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Message From The Editor

Autumn: time for one last reset

It's the return of autumn, and with it an opportunity to review and revise our business strategies so that we can reach year-end with results as positive as possible. One contributor offers several strategies to help you scale up, since despite market vagaries the economic statistics encourage optimism. Autumn also marks the return of major trade shows, awards and association meetings. These are important opportunities to expand and solidify your network; your business can only benefit from it. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Dan Drazilov New President Announced for AD Canada's Electrical Supply Division
AD has appointed Dan Drazilov as incoming President of AD Canada's Electrical Supply Division, effective September 18th 2017…
Skills Comp 2017 Ideal Skills Challenge Canada
The 2017 Ideal Skills Challenge Canada is a competition that brings together Canadian professional electricians, apprentices, and electrical students to find the best of the best…
Eimly Heitman Emily Heitman to Lead Schneider Electric's Energy Businesses in U.S. and Canada
Schneider Electric has appointed Emily Heitman as Vice President of the Energy business in the U.S. and Canada. Heitman joins Schneider Electric from the ABB Power Products Division where she was the Global Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Distribution Transformers…

Bender Neutral Ground Resistance Monitor
Philips Are you concerned with the reliability of your system grounding? Bender announces an advanced device that allows continuous NGR monitoring to provide peace of mind that the power system grounding is intact. The new neutral grounding resistor monitor NGRM700 measures the resistance of the NGR for High Resistance Grounded Systems (HRG). Its monitoring capabilities include NGR current, voltage and continuity, phase-to-ground voltage. The new product line will be presented at the PCIC annual conference in Calgary this month. Read More

Tools For The Trade

Cable Assemblies

Choosing the Proper Components for Your Cable Assembly or Wire Harness, Part 2

By Brian Morissette
Cable In this second of a two-part series, we continue discussing options to consider when designing a cable assembly or wire harness, such as the best materials to use to meet the expectations of the assembly installation, the proper termination method for the type of signal that will be transmitted over the assembly, and what safety certifications the assembly will need to comply with based on the environment. Here in Part 2: conductor twisting/cabling, shielding, outer sheaths, connectors/strain reliefs, and safety certification. Invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1881, the twisting of wires is done to cancel out EMI (electromagnetic interference) from external sources. Read More

Best Practices

3 Financial Strategies for a More Scalable Business

By Shawn McCadden
Shawn McCadden Economic reports continue to forecast growth for the remainder of the year. For contractors, this is great news, but it can also present the challenge of scaling up to meet growing demand. Scaling up requires not just hiring more workers and buying more material, but also adjusting your financial strategy to cover increased overhead expenses without hurting cash flow and profits. Here are three financial strategies for successfully scaling up in 2017 and beyond. A scalable business model allows you to increase revenue while holding both job costs and overhead expenses down. To be scalable, your financial plan should aim for gross profit margins of 40% or more (minimum of a 1.67 mark-up). Read More


Investment in New Housing Rose 7.2% in June YOY

Economy Investment in new housing construction rose 7.2% from June 2016 to $4.7 billion in June 2017. The increase resulted mostly from higher investment in single family dwellings (+$257.9 million). All but one province saw an increase in new housing investment. The largest increase was in Quebec (+$82.6 million), followed by Alberta (+$72.5 million) and British Columbia (+$57.4 million). Newfoundland and Labrador posted a decrease of $7.4 million (-26.2%) compared to June 2016. Quebec's $82.6 million year-over-year increase was mostly a result of investments in apartments, accounting for 53% of the total gain in this province. Read More

Survey Says


Electrical Contractor Median Salary by Province

Electrical contractors in Saskatchewan lead Canada with an average salary that is $11,000 more than any other province.

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New Products and Solutions


Wieland Electric's Modules SP-DIO84 for Samos Pro Compact Programmable Safety Controllers

Wieland Electric Inc. has released new modules SP-DIO84 for the Samos Pro Compact safety controller. The SP-DIO84 features modular extendibility and provides an inexpensive digital interface. The SP-DIO84 module expands the safety control system Samos Pro Compact with standard inputs and outputs. Using these modules, non-safety-related automation tasks can be realized efficiently and cost-optimized. Among the features: up to 8 inputs and 8 outputs in 22.5 mm housing width, 0.5 A output current on each single output, an operating temperature from -25 °C to +65 °C, and more. Read More

