POWERLINE PLUS AMOUNG CANADA’S BUSINESS ELITE

POWERLINE PLUS AMOUNG CANADA’S BUSINESS ELITE

Elite: a select part of a group that is considered superior to the rest in terms of ability or quality. As a leader in the industry, Powerline Plus is considered to be an elite utility contractor, so it seems fitting to be featured in Business Elite Canada Magazine this month. In the informative and inspiring article, readers will get an insight into Powerline’s humble beginnings, and the exponential growth we have experienced since then.

Check out the article here: http://www.businesselitecanada.com/emag/dec-2016/#24

POWERLINE ATTENDS “BEST MANAGED” AWARDS GALA

POWERLINE ATTENDS “BEST MANAGED” AWARDS GALA

On April 12th, 2016, Powerline Plus Ltd was honoured to attend the Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards gala. Companies from all over Canada traveled to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to enjoy the evening’s festivities. Hosted by CBC’s Heather Hiscox and Gold medal Olympian Jon Montgomery, the night included an awards presentation highlighting some of Canada’s best business leadership talent, a catered dinner, and a spectacular performance by Tom Cochrane. Powerline Plus is overjoyed to be named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2015 and looks forward to the opportunities this prestigious designation will bring.

TORONTO’S POWERLINE PLUS LTD. NAMED ONE OF CANADA’S BEST MANAGED COMPANIES

TORONTO’S POWERLINE PLUS LTD. NAMED ONE OF CANADA’S BEST MANAGED COMPANIES

Toronto, ON – March 9, 2016 – Powerline Plus Ltd.was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2015 for excellence in business performance. The Best Managed program recognizes Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

“I would like to recognize the entire efforts of Powerline Plus Ltd. It takes a dedicated effort from an entire team to focus on a core vision, create stakeholder value and excel in the global economy to achieve this level of success,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

Throughout the program’s judging process, it became clear that Powerline’s self-reliance is and will continue to be a driving factor behind the company’s success. Powerline Plus consistently identifies opportunities for improvement and is able to implement any solution seamlessly into everyday processes. For example, when slow concrete deliveries began causing project delays, Powerline built its own independent concrete plant to supply operations.  “By not relying on external resources, we’re in complete control of the projects from beginning to end on all fronts. That allows us to meet deadlines, cost, quality and workmanship,” said Giselle Matin, Executive Vice President, Legal.

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel on overall business performance, including leadership, strategy, core competencies, cross-functional collaboration throughout organization, and talent.

2015 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award, along with Requalified, Gold Standard, Gold Requalified winners and Platinum Club members will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 12, 2016. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders. Powerline Plus Ltd aims to re-qualify in 2016 for the Canada’s Best Managed Designation, and hopes to continue to achieve Gold Standard and eventually Platinum Club Member status.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. To read the article featured in the National Post’s Financial Post, click here.

About Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on five levels: 1) Best Managed winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Requalified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation); 4) Gold Requalified member (Gold Standard winners may requalify for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 5) Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca

About Powerline Plus Ltd.  

Powerline Plus Ltd. is a privately owned and operated utility infrastructure company. Established in 1990, Powerline Plus specializes in providing turn-key solutions, offering clients design, engineering, procurement and construction services for both overhead and underground utilities. Powerline Plus sets the benchmark for unparalleled performance in the industry, and its integrated approach ensures consistent high quality projects from beginning to end.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: CLONMORE PHASE 2

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: CLONMORE PHASE 2

Powerline Plus, under contract to Toronto Hydro, has begun phase 2 of Project E15568 Clonmore – a rear lot conversion where overhead electrical distribution cables are replaced with a hidden underground design. Currently, the homes in this area are being powered by transformers atop poles in resident’s backyards, making it increasingly challenging for hydro workers and contractors to access and maintain the equipment. A quick drive through this family-friendly community and you’ll see a group of diverse homes including original bungalows nestled between newly built models. Modernizing the electrical distribution system in this area is beneficial to the longevity of each home, old or new.

