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August 1, 2016 

Honorary Life Membership — 1979To recognize outstanding service and commitment in the field of electrical distribution, Honorary Life memberships were created. This type of honorary membership was to be conferred on “those persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the electrical distribution industry and the association through active, meaningful participation in the affairs of the association: who are no longer active on a day-to-day basis within the industry.”

The first Honorary Life Membership recipients were Harry Horsman, Walter Jamieson, Don Hughes, and Bill LeGallais.

The Long Range Planning Committee filed an interesting report about what CEDA members thought about their association. This report was the result of a survey that was sent to 110 voting representatives, of which more than 50% answered. The highlights of the report included:

  • 63% felt there would be a greater need for associations in the future
  • 42% rated CEDA as providing excellent or good services to members, while 58% said it was fair to poor
  • 51% felt CEDA should be doing more in the field of government relations
  • 46% felt the membership dues were too high, while 52% thought they were just right

The committee ended their report with recommendations on the dues structure, developing activity, and improving the exchange of statistics. After lengthy discussion, the Board of Directors accepted all the recommendations of the Long Range Planning Committee, and passed the motions accordingly.

The matter of the titles of the association’s officers was back in the spotlight. At the September Board meeting, the Directors on a split vote agreed to change the title of the Chief Elected Office (President) to Chairman of the Board, and that of the Executive Director to President. However, the Board was not finished with the subject: at the November Board meeting President Jim Redmond stated that he felt the matter should be re-examined because, “although unanimous approval was not required ,the matter should be rediscussed to avoid any confusion as to the purpose of the proposed changes.” The reasons for the changes as then outlined were:

  • the proposed titles more accurately reflect the duties of the persons involved
  • the title of “President” is more useful to the senior staff person dealing with outside groups
  • Chairman of the Board was the title being used by an increasing number of trade associations

With the reasons for the changes clarified, the Board voted unanimously in favour of the changes. (The discussion became somewhat academic when the Executive Director resigned and the change was not implemented until 1981.)

Photo courtesy of jarmoluk at Pixabay.

 

 

Liteline


With Liteline Head coach Steve Silverstein behind the bench, the team at Liteline recently took to the ice in a Toronto hockey tournament to support an annual charity event Skate for Sarah, raising money for SickKids, One Match and JCC Chai Sports.

By using the avenue of hockey and the Skate for Sarah tournament, the JCCs of Greater Toronto, along with sponsors, supporters like Liteline and friends will raise funds and awareness for some great causes.

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20/20 Vision

David Gordon

For the past couple of years the industrial segment has been “challenged.” Much of this was driven by the decline in the oil and gas market, which had a significant ripple effect. Concurrently, a strong U.S. dollar hurt exports for many OEMs and the agriculture market was soft, further hurting that segment’s equipment market.

Overall, the industrial decline significantly impacted distributors and manufacturers. And a key product category, industrial automation and control, was the most impacted. But according to manufacturers and distributors in many parts of North America, the industrial market appears to be turning. Growth, compared to last year, is coming back. Some is due to increased investment in energy projects.

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