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If only the Swiss Family Robinson had this place!

Working with partner Umwelt Arena Spreintenbach, ABB says it has helped create the world’s first off-grid multi-occupancy building that does not compromise on comfort.

Electromart is the newest member of IMARK Canada

The company now operates an 11,000 sf building from which it serves customers in the greater Hamilton, Grimsby, Caledonia and Brantford, Ont. communities.

Bruce Power signs $1MIL MoU that will explore small modular reactors

Bruce Power, Mirarco Mining Innovation and Laurentian University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enhance “strategic research opportunities” to generate “clean, low-cost and reliable electricity” in rural/remote regions.

Georgian College recognizes Omron for 20+ years of support

Omron Automation Americas recently gifted Georgian College engineering technology students “with workforce-relevant technology”, and the college recognized its  partner of over 20 years by naming one of its technology labs in honour of Omron.

Level Up • Team meetings: friend or foe? • Andrew Houston

Meetings are a waste of time, but only when they lack structure and purpose from you, the leader. When led properly, meetings can be one of the best ways to improve leadership.

Warning: Potentially hazardous Advanced Energy Renewables Inc. inverter/combiner box

Intertek has issued a warning that the permanently-connected, utility interactive, three-phase inverter/combiner box, model 869R020 .100 AE_3TL-20_6, may pose a fire hazard. » Read full article
Products & Solutions 

Primer on Battery-based Energy Storage Systems • JUNE 2018

Don’t be the last to learn about battery-based energy storage systems (BESSs) and the possibilities they entail. Join electrical trainer Larry Cantelo for his webinar “A Primer on Battery-based Energy Storage Systems”, scheduled for June 6, 2018, at noon Mountain Time (2 pm Eastern). » Register

FLIR T500-Series receives “Red Dot: Best of the Best” 2018 Award

The “Red Dot: Best of the Best” is awarded for groundbreaking product design and is given as the top prize for the best products in their category, the company says. The T500-Series is the second FLIR product to win the award in consecutive years. » Read full article

Fulham high-bay ThoroLED retrofit kit now UL listed

The surface-mounted LED driver can handle 120V to 277V input, and the driver can be programmed to optimize power consumption and lumen output. The kit also has a built-in heat sink with integrated thermal management. » Read full article

Thermon unveils CompuTrace Express heat tracing system

CompuTrace Express can be operated on a desktop, tablet or mobile device, and leverages Thermon’s CompuTrace Design Suite database. The platform primarily supports smaller projects in the industrial sector for maintenance, repair and upgrade expansion projects, the company says. » Read full article

2018 Skills Canada National Competition

Date & Location: June 3 - 6 • Edmonton
Info: The 2018 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), hosted by Skills/Competence Canada, will take place from June 3 - 6, 2018 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre in Edmonton, Alta. The event will be open to the public for free from June 4 - 5. The organizers say there will be over 40 skill competitions representing six sectors: construction, employment, information technology, manufacturing and engineering, transportation and service. More than 550 secondary and post-secondary competitors will attend from across Canada, as well as about 7,000 student visitors. This is the qualifying year for WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 to compete at the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia.
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EUFMC 2018 • Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference

Date & Location: June 3 - 6 • Williamsburg, Va.
Info: Held annually at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Centre (Williamsburg, Va.), the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference is an educational conference for fleet representatives from electric utilities and cooperatives, and electrical contractors. EUFMC attracts fleet executives from over 70 companies in the States, Canada and South America. According to organizers, fleets attending EUFMC collectively spend over $2.75 billion on vehicles annually; operate, manage and maintain nearly 150,000 vehicles and an additional 73,000 pieces of equipment, employ more than 3800 technicians and spend over $1.3 billion annually on labour, parts and fuel. More than 300 reps from over 100 manufacturers and service providers attend EUFMC.
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CAF 2018 National Apprenticeship Conference

Date & Location: June 10 - 12 • Montreal
Info: The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) is hosting the 2018 National Apprenticeship Conference from June 10-12, 2018, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, Québec. The 2018 conference will highlight initiatives, programs and strategies that contribute to Canada’s apprenticeship system. Members of the apprenticeship community are invited to consider sharing their ideas, research or innovative approaches that will contribute to the ongoing conversation about apprenticeship as “the best way to develop a highly skilled trades workforce.” More than 500 delegates are expected to participate.
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CSA 2018 Annual Conference & Committee Week

Dates & Locations: June 18 - 22 • Edmonton
Info: The 2018 CSA Group Committee Week—where the CE Code-Part I Committee meets to discuss the Canadian Electrical Code—is being held June 18-22, 2018, at the Shaw Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alta.
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