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The Annual General Meeting of the Electrical Association of Manitoba was held Thursday, Nov. 19th at the Hilton Hotel. Appointment of the Board of Directors for 2015-2016 was confirmed at the meeting. The following is the list of board members. A special welcome to the following new board members. The board meets on the last Wednesday of each month with the exception of the summer months. Meetings are open for any member to attend.
Todd Kjartanson — Chief Electrical Inspector, Manitoba Hydro
Mike Van Dam — Manager, Black and Macdonald
Theo Heinaman — President, 1Life Workplace Health and Safety
Derek Kochenash — Chair, Electrical, Math and Science Adm., Red River College
Robert Semchyshyn, President, Tri-Star Technical Ltd., was named President of the Electrical Association of Manitoba at the organizations Annual General Meeting, held Nov. 19th.
Established in 1997, Tri-Star has become one of the leading Low Voltage
Providers / Electrical contractors
servicing the province of Manitoba. He has
been with the company
since 1997. Prior to working with Tri-Star, he was a product specialist
(electrical and communication
products) for five years with Nedco (national electrical distributor).
The event will be held at
Heather Curling Club on Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2016, at 8:30 am.
Watch for team entry and registration information in the near future.
I know it doesn't feel like it now with this warm weather, but as soon as we get a nice dump of that white stuff, the urge to ride will take hold!
The 7th Annual Ride for the Kids is planned for Friday, Feb. 26th, 2016 (please see attachment). Please register directly with the EAM, formerly the MEL.
Please feel free to pass this onto anyone wishing to participate in and outside of our industry, everyone is invited but we are limited to 150 participants for the luncheon. First come, first served...
If you are a business owner/manager we would appreciate it if you could place the attached event info on your bulletin board. If you wish to donate corporately to this wonderful cause, you can do so directly to the Children's Wish Foundation and mention our ride. I believe they will issue you a tax receipt for your donation.
Once again this year, we will be having a live auction for prizes with 100 per cent of the proceeds benefiting Children's Wish! Please support this fantastic cause in whatever way you can, either by donating a prize for the auction or by actively bidding on a prize.
Thank you all in advance for your participation!
President / General Manager
ABCO Supply & Service Ltd.
1346 Spruce St.
In the near future, you will be receiving your invoice for 2016 membership renewal. Membership fees remain at 2015 levels.
We need to know if your current listing is correct, along with the names of company contacts. Please advise us of any changes so that our database may be updated. This information will also be used for the 2016 Annual membership Directory. We want to ensure that all your company information is accurate.
Please take time now to review your listing, and if changes are required, contact the EAM office directly at 204-783-4125, or email email@example.com.
Manitoba is poised to be among Canada's leaders in economic growth in the next two years.
The province is expected to have the second-fastest growing economy in the country in 2016, just behind British Columbia, then follow that up with an even stronger 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada (CBOC).
The CBOC, which released its provincial outlook report on Monday, said Manitoba's economy should see real GDP growth of 2.5 per cent in 2016 and 3.0 per cent in 2017.
Manitoba Hydro recently filed a supplemental application to the Public Utilities Board of Manitoba (PUB) for approval of an interim rate increase of 3.95 per cent, effective April 1, 2016. Manitoba Hydro had originally asked the PUB to approve this rate increase as part of its General Rate Application last year.
"The increase we applied for continues the approach of requesting moderate, predictable rate increases each year to fund the expansion of our generation and transmission system, as well as the renewal and modernization of our grid," said Darren Rainkie, Chief Financial Officer for Manitoba Hydro.
Manitoba Hydro is mid-way through a two-year, $4.6 million project to upgrade and modernize the electrical distribution system in west Brandon.
The utility is upgrading the voltage of the primary distribution system from 4,000 volts to 12,000 volts to meet increasing customer demands for energy in the area. Higher voltages allow for more electricity to be carried on the local distribution network, resulting in additional load-carrying capacity.
The provincial government is partnering with the Winnipeg Airport Authority to bring electric vehicle technology to the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
"Making the switch to electric vehicles strengthens Manitoba's energy independence by enabling us to move away from imported fossil fuels and subsequently lowering environmental impact through a reduction in emissions," said Kaeryn Gregory, an associate at Stantec, who was at the announcement.
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Bob Parsons believes 90 per cent of the Winnipeg Transit fleet should be electric.
We have the technology to do so including the longer lasting batteries so it's very possible.
Parsons is an energy consultant to the provincial government and a key member of the city-provincial task force studying the issue. He also rides the bus! The committee is expected to provide a road map on how to accomplish the goal by the spring. New Flyer Industries builds the buses and Red River College has been a key partner in developing the technology.
By any metric, the renewable energy sector is a growth industry. By the end of 2014, there were 7.7 million jobs in the renewable energy industry worldwide, up 18 per cent over the year before. This according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. And that doesn't include large hydro.
For its part, the U.S. is doing very well, thank you: Solar jobs topped 174,000 in 2014, eclipsing coal jobs by a significant margin.
Health Canada said all seasonal lights manufactured by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanterns "may pose a serious safety risk."
The agency said the indoor and outdoor lights have been widely distributed across Canada in a number of stores under a wide variety of brand names. The affected products include Halloween and Christmas lights.
Health Canada started testing the lights after receiving a number of incident reports. Its testing uncovered hazards in several products, including overheating, as well as the risk of fire and electric shock.
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