A few months ago, I had lunch with industry colleagues who are members of CEW’s editorial advisory board. When I told them I would soon be in Vancouver, they all said, “You have to meet Tim Horsman.” I needed no prompting because I was already curious about Tim and the family business — E.B. Horsman & Son. Tim is the fifth generation Horsman to lead the company, serving as President and CEO since 2011. He sits on the Affiliated Distributors (AD) Executive Board in Canada and the US, and is also Past Chairman of Electro Federation Canada’s Board of Directors, Past Chairman of EFC’s Supply & Distribution Council of Canada… the list goes on.
I didn’t wake up one day and go, “I want to work for my dad!” Actually, it was just the opposite. It was more like, “Are you kidding me? No way, aint gonna happen,” but it did. And so it goes with a lot of people in the rep agency business.
Ouellet Canada is celebrating 50 years in the Electrical Heating Industry. Incorporated in 1967 the company has steadily grown from a home workshop into an international leader with over 225 employees and 100,000 square feet of production facilities.
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Rachelle Caron, General Manager of Westburne, hails from the Gaspé, which might explain why she's both fearless and can see emerging market trends from a mile away. In the changing world of distribution, this is a major asset. Behind her composure is a formidable leader. A chartered accountant by training, Rachelle describes her career as nontraditional, and since assuming leadership at Westburne she’s achieved brilliant success. Read on to learn more.
John Baron is President of Elec-Tech Sales Ltd., a manufacturing agent with headquarters in Richmond, British Colombia. Very active within the industry and his profession, he is on the Board of Directors and Executive of the BC Electrical Association, which has just named him BCEA Individual of the Year for 2016. John is also a former president of CEMRA, and active member of IESNA and NEMRA.
In September 1957, Ken Gerrie opened a storefront electrical supply counter in the growing town of Oakville, Ontario. The business would expand into one of Ontario’s most dominant electrical supply companies.
I met with Shoynear Morrison at the Lumen show in Montreal this past April — a welcomed opportunity to spend time with an outgoing new member of the industry. Shoynear has a BA in English and a post-graduate diploma in journalism. A few months after obtaining her diploma, one job posting stood out — Communications Coordinator at Sonepar Canada. A year later, brimming with writing skills and full of energy, she is already carving out a niche within the electric distributor.
LEDVANCE GmbH, a new legally independent lamp manufacturing company born out of the former Osram Lamps business division, aims to bring forward “an almost incomparable depth of experience in terms of light, successful products with strong brands, and high-impact sales team.”
Murray Chamney is everywhere. He is involved in all initiatives, is active in the business community, constantly develops new ideas and, above all, implements them. Not having taken a vacation away from home, in more than 20 years helps explain how he accomplishes all this...
With Liteline Head coach Steve Silverstein behind the bench, the team at Liteline recently took to the ice in a Toronto hockey tournament to support an annual charity event Skate for Sarah, raising money for SickKids, One Match and JCC Chai Sports.
By using the avenue of hockey and the Skate for Sarah tournament, the JCCs of Greater Toronto, along with sponsors, supporters like Liteline and friends will raise funds and awareness for some great causes.
For the past couple of years the industrial segment has been “challenged.” Much of this was driven by the decline in the oil and gas market, which had a significant ripple effect. Concurrently, a strong U.S. dollar hurt exports for many OEMs and the agriculture market was soft, further hurting that segment’s equipment market.
Overall, the industrial decline significantly impacted distributors and manufacturers. And a key product category, industrial automation and control, was the most impacted. But according to manufacturers and distributors in many parts of North America, the industrial market appears to be turning. Growth, compared to last year, is coming back. Some is due to increased investment in energy projects.