Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

Costs increase, as does the demand for skilled workers

Statistics Canada recently reported that costs for the construction of non-residential buildings had increased in six of the seven census metropolitan areas covered by its survey. The most pronounced increases were recorded in Vancouver (1.3%) and Montreal (1.2%). The reasons for this increase appear to be related to an increase in the costs of structural components of the new buildings, favourable conditions in the local market, and high demand for skilled labour. These last two factors are good news for our industry, which has a skilled workforce ready to deal with new market challenges and new technologies. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Danatec Danatec Educational Services Ltd. Acquires ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions Inc.
This acquisition builds on Danatec's 30+ year history of delivering regulated safety and compliance training across Canada…
Nova Scotia Power Nova Scotia Power Investing in Future Generation with Lequille Hydro Plant Upgrades
This year, Nova Scotia Power is investing nearly $4 million to ensure the hydro facility's reliability, safety and efficiency…
Private Power Rising Cost Estimates Prompt Ontario to Rethink Private-Sector Power Project
Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault has called on the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which manages the province's power grid, to update its "need assessment" for the project…

Cable Assemblies

Choosing the Proper Components for Your Cable Assembly or Wire Harness, Part 1

By Brian Morissette
Brian Morissette A key component of any electronic or electrical system is the cable assembly/cable harness, yet it typically is one of the last components to be addressed. When designing a system the cable assembly should be addressed as early in the design stage as possible to allow for the best design to be specified for the application at hand. Many components will be involved in the assembly design, and each component will have an impact on the performance of the finished cable assembly or wire harness. If an assembly that is either over-designed or under-designed is used, there will be negative consequences of the performance of the finished system. Read More

Peers and Profiles

SaskPower's Mike Marsh: A People-Centred Approach to Leadership

Mike Marsh Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has been a leading figure in Saskatchewan's electricity industry for almost 25 years. Joining SaskPower in 1991, Mike began his career in engineering and maintenance. He spent the next two decades playing a key role across a number of business functions, taking the helm as President and CEO in 2014. During Electricity Human Resources Canada's most recent awards ceremony, then-board chair Norm Fraser described Mike as "a great leader with a fair and amicable way of engaging with people, having strong labour relations skills from years of experience at the bargaining table. As a proponent of health and safety, Mike possesses the necessary experience to support and lead the industry forward." These comments formed the basis of EIN's conversation with Mike. Read More


Value of Building Permits Rises 2.5% in June

Building Permits Canadian municipalities issued $8.1 billion worth of building permits in June, up 2.5% from May and the second highest value on record. Higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings were mainly responsible for the national increase. All building components reported gains in June, except for single-family dwellings. The total value of building permits rose in six provinces in June, led by Quebec and Manitoba. Month-to-month changes by jurisdiction are captured in the chart. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Contractor Salary by Years of Experience

Average wages for experienced Canadian electrical contractors plateau at roughly $80,000 annually…

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions


Ecobee Smart Si Thermostat

The Smart Si thermostat intuitively understands when to turn on heating or cooling equipment based on users' unique energy profile and the weather outside, making sure homeowners are comfortable at all times. Users can monitor and control their Ecobee thermostat on a smartphone, tablet or computer, enjoying lower heating and cooling costs without compromising comfort. A high-resolution colour display and intuitive user interface makes it easy to adjust the thermostat. Read More
LG ThinQ

LG Smart ThinQ Appliances

This smart home technology will change the way users run their home. Now users can create a fully connected home, including the kitchen, living room, laundry room, and control it in the palm of their hand. With a smartphone, users can pre-heat the oven before leaving work, make a fresh batch of ice before company arrives, turn on a washer, remotely control an air conditioner, vacuum, and start other smart appliances while on the go. Read More

Audacy Light Sensor

Audacy's light sensors detect ambient light in a designated space and send measurements to your Audacy Gateway. Wireless and simple to install almost anywhere, these light sensors operate in the highly reliable 915 MHz spectrum. They can wirelessly adjust brightness to harvest maximum daylight, detect ambient light in designated spaces and send information to Gateway, determine which fixtures to dim or brighten based on ambient light throughout the day, and more. Read More

Cree ESA Series LED Construction Downlight

Cree's ESA series of adjustable and wall-wash lighting allows designers to achieve beautiful colour consistency and meet strict interior lighting performance specifications with a complete LED solution. The series offers up to 56 LPW efficiency and up to 5000 lumen output, and has a 10-year limited warranty. Read More

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

SmartGrid Canada Conference
September 11-13, 2017
Toronto, ON

Green Energy Doors Open 2017 (BC)
September 22-24, 2017
British Columbia

Green Energy Doors Open 2017 (Ontario)
September 22-24, 2017

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Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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The Electrical Stock Market

Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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