Powerline was asked to engineer and construct Phase 1 and 2 of the project on behalf of Toronto Hydro to improve the level of reliable service to the area. The civil construction was completed in Phase 1 in the winter of 2015, and Phase 2 construction is now underway. Powerline was able to complete the challenging construction of Phase 1 on schedule and with great support from the community. One resident of Ferncroft Drive, who was affected by the construction in Phase 1 wrote a letter to Powerline’s head office addressed to senior management. In the letter, the resident explained how the crews working in her area were “always polite, helpful, patient, courteous, professional and so much more”. The resident noted how the crew members “answer questions to the best of their ability…using common language when trying to help [homeowners] understand what is taking place”. All Foreman and Supervisory staff, noticeable by their white hard hats, are experienced in communicating with homeowners and do their best to help ease any residents’ concerns throughout construction. With such positive momentum from the first Phase of the project, Powerline Plus is looking forward to just as many successes throughout Phase 2.

The scope of work for Clonmore Phase 2 involves the construction of 12 new underground transformer vaults, approximately 36 tap boxes and hundreds of meters of new concrete encased conduit eventually housing primary electrical cable. The project timeline is from February 2016 with the electrical Phase carrying over into late 2017.

For further information or questions relating to any Powerline Plus project, email info@www.powerlineplus.com or call 416-750-3800.

WINTER CONSTRUCTION AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

WINTER CONSTRUCTION AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

t’s that time of year once again: Winter. Where the days get shorter, the snow begins to fall, and your furnace is working overtime. While snow and below freezing temperatures may slow construction operations, they certainly don’t stop them. Powerline Plus works on various projects throughout the winter season, taking extra precaution when digging where frost is present. Our minimally invasive vacuum excavation and other tried and true winter construction methods enable us to continue working on our projects throughout the cold months of January through March. This makes it easy to fulfill all obligations to our clients, providing quality solutions that are delivered on time and within budget.

While our civil and electrical crews continue to work throughout the winter, safety is, as always, our top priority.  We provide warm winter high visibility/fire retardant gear to all our workers who face the elements including winter jackets, gloves, hats, coveralls and more. Our large fleet of trucks and small vehicles are serviced with an essential winter tire installation and tune-up by our in house mechanic shop. In addition, we hold our annual safety meeting during the first months of the year, where discussions and presentations revolve around working safe in all conditions.

Some of our current winter projects include: Sheppard and Victoria Park Underground Rebuild, Hogg’s Hollow Phase 4 Electrical Rebuild, Adelaide and Yonge Vault Rebuild, Greystone Walk Underground Rebuild, Eastwood Underground Rebuild, and many more.

Short term planned and controlled power outages are scheduled on various projects throughout the winter months, but it is important to be prepared for emergency situations where the duration of a power outage may be unknown. Follow Toronto Hydro’s tips here to learn what to include in a 72-hour emergency kit in case winter weather wreaks havoc on your local distribution system.

Although not all aspects of a project can be completed in the winter, such as topsoil and sod restoration, Powerline Plus ensures to tie up any loose ends come the spring. Once snow and frost begin to melt, its business as usual while we gear up for another busy and successful year!

Stay Warm and Happy New Year!

SEASON OF GIVING: POWERLINE PLUS SUPPORTS PROJECT ENGAGEMENT

SEASON OF GIVING: POWERLINE PLUS SUPPORTS PROJECT ENGAGEMENT

The Holiday season is in full swing at the Powerline headquarters; the construction themed tree is up, the decorations are out, and the donation boxes are scattered around the office ready to be filled with non-perishable food items for those less fortunate. This year, Powerline is supporting Project Engagement. Founded by local City Councilor Michael Thompson and Toronto businessman Vincent Gasparro in 2004, this inspiring not-for-profit organization aims to provide food, clothing, and other household necessities to various families around the GTA.

The organization’s success can be best described by the positive impact they are making in our community. In Project Engagement’s first year, they were able to help 40 families have a happy and healthy holiday season; this year, they aim to feed upwards of 400. Each family is given around 5 boxes; enough fresh and non-perishable food and household items to last them an entire month!

Powerline Plus is contributing to the cause by donating $1000.00, urging our employees to help fill 4 large size food donation boxes, as well as attending the Project’s “distribution day”, where the boxes will be packed at Ellesmere Community Center in Scarborough and shipped out to the deserving families.

