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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.

 

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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