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Susan Uthayakumar, President of Schneider CanadaFirst and foremost, sitting down with Susan Uthayakumar feels more like sitting down and conversing with a friend than conducting an interview with the Canadian president of one of the world’s largest electrical manufacturers. Of course, she exudes the confidence and knowledge her position demands, but equally identifiable are an open and engaging nature. In a recent sit-down, we learned a little about Susan’s history and what drives her to succeed.

Survey SaysSales of electrical supplies from full-line electrical distributors capture the geographic breakdown of electrical operations across the country, with Ontario and Quebec dominating the field.

John Sencich

I've known John Sencich since CEW began publishing. He agreed from the outset to be part of the newsletter’s Editorial Board. His contribution was regular and sustained. Always present to answer my technical questions, and refer me to the right person for additional information as needed. Always available despite his role as senior leader of an influential company.

 

Laura Dempsey

Laura Dempsey has been working as an outside sales representative for E.B. Horsman & Son for over 15 years, and is a member of the BCEA U40 network of young professionals. She lives in Langley, BC and is proud of her position and work with E.B. Horsman, particularly as she is the second Dempsey generation to work for the company.

Michael Gentile, President and CEO of Philips Lighting Canada, has had a long and distinguished career in the electrical industry and more recently the lighting industry. None of this is by chance. Always in decision-making circles since beginning his career, Michael spends the first 10 years first at Siemens, and subsequently in lighting at Osram as Vice President Finance and Vice President Sales and Marketing. After that, he joins Philips Lighting.

Gordon MacDonaldGordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits him well as a lighting specialist overseeing retrofit projects for Rexel in New Brunswick and P.E.I.

Jordan Prins

 

Jordan Prins is an account manager at Wesco Distribution in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He has been in the electrical industry for over a decade and is the second generation of his family to work in this field. Jordan has followed in footsteps of his father, Norman Prins, who was well established in the electrical industry for many years

 

 

SaskPower's Mike MarshMike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has been a leading figure in Saskatchewan’s electricity industry for almost 25 years. Joining SaskPower in 1991, Mike began his career in engineering and maintenance. He spent the next two decades playing a key role across a number of business functions, taking the helm as President and CEO in 2014. During Electricity Human Resources Canada’s most recent awards ceremony, then-board chair Norm Fraser described Mike as “a great leader with a fair and amicable way of engaging with people, having strong labour relations skills from years of experience at the bargaining table. As a proponent of health and safety, Mike possesses the necessary experience to support and lead the industry forward.” These comments formed the basis of CEW’s conversation with Mike.

Tim Horsman: the Pragmatic PhilosopherA 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.

Marc LaplanteI 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.

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