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Dec 11, 2020

CEW AwardsEFC 400On December 10th, EFC held its first virtual Industry Awards event which was a year-end celebration recognizing key industry leaders. The celebration was followed by EFC’s first-ever Talent Show. Click here for the recap of the Electrical Industry’s Got Talent (EIGT).

It was a great opportunity to honour individuals and their companies for their outstanding contributions, support, and leadership in the electrical industry.

With over 250 registrants, the Awards’ emcee, Steve Branscombe, Independent Electric Supply, NAC Chair, expressed his delight with the virtual turnout. “This year has been like no other, but the resiliency and support of the electrical industry was once again on full display during our first-ever virtual Industry Awards program,” says Branscombe.  “Congratulations to all the awards winners. Your leadership and contributions to the electrical industry is appreciated by all.  Also, a special thanks to the award presenters and the EFC staff who came together to deliver a great program.”

We’d like to invite our members to share their congratulatory wishes with this year’s award recipients. Click here to submit your comment online.

EFC would like to offer its sincere congratulations to the following members and their companies:

Award Title Recipient
CEMRA Person of the Year Award Tony Munden, Munden Enterprises
EFC Trailblazer Award Danny Buchanan, Rexel Canada
EFC Corporate Engagement Award-CEMRA Jean-Sebastien Bercier, Desdowd
EFC Corporate Engagement Award-Distributor William Smith, Electrozad Supply Company
EFC Corporate Engagement Award-Manufacturer David Nathaniel, Ascot Capital Group
EFC Industry Recognition Award Nathalie Pilon, former president at ABB

 

Steve Branscombe also announced next year’s conference dates, Sept 21-24th. EFC hopes to host a live conference event in Niagara Falls, but is working with the National Advisory Council to develop alternate plans (such as a hybrid or virtual conference) if gatherings are not safe or permitted in late fall. Stay tuned for the details.

Carol McGlogan, EFC’s president and CEO, delivered a year-end review thanking the EFC membership for their strong support and engagement this year.  “The industry was productive and we got things done. The theme for 2021 is resiliency. Our objective is to help our members come out stronger from this unprecedented situation.  We are planning a robust education component to help navigate the economy, the changes in customer and employee expectations, and changes to the supply chain among many other top-of-mind issues and concerns.”

Carol, on behalf of the entire EFC team, concluded the Awards ceremony by wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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Swati Vora-PatelTalent availability continues to be a key concern among business leaders in the electrical industry: in fact, over 60% of EFC members surveyed said they do not have a robust talent pipeline in place. This pipeline is even further constrained as a result of ongoing employment challenges spurred on by the pandemic.

A global phenomenon known as “The Great Resignation” is underway which reflects a wave of workers who are strongly considering leaving their jobs in search for work that is more closely aligned with their interests with employers who provide flexible accommodations and serve a strong purpose. 

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Building Permits - September 2021The total value of building permits rose 4.3% to $10.1 billion in September, led by Ontario (+6.3%). Construction intentions in the residential sector were up 8.2%, while the non-residential sector decreased 3.2%.


On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), building permits increased 3.4% to $6.9 billion.

Ontario drives residential permits up

High-value permits for two new condo buildings valued at over $300 million in the cities of Mississauga and Toronto helped push Ontario's multi-family permits up 40.4% to $1.7 billion in September. 

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John KerrBy John Kerr

Consolidation is a natural evolution in any industry: technology changes, customers demand more, and the need to drive costs all contribute to this activity. The Canadian electrical market is mature but opportunities still exist in its related segments.

The reality is we are entering a new stage driven by how we define ourselves and how we respond to customer needs. We all understand segmentation today more than ever and desire to provide end users with greater value. 

 

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Gross domestic product by industry - August 2021Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.4% in August, led by increases in accommodation and food services, retail trade and transportation. The continued easing of public health restrictions and further reopening across the country increased demand across many close contact service industries.


Overall, 15 of 20 industrial sectors were up as growth in services-producing industries (+0.6%) more than offset a decline in goods-producing industries (-0.1%).

 

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AD GrowthAD’s Electrical-Canada Division virtually welcomed members and supplier partners for its five-day 2021 Virtual North American Meeting on Oct. 25 - 29, 2021 with the goal of facilitating strategic conversations that help the division devise new ways to stay ahead of the competition.

The event facilitated over 1,200 face-to-face meetings with 40 member companies and 62 supplier companies, cultivating relationship, allowing participants to share best practices and enabling open communication.

 

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EvolutionExpanding its North American footprint, leading control and automation manufacturer RTI today announced that it has named Evolution Home Entertainment Corp., a wholesale distributor of residential technology products, as the second RTI distribution partner for the Canadian market.


Evolution serves over 500 dealers across Canada, who now have the opportunity to get certified for the full line of RTI smart home control and automation products. With products shipping nationwide from its warehouse in Concord, Ontario, Evolution will also offer training and local dealer support to its dealers installing RTI systems.

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SignifyThird quarter 20211


• Signify's installed base of connected light points increased from 86 million in Q2 21 to 92 million in Q3 21

• Sales of EUR 1,643 million; Comparable Sales Growth of -4.8%, impacted by global supply chain disruptions

• Order book increased by 90% in Q3 21 vs. Q3 20

• LED-based sales represented 83% of total sales (Q3 20: 82%)

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Greg WalkerThe Continental Automated Buildings Association begins a new chapter with the appointment of Greg Walker as CEO, succeeding Ron Zimmer. Greg has been with CABA for almost 8 years working closely with the Board of Directors and leading the CABA research program and general operations. 

Mr. Walker is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 15 years of experience working with associations, government agencies, universities, not-for-profit and Fortune 500 organizations. He holds a B.A. and B.Sc. from the University of Windsor and an M.Sc. from Dalhousie University.


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Kerith RichardsBy Alyssa Kerslake

This past July, Kerith Richards, who has worked for Service Wire Company for the last seven years, was selected as one of tED Magazine's prestigious "30 under 35" winners. 

"I was so surprised and totally honored. It meant a lot to me that my boss, and my company, thought highly of me to nominate me - and then to be compared and chosen from the other surely incredible nominees was pretty cool, too," said Richards of earning the distinction. "I was running out of time, I'll be 35 at the end of this year, but I feel like I'm just getting started in this industry." 

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