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 Dec 2 2015

Powerstream ShareholdersA proposal to merge municipal electricity utilities Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream and jointly acquire Hydro One Brampton has now received approval from all shareholders.The seven shareholders involved in the transaction include the municipalities of Barrie, Hamilton, Markham, Mississauga, St. Catharines and Vaughan and Borealis, a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and a shareholder of Enersource.

(L-R) Jeff Lehman, PowerStream Board member and Mayor, City of Barrie; Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream Board Vice-Chair and Mayor of the City of Markham; Maurizio Bevilacqua, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Vaughan at a November 17 press conference

"The merger is a win-win for customers and shareholders," says merger spokesman John Crean. "By generating cost savings through significant economies of scale, the merger will reduce the rising cost of electricity for customers and improve returns for municipal shareholders — monies that can be invested back into communities. By maintaining competitive local distribution rates, the communities also remain attractive to new investment, which benefits all municipal taxpayers and electricity ratepayers."

Once the agreements are finalized, details of the transaction will be forwarded to the Ontario Energy Board for regulatory approval, a process that is expected to take several months.

When the transaction is completed, the new utility will deliver electricity and related services to more than 900,000 residential and commercial customers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, making it Ontario's second largest local electric distribution company.

Wholesale SalesWholesale sales rose 0.6% to $64.1 billion in June, partly offsetting the 1.9% decline in May. Sales were up in four of seven subsectors, representing 54% of total wholesale sales.

In dollar terms, two subsectors — miscellaneous, and machinery, equipment and supplies — contributed the most to the increase in June, while the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector posted the largest decline.

 

 

 

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Investment In Building ConstructionTotal investment in building construction decreased 0.9% in June to $15.1 billion, the first decline in eight months. A slight increase in non-residential investment (+1.0% to $4.8 billion) was offset by a decrease in the residential sector (-1.8% to $10.3 billion). On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction decreased 1.1% to $12.7 billion. Despite the monthly decrease, total investment grew 1.6% year over year in the second quarter.

 

 

 

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Lori BagazzoliBy Blake Marchand

Lori Bagazzoli, Regional Sales Manager for Viscor, is a 20-year industry veteran that has built an interesting career from the bottom up. Beginning as a 19-year old just out of college in customer service with EXM, she gained an intimate knowledge of the electrical and lighting supply business by working her way through various organizational levels.

“I was definitely able to learn the different roles, and understand all the different aspects of the business,” she said, “starting so young, I really had to put in my time to be able to move up.”

 

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Louis BeaulieuBy Line Goyette

Neither a Millennial nor a Baby Boomer, Louis Beaulieu embraces new technologies and new markets, but remains faithful to family traditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in management from Laval University and is the General Manager of Ouellet Canada. A perfect profile for a career in the family business.

When I ask him if, as is often the case in a family business, he had always known that he was going to join the company, he replied, “Not at all. When I was young, I spent my school holidays at my older brother’s farm at Ile d’Orléans.

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