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April 4, 2017

Schneider Electric Appoints Hugo Lafontaine as National Sales Manager, Building Automation Systems, CanadaBased in Ottawa, Lafontaine will be responsible for building on Schneider Electric’s reputation as a recognized authority and leader in efficient buildings in the Canadian market.

 Lafontaine brings more than 15 years of experience and knowledge in building control systems to his new position.

Previously he was Sales Director at Regulvar Canada Inc., where he established a track record for growing the company’s business in the Quebec and Ottawa region. Prior to that, he held several progressively senior positions at Regulvar.



“Hugo has displayed an ability to manage and grow market share in the Canadian building automation systems market,” says Adrian Thomas, Vice President, Partner Business & Channel with Schneider Electric. “We are pleased to have him as part of our team and anticipate he will enhance Schneider Electric’s reputation as the market leader in efficient buildings.”

Lafontaine has a Bachelor of Engineering degree with a specialization in management from the University of Ottawa and an Executive MBA from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario since 2006.

20/20 Vision

David Gordon

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.

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