Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Govt Canada logoCanada’s exports continued to expand and helped grow the economy in 2012 despite a global stagnation in exports, reports Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in a just-released assessment.

In its detailed summary of the key trends and developments in international trade and investment, Canada’s State of Trade: Trade and Investment Update 2013, the department noted the following facts:
•    8 out of 10 provinces and all territories reported positive real economic growth
•    business expenditures drove most GDP growth
•    government expenditures contracted, contributing negatively to GDP for the first time since 1997
•    economic activity grew in all 4 quarters
•    inflation rose just 1.5%, nearly halving from 2.9% a year earlier
•    combined exports of goods and services grew 1.1% in a challenging global environment that saw trade stagnate and exports decrease in countries around the world; exports of services decreased 1%
•    Canada rose from 13th to 12th place among the world's leading merchandise exporters, (US$455 billion in total exports)
•    Canada remained the most important trading partner of the US, ahead of China and Mexico in total trade (16.1%)
•    Canada’s exports to Mexico reached $5.4 billion, making Mexico our fifth-largest export destination.
•    Canada’s total bilateral trade with China continued to increase in 2012, up 7.8% from a year earlier ($70.1 billion)
•    the United Arab Emirates remains Canada’s largest export destination in the Middle East and North Africa region ($1.5 billion)
•    energy is Canada’s top export commodity ($115.8 billion)

Read the full report: Canada’s State of Trade: Trade and Investment Update — 2013 .



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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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