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Don’t delay! Nominate your project today

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. Deadline is September 15!

EBMag welcomes Jacquie Rankin and Ellen Cools

Electrical Business Magazine is pleased to welcome two new members to the team: Jacquie Rankin and Ellen Cools.

Bill 142: Going from recommendations into law • From the Legal Desk

In May, the Ontario government passed first reading of Bill 142 (2017), “An Act to amend the Construction Lien Act”, which reflects recommendations from the “Reynolds Report”. It’s difficult to summarize 35 pages of changes to an intricate piece of legislation that has been largely untouched since 1983, so my preliminary comments will be brief.

CECA UofT students finalists in global Electri competition

The Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) University of Toronto student chapter was chosen—along with Penn State University—as finalists in the 2017 Electri International Student Passport Competition.

Taking HR “to the next level” • AD HR Leaders’ Summit

Earlier this summer, 100 human resources decision-makers and “rising stars” attended the AD HR Leaders’ Summit, representing all 7 Affiliated Distributors divisions from Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

ENMAX and Cardston unveil net zero solar projects

ENMAX and the Town of Cardston have completed two Net Zero solar projects, installing 500+ solar modules on the rooftops of Cardston’s Charlie Cheeseman Memorial Ice Arena and Civic Centre.

Gosen now chairs College of Trades board; Gritziotis the new CEO

Don Gosen, former president of Gosen Electric Ltd., is the new chair of Ontario College of Trades’ board of governors, effective September 1, 2017, succeeding Pat Blackwood, whose term comes to a close.

Strategy for solving & avoiding power quality problems

To avoid power quality problems, as well as solve existing PQ ones, it is necessary for us to understand the type of loads on the electrical distribution system. Understanding the principle operations of the load and the characteristic distortion it produces—whether it be transients, harmonics or electromagnetic interference (EMI)—is extremely important. » Read full article
Understanding VFD

Understanding VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) Cables

Is high-frequency noise interfering with data and control signals? Are high-voltage spikes causing system failure? Premature motor bearing failure? VFD cables are specially designed to make today’s powerful industrial-grade AC motors operate efficiently and safely. Isaac Müller will explain what industrial applications they are used in, why they are used and what problems they prevent. He will also discuss VFD cable designs, and provide installation tips and suggestions. Don’t miss this important FREE webinar—sponsored by Nexans Canada—being held October 12, 2017, at 2 pm EST. » Register
Cost of workforce drugs

The cost of workforce drugs on your bottom line... take control!

Did you know employer-funded insurance plans across Canada wasted over $3 billion a year between 2011 and 2015 by covering prescriptions for expensive medicines and paying unnecessary dispensing fees... even when there were cheaper options available? Join Steve Nowak in an upcoming webinar to learn about the costs and some of the options available to reduce them. Don’t miss it on October 31, 2017, at 2 pm EST. » Register

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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Energy Storage in Canada 2017 Conference “Connecting to Now”

Date & Location: September 19-20 • Toronto br> Info: Organizers say this event is the largest Canadian conference focused solely on energy storage, adding it is a “key event for individuals seeking to shape and influence the energy storage supply chain domestically or internationally as entrepreneurs, investors, manufacturers or regulators”. » More Info

Franklin Empire 5th annual Customer Appreciation Day

Date & Location: September 19 • Toronto
Info: You are invited to join Franklin Empire at its 350 Carlingview Drive branch for its 5th annual Customer Appreciation Day tradeshow, September 19, 2017, from 11 am to 2 pm.
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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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ECA of British Columbia 65th Annual General Meeting

Date & Location: September 29-30 • Victoria
Info: In addition to meetings, there will be a presentation by Dave Earle from Construction Labour Relations, evening welcome reception, Gala Dinner on Friday evening, and a special ECABC 65th anniversary dinner and wine pairing at Church & State Wines on Saturday.
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