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Ideal National Championship kicks off... for Canadians!

For the first time, Canadian electricians are eligible to compete in the Ideal National Championship—which is entering its 3rd year in the U.S.—where they can vie for the title of National Champion and a prize payout of $75,000 US.

New UL safety certification program for transformer insulation systems

UL has launched a new safety certification program for dry type high-voltage transformer insulation systems. These insulation systems are used within the transformer for transmission and distribution of electricity across the power grid.

Hydro Quebec opening centre of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage

The centre of excellence, headed by Dr. Karim Zaghib, will commercialize Hydro Quebec’s technologies, create new research partnerships and develop new technologies.

Lenco Training offers The Electrical Room and The Lockout Box

Through its eCommerce-enabled website, Lenco Training & Technical Services is now offering The Electrical Room and The Lockout Box.

EFC gets serious about LVDC technology, and it wants YOU

Electro-Federation Canada has issued a Call for Participation from its members in a new LVDC (low-voltage DC) Steering Committee/Product Section, launching this Spring.

Enter Philips Real Pro contest, exclusive to Canadian Contractors!

Are you a Canadian Real Pro? Whether it’s outfitting a small mom and pop shop to retrofitting a commercial retail space, we know that jobs of all sizes require real talent and quality product. Enter our Philips contest and tell us what makes you a Real Pro!

With more than 20 Prize Packs (valued at $400 each), three Real Pro Prize Pack winners will be selected every month from May 1st to December 1st, 2018.

There are also five trips to a city in Canada where winners will receive an exclusive VIP experience including accommodation, tickets to a local hockey game and dinner on us!

In addition, winners will be featured with an exclusive highlight on the Real Pros website and invited to special events across Canada. A great way to promote yourself or your business.

To enter, visit and complete the Contest Entry Form by submitting either a video or a story on what makes you a Real Pro. And feel free to be creative! >> Enter Contest

Lamborghini’s Terzo Millennio “rewriting the rules on super sports cars”

Automobili Lamborghini, in collaboration with two laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently marked the first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric supercar: the Terzo Millennio. » Read full article

Jason Obetz joins NSi Industries’ sales team

As the eastern regional vice president of sales, Obetz will report directly to Tom Wallace, executive vice president of sales, and be responsible for overseeing sales in Canada as well as the eastern part of the U.S. » Read full article

Funding for the Wataynikaneyap Power project announced

The project will connect 17 First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario to the main electricity grid through the construction of 1,800 km of transmission lines. Fortis subsidiary, FortisOntario, will be responsible for construction management and operation of the transmission line. » Read full article

Ottawa unveils road-mapping process for exploring small modular reactors

The road-mapping process will engage stakeholders to get their views on priorities and challenges related to the possible development and deployment of SMRs, which includes looking at different SMR tech and how it aligns with user requirements. » Read full article

Adjudication a.k.a. arbitration on steroids • Legal Desk, March 2018

The Ontario government is due to proclaim a new Construction Act, and while a lot of time has been spent discussing new prompt payment provisions (justifiably so), of equal importance is a whole new section regarding Adjudication. » Read full article

“EV-ready” homes and the impact on residential service • Code File, March 2018

Continuing our discussion regarding electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE a.k.a. EV chargers), let’s look at a few examples to understand the load impact on the service size for a typical house, and how changes in the 2018 CE Code facilitate such installations. » Read full article
Products & Solutions 

Contractor... or babysitter? It’s Time for Structure, Order & Control • APR 2018

If you’re struggling with your leadership and time management, and just can’t seem to establish a good working environment and culture, then STOP babysitting your team and JOIN our “Level Up” columnist Andrew Houston for the webinar on April 25 at 2 pm EST. » Register

ABB solar power storage solution achieves 90% energy self-reliance

ABB’s new React 2 inverter and energy storage solution includes a high-voltage Li-ion battery with a storage capacity of up to 12 kWh. The solution can grow with a household’s needs from 4 kWH to 12KWh. » Read full article
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Expanded Kohler KD Series industrial generators now available

The updated KD1250 and new KD1350 industrial generators are powered by the Kohler KD36V16 while the new KD2800, KD3000 and KD3250 generators are powered by the Kohler KD83V16. » Read full article

RECALL: Southwire WiOn in-wall wi-fi switch

The wi-fi switch can overheat, posing a fire hazard. As of March 9, 2018, Southwire has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada or in the U.S. » Read full article

Electrical Safety Innovation Summit 2018

Date & Location: April 12 • Montreal
Info: Hosted by Schneider Electric Canada, the half-day Electrical Safety Innovation Summit brings together experts from different industries to present and discuss the latest trends in electrical safety. Join the electrical safety experts and learn about CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety,” the new class of MV switchgear using shielded solid insulation system technology, and “Safety by design and engineered safety,” with panelist discussion.
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IAEI Spring Seminar — Ontario Chapter

Date & Location: April 14 • Toronto
Info: The Ontario Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) is hosting its Spring Seminar on April 14, 2018 at the CSA Group in Toronto. The event will feature technical presentations by the Ontario College of Trades, CSA Group and Cummins, as well as networking opportunities with electrical inspectors, engineers, contractors and other industry professionals.
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Salon Lumen • Lumen Exhibition Quebec 2018

Date & Location: April 17 • Quebec City, Quebec
Info: Mark your calendar for the 2018 Salon Lumen • Lumen Exhibition being held in Quebec City at the Centre de foires de Québec, April 17, 2018. This is the first of two exhibitions. The second is being held in Montreal, April 19.
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Electrical Safety for Contractors • Waterloo and Wellington regions

Dates & Locations: April 19 • Kitchener, Ont.
Info: The “Electrical Safety for Contractors” event on April 19, 2018, brought to you by Energy+, Guelph Hydro, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and Waterloo North Hydro, focuses on the latest information on electrical safety, legislation and training from a panel of experts, which includes representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Cowan Insurance Group and the Electrical Safety Authority. The event runs from 7:30 am to noon at Bingemans Conference Centre (The Embassy Room) in Kitchener. Registration is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees.
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