Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

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.


Pandemic StudyThe year 2020 was filled with surprises. One of them was business solvency.

Insolvencies were down by almost one-third year over year during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and were relatively stable in the third quarter. At the height of this century’s previous economic shocks, insolvencies rose by 10% or more. A new study looks at insolvencies during the largest economic upheaval of our lifetime.




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Douglas BaldwinBy John Kerr

My father asked me to lunch one day and told me he wanted very much to meet with someone in the electrical industry who meant a lot to him, and whose friendship he wanted to share with me. This lunch, in 1982, was with Doug Baldwin.

As lunch progressed, I discovered these men shared many bonds after having met years before in Winnipeg. Doug was with Federal Pioneer at that time, my father with Triangle Conduit & Cable. It seems they hit it off and my father’s wry sense of humour was trumped only by Doug’s. 

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Wholesale Sales - November 2020Wholesale sales grew for the seventh consecutive month in November — up 0.7% to an all-time high of $67.4 billion. Five of seven subsectors reported stronger sales, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector and the building material and supplies subsector. Notably, the increase reflects higher domestic sales of Canadian goods, as both imports and exports of key commodities fell in November.

Wholesale trade volumes increased 0.9% in November.



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Sean BernardBy Sean Bernard

Last year was like none other and one that we all hope never to endure again. The impact on our personal and professional lives has been dramatic, simultaneously universal and unique to each of us.

We have all heard about and experienced the heartache of not spending time with and not celebrating milestones with our extended families, not being able to take those planned vacations, and having to deal with the stresses and challenges of virtual learning with our kids.


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Martin Stephenson Signify Canada has announced David Grinstead, Market Leader, Canada, Signify will retire at the end of the month. "We thank David for his contributions, passion and dedication to the company and industry," said the company via press release.

Martin Stephenson will take on the Market Leader, Canada role in addition to his current position as Head of North American Systems & Services at Signify. He reports to Kevin Poyck, Market Group Leader, Americas.




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Greg StephensonBartle & Gibson has announced that Greg Stephenson has officially joined the Electrical Supply Division (ESD) of the AD Canada Electrical Divisional Board effective January 4th, 2021.

Greg is the Senior Vice President Electrical at Bartle & Gibson, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is now entering his 27th year in the Electrical Industry and he originally began his career working for another proud AD Member, McLoughlan Supplies Ltd in St, John’s NL. During his career, Greg has also worked for many key suppliers such as, Eaton, Thomas & Betts and Siemens.



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Ariane CardinalBy Blake Marchand

Ariane Cardinal is Director of Planning, Purchasing, and Distribution with Stelpro. Ariane owns a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, although she said, “I always knew, when I was doing engineering, that I wanted to have a career more oriented towards management.”

After earning her degree, she did an internship with a company in the gas industry based out of Paris, France, which is where she was introduced to supply chain management. Ariane noted she was interested in the problem-solving aspects of supply chain, which meshed well with her engineering background. 

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