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IBEW SkillPlan and B.C. partner for apprentice and female mentorship

At the B.C. Building Trades 2016 convention recently, Minister Shirley Bond announced $750,000 for partnerships with IBEW and SkillPlan (Canadian Building Trades Union, Building Together—Women in the Building Trades) to enhance mentorship for apprentices and women in the skilled trades. >> Read full article

Ontario presents LRP II competition

Ontario is launching a second phase of the competitive Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process. The LRP, which replaced the large Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, covers renewable energy projects generally larger than 500kW. >> Read full article

Grade your clients • Tradie Tips with Andrew Houston

"You may be surprised to learn some of the clients who you thought were As and Bs are actually Cs and Ds!” writes Andrew Houston in his April 2016 column “Kick your C&D clients to the curb” in EBMag. But how? Take a look at this video. >> Read full article

 Featured News 
Bob Shapiro wins Industry Recognition Award

Bob Shapiro wins Industry Recognition Award

It was 1968 when Bob Shapiro “reluctantly” entered the electrical distribution business. “I was working for IBM, and I had other plans,” says the president of Franklin Empire, who received EFC’s 2016 Industry Recognition Award last week. >> Learn More…


Legrand adds On-Q A/V cables

Legrand has introduced 28 new On-Q A/V cable assembly products, as well as 11 On-Q compression F connector products to its AV accessory product line. >> Read full article

Standard Products’ LED Centre Basket

Standard Products says its new LED Centre Basket luminaires (LRCB series) are a “shallow, recessed architectural luminaire, ideal for commercial office spaces, schools, hospitals and retail spaces.” >> Read full article

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More sizes for Greenlee 628 & 648 cutters

More sizes for Greenlee 628 & 648 cutters

Greenlee Textron’s 628 and 648 carbide cutter sets now come with six cutter sizes ranging from 7/8-in. to 2-1/2-in. The company says the complete product family offers 22 sizes ranging from 5/8-in. to 3-in. >> Learn more...

 Event Calendar 

Salon Lumen Montreal

Date & Location: Apr. 21 • Montreal, Que.
Info: Salon Lumen (or the Lumen Exhibition), held every two years in Montreal and Quebec City, is now on its 9th edition. Events get underway in Montreal at the Palais des congres. Organizers at Lumen say the show gathers about 150 suppliers in a 40,000-sf venue to provide hands-on seminars and conferences. The target audience includes electrician contractors and clients from the commercials, industrials, OEM, consulting engineers, municipals & institutional markets. >> More Info

Ideal Supply Tradeshow 2016 North

Date & Location: Apr. 21 • Orillia, Ont.
Info: Our friends at Ideal Supply are hosting their ‘Northern’ tradeshow at Casino Rama from 2 pm to 8 pm. This is Ideal Supply’s 90th anniversary year, so be sure to wish them an extra-special happy anniversary when you see them. Ideal Supply is a 3rd-generation, family-held business with 30 branch locations in central Ontario, distributing electrical supplies and auto parts. >> More Info


Date & Location: Apr. 26-28 • San Diego, Calif.
Info: Lightfair, which claims to be the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, blends continuing education courses with innovative products ranging from high-end design to cutting-edge technology. >> More Info

National Day of Mourning

Date & Location: Apr. 28 • Across Canada
Info: In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28 as the national Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. The day is traditionally marked in ways such as holding public ceremonies, wearing black & yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a moment of silence at 11 am, and sharing stories about how workplace tragedies have touched peoples’ lives. >> More Info

Alberta Safety Codes Council 2016 Conference

Date & Location: June 1-3 • Banff, Alta.
Info: Under the theme “Enhancing Safety through Innovation, Partnerships and Leadership,” Alberta’s Safety Codes Council is hosting its annual conference at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff. Organizers say Conference 2016 offers a friendly occasion to meet and engage with other safety codes professionals on areas of interest related to the challenges, opportunities and innovations in the safety codes system. Early Bird pricing ends May 4, 2016. >> More Info