Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Mar 25, 2021

Martin Stephenson By Line Goyette


As of February 2021, Martin Stephenson is the new President and CEO of Signify Canada. Given that he took office nearly a year into the pandemic and its related restrictions, it is easy to imagine him drawing on past experience to lead Signify’s response to this current health challenge and its consequences for Canadians and Canadian business. I first asked Martin, “How has your journey led you to the position you hold now? What were the most important moments?” If I were to sum up his answer in three words, I would say automation, connectivity and sustainable innovation. Here’s what Martin told me.



“I was born in England but studied mostly in Germany as part of my time with the Armed Forces. I focused on electrical engineering, then moved on to law. After leaving the army, I moved to a systems integration company, where I first became interested in automation and then sustainability.

“I worked for Schneider Electric in the U.K. for 18 years, with a focus on process automation, energy management and sustainability. I then moved to a more strategic role that involved travelling across the whole of Europe.”

At this point in Martin’s career, he and his wife moved to Canada for family reasons (his wife is Canadian). Martin assumed the position of Vice President - Process Automation for Schneider Electric, based in Quebec and then Toronto.

After choosing to leave Schneider Electric, he formed his own management consulting firm, advising clients on innovative strategies for growth, operational health and sustainability. Martin joined Signify in 2019 as Head of North American Professional Systems and Services, and in February 2021 became President and CEO of Signify Canada in addition to his existing Head of Systems and Services role. “I’m here to stay. Canada is my second home.”

Part of the appeal for Martin is “a culture in Canada that places a lot of value on sustainability and energy management, and this matches Signify's values.”

Martin enthusiastically quotes the results of Signify’s Brighter Lives, Better World 2020 sustainability program: “In 2020, we achieved carbon neutrality for all our operations across the world and now use 100% renewable electricity. We also generated 84% of our revenue from energy-efficient products, systems and services, exceeding our target of 80%. On top of that, we sent zero waste to landfill across all our manufacturing sites. With a supplier sustainability performance rate of 99%, we were well ahead of our 2020 target of 90%. Canada is committed to reducing its energy consumption, and I want to contribute to it with sustainable lighting solutions that allow us to be more efficient.

Martin Stephenson “It is hardwired into our purpose, our strategy, and the way we do business. We need to address some important challenges of our time — climate change, resource scarcity, population growth and urbanization. They shape the needs of our customers, our employees, and the society we live in. We also want to assure a safe and healthy workplace for our employees.”*
Turning to the pandemic, Martin says “it requires us to work more closely with clients — to work with them on preparing the infrastructure for returning to work. We have the technologies to support them in this challenge, such as a comprehensive offering in UV-C to allow a safe return to work, and monitoring and mapping the flow of people in offices to support, for example, more rigorous cleaning in areas where people congregate. I see my role as an ambassador of these technologies, presenting solutions that make sense to our clients. The solutions are available now, not in the future. We have the technologies.”

Trends in lighting

“Connectivity is the game changer in lighting, building infrastructures of connected lighting, roads and streets, homes, offices. To support our clients more effectively and efficiently, we are digitizing our engagements and our processes. We know how to use technologies to create closer and more productive relationships with clients.”

Martin sees the pandemic environment in which he assumed the role of president and CEO for Signify Canada as far from an obstacle. “It’s been an opportunity to better understand clients’ needs, to explore new ways of working, to support them and the members of our team.”


Line Goyette is Managing Editor of Kerrwil Publications’ Electrical Group.

* Signify has followed up on Brighter Lives, Better World 2020 with Brighter Lives, Better World 2025, which sets ambitious new goals for the global organization.

Latest Articles

  • Prev
The challenges facing industry at the moment are tough: supply chain disruptions, recurring ...
It is April 1, 1961, when an international success story begins in a small weaving mill in central ...
April has been a flagship month for new milestones: it has been one full year since many of us ...
Everyone likes to talk about their successes, and I am no exception. The road to success, however, ...
Earlier, we talked about the impact of distributors and their customers working remotely and how ...
In an industry where profit is defined as pennies, adding pennies to the bottom line makes the ...
March 8 was International Women’s Day. This year’s theme #ChooseToChallenge encourages ...
Real gross domestic product (GDP) edged up 0.1% in December, following a 0.8% increase in ...
As a result of the widespread measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian ...
When it comes to EFC’s membership, there is no shortage of talent and expertise. The electrical ...

