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January 31, 2017

YPN National Committee Plans for 2017The National Committee of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s Young Professionals Network met recently at the Standard Products office in Montreal to lay out a roadmap for 2017.

Last year was a tremendous year for the YPN program, and 2017 is shaping up to be an even greater success. Stay tuned for all upcoming program and event updates.

EFC’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) is an innovative program for young professionals who are currently employed at an EFC member organization and are 40 years of age and under. YPN supports peer-to-peer interaction, builds knowledge and leadership skills, and fosters corporate social responsibility by giving back to our communities.

2017 YPN committee members

Appearing below is a list of YPN executive committee members at the national and regional levels.

National

• Chair: Jason Prevost, Standard Products

• Vice Chair: Jarrod Stewart, Liteline

BC Representatives: Brad Ratel, Core Products & Caitlyn Martin, BCEA

Alberta Representatives: Chantelle Caputo, D.A.D. Sales & Tara Ternes, AEL

Manitoba Representative: Gord MacPherson, EAM

Ontario Region

• Chair: Francis Audet, Bel Products

• Vice Chair: Sean Bernard, Franklin Empire

Quebec Region

• Chair: Kim Quelch, Standard Products

• Vice Chair: Étienne Bolze, Convectair

Atlantic Region

• Chair: Josh Neave, Munden Enterprises

• Vice Chair: Serge Bourque, Ouellet Canada

Join this growing network and become part of a dynamic group that meets regularly to gather, grow, and give. There is no cost to participate: www.electrofed.com/ypn/join-ypn/.

If you have any questions about the program or are interested in joining a regional YPN committee, contact Cherith Sinasac, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 Young Leaders: Taylor Gerrie

Taylor GerrieOn a regular basis, our publications profile members of our industry through their responses to a Q&A. It’s a way of recognizing industry movers and shakers, and helping our readers get to know them better. 

Recently we launched an initiative with Electro-Federation Canada's Young Professionals Network to include profiles of up-and-coming leaders. We provided the list of questions below to Taylor Gerrie, Automation Account Specialist at Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. in Burlington, Ontario. Here are Taylor’s responses.

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Susan Uthayakumar, President of Schneider Electric Canada: Driving Success

Susan UthayakumarBy Owen Hurst

First and foremost, sitting down with Susan Uthayakumar feels more like sitting down and conversing with a friend than conducting an interview with the Canadian president of one of the world’s largest electrical manufacturers. Of course, she exudes the confidence and knowledge her position demands, but equally identifiable are an open and engaging nature.

In a recent sit-down, we learned a little about Susan’s history and what drives her to succeed.

To begin, Susan was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She went to high school in Canada and attended the University of Waterloo where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Upon completing university Susan began her working career with Deloitte, which she describes as a great starting point as she was surrounded by highly driven and intelligent individuals. She welcomed being in a position that was demanding and helped nurture a strong work ethic. Her work with Deloitte also instilled a great interest in acquisitions, which would serve her well as her career unfolded.

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CEW 3 Perspective 400

We often learn how to look forward by first looking back, or at the very least we realize that despite our best efforts we have not truly advanced quite so much as we had thought. Sure, technology is rapidly advancing. That’s beyond question. But what about our approach to selling it? Have we changed that much in the last 20, 40, 60 years? Inevitably there have been advances and changes in marketing, the Internet causing the biggest shift, but many of the concerns and directives that have driven the distribution and marketing of industrial electrical products remain, or at least planted the roots of the concerns of manufacturers and distributors today. 

To gain perspective of the perceptions and directions of electrical product distribution in 1960, we turn to Edwin H. Lewis. In 1960 Lewis published “The Distribution of Industrial Electrical Products” in the Journal of Marketing.

To fully define electrical product distribution in 1960, Lewis broke his study into several categories. We will follow his direction and provide his insights on the industry in each of the categories he identified.

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