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    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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    Power management company Eaton has announced tips aimed at helping professionals properly report counterfeit electrical products. The tips will assist professionals throughout the electrical supply chain with tools to recognize and report suspect products to ultimately help brands and law enforcement identify potential counterfeit product supply chains. Eaton developed these tips in response to results from its joint survey with the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC). Survey results...
    In an effort to continue to improve the safety of firefighters and the people they protect, the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) announced the completion of a new training program for firefighters. The program addresses safety considerations and fire fighting protocols for successfully fighting fires where photovoltaic systems are in place. The CanSIA - OAFC partnership began in April of this year when both organizations...
    UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announces that Canadian stakeholders, with the assistance of UL technical experts, are set to begin work on the development of an electric utility meter standard for Canada. The new standard will cover the electrical safety of electric utility meters, addressing a concern raised by multiple stakeholders across Canada. To facilitate an expedited process, the current Standard for Electric Utility Meters, UL 2735, already being used in both Canada and the United...
    Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, Wai Young, introduced a Private Members Bill that aims to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to better reflect the severity of interference with Critical Infrastructure including the growing problem of copper theft from electricity facilities. “The introduction of this bill is a significant development as we seek to actively deter copper theft,” said Jim Burpee, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). “Given the high price of...
    Industry Minister James Moore announced the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) into law. Counterfeit and pirated goods are a growing threat to the Canadian and global economy. They undermine innovation, diminish brand integrity and threaten economic growth as well as the health and safety of Canadians. Under this new law, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be able to take action to prevent illegal counterfeit goods from entering Canada's economy. CBSA will...

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    • January 8, 2015

      The new edition of CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety has been extensively revised and updated, with expanded criteria and guidance material. It has also been aligned with the changes and revisions to the 2015 edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I and in parallel with the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E. The 2015 edition of CSA Z462 reflects a major shift towards risk assessment, with new definitions that harmonize with other safety standards such as CSA Z1000 and Z1002. It also adds a considerable amount of resource material geared towards organizations seeking to make electrical safety an in...

    • January 12, 2015

      A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for distributed energy storage systems (DESSs), including global market forecasts for power capacity, energy capacity, and revenue through 2024.

      One of the fastest-growing markets for energy storage globally, distributed energy storage is the focus of rapid innovation and intense competition. In particular, residential and commercial energy storage has far exceeded industry expectations for growth and market volume in 2014, and is poised for significant growth in the coming years. According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from DESSs is expected to grow from $452 million annually in 2014 to more than $16.5 billion in 2024.

      “The development of advanced battery chemistries, including lit...

    • January 12, 2015

      The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and Plug’n Drive are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 Canadian Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards Program.

      Dealerships in Canada selling electric vehicles (EVs) are encouraged to self-nominate for these one-of-a-kind awards for leadership in EV sales: Leading Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Dealership Award, Leading Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) Dealership Award, and the EV Dealership Inspiration Award.

      “EVs are here to stay and their potential to transform the transportation sector is becoming more obvious and more attainable,” said Jim R. Burpee, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association. “There are many factors at play as we strive to maximize the technology, not the least of which is the r...

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    • January 30, 2015

      CALPIPE INDUSTRIES, INC. announces the hiring of Jebco Agencies, Inc. to represent its brands Calbrite, Calbond, and Calconduit in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Western Canada. Jebco is a well-established organization that recently celebrated 25 years of excellent service to a variety of industrial markets and maintains offices in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina to serve its customers throughout the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Western Ontario. “We are excited to announce this new and expanded partnership with Jebco Agencies, Inc,” Jim Johnson, Calpipe’s VP Sales & Marketing said. “Jebco is one of the finest agencies and we are very grateful for the opportunity to work with...

    • January 12, 2015

      FUSETEK announces the appointment of Jarrod Pridham as Ontario Regional Sales Manager. Jarrod is a graduate of St. Lawrence College as an Engineering System Engineering Technician. He has an extensive background in the electrical industry as a sales representative and has shown significant growth managing two large sales territories. Jarrod will be responsible for all sales and sales representatives in Ontario and will report directly to the National Sales Manager.


    • January 12, 2015

      FUSETEK announces the appointment of Laplante-Ricard & Associés as its sales representatives for the Quebec and Ottawa Valley markets. Laplante-Ricard & Associés bring a great amount of experience and market knowledge to support their efforts in the territory. Fusetek is very excited to have them on board and pleased to have them join the Fusetek family. Join Fusetek in welcoming Marc Laplante, Denis Ricard and the rest of the Laplante-Ricard team. Laplante-Ricard and Associés can be contacted at 450-670-3958 or visit www.laplante-ricard.com.


    • January 8, 2015

      CANADIAN ELECTRICITY ASSOCIATION (CEA) Board of Directors announce the appointment of the Honourable Sergio Marchi as President and Chief Executive Officer of CEA, effective February 9, 2015. Mr. Marchi is currently the Principal of the Marchi Group, a global strategies consultancy based in Geneva Switzerland. Mr. Marchi will be replacing Jim R. Burpee, who informed the CEA Board last...

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    • January 12, 2015

      Greenlee® / A Textron Company continues to drive efficiency and innovation with its new Compact Field Office that allows users to have real time information when they need it. With enough space to install a flat-screen monitor, computer system, and other electronic office equipment into one compact storage unit, contractors can use electronic prints instead of struggling with big, often out-of-date, paper... read more

    • January 12, 2015

      Honeywell expanded its line of HDZ Series PTZ cameras by adding analog technology that gives companies more affordable options to augment their video surveillance systems. The newest analog HDZ PTZ camera offers image quality and features comparable to the line’s IP cameras, including indoor/outdoor zoom and 360-degree capabilities.

      Ideal for mid-range to high-end facilities across a range of industries, the HDZ Series... read more

    • January 11, 2015

      MaxLite releases its second generation of LED Pendant Round HighBay fixtures, engineered with increased efficacy, two distribution options and new dimming capabilities, to meet the challenges of high ceiling lighting applications.

      The new 150-watt Pendant Round HighBay with narrow beam distribution delivers 14,969 lumens and an efficacy of 96.7 lumens per watt (lm/W), a 20 percent increase over previous models. With... read more

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