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October 3, 2018
The Building Show

Lumen opens new branch in Montreal

The 74,000-square-foot facility’s team of six associates will service a customer base ranging from electric contractors to institutional and commercial facilities.

Thomas & Betts rebranded as ABB Installation Products

While the company will continue to market existing brands in Canada, including Steel City, Iberville, Star Teck, Color-Keyed and Ty-Rap, the realignment reflects ABB’s ownership of Thomas & Betts over the past six years.

Liteline founder and president retires

Steve Silverstein started the company in 1979 with his wife, Helen, when he saw an opportunity to provide aftermarket lens replacements for fluorescent lighting fixtures. He offered small-run custom fabrication, often from the back of his own truck, and specialized in quick delivery to distributors.

Ontario's ESA launches inaugural Home Electrical Safety Day

The regulator of electrical contractors designated October 1 as a new province-wide day of action to prevent electrical injuries in people’s homes.

Bixi Montreal shifts into electric mode

Following several months of preparations, the project was launched on Aug. 15 and will run until Oct. 31 for the closed-circuit connected system and until Nov. 15 for the unconnected system that uses Bixi’s existing infrastructure.

Ontario WSIB pays off unfunded liability, reduces rates for 2019

Having played a role in paying down the UFL over the years, Ontario businesses will soon see their premiums reduced. WSIB says the average rate will decrease by 29.8%, from $2.35 to $1.65, in 2019. » Read full article
Products & Solutions 
Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric introduces Masterpact MTZ circuit breaker

The company says the circuit breakers increases efficiency and can adapt to evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. » Read full article

Eaton produces 100,000th SF6-free MV switchgear panel

Xiria panels are used by customers in more than 30 countries, including commercial building owners, utilities and operators of distributed renewable generation assets, such as solar farms and wind turbines. » Read full article
Venture Lighting

Venture Lighting introduces steel poles for LED upgrades

Pre-drilled poles or pole-top tenons (i.e. projecting joints) are available. In addition to standard powdercoated colours, including bronze, black, white, dark green and grey, custom colours can be specified. » Read full article

EPEC 2018 • IEEE Canada Electrical Power and Energy Conference

Date & Location: October 10-11 • Toronto
Info: The 18th annual IEEE Canada Electrical Power & Energy Conference (EPEC) will take place at four venues in Toronto on the Ryerson University campus. This year’s theme will be “Clean Technologies for Smart Cities.” EPEC provides an opportunity for experts from the private sector, academia, government and other interested organizations from Canada and abroad to present and discuss the latest developments in electric power and energy systems, including R&D, industrial and business trends, as well as emerging regulatory and policy challenges.
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Building Magic in the Air Gala

Date & Location: October 20 • Edmonton, Alta.
Info: The Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) is again supporting the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Air Ambulance's annual Building Magic in the Air Gala. Celebrating a partnership with Alberta's construction industry, the Gatsby-themed evening at Edmonton's Chateau Lacombe Hotel will be dedicated to raising funds to help keep STARS in the sky, featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auction, raffles and live entertainment.
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InfraCanada 2018

Dates & Locations: October 24 • Saskatoon, Sask.
Info: According to the organizers of InfraCanada 2018, the event is Canada’s only facility maintenance and infrared imaging conference. The event will take place at the Ramada Inn. Conference topics include infrared thermography, fugitive emissions, building science, predictive maintenance and other NDT technologies. Participants are encouraged to bring their infrared camera to have it checked for thermal capture accuracy. Additionally, attendees will receive re-certification credits that can be applied to their current ITC certification level.
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The Buildings Show

Date & Location: November 28-30 • Toronto
Info: The Buildings Show, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, has become North America's largest event with products, services, educational programming and professional networking for the design, architecture, construction and real estate sectors. This year, STONEX Canada relocates with the World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion and the HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building, while Construct Canada and PM Expo expand in the South Building.
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