Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Jan 6, 2021

Michelle BraniganBy Michelle Branigan

While most of us were glad to see the end of 2020, ringing in the new year felt a little different this year. Most of us were celebrating in our “bubbles” — missing family and friends, having not seen them for months or, in my own case, over a year.

At the same time the challenges we faced in December are still with us in January. The pandemic continues, and many of us across the country are continuing to work from home, struggling with the day-to-day pressures of caring for family while still meeting deadlines for work. Others who live alone may be feeling isolated and lonely. The advice from government and public health officials across the country changes frequently, and plans to resume some semblance of normality have been put on hold for a while longer.

As we step into 2021, we should remember to be mindful of the mental health of our colleagues, our employees, and ourselves. Winter is already a difficult time for many, and the long-term stress that we have all experienced due to the pandemic may increase people’s feelings of anxiety, sadness or fear.

When setting goals for the year, consider integrating workplace mental health and well-being into your planning process. Not everyone may be feeling a “new year, fresh start” mindset and some may need time to adjust. Workplans that are mindful of employee well-being can go a long way in helping individuals balance their mental health needs while remaining productive and able to contribute their best towards organizational goals. Most individuals want to be their best at work — and there are tools out there to help.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s guide to winter mental health suggests that employers can incorporate flexibility practices through specific strategies, such as

• redistributing tasks to balance workloads
• defining flexible work and work hours
• focusing on effort and results rather than time spent
• encouraging teams to establish and respect boundaries
• taking time to understand the psychological demands of the work
• helping workers get the rest they need by providing tools and resources (instead of expecting them to self-manage)
• mentoring workers to prepare them for the future

In many cases, a few small changes can make a large impact towards supporting employee mental health. Simply opening the discussion around mental health at work and fostering an open, supportive environment where employees feel comfortable communicating their needs is a great place to start.

At the same time it’s also time to be kind to yourself. Get outside if you can for a walk during the day. Limit how much time you spend checking for pandemic updates. Remember that sometimes perfection is the enemy of the good, and not everything you do has to be perfect.

Not everyone has learnt a new language, become a chess wizard or mastered the kitchen as part of their COVID-19 experience. I personally have fed my child Rice Crispies for dinner on far too many occasions and have decided that is not something worth stressing about (plus he loves it). I’ll take that as a win.

The good news is that there are now a number of vaccines proven to beat COVID-19, and we know that the end to the pandemic is in sight. It may take a little longer than we would want, but like winter it too will end.

We weathered 2020 by supporting each other when it mattered the most. Let’s continue to support each other throughout the year to come.

Michelle Branigan is CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada.

Nexans Webinar - Key 2021 Electrical Code Changes Impacting Wire and Cable

Nexans Free WebinarJoin NEXANS for a free webinar with Isaac Müller, Applications Engineer for Nexans as he reviews and discusses the changes to the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code related to wire and cable. This free webinar will take place Wed, Jan 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST.

This webinar includes:
- Updated rules to protect cables (12-514,12-516)
- New conditions of use for wire & cable (Table 19)
- An opportunity to ask your questions


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Pandemic StudyThe year 2020 was filled with surprises. One of them was business solvency.

Insolvencies were down by almost one-third year over year during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and were relatively stable in the third quarter. At the height of this century’s previous economic shocks, insolvencies rose by 10% or more. A new study looks at insolvencies during the largest economic upheaval of our lifetime.




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Douglas BaldwinBy John Kerr

My father asked me to lunch one day and told me he wanted very much to meet with someone in the electrical industry who meant a lot to him, and whose friendship he wanted to share with me. This lunch, in 1982, was with Doug Baldwin.

As lunch progressed, I discovered these men shared many bonds after having met years before in Winnipeg. Doug was with Federal Pioneer at that time, my father with Triangle Conduit & Cable. It seems they hit it off and my father’s wry sense of humour was trumped only by Doug’s. 

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Wholesale Sales - November 2020Wholesale sales grew for the seventh consecutive month in November — up 0.7% to an all-time high of $67.4 billion. Five of seven subsectors reported stronger sales, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector and the building material and supplies subsector. Notably, the increase reflects higher domestic sales of Canadian goods, as both imports and exports of key commodities fell in November.

Wholesale trade volumes increased 0.9% in November.



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Sean BernardBy Sean Bernard

Last year was like none other and one that we all hope never to endure again. The impact on our personal and professional lives has been dramatic, simultaneously universal and unique to each of us.

We have all heard about and experienced the heartache of not spending time with and not celebrating milestones with our extended families, not being able to take those planned vacations, and having to deal with the stresses and challenges of virtual learning with our kids.


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Martin Stephenson Signify Canada has announced David Grinstead, Market Leader, Canada, Signify will retire at the end of the month. "We thank David for his contributions, passion and dedication to the company and industry," said the company via press release.

Martin Stephenson will take on the Market Leader, Canada role in addition to his current position as Head of North American Systems & Services at Signify. He reports to Kevin Poyck, Market Group Leader, Americas.




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Greg StephensonBartle & Gibson has announced that Greg Stephenson has officially joined the Electrical Supply Division (ESD) of the AD Canada Electrical Divisional Board effective January 4th, 2021.

Greg is the Senior Vice President Electrical at Bartle & Gibson, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is now entering his 27th year in the Electrical Industry and he originally began his career working for another proud AD Member, McLoughlan Supplies Ltd in St, John’s NL. During his career, Greg has also worked for many key suppliers such as, Eaton, Thomas & Betts and Siemens.



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Ariane CardinalBy Blake Marchand

Ariane Cardinal is Director of Planning, Purchasing, and Distribution with Stelpro. Ariane owns a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, although she said, “I always knew, when I was doing engineering, that I wanted to have a career more oriented towards management.”

After earning her degree, she did an internship with a company in the gas industry based out of Paris, France, which is where she was introduced to supply chain management. Ariane noted she was interested in the problem-solving aspects of supply chain, which meshed well with her engineering background. 

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