Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Sept 4, 2018

Southwire ArtinianAs Vice President of Sales, Tom Artinian now leads Southwire Canada’s six Canadian sales channels.

Artinian joins Southwire from Electrical Cable Supply (ECS), Canada's largest independent provider of electrical cable solutions, where, as Senior Vice President and General Manager, he grew company sales and led operational improvements that delivered bottom line savings and increased profitability. 

“Tom is a transformational sales leader,” says Kelly Hanson, President of Southwire Canada. “He understands our customers’ needs, the Canadian market, the full breadth of Southwire’s product offering, and what differentiates Southwire as an organization.” 

Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions in several private and public organizations, both in Canada and the United States. Artinian also brings a dynamic perspective and more than two decades of experience in the wire and cable industry. 

Artinian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence R.I.

Gurvinder ChopraBy Gurvinder Chopra

This June, Canadians will commemorate Electrical Safety Month; June also marks the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic national lockdown. For many Canadians, working from home has become the new normal. As confinement continues, the demand for constant power feed to connect to the world we now live, work, and play in at home has grown substantially. Homes are being equipped with new technologies that offer plenty of benefits, but they also place high demand on electrical systems at home, potentially causing serious safety risks. 

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Building Permits - MarchThe total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decreased 13.2% to $7.4 billion in March, with declines reported in seven provinces and two territories. The $1.1 billion national decrease was the largest since August 2014. This reflected notable drops in Ontario (-12.9%), Quebec (-18.1%) and British Columbia (-19.4%), which coincided with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 Value of residential permits down

The total value of residential permits decreased 13.1% to $4.6 billion in March.

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Harold HayesHarold Hayes, a stalwart of the electrical industry, passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Ontario at the age of 90 on May 9, 2020.

Harold joined the industry as an apprentice at age 18, working first for his father’s business, Power Cable Installations, and then for Comstock. Among his later accomplishments, he formed Federal Pioneer Electric’s electric heating division, served as president of the Ontario Electric League in 1985, and while in his 80s consulted for Intellimeter Canada Inc.

 

 

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Sarah SilversteinBlake Marchand

Sarah Silverstein is a principal with Liteline along side her two brothers Mark and Daniel. Together, they lead the company founded by their father, Steve Silverstein, who retired in 2018.

Although she initially pursued a career in outdoor education, Sarah was instrumental in the company’s expansion into architectural lighting and the U.S. market. She joined Liteline as a project manager in between stints working in outdoor education. Now she leads Liteline’s U.S. distribution arm and marketing department.

 

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