Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

 Looking BackMost wholesalers remained closed on Saturdays throughout the summer, but Central District board members voted to open again on Saturdays in the fall. The Board agreed that distributors should be closed on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, even this motion didn’t pass unanimously.

Membership policies in 1947 contrasted sharply with policies of later years. At the October Directors’ meeting a motion was proposed, seconded and passed to not recruit new members. If a non-member persisted in submitting an application despite being told of this policy, procedures were such that gaining membership was difficult and required approval by the division in which the applicant carried on business, plus final authorization and acceptance by the Board.

The question of admitting small appliance wholesalers into CEDA arose at this time. The General District had voted at a regional meeting in favour of admitting these wholesalers into CEDA, possibly as a separate division of the parent association. But the idea ran into resistance at the national level. In reviewing the issue, Director Willis pointed out that CEDA’s charter did not allow for an appliance division or for any separate, subsidiary organization. This provoked heated debate, with the matter subsequently being tabled for a year.

An indication that CEDA was maturing as an association was that the directors passed a motion instructing the secretary (association manager) to visit every member at least once a year.

Code Of Ethics — 1947

Date of issue: December 29, 1947

CEDA Incorporated — Sheet no. 7

Looking Back 21. The fact of membership in CEDA Incorporated shall not be used as a means of obtaining any advantage that would not accrue to a Distributor not being a member.

2. A Distributor shall maintain the integrity of the promise of his organization by living up to any agreement made between the Manufacturers and Distributors on the one hand, and the Distributors and the Retail Dealers, etc., on the other, such agreements having been entered into by the Board of Directors of CEDA Incorporated.

3. The Distributor shall not establish or maintain any repair service department which may in any way seem to be in competition with a retail trade repair service unit or organization. This shall not apply on units manufactured by the parent or affiliated organization of a Distributor.

4. A Distributor shall at all times maintain the ethics of business when dealing with other Distributors and shall not employ or arrange to employ an employee of another Distributor without first advising the employer of his intentions.

5. That this Association approves the selling of an account; as an “Industrial” account, only where there is a regularly employed, full time electrician or staff.

6. It shall not be considered ethical for a member of CEDA to sell goods, for resale, on a preferred or courtesy discount, (other than regular schedule) to any other than another member of CEDA, or a regularly recognized distributor of the goods in question.

 

 

Hubbell

 

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland has named Hubbell Lighting executive licensee of a technology that can suppress bacteria in the air and on surfaces using a narrow spectrum of visible light. The high intensity narrow spectrum lighting technology has been shown to reduce bacterial pathogens in the environment at a far greater rate than cleaning and disinfection alone.

“Our agreement with Hubbell Lighting opens the door for the food and beverage industry and other sectors to benefit from our continuous disinfection technology, helping them keep consumers even safer,” says Scott MacGregor, vice-principal of the University of Strathclyde and leader of the research team that developed the technology.

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Study


A confirmation: the winds of change are now howling.

Several years ago, in a workshop at Electro-Federation Canada’s annual conference, a roundtable session described and debated the numerous disruptive technologies that are forcing us to think differently.

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Michael Gentile, President and CEO of Philips Lighting Canada, has had a long and distinguished career in the electrical industry and more recently the lighting industry. None of this is by chance. Always in decision-making circles since beginning his career, Michael spends the first 10 years first at Siemens, and subsequently in lighting at Osram as Vice President Finance and Vice President Sales and Marketing. After that, he joins Philips Lighting.

Michael agreed to share a few moments with us to discuss his career trajectory, the industry, trends, worries, and wishes. A tour of his career is also a tour through a key period in the industry and a reflection of its adaptability to new technologies — from an expert's point of view.

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Peers & Profiles

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Laura Dempsey

Owen Hurst

Laura Dempsey has been working as an outside sales representative for E.B. Horsman & Son for over 15 years, and is a member of the BCEA U40 network of young professionals. She lives in Langley, BC and is proud of her position and work with E.B. Horsman, particularly as she is the second Dempsey generation to work for the company.

Laura’s mother Shelly has worked at E.B. Horsman for over 25 years, and instilled in Laura a determination to succeed. Laura followed in her mother’s footsteps after witnessing how much her mother enjoyed her work and the people she works with at E.B. Horsman.

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Laura Dempsey

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I've known John Sencich since CEW began publishing. He agreed from the outset to be part of the newsletter’s Editorial Board. His contribution was regular and sustained. Always present to answer my technical questions, and refer me to the right person for additional information as needed. Always available despite his role as senior leader of an influential company.

Over the past five years, many industry insiders have cited John Sencich when I asked them to name someone who had made a difference in their lives or had inspired them as a leader.

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DIgitalDigitalization is set to take a strong hold of all business models, transforming how companies access, monitor, engage with and service customers. Today’s customers are not passive consumers; they rely on real-time digital access to information to make purchasing decisions. Businesses must consider how to apply digital technologies and digitized data to connect with customers to help reshape their paths to purchase. This digital lens provides improvements to business functions, operations and overall processes by creating stronger insight and knowledge so businesses can take action.

The path towards digitalization has put the electrical supply channel at an important crossroad: the entire electrical value chain (suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, customers) will need to strongly consider how to move from a traditional model that has served the market well for decades, towards a new model that is connected, smart and highly efficient. But how does the industry evolve from a traditional model to an integrated ecosystem?

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EFC 2018 Scholarship Program

This year Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) will award $156,250 across 62 scholarships supported by manufacturers, distributors and associations.

The annual EFC Scholarship Program reflects an industry that understands its responsibility to attract future talent. In the face of technological, demographic, and socio-economic evolution, the employment landscape is in constant transformation resulting in substantial challenges for companies as they work to define and redefine their recruitment practices. Furthermore, as competition for the brightest and the best of the next generation of business leaders intensifies, it’s more important than ever to engage young people. 

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