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Message From The Editor

Questions that sometimes need to be asked

So long as our economy keeps sending positive signals, being in business is perhaps an option that will interest more and more people. An important aspect of a company's life is the sale of its services. Why your offerings rather than someone else's? Here in this issue: 11 questions you can answer to help you understand how your business works now vs. how you'd like it to work. This month we introduce products for the automation market that are designed to connect objects or make them smarter. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Quebec Hydro-Québec Selected for the Biggest Contract in Its History
Massachusetts utilities have selected a Hydro-Québec proposal to supply a large quantity — 9.45 TWh — of firm clean energy, which will help the state enhance reliability and contribute to its greenhouse gas reduction requirements…
Brook Solar Elemental Energy Completes Western Canada's First Utility Scale Solar Project
The 17 megawatt Brooks Solar project, located in Newell County, Alberta, is now feeding renewable energy into the Alberta grid…
BC Electrical Association February 21: BC Electrical Association UNO Social
BCEA is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year in Burnaby, BC on February 21, 2018. Join BCEA for an evening filled with a silent auction, a 50/50 draw and a fun game…

Lighting Professionals – Knowledge is Power
Philips At Philips Lighting we recently asked lighting professionals for their views on the current, and future, state of the industry – what was clear was a knowledge gap emerging. Almost half of Installers surveyed indicated that they needed more support when it comes to selling to and advising clients. So, what is causing this gap and more importantly, how can it be fixed? Read More

Best Practices

Can You Answer These Questions About How You Do Business?

By Shawn McCadden
Shawn McCadden One way I help my clients remodel how they do business is to first get them to actually document how they already do it. For most they think they know how until I start asking clarifying questions as they attempt to explain. I did this exercise one time with a business owner and his management staff. About 30 or so minutes into the meeting the owner came to realize only he knew how to explain it and none of his staff were on the same page as he. Read More

Did You Know

Why Robust Industrial Control System Security is Essential to Your Business

CSA Group Automation is the name of the game for today's manufacturers and operators of critical infrastructure. The global market for industrial control and factory automation is expected to grow steadily at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4% between 2017 and 2023, from its current value of US$145 billion. Powering this growth is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which allows operators to connect a multitude of individual devices and control systems through wireless networks. Read More

Did You Know

New Technology Changing the Canadian Electrical Code

By Owen Hurst
CSA Group We live in a time when technology is changing almost daily, and few are affected by these changes more than those working in the electrical industry. With the new Canadian Electrical Code having been released this January, professionals will see that many of the new and upgraded requirements are the result of new and advancing technology. There are far too many current technological advancements that are causing changes to address. However, if we look at the top 15 changes that were identified by CSA Group, advancements in Power over Ethernet (POE) and the rapid rise in the need for electric vehicle charging stand out. Read More


Apartments Lead New Housing Construction in November 2017

New Housing Construction New housing construction investment rose 7.9% from November 2016 to $5.0 billion in November, mostly attributable to increased construction investment in apartment buildings (+$282.1 million). For the first time since September 2011, every province reported higher spending on apartment building construction. Quebec led the way, with a year-over-year increase of $165.3 million. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

Britech Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on Electric Floor Heating

Britech Q. I have a pipe tracing project in a food factory that has different types of piping and different types of products in the pipe that need to be kept warm or hot. What should I be wary of?

A. Most of the piping in the plant will be stainless. Use the correct pipe fastening tape for the heating cable that will not harm the stainless steel. You may also require thermostats that can control the temperature (i.e., setpoint), in a very narrow band to ensure the liquid is neither too hot or too cold. Thermostats that control only minimum or maximum temperatures are not acceptable for this purpose. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Canadian Electrical Market Sales by Region

Ontario has the most full-line electrical distributors, who represent 37% of all electrical product sales in Canada purchased from these distributors. Quebec follows with 22% of national sales.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions


Britech ASE DS Sensors and Controllers

The ASE DS series of sensors and controllers balances price, sophistication, control capabilities, and capacities. From the inexpensive DS-2B to the powerful DS-8C, all share common design features that increase reliability and reduce downtime. Each unit is housed in a sturdy NEMA 3R enclosure rated for outdoor use. All internal electronic components are specified for -40° C to +85° C operation. Read More
GE Sleep

C by GE C-Sleep LED Light Bulb

There's nothing more important than sleep, and it all starts with creating the right environment. C-Sleep creates the perfect bedroom light — warm and calm at night, crisp and vibrant in the morning. C-Sleep dims or brightens instantly, and users can group and control multiple bulbs. Read More

Pilz PSS 4000 Automation System Software

The PAS4000 software platform completes the PSS 4000 automation system, and it's completely simple. In this control centre you program or configure all control systems, including those for distributed control systems. That means you always have an optimum overview of your entire automation project. Read More

Contraste Salt

This decorative piece is ideal for a home or large space, and offers good balance between functionality and superior design. With several LED performances and different finishes of lampshades, Salt is an ideal architectural piece for a warm and comfortable space. Read More

Wieland Gesis Flex Room Automation

Plug and play with decentralized building automation based on KNX, LON or wireless. The compact and de-centralized mountable housing concept allows the use of small inspection openings for installation. Because of its modular construction, different applications can be implemented. Owing to its high degree of prefabrication, the consistent pluggability leads additionally to quick and fault-free installation. It will stay flexible in future due to the standardized KNX system and modular construction. Read More

Metalumen Nata

The Nata provides general lighting while seamlessly blending within the designed natatorium space. Among the features: up to 122 LPW, and 80+ CRI is standard with an option of 90CRI. It's the only natatorium fixture on the market that offers both indirect and direct/indirect distribution. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • The Electrification of Everything
    The expert consensus is broad: the most direct path toward a clean energy future is to replace technologies that still run on combustion — including gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling — with alternatives that run on electricity, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps, all tapping into renewable or low-carbon power sources. Call it the First Law of Decarbonization: everything that can be electrified, will be.

  • James Solecki Talks about his Company, Integra Lighting
    James Solecki is a motivated and involved individual who founded and operates several lighting companies: Integra Works Inc., JSLDesign Inc., LED Lights Direct Inc., Island Villa Lighting Ltd., and Island Villa Solar & Light Ltd. Through his determination and advancement of unique lighting perspectives such as Integra's Dark Skies initiative, which aims to provide environmental harmony, James is creating a new way of approaching potential customers and providing a pleasing lighting experience.

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