Delta Controls EnOcean Wireless Media Converter

The EnOcean Wireless Media Converter, ideal for zone level wireless installations, uses customized controller firmware to bring EnOcean wireless data into the BACnet system. EnOcean wireless data are recognized as either inputs or variables for maximum system flexibility. The EnOcean Wireless Gateway solution consists of an RS485 gateway and a Delta Controls controller. Read More
Eaton Blocks

Eaton Power Distribution Blocks

Eaton's CH160 Series of Power Terminal Blocks are UL 1059 recognized power terminal blocks for branch circuit applications. The CHDB series of power distribution blocks is designed for high short circuit current rating (SCCR) applications up to 200,000 amperes. The blocks are available in three-pole open style and single-pole enclosed style with a variety of terminal arrangements and current-carrying capability up to 570 amperes. Read More
Qmark Heater

Qmark RCC12012C Cove Heater

Type RCC Series cove heaters can fulfil the requirements of virtually any type of residential or commercial heating situation. Individual room control, ease of installation and out of the way mounting make it equally desirable for total or supplemental comfort heating. Typical uses are day care centres, apartments, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and foyers. Read More

Bucan Low and High Temperature Duct Heaters

Bucan offers two types of industrial duct heaters: units designed for low outlet temperatures (up to 750°F) and units designed for high outlet temperatures (up to 1100°F). Both models have general purpose terminal enclosures (NEMA 1) and use rugged 0.430in diameter incoloy tubular heaters that are arranged in an optimum configuration to minimize the pressure drop. Read More

Convectair Programmer System Module

The Programmer system module enables users to manage the heating levels of each heater (to a maximum of 20 heaters), based on a chosen program and established schedule. It's the ideal system for those seeking to control heating of the entire home, while maximizing their economies. With the Programmer, users can choose from seven pre-selected programs, or a custom program, organized hourly, in Comfort or Economy mode (different for each day of the week), or in Frost protection mode, for prolonged absences. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Energy Independent Vehicles Key to Solving Grid Problems
    Smart charging of electric vehicles could substantially decrease the pressure on electrical grids at peak times, according to a future energy scenarios report published by the UK National Grid. According to the report, the peak impact of electric cars in the UK will be equivalent to capacity of six nuclear plants. Smart charging could substantially reduce pressure on the system at peak times, reducing additional demand from electric vehicles to 3.5GW by 2030 from a potential scenario of 8GW of additional demand without the technology.

  • The Road Behind and the Road Ahead
    Wind technicians have been working to keep Canada's turbines turning for a long time now. TransAlta's Cowley Ridge Wind Farm was one of the first commercial facilities in the country with the original technicians back in 1993 describing their experiences of being "up so high" and that "there was nothing like it." Sitting on 25-meter-tall lattice work towers, these machines were less than a third of the height of most tubular wind turbine towers today. However, many of the same skills learned on these first sites are still relevant today even though the technology has certainly progressed.

  • Electric Vehicle Smart Charging: Market Forecast
    With 30 million battery electric vehicles to be in use worldwide by 2025, smart charging solutions have become an enormous investment opportunity. The electric vehicle supply equipment ecosystem will be a global US$2.6 billion market within the next five years, according to a new research report published by ON World. North America is headquarters to the world's largest and most innovative electric vehicle and smart charging companies, the report says. By 2022 there will be over a million electric vehicle supply equipment connectors in the U.S. and Canada, including residential, workplaces, fleet stations and publicly available chargers.

  • Solar Impulse from the Inside
    Solar Impulse was the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world. But as ABB spokesperson Conor Lennon recently told me, the actual flight is just part of the story. The greater goal for him and for project sponsor ABB was to demonstrate that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals, and as a result make a positive and lasting difference to the world. I met with Conor Lennon to talk about this project during the ABB Customer World in March earlier this year in Houston, Texas. I wanted to learn more about it from an insider's perspective.

  • New House Prices Continue Rising in June
    Nationally, new house prices rose 0.2% in June, curbed by a pause in new house price rises in Southern Ontario and down from a 0.8% increase in April and a 0.7% gain in May. Toronto recorded no change in new home prices in June. The same dynamic was observed in a number of neighbouring census metropolitan areas, with only St. Catharines-Niagara (+0.1%) and Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (+0.1%) reporting minimal price increases. These results follow the introduction of the Fair Housing Plan by the Ontario government in April. The plan includes the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax, as well as other measures aimed at cooling the housing market in Ontario. Elsewhere, Vancouver (+1.5%) and Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario part (+0.9%) were the top contributors to the national gain.

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