Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

 

CEW LogoCanadian Electrical Wholesaler is published by Kerrwil Publications Limited and sponsored by Electro-Federation’s Canada’s Electrical Council. Published semi-monthly, Canadian Electrical Wholesaler reports on news and best practices, and provides market insight into the electrical channel in Canada.

Canadian Electrical Wholesaler is an online resource for electrical distributors, wholesalers and agents for industry news, product sourcing and technical know-how… all from a Canadian perspective. Canadian Electrical Wholesaler’s editorial team provides the right content within the right context. The team researches prevalent issues in the Canadian market and provides informative overviews to better update your organizations and your customers’ product choice and direction. We take supplier content and ensure it is current, accurate and targeted to our audience’s needs.

Our Sponsor
Electro-Federation Canada’s Electrical Council brings the overview and industry rapport that represents electrical equipment manufacturers and suppliers, electrical distributors and members of the Canadian electrical manufacturers’ representative association. The Council will continually guide and direct the team.

Our Publisher Kerrwil Publications Limited is celebrating 50 years of electrical industry involvement in 2014, with family ties spanning 70 years, with or on behalf of the electrical industry in Canada. Kerrwil has been recognized as a leading proponent of best industry practice in publishing through its involvement in Magazines Canada and Canadian Business Press.

Founded in May 1964 by J.W. Kerr, Jim Wilson, President of Canada Electric and James Wilson, President of the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association, Kerrwil Publications Limited has grown into Canada’s oldest privately held publishing company.

Being a member of the industry first and publisher second has separated us from every competitor we have had. Leading the industry, challenging the status quo and building with a focused eye on the future is what has made Kerrwil a well-established and respected name in Canadian publishing community.

Kerrwil has been active in many industry associations including the Canadian Business Press, which both J.W. (Jack) Kerr and John Kerr served as Chairmen. Kerrwil is an active member today with the Canadian Business Press, Magazines Canada, BPA Worldwide, and the Canadian Circulations Audit Board.

Kerrwil has nurtured its reputation for being the best at what we do. Understanding and meeting our readers’ and advertisers’ expectations, and providing new methods and solutions that generate above average returns, are what we do in print, online, and on site.

While our mandate is to serve the industry first, decades of publishing expertise has led to establishing best practices in publishing in print and online that dramatically separate us from the competition. Today, we remain committed to the principles that have brought us this far:

  • Ongoing investment in audited circulation
  • Delivering editorial excellence and authority
  • Actively support the industries we serve
  • Setting the benchmark for best practices in publishing
  • Researching, evaluating and sharing superior market knowledge

Kerrwil is your market resource

Our Team


Line Goyette, Managing Editor: Line’s role is to guide and direct the ongoing content and work with our editorial team. She rejoins Kerrwil with a solid working knowledge of Canada’s electrical industry. A career journalist based in Montreal, Line will be instrumental in sourcing and managing the ongoing content presented in our specialized weekly and monthly newsletters. Line will work with our team of newsletter coordinators and social media team. Feel free to connect with Line directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Scott Williams, Associate Editor: A career business-to-business journalist, Scott brings a solid editorial and content quality discipline to the team. Working closely with all editors, Scott will assist in the creation of the weekly editorial schedule and plan, while reaching out to get the news and insight that matter. Scott’s knowledge of electrical safety will be invaluable to our audience. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ethan Shaw, Online Editor. Ethan supports and manages content flow, and updates working closely with our editorial team to ensure the right content is on the site in a timely fashion. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eileen Walsh, Advertising Coordinator:  Eileen brings an invaluable skill-set from her years of experience working in the Bay Street financial district.  She liaises with Kerrwil advertising salespeople, clients and internal staff to ensure exceptional client care. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Kerr, Publisher: John’s long standing rapport and knowledge of the electrical market and his commitment to best practices in online publishing drive the electrical industry.ca initiative. His annual Pathfinder report has been the cornerstone of market data for many of the Canadian electrical industries leading companies. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Statistics CanadaThere were slightly fewer active businesses (-0.1%; -1,208) in May compared with a month earlier, marking the first time since May 2020 that the number of closures outpaced openings.

The number of business openings decreased by 11.5%, the largest percentage decrease since December 2018 and the second consecutive month with negative growth (Chart 1). The number of business closures declined by 2.9%, following a 2.5% increase in April. The decline in the number of business openings in May was largely driven by fewer entrants (-16.4%). The number of entrants in May was below the 2015-to-2019 average for the first time since August 2020. 

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488 Days of COVIDBy John Kerr

Looking back to early 2020, the industry entered the first quarter with a sense of a solid year ahead, one that would easily eclipse 2019, and then in mid-March the brakes went on and relatively quickly.

On both the supplier and distribution sides, many took a reactionary stance and then quietly planned their next moves. Thinking differently, adding stock and doubling down on inventory, looking at alternative shipping methods and figuring out how to stay close to the customer are among the attributes of those that pivoted well and have come out of the dark in great shape.

