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May 15, 2020

EIN SCC logo 400Canada’s next generation of expert engineers, technicians and managers are invited to apply to represent the country at the next International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals Workshop during the 84th IEC General Meeting. Detailed information about the application process and eligibility is available on the Call for applications page. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2020 at 11:50 p.m. E.T. 

This workshop is a unique opportunity for young professionals to grow professionally and help shape the future of international standardization and conformity assessment. Last year, it brought together over 80 representatives from more than 40 countries to exchange ideas and learn about wide ranging issues at the technical, economic, political and global levels.

Two young professionals will be selected by the Canadian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (CANC/IEC) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) to represent Canada, all expenses paid, at the workshop and general assembly from November 9 to 13, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland*.

*COVID-19

IEC and SCC are monitoring the situation closely. Meetings until the end of July are either postponed or taking place virtually. Given that the IEC General Assembly is scheduled for November, plans will be revisited as needed as the situation evolves. 

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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