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Jan 13, 2021

CEW Douglas Baldwin 400By 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. The lunch talk this day was about the industry, peppered with a few colourful events that bonded my father and Doug so closely.

It appeared to me quickly these men were close, and as the years progressed I learned that bond was built on my father’s unique ability to be there when men like Doug were coming through the business. There was a sincere trust and caring. They shared the same contractor customers, they shared the same distributions, and as it turned out they shared the same passion for the industry.

After that lunch Mr. Baldwin (as I addressed him for several years) gave me his card and said, “Young John, you are Jack’s son, so you feel free to drop by and visit with me at my office, any time.”

The day after Doug became President of Schneider Canada, I dropped by the Waterman plant in Toronto. There was a flurry of activity at reception as employees tried to protect their new president from some cold call until Doug showed up and said to the assembled team, “If he comes by anytime, show him in,” and followed with “John, let’s have a quick cup of tea together.”

My visits with Doug were infrequent but when they did occur he listened, coached, set me in my place, and more importantly challenged. There was always a challenge.

One day I met Doug by accident. Arriving at the Air Canada lounge in Heathrow, flying home from a long business trip, I found a quiet spot only to hear, “Bloody hell, they would let anyone in here.” It was Doug. As we were called for our flight, he said “Give me your boarding pass.” Disappearing for few moments, he returned, announcing “You are sitting with me.” We talked the whole flight; the time flew by too quickly.

One story was telling of Doug’s way and self-deprecating style. Doug played tennis and, as it turned out, would play often with my father and Brian Shea (SpanCan/SEABELL). Recalling a particular game, he said “I remember how those two rascals ran me ragged around the court. The old foxes had a new toy to play with.”

When my father passed away, there was Doug. His words at my father’s service still resonate, and at the time gave my mother so much comfort.

I was always impressed with Doug when being recognized for his many achievements. He would speak of his team and their support, and never took the credit himself.

Baldwin was one of those men who architected elegant solutions to the industry challenges of the time. He would work tirelessly on behalf of the electrical industry. He was a builder, one not happy with the status quo and one who when a challenge presented itself would never back down.

Doug’s vision and energy were the cornerstone of Electro-Federation Canada’s founding. He served as EFC president and CEO after serving two terms as a director, and was the first chair of Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC), the predecessor to EFC today.

More recently Doug served on the board of Hammond Power Solutions, but always wanting to be there for those who would follow he would reach out and make sure if they needed any help, he would offer encouragement and support.

We will all miss him so much and I am hopeful that when we can all regroup we will all get together and share the many stories of how he helped so many us in our careers and how he was a pillar of this industry we all love so much! We all owe him a lot.

John Kerr is Publisher of CEW; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nexans Webinar - Key 2021 Electrical Code Changes Impacting Wire and Cable

Nexans Free WebinarJoin NEXANS for a free webinar with Isaac Müller, Applications Engineer for Nexans as he reviews and discusses the changes to the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code related to wire and cable. This free webinar will take place Wed, Jan 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST.

This webinar includes:
- Updated rules to protect cables (12-514,12-516)
- New conditions of use for wire & cable (Table 19)
- An opportunity to ask your questions

 


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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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Changing Scene

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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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Peers & Profiles

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Ariane Cardinal is Director of Planning, Purchasing, and Distribution with Stelpro.   ...
Following Groupe Stelpro’s recent acquisition of floor heating system manufacturer Flextherm, Yves ...
Electrimat is an independent Quebec-owned company that has specialized for 40 years in the ...
In July, Eaton announced that Vice President, Channel – Electrical Sector, Matt Cleary would be ...
Mission Technical Solutions is a recently established sales agency founded by industry veteran ...
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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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