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Backup power critical to hurricane preparedness
The start of hurricane season is around the corner and it’s important that facilities are prepared. Many facilities rely on backup power when a natural disaster occurs. Backup power, while critical for hospitals and government facilities, is for anyone who doesn’t want their business to experience downtime due to a hurricane or other natural disaster that has the potential to knock out a facility’s prime power source.
Initiative could fuel Ontario’s FM talent pipeline
An IFMA Foundation initiative designed to plug holes in the FM talent pipeline could be coming to Ontario. Jeff Tafel, executive director of the IFMA Foundation, speaking Wednesday at Facility Fusion Canada in Toronto, said that bringing a project piloted in the U.S. to the province was on the agenda in morning meetings.
Built Environment Technology Association launches
A new international organization, the Built Environment Technology Association, has been established to equip the real estate, construction, design, urban planning and facility management industries to better understand and utilize contemporary and developing technologies for the built environment.
7 Tips for Painlessly Repaving Your Parking Lot
Having your parking lot constructed and properly maintained by a professional construction company will increase the life expectancy of your pavement, considerably reducing your costs in the long run. Keep your parking lot flawless with some help from the experts.
Energy benchmarking leads to energy-saving tech
According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, facility managers in New York City that measure the energy performance of their buildings are investing in energy-saving technologies and operational improvements to increase their buildings’ energy efficiency.
Yukon College receives infrastructure investments
The federal and Yukon governments are contributing a total of over $3 million in renewing the infrastructure at Yukon College.

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Gord Hicks named global CEO of BGIS
Gordon Hicks has been appointed the global chief executive officer of Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS), a newly-created role within the global real estate management services company.
Legrand invests in Building Control Systems division
With the lighting controls industry experiencing growth, Legrand, North America has made several investments within its Building Control Systems division, including building new facilities in California and Utah.
Desk light helps prevent work interruptions
A UBC computer scientist has invented a desk light, called the FlowLight, which automatically switches from green to red when the user is working and should not be disturbed by coworkers.

Moving up from supervisor to facilities manager
So a facilities management supervisor wants to make the move to facilities manager. Supervisors who have been working in their role for many years may feel they have offered all they can in this position, and wonder whether a manager job is for them.
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