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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.

torbramTorbram Electric Supply has appointed Dave Hopson to its Project Department Team. As Accounts Manager Projects, Hopson covers the Ontario region. He contributes 25 years of experience within the industry, including project quotations and management.

greenleeThe U.S. National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) has received a US$1 million commitment from Greenlee to help train the next generation of union electrical workers.
Over the next five years, Greenlee’s support will help create state-of-the-art classrooms in NJATC training facilities across the U.S., including two new academies: Greenlee Safety Academy and Greenlee Safety and Productivity Enhancement Academy. The two academies will add online learning to the traditional mix of text and lab experience.

LT MarketingPresident and founder JC Lanthier has announced he is retiring from LT Marketing. Effective March 31, partner and Vice-President Serge Trinque takes over as president. Trinque has been involved with the agency since its founding 18 years ago.

Southwire CanadaEmployees of the wire and cable manufacturer who recently won first prize in a North American company talent show are donating their $1,000 prize to the Mississauga Food Bank in Mississauga, ON. Southwire Canada President Axel Schlumberger has also matched the donation.

GreenleeGreenlee has announced several promotions within its sales and marketing structure, with the following staff taking on the following new or expanded roles, effective immediately:

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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