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Please be our guest at the 2015 Manitoba Electrical Expo
Dear Electrical Industry Professionals,

Please accept this as our personal invitation to attend the 2015 Manitoba Electrical Expo, May 20-21, 2015, at the Red River Exhibition Park in Winnipeg.

The Electrical Expo is a reincarnation of the tri-annual Showcase event, which has been in Winnipeg for almost 20 years under the supervision and guidance of the Electrical Association of Manitoba. The new expo has been completely redesigned with a new look, new goal, and best of all a new direction for the electrical industry in Manitoba.

The Electrical Expo will "Kick Off" with a beautiful hot breakfast on the morning of May 20th from 8:00 — 9:45 am with special guest Kyle Walters, General Manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as our featured speaker. The breakfast will be held on the main floor of the Assiniboia Downs, right next door to the Expo. Click here to register for the breakfast!

Invitations have gone out to all industry leaders across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northwestern Ontario. We hope you will be one of our selected visitors.

Please use our convenient online registration form to secure your spot in the Expo, and in one or all of our seminars.

Thank you,

Gord Macpherson
Executive Director
Electrical Association of Manitoba

P.S. — Please help us spread the word! Feel free to forward this to all your friends in the industry. As much as we have tried to reach everyone, there will be people we missed.
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The 2015 Manitoba Electrical Expo launches Seminar Series
With the Manitoba Electrical Expo just two weeks away, the speaker and seminar line up is now ready to share.

This year's Expo will feature less seminars, but with a focus on specific education tracks guaranteed to inform and educate the attendees.

The focus is on codes, technologies and more codes for 2015. The need for keeping abreast is ever-changing and the Canadian standards for excellence is no exception. Check out presentations by Shermco, Schneider Electric, Crestron, Electrical Safety Program, Thomas & Betts, Manitoba Hydro and more.

Highlighted seminar topics include:
• CSA Electrical Code Update
• CSA Z463
• CSA Z462, 3rd edition changes
• Manitoba Energy Code For Building
• Power Management & Energy Efficiency
• Emergency Lighting Controls
• An Overview of DALI Lighting Controls

There is no charge to attend the Expo, but advance registration is recommended!

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Manitoba Hydro: Manitoba Electrical Code 2015
The 2015 Manitoba Electrical Code is expected to be published and available from Manitoba Hydro in early June 2015. The document will contain the local amendments, and technical interpretations to the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code.

The planned effective date for the 2015 Manitoba Electrical Code is Aug. 1, 2015. Electrical permits taken on or after that date would follow the new 2015 Manitoba Electrical Code.

Darren Gagnon from Manitoba Hydro will be presenting an update and explanation of the many changes to the electrical code at the Manitoba Electrical Expo on May 20 and 21, 2015.

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 In the Media

Manitoba maintains spending in budget
Journal of Commerce
The province of Manitoba plans to keep its "foot on the gas pedal" with its 2015 budget, announced Finance Minister Greg Dewar. The budget includes more than $1 billion in infrastructure spending. "Manitoba is forecast by the Conference Board of Canada to have the strongest economic growth in Canada over the next two years. Manitoba firms are showing their confidence in the province's future by hiring and expanding," Dewar said.
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Winnipeg receiving $65 million from province for infrastructure
The Manitoba government is funding nearly $65 million in infrastructure projects in Winnipeg this year. Premier Greg Selinger and Mayor Brian Bowman jointly announced the funding agreement recently at the corner of Ness Avenue and St. James Street. "The city's 2015 budget dedicated $103 million — a record level investment — into Winnipeg's roads this year," Bowman said.
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City construction heats up
The Carillon
Warmer weather is bringing about a season of construction in Steinbach with intersection improvements, asphalt overlays and pathway construction all to take place over the coming months. Roadwork is beginning on Elmdale Avenue (between Reimer Avenue and Barkman Avenue) and Lumber Avenue (between Main Street and Elmdale Avenue) shortly with road closures expected.
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Winnipeg making strides to modernize city streets
The city is calling it a "first step in long-term commitment to support and encourage walking and cycling." The Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies will be up for approval at a Public Works Committee Meeting. The report outlines all kinds of plans to improve connectivity, convenience, safety, accessibility, and maintenance of bicycle and sidewalk networks. Public engagement has been key to the planning process. Thousands of Winnipeggers have given feedback that shows they want a better Winnipeg for those on bikes and on foot.
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Video: Councillor to propose the zipper merge for Winnipeg
Metro News
A local councillor says there's a simple way to help alleviate traffic construction delays, and he hopes city council will help. St. Boniface councilor Matt Allard says he will bring forth a motion at the upcoming city council meeting to study implementing what's called the zipper merge when roads are closed due to construction. "For those who have experienced the zipper merge, where the driver culture is that people understand how it works, there's likely some benefit to be had for Winnipeg drivers and at very little cost."
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Tesla battery could power big change in electricity use
CBC News
Those in the Canadian electricity business are still trying to figure out what Tesla's bold battery announcement will mean for the industry. Tesla Motors envisions home, businesses and industry adopting its new type of batteries that can store electricity for significant amounts of time. At some point, the Powerwall batteries could change how electricity is produced, transported and consumed.
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Labour shortage stunts construction
Northern Ontario Business
The skilled trades labour shortage is the greatest obstacle holding back the Northeast's construction industry, says the executive director of the Sudbury Construction Association. "Some of our tradesmen are making six figures, but nobody seems to want to go in the trades," said Denis Shank. "We have a huge shortage of electricians and carpenters."
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