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Message From The Editor

Here are inspiring journeys

To start the year, we're revisiting people who inspired us in the year that has just ended. These people all chose to pursue a career in the electrical industry, and all discovered a stimulating and rewarding environment. Our industry faces the triple challenges of labour renewal, integration of new technologies, and infrastructure renewal. The profiles in this issue remind us that a career in our industry can lead to a stimulating and purposeful worklife. On this note, I wish you an excellent year full of challenge and success. You are the future of our industry.

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
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Company Profiles

Jeremy Herrington: Total Electrical Solutions

Jeremy Herrington Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy's customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience. Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Read More

Solar Energy

Solar Impulse from the Inside with Conor Lennon

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 2017 in Houston, Texas. I wanted to learn a little more about it. "Imagine working on a project where the goalposts are constantly changing," he said. "Now imagine the entire stadium is also moving, and you don't know when, or where, it is going to be at any given time. If you've got that image down, you might start to have an idea of the sort of challenges faced by the Solar Impulse commercial partners during the project's groundbreaking flight around the world" (the first by a solar-powered plane). Read More

Peers and Profiles

Kelly Kienleitner: Chief Instructor, EJTC/Motor Winder/Electrician/JATC Member/Mother

By Owen Hurst
Kelly K Kelly Kienleitner is a remarkable woman with an interesting story. She was raised in a Canadian military family. Both of her parents were in the Canadian forces and she followed in their footsteps and joined as well. After her service Kelly went through tough times as a single mom on welfare, but rather than retreat from her hardships she pressed forward and chose to pursue her true passions and began a career in the skilled trades. She notes, "I joined the skilled trades to have a career that I loved, make good money, and it makes my soul happy." Read More

Peers and Profiles

The Full Package: Cody Oschefski, Industrial Electrician, VP at Unifor and Town Councillor

Cody O Most of us have a difficult enough time managing one job and a home life. However, some of us go above and beyond with our involvement in our career and communit, and Cody Oschefski is one of those people. He is the Senior Electrician at TRW Canada Limited, Vice President and Skilled Trades Rep for Unifor local 1411, and a town councillor in Midland, Ontario. Cody had originally planned to go into mathematics and education but after being offered an electrical apprenticeship while working to save for university he fell in love with the challenges of such a progressive industry. Cody acquired his electricians license in 2009 at the age of 22. Read More

Peers and Profiles

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 (SCC) presented Ms. Sturgeon with a certificate of recognition and sat down with her to discuss her impressive career and the importance of standards. Read More

Peers and Profiles

Ilan and Jason Toledano — Two Brothers Managing the Family Business

By Line Goyette
Ilan and Jason Toledano Together they have re-imagined and introduced to international markets a company founded by their father in the basement of the family home. Their father Raymond had started the business buying and selling electric components for industrial heating. In 1975, seeing an opening in this market, Raymond purchased a building and under the name of Wattco began manufacturing his own components. After Raymond's retirement in 2011, his sons Ilan and Jason again expanded the scope of the family business, now offering custom heating solutions for any industry with efficiency and services they need. Read More

Peers and Profiles

Safety as Success Factor: H.J Bartlett Electric Inc.'s Andrew Morrissey

Morrissey Safety standards in the electrical industry are constantly evolving and requiring that contractors adapt to changes as fast as they occur. H.J. Bartlett Electric Inc. has evolved along with the changes to ensure it provides the most up to date protection for its workers. In the industry for more than 24 years, H.J. Bartlett Electric is a leading electrical contracting firm serving Newfoundland and Labrador. The company provides a wide array of electrical services including commercial, industrial, institutional, new construction and design build. To ensure its continued success, 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. Read More


Houle Electric 2017 Consumer Choice Award Winner

Company Houle Houle Electric has a unique and interesting history that reveals the company's rise from humble beginnings to one of the most prominent electrical contractors in British Colombia. In 1944 Lionel Houle opened Houle Electric, providing electrical products and services to the residents of Port Alberni. Over the next few years Lionel moved the company and his family first to the town of Terrace, and then in 1955 to Kitimat. Lionel received his big break in 1959, when he secured a contract to help relocate the inhabitants of Aklavik to the new town of Inuvik. The project included building 150 homes, a hospital, nurses' residences, and an RCMP station. Read More

Company Profiles

Vickery Electric: Keeping it in the family for 94 years

Vickery Vickery Electric was founded in 1923 by John W.T. Vickery, and four generations later the company is still family run. As Canada's oldest family owned electrical contractor, Vickery Electric has a unique history. During the Depression Vickery Electric was approached by the local public utility to install the original street lighting system in downtown Whitby, Ontario. The project centred on creating jobs for people displaced by the Depression, and creating a safer downtown environment. Vickery Electric has now expanded into new sectors of the industry, including marine electrical, network installation, fire alarm installation and verification, electrical diagnostic study and lightning suppression systems. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Communications — How to Listen to Your Employees
    Open and honest communications play an important role in any positive and respectful workplace. Quite often failure to pay attention to this important skill set sees misunderstandings arise between co-workers or employees and their managers, leading to tension, conflict and an overall reduction in morale and/or productivity.

  • Sean Freeman: Master Electrician and Technician Delegate for the Red Cross ER Unit
    Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic individual who has taken his trade expertise beyond that of a traditional career. Besides being a master electrician, but he has travelled around the world as an electrical technician delegate with the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit. His skills are a vital part of emergency response and disaster relief. In 2013 Sean responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In 2014 Sean spent almost a month in Kenema, Sierra Leone working at an Ebola treatment centre. And in 2015 he responded to the earthquake in Nepal, where he maintained the upkeep of a field hospital, arranged supply shipments, and helped with local technical training. He has also worked with SNC Lavalin in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

  • Mark Acceptance: Understanding Certification Labels for Lighting Products
    Any professional purchasing lighting products in Canada is aware of the obligation to ensure that what they purchase and install is accepted and safe. And how do we know this? Well, of course we look to the certification markings. There are a number of accepted domestic and international markings that are accepted in Canada that can be viewed on the Electrical Safety Authority webpage, including CSA, ETL and UL.

  • Value of Building Permits Rose 3.5% in October
    The value of building permits rose for a second straight month, up 3.5% to $8.2 billion in October. All building components increased with the exception of the institutional component, which declined 14.3%, offsetting much of the gain from the previous month. The value of permits for non-residential buildings increased $171.7 million to $3.3 billion in October, the second consecutive monthly gain. The commercial component was the main contributor to the 5.5% increase in the non-residential sector. Nationally, the value of permits for the industrial component passed the $700 million-mark for the first time in five years. The gain stemmed primarily from higher construction intentions for factories and plants in Alberta. Nationally, the year-to-date value of permits for the industrial component totalled $5.3 billion, $1.0 billion higher than the same period in 2016.

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