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 CISCOToronto has been selected as one of four global locations for a Cisco Internet of Everything (IoE) innovation centre, representing a planned investment of up to $100 million over 10 years. Cisco will also create centres in South Korea, Brazil and Germany.

By focusing on technologies and market opportunities surrounding IoE, the Innovation Centre aims to help start-ups, established companies and entire industries explore what is possible with Cisco technologies and Smart+Connected solutions, while fostering Canadian-based innovation.


 

“The Internet of Everything is not only changing the world, but creating new opportunities,” says Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada. “Connecting the unconnected has the potential to bring revolutionary change to industries...”

The decision to locate a centre in Canada builds on other recent investments by the company, including:

•up to $4 billion over 10 years to expand Cisco’s footprint in Ontario, creating up to 1700 new jobs 

•a multi-million dollar investment in research chairs, professorships and innovation centres at 10 Canadian universities



“Cisco Canada has become a leader in Smart+Connected Communities development, and the establishment of this IoE Innovation Centre is further testament to Cisco’s ongoing investment in Canada, Ontario and Toronto,” said Rob Lloyd, president, Development and Sales, Cisco.



The Toronto IoE Centre will occupy 15,000 square feet in the new RBC WaterPark Place, scheduled for completion in spring 2015. RBC WaterPark Place will also be home to Cisco’s new Canadian headquarters. The building will be the first commercial office tower in North America to take advantage of a fully integrated IP-based building and energy network.

Find out more http://internetofeverything.cisco.com.

 

Carol McGloganBy Line Goyette

With Industry 4.0 on our doorstep, we are facing significant technological and resource changes, some of which question our industry’s core values. Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, digitization, transport electrification, diversity and inclusion are among the inescapable changes that will affect our industry head on, both in its best practices and its business models. We have several advantages to help us deal with the changes, including an unwavering advocate for our industry: Carol McGlogan. She is the first woman to hold the position of Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC) President and CEO. 

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GDP Rose 0.1 PercentReal gross domestic product edged up 0.1% in August, following no change in July. Goods-producing industries were up 0.2% after two months of declines, led by a rebound in manufacturing, while services-producing industries edged up 0.1%. Overall, there were gains in 14 out of 20 industrial sectors.

On a three-month rolling average basis, real gross domestic product rose 0.5% in August, compared with a 0.8% increase in July.

 

 

 

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ABBTotal orders -1%1, order backlog +3%

  • Steady revenues and book-to-bill2
  • Operational EBITA margin2 11.7%, +20 basis points; impacted 70 basis points by stranded costs
  • Income from continuing operations, net of tax $422 million, -1%
  • Net income $515 million, -15%
  • Operational EPS2 $0.33, -7%3
  • Cash flow from operating activities $670 million, +19%, solid cash delivery expected for the full year
  • Björn Rosengren appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2020

 

 

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Stephanie MedeirosBy Blake Marchand

For Stephanie Medeiros, this is an exciting time for Canada’s electric vehicle industry because it is approaching a tipping point. “One or two percent of vehicles in Canada are electric, but you’re going to see this change rapidly. There are different factors that come with that, but to make it a reality you need to have a charging infrastructure in place. One of the factors involved with that is establishing standards for charging, as well as settling on a uniform method for charging — ultimately, constructing a landscape that closely resembles that of internal combustion.”

 

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City Electric Supply - Jon LlewellynJon Llewellyn is the Branch Manager City Electric Supply’s Nanaimo, BC location. “I've worn many hats within this great organization,” Llewellyn told Canadian Electrical Wholesaler. Beginning as a Van Driver, Jon worked his way through several different positions at City Electric Supply after a 10-year career in the trades as a Drywaller. Starting as a driver, Llewellyn would move into the warehouse, and on into Inside Sales, which would turn into an Account Manager position before he would land in his current role as Branch Manager. The ability to learn on the job is an essential skill in an evolving industry, particularly one that is heavily technical. Something Llewellyn has certainly embraced.

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