Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Mark LaplanteMarc Laplante

Two weeks ago, while at the EFC Conference on Coronado Island in California, I was walking down the street with Kerrwil Publications’ Line Goyette and Susan Adler of EFC looking for a place for lunch. My phone rang and at the other end was a buyer from a large contractor I do business with. Over the years this gentleman and I have become business friends and developed a mutual sense of respect for what each of us have to do every day to keep that big ball rolling. He was calling to let me know that he had moved on from where he was working, new owners, new philosophy that he didn’t really like, and at this stage of his life and he didn’t want to re-invent himself, so he was now a free agent and just wanted to let me know that he was open for any type of business venture. Nice… maybe one day I’ll know the feeling. It did get us talking about how things are so different with employees now versus what it was when both he and I got into this industry.

March New Housing Investment Up 9% YOYInvestment in residential construction totalled $28.2 billion in the first quarter, up 7.6% from the same quarter of 2016. Higher investment in single-family dwellings (+13.7% to $6.5 billion) accounted for nearly 40% of the change at the national level. Renovation work (+5.5% to $12.1 billion) and acquisition costs related to new dwellings (+13.4% to $3.4 billion) also largely contributed to the gain. Investment in residential construction increased year over year in eight provinces in the first quarter, with Ontario (up $1.1 billion) accounting for more than half (56.8%) of the total national increase. Quebec also posted a significant increase ($544.4 million). In contrast, Saskatchewan (-$85.0 million) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-$17.1 million) posted losses compared with the first quarter of 2016.

smart grid: aggregating sourcesThe large-scale electrification of transportation and other energy-based services is widely seen as an important element of efforts to reduce significantly greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. Major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will be essential to meeting the requirements of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and preventing what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has termed “dangerous” climate change. The focus on electrification has emerged at a time of three major technological revolutions in the electricity industry.

Rick McCartenBack in the age of hunters and gatherers, as our human population grew we often encountered other groups. When we did, we would fight over areas that contained an abundance of food, fruit trees, places where animals migrated, and lakes full of fish. Over time, as we learned how to farm, we fought over the most fertile areas that had access to fresh water, sun and fertile soil. Fast forward to the industrial age, where we battle for what lies beneath the land — oil and iron ore, copper and gold. As we move forward from the industrial age, the abundance of solar and wind energy will dramatically reduce our need to fight over oil and mineral reserves. So, what will be left to fight over? Customers. 

EFC research report: Power Shifts: Emerging Low-voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities for the Canadian Electrical ChannelThe shift from electrical to digital systems, and the emerging low-voltage power options to supply them, may be the biggest change the electrical industry has seen in the last 100 years. This transition is having significant impact on every aspect of the traditional electrical channel, from product conception, production, sales, delivery and installation. Equipping the channel to embrace emerging technologies, specifically those related to low-voltage direct current (LVDC) power developments..

Nathalie Pilon

Since her arrival at the head of ABB Canada in fall 2015, a constant-good-news flow happens with Nathalie Pilon: a collaboration with Nova Bus (a division of Volvo Buses) for ABB's first automated electric bus charger in North America, a Davos announcement with Minister Navdeep Bains for the North American Centre of Excellence in e-Mobility located inside a $90 million investment for the company’s new Canadian headquarters...

 

 

 

Dr. Oliver Vogler

 

Technological change has often been the cause for major market disruption. Consumers tend to benefit from these kinds of disruptions through improved service levels or radically lower prices. Wholesalers and distributors, however, have fewer means to drive changes themselves.

 

 

David Gordon

 

Much is talked about “innovation.” It’s a term that is loosely tossed around and requires a commitment, or perhaps a better term is “mentality,” that is infused into individuals and a culture. It’s a desire to “excel” and, perhaps more importantly, to bring idea generation to challenges and a willingness to “do differently.” 

 

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 Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.5% in March, following no change in February. Growth was widespread across goods-producing and service-producing industries.

 

Paul EitmantI came across this article this week and I just starting smiling seeing an electrical distributor moving into new product in an expanding market place.

 

 

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Technological change has often been the cause for major market disruption. Consumers tend to benefit from these kinds of disruptions through improved service levels or radically lower prices. Wholesalers and distributors, however, have fewer means to drive changes themselves.

Part 2 of this 3-part whitepaper analyzes the disruptive character of LED (“LEDification”), smart home technology and digitalization to see how these trends have changed the behaviour and expectations of installers and contractors as the key customer group of electrical wholesalers.

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 smart grid: aggregating sources

By Mark Winfield

The large-scale electrification of transportation and other energy-based services is widely seen as an important element of efforts to reduce significantly greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. Major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will be essential to meeting the requirements of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and preventing what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has termed “dangerous” climate change.

 

 

Changing Scene

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Peers & Profiles

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    Ouellet Canada is celebrating 50 years in the Electrical Heating ...
  On February 27th Lumen opened their 36th branch in Ottawa, Ontario. ...
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  In September 1957, Ken Gerrie opened a storefront electrical supply counter in the growing ...
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Looking Back

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  Electrical distributors must remain in both the electronic and electrical ends of the ...
  The public’s strong interest in energy-saving products should continue in the ...
  Even in a principally agricultural province like Saskatchewan, the impact of electronics ...
Electrical distribution companies operating in British Columbia will continue to get larger while ...
Golden anniversaries are celebrated by the mature, and our industry is allowed to celebrate ...
The last 50 years have been exciting ones for the electrical industry but they won’t compare to ...
The ceiling that had been placed on membership fees remained a point of contention among ...
The year 1982 started on a relatively good note for electrical distributors. Sales in the first ...
An $80,000 deficit from 1979 greeted the CEDA members at the 1980 Annual General Meeting...   ...
At the January 1976 meeting of the Board of Directors, the title of the association’s manager was ...

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