Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

July 2, 2019

Alectra Gre&t CentreLocated in Guelph, Ontario, the Green Energy and Technology (GRE&T) Centre will make energy innovations come to life by identifying, evaluating, developing and deploying emerging, green, and customer-friendly energy solutions across Alectra’s service territory.

The energy industry is experiencing a generational change towards more decentralized, decarbonized and digitized solutions. Low-cost renewable distributed energy resources (DERs) and storage, combined with digital intelligence and communication are reshaping the landscape.

As a hub for green technology solutions, the Alectra GRE&T Centre will catalyze the commercialization and mass consumer adoption of green technology, serving as a bridge between the Research and Development (R&D) phase and the full commercialization of these technology solutions.

To guide the strategic direction of the centre as it develops throughout 2019 with an expected launch in 2020, an advisory committee is currently being established.

The committee is composed of subject matter experts with various different backgrounds and demonstrated commercialization capabilities relevant to the work Alectra is undertaking in smart cities, grid innovation, and its upcoming Clean Energy Tech Accelerator. The committee is well constituted to provide valuable insights and guidance to the GRE&T Centre on pilot projects, demonstrations, partnerships, community engagement activities, accelerator operations, and other related activities, including the general progress of the centre.

Alectra is a family of energy companies that distributes electricity to more than one million homes and businesses in Ontario, with a goal to transform into an integrated, innovative, energy solutions provider that plans, designs and implements on and off-grid services with a focus on green energy.

Find out more: https://alectrautilities.com/about-alectra/great-centre/

Wholesale SalesWholesale sales rose 0.6% to $64.1 billion in June, partly offsetting the 1.9% decline in May. Sales were up in four of seven subsectors, representing 54% of total wholesale sales.

In dollar terms, two subsectors — miscellaneous, and machinery, equipment and supplies — contributed the most to the increase in June, while the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector posted the largest decline.

 

 

 

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Investment In Building ConstructionTotal investment in building construction decreased 0.9% in June to $15.1 billion, the first decline in eight months. A slight increase in non-residential investment (+1.0% to $4.8 billion) was offset by a decrease in the residential sector (-1.8% to $10.3 billion). On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction decreased 1.1% to $12.7 billion. Despite the monthly decrease, total investment grew 1.6% year over year in the second quarter.

 

 

 

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Lori BagazzoliBy Blake Marchand

Lori Bagazzoli, Regional Sales Manager for Viscor, is a 20-year industry veteran that has built an interesting career from the bottom up. Beginning as a 19-year old just out of college in customer service with EXM, she gained an intimate knowledge of the electrical and lighting supply business by working her way through various organizational levels.

“I was definitely able to learn the different roles, and understand all the different aspects of the business,” she said, “starting so young, I really had to put in my time to be able to move up.”

 

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Louis BeaulieuBy Line Goyette

Neither a Millennial nor a Baby Boomer, Louis Beaulieu embraces new technologies and new markets, but remains faithful to family traditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in management from Laval University and is the General Manager of Ouellet Canada. A perfect profile for a career in the family business.

When I ask him if, as is often the case in a family business, he had always known that he was going to join the company, he replied, “Not at all. When I was young, I spent my school holidays at my older brother’s farm at Ile d’Orléans.

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