ESFI Honors Jim Taggart with 2016 Outstanding Service Award

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November 22, 2016                                                                          

Arlington, VA— The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has named Jim Taggart as the 2016 recipient of the Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award in Honor of Harold Leviton. The award was presented to Mr. Taggart during the ESFI Board of Directors Dinner in Cleveland, Ohio on November 15, 2016. 

The Outstanding Service Award was formally established in 2008 as a tribute to Harold Leviton’s enduring legacy and dedication to improving electrical safety.  The award honors an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in expanding the Foundation’s interests through steadfast involvement and effective leadership.   

As the President and CEO of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), Mr. Taggart provides leadership and strategic direction to the not-for-profit industry association that represents over 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and service electrical and electronic products; contributing over $10B  to the Canadian economy and employing more than 40,000 workers across Canada. Since his appointment to ESFI’s Board of Directors in 2015, Mr. Taggart has played a vital role in helping ESFI increase its visibility in both the U.S. and Canada.

“Electro-Federation Canada is an industry leader through its strong focus on electrical safety, sustainability, advocacy, and codes and standard,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Jim has led by examples with the success of EFC’s work in Canada, which has helped us shape ESFI’s domestic and international platforms.”

Prior to joining Electro-Federation Canada, Mr. Taggart was the Vice President, Vendor Relations at Sonepar Canada, one of the largest electronic distribution companies in Canada. Before his role as Vice President, Vendor Relations, Taggart served as President of Legrand Canada, a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems. Mr. Taggart is also part Chair of Electric-Federation Canada and has served as Chair for EFC’s Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC) Council.

About ESFI: ESFI is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities. To learn more about ESFI and electrical safety visit

About Electro-Federation Canada: Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a Canadian national, not-for-profit industry association. Together, its councils represent over 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute and service electrical, electronics, and products; contributing over $10B to the Canadian economy and employing more than 130,000 workers in more than 1,200 facilities across Canada. Learn more at


Jim Taggart 2016 recipient of the Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award

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