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Message From The Editor

The future is green — I saw it

In the decades ahead, our homes and workplaces will master the art of energy efficiency. Buildings will maximize comfort and use as little power as possible, automatically drawing the blinds as the days warm up, turning on fans to keep air circulating, and switching on lights as darkness falls. This is a future not far removed from science fiction. I visited the new ABB premises in Montreal last week for its official opening, and this new campus illustrates the know-how and technological intelligence at our doorstep. The way electricity is produced, distributed and consumed is changing, and we are at the forefront of these changes because our industry has the knowledge to do it and the leaders to promote the development of energy efficiency and renewable energies. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

ABB Montreal ABB Opens New Headquarters in Montreal
ABB officially inaugurated its new $90 million state-of-the-art Canadian headquarters and Customer Innovation Center, which will serve 700 employees who were previously spread across six locations in Greater Montreal. The Saint-Laurent campus houses research and development...
Lylle at Techspan Lyle Moroz Appointed President of Techspan Industries Inc.
Frank Dunnigan, CEO of Techspan Industries Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyle Moroz to the position of President. Lyle will be starting on June 5, 2017. Lyle has an engineering degree from U of T and...
CANWEA Alberta Wind Energy Opportunities Draw Investors
The Alberta government's efforts to encourage development of the province's wind energy resource has captured the attention of investors who see a long-term opportunity for growth in the market…
Tools For The Trade


Solar Impulse from the Inside

By Line Goyette
Solar Solar Impulse was the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world. It's to talk about this project I met with Conor Lennon, the Solar Impulse Project Manager for ABB, during the ABB Customer World in March earlier this year in Houston, Texas. I wanted to learn a little more about it. Read More

Case Study: Solar Energy

Alert Bay's Solar Project Saves Energy Costs, Opens Eyes

Alert Bay Solar The people of Alert Bay, BC have discovered that the rain and cool temperatures of BC's central coast aren't barriers to solar power generation. Photovoltaic panels now cover the roofs of five municipal buildings, and the locals can see just how much energy is being generated every time they visit the Village of Alert Bay's municipal office. Real-time and historical reporting of Alert Bay's solar generation is displayed on a monitor there. A wind turbine was initially planned but abandoned because it couldn't be constructed at the required height. It would have to be too high to co-exist with the island's airport. Solar turned out to be Plan B. Read More

Clean energy

The Canada That Prospers in the Decades Ahead Will Be Electric, Connected — and Clean

By Merran Smith
Clean It's early morning, 2067. You tap your phone to silence the alarm, which activates your home's automated "wake up" setting. A soft glow fills your room as a network of LEDs reaches just the right level of brightness. You roll out of bed, stepping onto floors warmed by a system that draws in heat from the outside air. Your coffee maker kicks into action, running on clean electricity stored in a battery in the garage. After breakfast, you'll head to work in your electric SUV, realizing as you pass a deserted gas station that you can't remember the last time you stopped to fill up... Canada is on the cusp of a clean growth century. The ways we produce and use energy are in the midst of profound change, shaped by emerging technologies and market dynamics. Read More


March New Housing Investment Up 9% YOY

Stats Canada New housing construction investment totalled $4.2 billion in March, up 9.0% compared with March 2016. Although this gain resulted mainly from greater investments in Ontario, eight provinces recorded increases. At a national level higher investments were observed for the four main types of dwellings. The biggest gain involved spending on single-family dwellings, rising $265.8 million to $2.2 billion. Read More

Survey Says


Average Contractor Salaries by City

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New Products and Solutions

NEMA Workstation

Omega NEMA 4 and 12 Operator Work Stations

The SCE-DC series of operator desk consoles are intended for indoor use to house electronic and electrical instruments and controls. These operator control consoles will protect electrical components against introduction of solid foreign objects, falling dirt and water. The SCE-DC operator work stations can be used in a standing or sitting position, and can allow for installation of operator interface, control pushbuttons and selector switches. Read More
The Hub

Legrand's the Hub

The Hub is a user-friendly ease of access Wi-Fi lighting control central command centre that allows for full lighting control of your home, office or building via your smart phone or tablet with a free Legrande lighting control app. With the Hub users can control and schedule over 100 light scenes and zones, from setting the mood for a party or setting lights to automatically turn on while you're away. Installation takes 25 minutes or less. It's compatible with iOS and Android devices, and integrates into advanced automation systems from Crestron and Control4 for comprehensive home control. Read More

Delta Control's Entelibridge

The enteliBridge gateway is a powerful network protocol application that integrates one or more non-BACnet building control protocols into your BACnet building automation system. The enteliBridge product is based on the enteliCORE hardware platform, which includes a Delta BACnet server. The enteliCORE is an industrial-embedded PC with dual-core processor and no moving parts. Read More
Priva HX

Priva Compri HX Series

The Compri HX series communicates with and controls all of the systems in your building. The system has a high processing speed, sizeable memory and in-built security facilities. The Compri HX is fully integrated with Priva Top Control hardware and software and corresponding control modules, and links seamlessly with all field equipment. IT does not require screened cabling, allowing for re-use of existing cabling and sensors during renovation work. Read More

Tridium Jace 603

Tridium's JACE (Java Application Control Engine) 603 is an embedded controller/server platform designed for remote monitoring and control applications. The unit combines integrated control, supervision, data logging, alarming, scheduling and network management functions, integrated IO with Internet connectivity, and web serving capabilities in a small, compact platform. With the JACE-603, users can control and manage external devices over the Internet and present real time information to users in web-based graphical views. Read More

EXM BOXCAD Enclosures

EXM BOXCAD makes ordering custom enclosures easy with its 3-step process. The objective is to increase efficiency and reduce delivery time by eliminating back and forth communication concerning the design of your enclosure. There are fewer possibilities of errors owing to the user-friendly interface that validates element positions and interferences with other elements. With BOXCAD, the verification process is made directly when you design your enclosure, both saving you time and providing an ease of use. BOXCAD follows requirements from different standard and certification providers, making sure that your enclosure will meet safety requirements and will be labelled as such. Read More
Alerton Ascent

Alerton Ascent Control Module Global Controller

The Ascent Control Module (ACM) is one of the most agile controllers in its class. It combines Alerton's pioneering and proven BACnet prowess with Tridium's Niagara Framework flexibility. The module replaces the current BCM array — and the Alerton Integration Engine (AIE) — by providing a powerful assortment of features, such as multiple global controller instances, and multiple communication networks. The ACM is ideal for retrofit applications, new construction jobs, projects where BACnet is built-in, and installations where integration protocols are used. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Part Two: Re-engineering the Grid
    The grid is changing. The linear approach from generation and transmission through to distribution has been replaced in favour of a dynamic 2-way flow driven by distributed generation and automation. The grid has evolved, it is becoming smart. But development comes at a price. A lack of qualified engineers results in fewer people to solve new complex challenges. Who is there to fill the void? If we don't plan for the future now, it will soon catch up to us.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

CaGBC Building Lasting Change 2017
May 31-June 1, 2017
Vancouver, BC

Alberta Safety Codes Council Annual Conference
May 30-June 2, 2017
Banff, AB

Skills Canada National Competition 2017
May 31-June 3, 2017
Winnipeg, MB

Alberta & Saskatchewan Renewable Energy Summit 2017
June 5-6, 2017
Calgary, AB

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