Alliance and UL Cable Certification Program Supports PoH Installations

PoH UL and The HDBaseT Alliance, a cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing the HDBaseT standard, have launched a certification program for Power over HDBaseT (PoH) cables. Targeted at cable manufacturers, the program addresses the increased performance and safety requirements related to heating due to current levels being carried under PoH of audiovisual installations. Read More


New Housing Construction Spending Up 8.7% YOY in January

Economy Total spending on new housing construction increased 8.7% year over year to $4.0 billion in January. Six provinces posted increases, led by Ontario and British Columbia. Nationally, investment increased for every dwelling type. January was the fourth consecutive month with all dwelling types showing a year-over-year rise. Nationally, the increase resulted mostly from greater spending on single-family homes, followed distantly by apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, row houses and semi-detached homes. Read More

Survey Says


Where Electrical Maintenance and Mechanical Electricians Work

Manufacturing continues to employ half of all electrical maintenance and mechanical electricians. The remaining half are dispersed among six other areas. Read More

Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions


Shawcor Cold Shrink End Caps for Sealing Cable Ends

Shawcor's new cable accessory product line, based on cold shrink technology, offers an effective solution to seal and protect cable ends from moisture ingress and contamination. The DSG-Canusa brand cold shrink end caps provide a tool free choice in the safe and reliable installation of end caps. Specially formulated EPDM rubber material is tough and provides abrasion resistance and mechanical protection.Read More
Standard Lamps

Standard's High Intensity LED Lamps

Standard's high intensity LED lamps considerably reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs owing to their long-life rating. The lamps employ ballast bypass installation, eliminating the need to replace ballasts at a later date. This feature is ideal for hard-to-reach areas. Read More
Lumawatt Pro

LumaWatt Pro Connected Lighting System by Enlighted

The LumaWatt Pro powered by Enlighted is an integrated system of luminaires, digital sensors, and application-based software for projects of any size. The advantages are based on the independent, secure operation of individual sensors in every lighting fixture, combined with wireless communication to the energy manager.Read More
Philips Fortimo

Philips Fortimo DLM Gen 5

The Fortimo Gen5 LED Downlight Module delivers the latest advances in lighting technology, including LED options that meet both functionality and performance requirements. The Gen 5 increases the value of its remote phosphor technology and its colour consistency over Gen 4. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Chatting with a Standards Maker: Canada's Alice 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.

  • Overcoming Resistance
    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.

  • Atlantic Canada's 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.

  • Safety as Success Factor: H.J Bartlett Electric Inc.'s Andrew Morrissey
    Safety standards in the electrical industry are constantly evolving, which requires that contractors adapt to changes as fast as they occur. To ensure its continued success serving Newfoundland and Labrador, H.J. Bartlett Electric Inc. has found in Andrew Morrissey the knowledge and commitment to ensure all staff are trained on and practice current safety standards.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta: Business & Public Relations
April 22, 2017
Calgary, AB

Electrifest XI - Nedco
April 24, 2017
Mississauga, ON

IDC Technologies Arc Flash Compliance Conference
April 25-26, 2017
Mississauga, ON

BCSA Electrical Orientation Course
April 26, 2017
New Westminster, BC

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