For more information and to find out how you can volunteer or donate please visit www.projectengagement.org

Have a safe and happy Holidays!

POWERLINE WINS “EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR” AWARD FOR 2015: TORONTO REGION BOARD OF TRADE

POWERLINE WINS “EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR” AWARD FOR 2015: TORONTO REGION BOARD OF TRADE

Toronto Region Board of Trade Congratulates our 2015 Business Excellence Award Winners

TORONTO, ON, November 5, 2015 — At a gala event last night Toronto Region Board of Trade announced the winners of its 2015 Business Excellence Awards. Winners and nominees were honoured for their business success and their impact and contribution to the local community. Eligible companies had annual revenues up to $50-million and an employee base of no more than 500 people and winners were selected by a panel of judges.

“Whether you’re a leader in food and beverage industry, an exciting tech company, or a young entrepreneur breaking into the business world, the stories we’ve heard tonight show that the Toronto region is a fantastic place to live, work, and importantly start a business,” said Douglas Goold, Vice President of Policy, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Toronto Region Board of Trade. “We’re honoured to celebrate the success of some truly deserving businesses.”

This year’s winners are:

 

2016 Business Leader Steam Whistle Brewing
Employer of the Year
Powerline Plus
Global Reach INKAS® Group of Companies
Local Economic Impact DMZ at Ryerson University

 

Community Service Capitalize for Kids

 

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year MediaOne Creative Inc.

 

Under 30 Myplanet

 

Sustainability FoodShare Toronto
Technology Innovation SAMETRICA

 

“It’s an honour to be recognized by the business community to win Employer of the Year. Powerline strives to make a positive impact on the communities in which we work, and the people whom we employ, and this achievement reaffirms that” said Giselle Matin, Executive Vice President, Legal at Powerline Plus Ltd.

“The most important thing for Cam [Heaps] and me, and I know this is the case for a lot of the small business folks, is to see consumers enjoying the work that you’ve done,” said Greg Taylor, Co-founder, Steam Whistle Brewing.

The gala was held at Toronto Region Board of Trade and the Master of Ceremonies was comedian Jennifer Grant.

About Toronto Region Board of Trade (www.bot.com)
Founded in 1845, Toronto Region Board of Trade is the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre, connecting more than 12,000 members and 250,000 business professionals and influencers throughout the Toronto region. The Board fuels the economic, social and cultural vitality of the entire Toronto region by fostering powerful collaborations among business, government, thought leaders, and community builders. Toronto Region Board of Trade plays a vital role in elevating the quality of life and global competitiveness of Canada’s largest urban centre. Follow us at @TorontoRBOT.


For further information:
Matthew Kofsky
Toronto Region Board of Trade
416-862-4558
mkofsky@bot.com

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign that is organized by major breast cancer charities around the globe to help raise awareness and drive fundraising campaigns that support the fight against the disease. Many of our lives are affected by cancer, and according to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada 1 in 9 women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime.  Powerline Plus fully supports and encourages the fight against breast cancer in many ways within our own organization. In addition to making monthly financial contributions to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Powerline Plus creates a powerful statement in the community with one of our large vaccum excavation trucks that is wrapped in pink and white in support of breast cancer awareness.

The truck is eye catching, and Powerline Plus workers report that it gets a lot of attention while they are working around the city, helping to drive home the important message of breast cancer awareness.  Dedicating a month to Breast Cancer Awareness is significant because it aims to educate the public about risk factors for breast cancer and help fund programs and research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of the disease. The contributions made by companies like Powerline may one day help to provide the scientific breakthroughs that are needed to overcome the disease.

We encourage you to read the tips and follow the guidelines set out by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation:

  1. Knowing your breast cancer risks and reducing them. Some of the risk factors:
    1. Gender: while men can develop breast cancer, it is 100 times more common among women than men.
    2. Genetic: About 5-10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary.
    3. Family history: having close relatives with breast cancer can double a woman’s risk.
    4. Race and Ethnicity: Caucasian women are more likely to develop breast cancer.
  2. Booking a mammogram with your doctor and have regular screening. Please see your family doctor if you feel you are at risk and want to get tested.
  3. Donating to breast cancer organizations, some of these are: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Society, Rethink Breast Cancer and Canadian Cancer Society.

