Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Anti SpamOn July 1, 2014, new anti-spam legislation takes effect. The intent is to deter such damaging effects of spam as identity theft, phishing, and the spread of spyware and malware. Individuals and companies that violate the act could face stiff penalties of up to $10 million per violation.

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.

WESCOWESCO Distribution, Inc., through its wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, has entered into an agreement to acquire Hazmasters, Inc. Closing is expected to occur this month.


The Social Media award, part of EFC’s 1st Annual Marketing Awards, was created to recognize a unique campaign that has reached its planned goals, utilized various tools, and generated a strong community response. 

CEAThe Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) released a policy paper on March 3 that draws attention to the impact of copper theft from electricity infrastructure and outlines four key recommendations to deter theft. “Given the high price of copper, copper thefts across the country are on the rise,” says CEA President and CEO Jim Burpee. “These thefts pose a real and significant threat to the safety of Canadians and the reliability of our system. More needs to be done to deter copper theft in Canada.”

David WattDavid Watt, HSBC Canada’s Chief Economist, will present an economic update for 2014-2015, providing insight on trends in the Canadian Electrical Industry. Watt is responsible for HSBC Bank Canada’s economic forecasts, and brings his past experience as an economist, a currency strategist and as a fixed income strategist to his current position at HSBC. David started his career at the Bank of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and other Canadian financial institutions. HSBC is an EFC Corporate Sponsor.

habitat for humanityIn the latest in a series of donations to Habitat for Humanity Canada, Schneider Electric Canada recently contributed $230,000. This brings the company’s total contribution of equipment and funding over 10 years to almost $2 million.

NAED“NAED appreciates the tremendous opportunity to work with Electro-Federation Canada in order to increase the reach of our education programs,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED Education & Research Foundation Executive Director. “The translation of the EPEC Bronze and Silver courses into French is our first step of bridging the language barrier.”   This version, developed in partnership with Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), follows the English version and includes all of the same modules and prints. French speaking associates will now have access to the same industry leading EPEC Bronze and Silver training and instruction from bilingual reviewers.

Royal PhilipsRoyal Philips has named Brent Shafer as CEO of Philips North America, where he is responsible for strengthening Philips’ culture of entrepreneurship and growing revenue and market share in the U.S. and Canada.

sherman Rockford, IL. Sherman + Reilly Telecommunications products can now be purchased through all Greenlee Communications sales representatives. Sherman + Reilly is a leader in the sale of cable-air-systems to the communications industry.

Wholesale Sales - JanuaryWholesale sales increased for a second consecutive month, up 1.8% to $65.2 billion in January. While all subsectors reported higher sales, gains were concentrated in the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories and the miscellaneous subsectors.

In volume terms, sales grew 1.7%.

Motor vehicle and agricultural supplies industries drive higher sales in January 

Sales in the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts subsector grew 3.0% to $11.3 billion in January. 

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Omid NadiOmid Nadi, Trade Marketing Manager with Ledvance, is a Ryerson University grad coming out of their Marketing management program.

“During my education I had a big interest in innovation, disruption, and data analytics,” he noted, which has influenced his career direction.

While he was in school, he spent four years in appliance sales, “that really gave me a foundation and an understanding of sales and communication.”

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