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John Baron is retiring from Elec-Tech Sales

After 31 years with Elec-Tech Sales (Richmond, B.C.) and the last 20 years as its president, John Baron announced he is retiring at the end of the month.

Tradie Tip • What separates you from your competition?

No contractor has zero competition. With the evolution of the internet and social media, your prospects can find other contractors that do exactly what you do faster and easier than ever. So how do you win jobs over your competitors?

Danatec acquires ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions Inc.

Danatec Educational Services Inc. has acquired ESPS Electrical Safety Program Solutions Inc. Led by Terry Becker, ESPS is a player in electrical safety consulting, products, and arc flash & shock training solutions.

Toronto pole-mounted energy storage “showing positive results”

A pole-mounted energy storage system that was put into service in August 2016 in a North York (Toronto) neighbourhood is “showing positive results” in the early stages of a pilot program.

Drexan appoints EWEL as Master Distributor for Western Canada

Electrical Wholesalers Edmonton Ltd. (EWEL) has been appointed the exclusive, authorized stocking Master Distributor for all Drexan Energy Systems Inc. products throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Familiar & new faces among 2017 Energy Star Canada award winners

Several electrical players—both familiar and new—can be found among this year’s Energy Star Canada award winners: Conglom Inc., Hydro One, Manitoba Hydro, Philips Lighting Canada and Saint John Energy.

AD member sales up 10% through first 6 months of 2017

North American contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group AD reports sales for all of its members—across 10 divisions and three countries—grew by 10% during the first six months of 2017 to $17.8 billion.
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Are Quebec & Ontario electric vehicle subsidies “just a waste”?

While Quebec and Ontario subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles, a new Economic Note from the Montreal Economic Institute concludes this practice is the least-efficient and most-expensive way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. » Read full article

The result of Dave King’s missed opportunities

Today, Dave King is a solid contractor in the Greater Ottawa region, but that wasn’t always the case. A few years ago, he was getting by in his business and doing reasonably well, but not by much. Leads were falling by the wayside, and his company had no real sales process.

Avoid the income rollercoaster by mastering your marketing. To do that, join EBMag and our Level Up columnist Andrew Houston in the 3rd webinar of our 4-part series “Blueprint to Profits, Systems & Time” to learn specific strategies to help improve this area of your contracting business.
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5th Annual Electric Elle Golf Tournament

Date & Location: September 12 • King City, Ont.
Info: The annual Electric Elle is a 9-hole round of Best Ball, followed by dinner and awards, open to women working in all areas of the electrical industry, including contracting, distribution and manufacturing.
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The Source Show • Source Atlantic

Date & Location: September 14 • Saint John, N.B.
Info: Celebrate Source Atlantic’s 150th anniversary at The Source Show. Network with suppliers and industry experts; learn about Source Atlantic’s products, technical services and solutions; and attend seminars and workshops. The event will also feature active displays and hands-on demos.
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PCIC 2017 • 64th IEEE Petroleum & Chemical Industry Committee Conference

Date & Location: September 18-20 • Calgary, Alta.
Info: The largest industry conference for the IEEE PCIC committee is being hosted by the IEEE Chapters of Alberta at the Telus Convention Centre, and EBMag will be there!
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IAEI Canadian Section Meeting 2017

Date & Location: September 22-24 • Peterborough, Ont.
Info: The Canadian Section of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) is conducting its 2017 meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel Peterborough Waterfront. The event is hosted by the IAEI Ontario Chapter.
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AD North American Meeting

Date & Location: September 25-27 • Grapevine (Dallas), Texas
Info: AD is hosting the 2017 North American Meeting of the Electrical Supply Division at the Gaylord Texan Resort, and EBMag will be there!
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