8 TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE ENERGY DURING THE FALL AND WINTER

8 TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE ENERGY DURING THE FALL AND WINTER

At Powerline Plus, we always emphasize the importance of energy efficiency to both our employees and consumers. This message becomes especially relevant during the colder fall and winter months as heating usages soar across the Greater Toronto Area. Heating your home or business can account for over 60 per cent of your electricity bill. Below are 8 tips that can help you save energy during the coldest months of the year, and ultimately help you save money too.

    1. Use the latest technology and install a programmable thermostat that will allow you to effortlessly manage your heating, even when you’re not home. Smartphones and a smart home have revolutionized the way many of us live. Almost all new programmable thermostats allow you to connect to your home’s heating through your phone. You can change the heating temperatures of your home or business at the touch of a button. Many people see the high costs of a programmable thermostat in the short-term. Most research shows that you will more than make-up the cost difference in the first year by the energy you save.
    2. A general rule of thumb, turn down your thermostat to levels you are comfortable with. For every degree you lower, your heating costs can be reduced by 3 per cent. When your thermostat is properly set, you can reduce heating by up to 10 per cent.
    3. During sunny fall and winter days, allow sunlight to naturally heat up your home. During the cold night, you should close your curtains to reduce the chills.
    4. Air leakage drains the heat in your home and it is important to cover it. According to some research, this can account up to one fourth of all your total heating costs. By properly caulking, weather-stripping windows, vents, doors and any other area where cold air can seep-in, you can drastically reduce air leakage. Make sure that you are using a sturdy, clear plastic sheet to weather-seal the inside of your frames. This will prevent cold air from coming in and warm air from leaving.
    5. There are certain window treatments that can help you considerably lower your heat lost during the winter. Window treatment solutions like awnings, blinds (both exterior and interior), draperies, high reflectivity films, insulated panels, mesh window screens, overhangs, shades, shutters and storm panels. All of these are proven ways for you to reduce your energy costs over the long-term.
    6. Water heating accounts for one fifth of your total heating costs. By lowering your water heater to a comfortable warm setting, you’ll be able to save in big ways. Most consumers have the water heater set at extremely-high temperatures, water temperatures they will never use. If you are away from the home for more than a couple of days, you can lower the water heater or turn your water heater to a “vacation” setting
    7. Winter is synonymous with beautiful and vibrant colored-lights and we don’t want you to lose the holiday spirit in the name of energy efficiency! Just remember to use light-emitting diobe (more popularly known as LED) to reduce the cost of decorating your home or business during the holidays. Also, when it is not being used, unplug your lights and electronics. Despite being “off,” they are still using energy.
    8. Your heating system needs regular maintenance to be running at optimal levels. Maintenance plans vary and are dependent on what heating system you are using. One of the things you can do is replace your furnace filter once a month or as is needed.
    9. Some of these tips are can be implemented easily and others require a small investment, but all tips are beneficial in the long term and will help you save both energy and money.

BUILDING HOMES AND HOPE – WOMEN BUILD 2015

BUILDING HOMES AND HOPE – WOMEN BUILD 2015

Since Powerline Plus’s inception, we have had the privilege of supporting a variety of charities and organizations over the years.  This year, as part of our ongoing effort to give back to our community, we have chosen a cause that provides one of the very basic necessities of life which many of us take for granted.

The ladies of Powerline will be trading in their stilettos for steel toes this September to help build homes and hope with Habitat for Humanity GTA at Women Build 2015. “Powerline’s Women of Steel” consists of 15 women who have a collective goal to raise $10,000, which will go directly towards purchasing building materials for homes. In addition to the funds raised by “Powerline’s Women of Steel”, Powerline Plus Ltd. will match all donations made to our team to a maximum of $10,000.00.

Women Build 2015 aims to build affordable housing in Toronto, York Region, and Brampton. Powerline’s enthusiastic team of ladies will be working on building two multi-unit townhouse complexes and one single detached home. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and how you can get involved in this year’s efforts, please click here http://womenbuildgta.ca/

We would love for you to support our team and this powerful cause. Please click on the link below to find our team “Powerline’s Women of Steel” and make a secure online donation using your credit card: