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    David Mckenzie

    David Mckenzie is a lawyer practicing construction and commercial litigation at Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP in Vancouver. He is called to the bar of British Columbia.

    As a subcontractor, what do I need to know about Subcontractor Default Insurance?

    Subcontractor Default Insurance... The Subcontractor’s Perspective

    The last ten years have seen the increasing emergence of Subcontractor Default Insurance, which has been marketed as an alternative to the conventional bonding approach. Subcontractor Default Insurance, or Subguard®, the trade name used by Zurich North America for its Subcontractor Default Insurance, has become fairly common on larger construction projects, and subcontractors must be aware of its potential effect on them and on the project.

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    Following the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) by the House of Commons today, Industry Minister James Moore made the following statement: "Counterfeit goods that enter the Canadian market not only harm our economy and businesses but also can be a dangerous threat to our consumers and families. That is why our government introduced the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, which will give our border guards the tools they need to work with Canadian rights holders to stop...
    The world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) process on a coal-fired power plant officially opened October 2nd at Boundary Dam Power Station in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Premier Brad Wall, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd, and SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson were on hand to officially open the project. “Over the past six years, Saskatchewan has become a global hub of innovation, especially in agriculture...
    Hydro One announces that the refurbishment of an international transmission circuit linking Ontario and Michigan is complete. The $6.8 million investment refurbished 24 towers on the 5.5 km circuit that runs from Sarnia Scott TS to the Mid River Junction Bunce Creek at the St. Clair River. The work involved replacing five transmission towers and strengthening the steel on 19 towers in accordance with Canadian Safety Authority Standards. "The refurbishment of this critical asset ensures...
    CSEM announces the world's first white solar modules. This innovative technology is particularly attractive to the building industry where solar elements can blend into a building's skin and become virtually hidden energy sources. Applications in the consumer goods sector are also expected. Currently, the market lacks photovoltaic (PV) products specifically designed to be integrated into buildings. Most PV modules, built to maximize sunlight absorption, appear blue-black. This appearance,...
    GE announced it has achieved its 1,500th installed wind turbine in Canada, bringing GE's total of installed wind capacity across Canada to 2 gigawatts – or enough equivalent energy to power over 435,000 Canadian homes. GE is celebrating this milestone with wind industry peers at this week's CanWEA 2014 Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Montreal. The landmark turbine is a GE 1.6-100 wind turbine for China Longyuan...

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    • October 28, 2014

      GE announced it has achieved its 1,500th installed wind turbine in Canada, bringing GE's total of installed wind capacity across Canada to 2 gigawatts – or enough equivalent energy to power over 435,000 Canadian homes. GE is celebrating this milestone with wind industry peers at this week's CanWEA 2014 Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Montreal.

      The landmark turbine is a GE 1.6-100 wind turbine f...

    • November 27, 2014

      On November 25th, 26th and 27th, invited guests representing Edmonton’s residential construction industry experienced GoRave multi-room wireless audio from inside a new, modern $1.2 million custom-built home located in the Bonnie Doon area of south east Edmonton, Alberta.

      With GoRave, multi-room audio has been transformed from complicated and expensive to simple and accessible to everyone. The li...

    • November 25, 2014

      Manitoba Hydro has secured access to 90 percent of the right of way required for construction of the 1,400 kilometre Bipole III transmission line. Voluntary easement agreements have been reached with over 250 private landowners, and steps are now being taken to secure the remaining right of way.

      "We are making good progress in moving forward to build this line, which is critical to providing an affordable, reliable electricity supply to Manitobans," said Bryan Luce, Vice-President, Manitoba Hydro.

      "Extensive public engagement on the project included over 400 meetings between 2008 and 2013. In addition, formal hearings were held by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission. Significant route adjustments were made through these processes. We have been working over the past y...

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    • November 25, 2014

      SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the Canadian launch of QuoteFAST, an online tool designed to help contractors and distributors increase their profits and productivity. QuoteFAST is a free, cloud-based application that gives contractors faster quotes and drawings, accurate bills of materials, and access to Schneider Electric product and pricing information at the click of a button.

      “We know this is an industry where speed, accuracy and flexibility rule,” says Susan Uthayakumar, vice president of the partner business at Schneider Electric Canada. “Our customers told us they wanted a simpler purchasing process. We used that input to develop QuoteFAST, a tool that enables users to manage...

    • November 24, 2014

      CALBRITE™, s leading brand of stainless steel conduit, fittings and accessories is now in stock in Brampton, Ontario. With the continued growth of Calbrite’s Stainless Steel products, this location is expected to help meet increasing demand and will stock a complete line of stainless steel rigid conduit, couplings, conduit bodies, flex connectors, hubs, and various straps and clamps.

      “By maintaining stock position in Ontario, this will allow Calbrite to better service the Canadian market through quicker and more timely shipments,” said Matt Westerfield, Director of Operations for Calbrite. “Expanding our presence in the Canadian market helps us to better reach our valued current customers, while also introducing new customers to the quality...

    • November 12, 2014

      FM SUPPLY, an independtly owned electrical wholesale distributor headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, announces the opening of a new branch in Stratford. The new 3,000 sq. ft. facility will be designed in an open
      warehouse counter configuration and will be located at 191 Griffith
      Road, Stratford, Ontario N5A 6S4. Jacques Beaulieu has been announced as branch manager and will launch with three full time staff. FM Supply had conducted independent market research that identified a number of markets to consider and Stratford was their first choice.

      “Both Ron Fields and myself see a great need for a strong Independent Electrical Wholesaler that represents first class manufactures and provides a level of service our...

    • November 8, 2014

      INTACT LIGHTING GROUP President and Principal, Forrest Jones, announces that Stephen Watson, formerly of Stanpro Lighting Systems has joined the company in a Senior Specification and Sales position. "His years of industry experience and knowledge in the electrical community will be a true asset to inTact Lighting and we look forward to his continued service for years to come" said Forrest.

      inTact Lighting also announces the addition of Trevor Bierema as its second Quotation Specialist in the Newmarket-based office. Trevor has a background in sales and project coordination and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Redeemer University. He can be reached at 905.535.5555 or e-mail...

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