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    IESBC Announces the 2017 ‘Vision Award’ Recipients

  • Jun 07, 2017
    UBC Campus Energy Centre - IESBC Award of Merit for Interior Lighting Design (Photo by Ema Peter).
    On June 1, the Illuminating Engineering Society of British Columbia (IESBC) awarded the 2017 Vision Awards recipients, which honours outstanding BC lighting engineers and designers for their local and international projects. Submissions for the Vision Awards open yearly in January.

    “IESBC received a record number of submissions this year varying from transit stations, education facilities, all the way to an industrial chipping processing facility,” says Robyn York, IESBC’s chair member and lighting specialist at Inform Contract. “The application of lighting techniques and controls submitted this year were highly innovative and it was inspiring to see new ways to illuminate a space.”

    IESBC is a not-for-profit that aids in the application of international award opportunities and the Vision Awards is stage one leading up to IES’s national Illumination Awards. This year, IESBC handed out ten Awards of Merit, two Awards of Excellence, one BC Hydro ReDesign Award, and one IESBC Vision Award. Submissions were judged based on how well the lighting design met the program criteria and it is not a competition.

    This year’s ten BC recipients that received the Award of Merit include:

    The two Awards of Excellence were presented to TELUS Garden Office Tower (Integral Group) and Evergreen Line (Total Lighting Solutions) The Main Street Station project (Total Lighting Solutions) received the 2017 BC Hydro Award and Vancouver Creekside Paddling Centre (MMM Group/WSP) received IESBC’s 2017 Vision Award.

    The IES’s National Illumination Awards will be presented on August 10 at the IES Conference in Oregon.

    IESBC aims to bring together the best of BC’s lighting professionals, including lighting designers, engineers, architects, interior designers, manufacturers, representatives and distributors. The organization offers monthly seminars to educate trade and residential designers or anyone interested in learning more about the lighting industry.

    For more information on IESBC, including membership, upcoming BC seminars, and how to get involved, visit

  • Industry News

    Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has joined the Continental Automated Building Association (CABA), a global not-for-profit group dedicated to the advancement of connected home and intelligent building technology. Fulham has been developing standalone intelligent lighting management systems to supplement the company’s comprehensive line of LED lighting products.

    With the water battery, Max Bögl Wind AG has developed a completely new large-scale storage facility, which sets new standards in a technologically innovative way. For the first time, the production of power from renewable energies, such as from a wind or solar farm or from biomass, will be combined with a modern pumped-storage power plant. The water battery can store surplus power from the grid and the energy can bereused as required. It acts as a short-term storage facility and contributes to maintaining stability of the grid, as well as guaranteeing continuous, uninterrupted supply.

  • Keeping Current

    ELEC-TECH SALES LTD. announces the retirement of John Baron after 31 years with the company – the last 20 years as its President.

    John has had a long and illuminating Electrical industry career spanning over 37 years. His journey started after graduating from U. of Manitoba and joining Sylvania Lighting in a Sales and Marketing role in Calgary and Edmonton.

    John's career path opportunities moved him to British Columbia where he soon joined Elec-Tech Sales in 1986. John managed sales and marketing initiatives throughout his outside sales role and territory coverage, eventually becoming President in 1997.

    LAFERT NORTH AMERICA, a Manufacturer of metric AC Motors, metric gearboxes and coolant pumps, announces the following appointments:

    Mario Hartard has been appointed Account Manager/Business Development. Mario brings 17 years of experience in the Electrical Power industry and has developed expertise across the North American market in the area of Mines & Metals, Public Utilities and Oil & Gas. He holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana – Mexico.

    OUELLET CANADA National Sales Manager, Stéphane Larocque, announces the appointment of Vincent Tremblay as Sales Representative for the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

    Vincent, a dynamic, proactive and motivated person with extensive knowledge of the construction market, will start his new role in early September 2017. In the meantime, William Healey, Territory Manager of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, will cover Eric's territory.

    Headquartered in L'Islet, Quebec, Ouellet Canada Inc. develops, manufactures and markets electric heating products throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

  • Product Showcase

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    AC Opal measures just 7/8” deep by 7 ¼” wide. The low profile is ideal for bathrooms, laundries, utility areas, pantries, closets, showers and more. The fixture is dimmable and produces even illumination with 1050 lumen (15W) at 90+CRI.  A white polymer lens diffuser eliminates LED diode images.

    The family of Push-in CAGE CLAMP® PCB Terminal Block complete the roll out of the new additions to WAGO solutions. This new family is composed of three series (2624, 2626, 2636) offering streamlined, compact connections for all wire types. Solid and ferruled wires can be directly pushed in for connection, while tool-actuated termination is available parallel to the conductor entry for stranded wire and for the release of all wire types. These PCB terminal blocks are perfect for panel feed through applications because operation and wire entry are from the same plane.

    Real estate in industrial and factory buildings is nearly always at a premium, so instead of using expensive space unnecessarily, Hammond Manufacturing offers a range of three sizes of fold down shelves. FDS Series shelves can be mounted either to the internal or external surface of the door or to the side of a cabinet. The shelves, rated at 100 lbs capacity, lock solidly up into the horizontal position when required and then fold down out of the way to save floor space when they are not needed.

    A new 200 W LED driver from the ADVANCED range – a high-performance component for high-bay industrial luminaires – has been added to Tridonic’s industrial portfolio. The 0-10 V dimmable driver cannot fail to impress thanks to its unniversal input voltage range, IP 67 protection and high temperature resistance.

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