Jean-Pascal TricoireBy Jean-Pascal Tricoire

The challenges facing industry at the moment are tough: supply chain disruptions, recurring lockdowns and lingering travel restrictions, to name just a few. We’re all trying to find the balance between overcoming these challenges while working to a future where we are more resilient, sustainable and efficient.

But today’s efforts are not enough. We’re being too conservative. More of our collective energy needs to be spent on the practical “how” — the “how can we get there with immediate actions.” 

Read More


 

GDP - January 2021Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.7% in January, following 0.1% growth in December. This ninth consecutive monthly increase continued to offset the steepest drops on record in Canadian economic activity observed in March and April 2020. However, total economic activity was about 3% below the February level before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both goods-producing (+1.5%) and services-producing (+0.4%) industries were up in January as the 20 industrial sectors were nearly evenly split between expansions and contractions.

 

 

Read More


 

 

 

Swati Vora-PatelBy Swati Vora-Patel

April has been a flagship month for new milestones: it has been one full year since many of us began working from home; Zoom and other such virtual platforms have been in play for a year to keep us connected – and the reliance on digital systems has heightened over the past year to populate the influx of online catalogues and eCommerce sites.

April also marks one year since I took over the reins of EFC’s Supply Chain Network to support the electrical industry’s digital transformation journey. 

 

Read More


 

Changing Scene

  • Prev
Introducing Eaton’s Pow-R-Line CS switchboard, the most compact, expandable, service entrance ...
OmniCable was recently honored as a recipient of a Belden Value Award (Americas - North America, ...
adorne® Furniture Power Centers are now available with USB Charging.      
Chief PAC526 Series Wall Boxes are now available through Wiremold. Contractors have been frequently ...
Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible ...
E.B. Horsman & Son (EBH) is delighted to share the news that Tim Rourke, former President ...
Rexel announced that Patrick Berard will step down as Chief Executive Officer on September 1, ...
Source Atlantic has been named as a new distribution partner for ABB’s electrification products in ...
Despite ongoing current account deficits and the corresponding need for foreign borrowing, Canada's ...
E.B. Horsman & Son has transferred Bogdan Botoi from his PAC BC Manager position to lead ...
 

 

Leviton

The Atlantic & Ontario YPN regions have joined forces to present YPNs with this professional development webinar. 

Date : May 5, 2021
Time : 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST
Location Zoom meeting
Cost : $20 (plus taxes)

More than ever, interpersonal relationships are a crucial factor in the success or the failure of an organization but also in the fulfillment of its individuals. Far away from being an easy competence to develop, soft skills might be the determining factor that will make the difference in your professional career. This webinar will give you tools to help boost your motivation and your performance in order to reach your goals, both professionally and personally.

Read More


 

Bogdan BotoiE.B. Horsman & Son has transferred Bogdan Botoi from his PAC BC Manager position to lead EBH’s newly formed Industrial Services Group (ISG) as Manager.

With his vast knowledge and experience from the PAC world and his engineering background, Bogdan will lead the ISG team in continuing to provide value-added services such as proof of concept design support, MCP design, training, and other technical services and support for our customers.

 

 

 

Read More


 

Canada's International Investment Position, Fourth Quarter 2020Despite ongoing current account deficits and the corresponding need for foreign borrowing, Canada's net foreign asset position continued its upward trend in the fourth quarter to reach an unprecedented level of $1,360.6 billion. For a third consecutive quarter, the increase (+$248.1 billion) was attributable to higher foreign equity prices and was moderated by the revaluation effect resulting from fluctuations in exchange rates.

Over the quarter, changes in market prices led to a $345.3 billion increase in Canada's net foreign asset position. Major foreign stock markets outperformed the Canadian stock market in the fourth quarter. 

Read More


 

VerozzaUnderstanding the challenges of time-sensitive job situations, VEROZZA has introduced a Quick Ship Program for their most popular high-performance downlight collections. The program includes the ARIOBASIC and TAKEO 4.0, products, which will ship within 5-business days of receipt of order.

The process of selecting the correct fixture is easy. Select a housing and trim that include a few customized features to create the fixture Product Code. Orders can be placed at orders@verozza.com or by phone at 833.VEROZZA.

Read More

 

Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications Great Place to Work. Certified December 2019 - December 2020

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2021 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil