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Proud of your projects? Tell us!

You’ve seen the full-page ads in Electrical Business Magazine and the wallpapers here at You’ve had most of the spring, and all of summer, but now is the time to hunker down and take 10 to 15 minutes to fill in your nomination for the 2017 Canadian Electrical Awards, which recognize noteworthy Canadian electrical installations and electrical safety champions.

Code Conundrum July-August 2017 • Ray Yousef

Will you get stumped by T-slot (5-20R) receptacles? Tackle this month’s Code Conundrum... if you dare!

BCHydro harmonizing requirements for resi concrete encasement with BCSA

To facilitate the practice of installing service conduits within building walls to improve a home’s exterior appearance, BC Hydro harmonized its requirements for concrete encasement of utility supply service raceways (120/240V up to 600A) installed within building walls, along with the BC Electrical Code requirement for consumer’s service raceways for residential supply services.

Power Survey poised for growth with $24-million investment

Power Survey & Equipment Ltd. says it has received $24 million US in funding, which “will be used to support company growth, including the PSL [Power Standards Lab] acquisition, as well as geographic expansion and new product development”.

Siemens Canada appoints Faisal Kazi president & CEO

Faisal Kazi has been appointed president & CEO of Siemens Canada Ltd., effective September 1, 2017, replacing Robert Hardt, who departed the company in June to take on the role of Catalyst Partner at next47—a Siemens unit for start-ups.

Beghelli welcomes Marie-France Patenaude

Beghelli Canada welcomed Marie-France Patenaude as its new Quebec regional sales manager.

Gail Smyth retires as Skills Ontario’s executive director

After leading the organization for over 20 years, Gail Smyth has retired as executive director of Skills Ontario. She expanded Skills Ontario from a volunteer-run organization to an operation with 27 employees and 12 satellite offices across the provinces.
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Jail time and $50K fines for illegal electrical work

Last month, a contractor was sentenced in a Burlington, Ont., court to five days in jail and ordered to pay $40,000 in fines (plus a 25% victim fine surcharge) for doing electrical work illegally. » 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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The cost of workforce drugs on your bottom line

Prescription drug benefit plans play an important role in employee satisfaction and retention, but their costs continue to rise... Can you sustain them? » Register today

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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28th Annual Bob Carson Classic Golf Tournament

Date & Location: September 13 • Edmonton, Alta.
Info: Space is still available if you wish to join Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) at the 28th Annual Bob Carson Classic Golf Tournament. Your entry fee includes golf, cart, prizes, hot breakfast and dinner.
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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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