Electricity Sector Calls for Action on Copper Theft

Electricity Sector Calls for Action on Copper Theft

The 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.”

Special Guest Speaker at EFC’s AGM: HSBC Canada Bank’s Chief Economist

Special Guest Speaker at EFC’s AGM: HSBC Canada Bank’s Chief Economist

David 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.

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announced last week the launch of the Electrical Products Education Course (EPEC) French Silver course.

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announced last week the launch of the Electrical Products Education Course (EPEC) French Silver course.

“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.

Greenlee to Fund New Training Programs

Greenlee to Fund New Training Programs

The 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.