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Non-Mortgage Borrowing from Chartered Banks in March 2020The outstanding credit debt of private non-financial corporations doubled from the height of the financial crisis in 2008 to early 2020. At the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, businesses added a record $52.1 billion in credit debt to their balance sheets. However, according to a new study, as other sources of financing became available and businesses adapted to the pandemic, outstanding loan balances with banks declined for eight consecutive months.

The study Trends in Canadian business debt financing: Before and during COVID-19 looks at the types of credit debt private non-financial corporations incurred prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and examines how they used that liquidity to weather the economic turbulence during this period.

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Investment in Building Construction - May 2021Investment in building construction cooled slightly in May, decreasing 1.9% to $19.4 billion. This was the first drop in seven months. Residential construction investment (-2.7%) was down for the first time since April 2020, while non-residential construction increased slightly.

On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction declined 2.7% to $14.8 billion in May.

 

 

 

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David GordonBy David Gordon

As we transition from the pandemic many wonder about the future of sales, meaning, “What will the sales process (sales model) look like in the future,” and, essentially, “What is the role of / for outside salespeople?”

In reality, this question was asked pre-pandemic as management lamented that Sales wasn’t being as productive as they desired. Companies are always seeking to improve their processes, whether it is having salespeople better penetrate accounts, identify and call on new customers, use a different (new?) sales method...
 

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Changing Scene

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Beginning October 1st, 2021, we are pleased to announce CSA Enterprises Limited will be become the ...
 Canada’s National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) is pleased to announce that IDEAL ...
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More ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting and ozone-generating devices such as lights and wands have ...
 Leviton Lighting Canada has announced David Janowski as the new Eastern Regional Sales ...
EdisonReport has announced their 5th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards.  These Awards will be ...
The Executive of Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited has announced that Jason Krehl joined the team ...
 The Executive of Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited has announced that Scott Currier joined ...
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Signify“In the second quarter we saw an acceleration of the pace of recovery in comparison to the first three months of the year,” says CEO Eric Rondolat. “We successfully executed our strategy as demand for our connected lighting offers and our growth platforms remained strong.”

The consumer segment held its momentum and demand for conventional products proved resilient. The professional lighting segment showed sequential improvements, while still impacted by both extended lockdowns and supply constraints. Overall, we managed to improve the operating margin by 190 basis points and generated a solid free cash flow. 

 

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Adrian ThomasSchneider Electric Canada, together with the France Canada Chamber of Commerce Ontario (FCCCO) is proud to announce Adrian Thomas as the newly elected President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN). Thomas, who currently serves as the country president of Schneider Electric Canada is entrusted with continuing the growth of EUCCAN by reinforcing transatlantic cooperation between the European and Canadian business communities.  “I am deeply honoured for the opportunity to join EUCCAN as their new President and build on the growth they’ve experienced in recent years,” says Adrian Thomas, Country President of Schneider Electric Canada. 

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Agents of ChangeAgents of Change is an event for stakeholders from Canada's electricity and beyond to build capacities in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Agents of Change is a one-day event focused on equipping attendees with the tools they need to address the challenges under-represented groups face in the workplace. Women, Indigenous people, racialized people, persons with disabilities, LGBQ+, gender diverse people and newcomers to Canada are under-represented in electricity and often face systemic barriers. We have the power to change this disparity and transform our sector into a paragon of equity.

 

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Flemming Jensen, Jason Samuelian, and John ClancyLED lighting solutions manufacturer Espen Technology has announced three changes to its sales management team.


Flemming Jensen (left), previously was Vice President of the Central and South Regions, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Flemming brings over 40 years of industry experience in the distribution, ESCO, and agent markets. He will focus on continuing Espen’s top line growth, in the coming years.

 


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Edison ReportEdisonReport has announced their 5th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards.  These Awards will be presented the Tuesday evening, 26 OCT before LightFair begins on Wednesday, 27 OCT.

Judges for 2021 were Paul Pompeo, Nancy Clanton, and Donny Wall.  Clanton stated, “Selecting individuals for this award was extremely rewarding especially in identifying the leaders and innovators, including world class lighting designers and researchers, that truly have made a tremendous positive impact in our lighting industry.”

 

 

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Peers & Profiles

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Illumisoft Lighting is an innovative company headquartered in Ottawa that focuses on suspended ...
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Brett NicholdsBy Blake Marchand

Illumisoft Lighting is an innovative company headquartered in Ottawa that focuses on suspended ceiling troffer LED fixtures that utilize optical film technology to achieve a high level of performance and efficiency.

Their flagship product is the EcoWing, which is available for new construction and fixture in fixture retrofits. Their primary application target is office buildings, hospitals, and dealerships. Recent projects include the Department of National Defense building in Ottawa, AMPED Sports Lab, Queensway Carleton Hospital, and Surgenor Automotive Group.

 

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Jeffrey MoyleBy Line Goyette

“The ongoing integration of Rexel Utility into our Canadian business platforms has underscored our responsibility as an organization to find creative solutions for today’s challenges, as well as to prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

This quote from Jeffrey caught my attention. Vice President, Supplier & Digital Strategy at Rexel Canada Electrical Inc., Jeffrey has extensive experience in the industry and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Master’s in Business Administration, focusing on internarial leadership.

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