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Mar 27, 2018

Best Managed CompaniesA number of companies in Canada’s electrical industry continue to earn Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards. Presented by Deloitte, the program recognizes best-in-class Canadian, privately-owned and managed companies with annual revenues over $15 million.

As companies compete more aggressively for market share, this year’s winners demonstrate sustained and exceptional business performance, achieved through their clear strategy and vision, investment in capability and unwavering commitment to talent, says Deloitte.

Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process, but only the best are awarded with this prestigious designation.

“This year's winners combine bold and inclusive leadership with a keen ability to leverage a leading trend or competitive edge to meet the clients’ needs,” says Dino Medves, Senior Vice-President and Head, Commercial Banking at CIBC, a long-standing sponsor of the program. “Their success demonstrates what it takes to make a difference both inside and outside their companies.”

The 2018 winners are characterized by being clear on purpose and vision, building toward a foundation of delivery excellence, and committed to their workforce. Over the last 25 years, a combination of “play to win” attributes have contributed to the success, resilience and longevity of Best Managed winners. This year, more than 200 companies reached Platinum Club status, having maintained their Best Managed designation for seven years or more.

Here’s a list of winners from Canada’s electrical industry.

Best Managed winners

• Daltco Electric
• Electrozad Supply Company Limited (new)
• Mulvey & Banani International Inc.
• Powerline Plus Ltd.

Gold Standard winners

These winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years.

• Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited
• Houle Electric
• Stelpro
• Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd.
• The K-Line Group of Companies

Platinum Club winners

These winners have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more.

• B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
• Deca Cables
• E.B. Horsman & Son
• E.C.S. Electrical Cable Supply Ltd.
• Standard Products Inc.

To commemorate 25 years of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Deloitte will release in April a special report that examines the factors behind their long-term success.
Find out more about the program: www2.deloitte.com/ca/en/pages/canadas-best-managed-companies/articles/best-managed-new-winners-2018.html

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 Young Leaders: Taylor Gerrie

Taylor GerrieOn a regular basis, our publications profile members of our industry through their responses to a Q&A. It’s a way of recognizing industry movers and shakers, and helping our readers get to know them better. 

Recently we launched an initiative with Electro-Federation Canada's Young Professionals Network to include profiles of up-and-coming leaders. We provided the list of questions below to Taylor Gerrie, Automation Account Specialist at Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. in Burlington, Ontario. Here are Taylor’s responses.

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Susan Uthayakumar, President of Schneider Electric Canada: Driving Success

Susan UthayakumarBy Owen Hurst

First 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.

To begin, Susan was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She went to high school in Canada and attended the University of Waterloo where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Upon completing university Susan began her working career with Deloitte, which she describes as a great starting point as she was surrounded by highly driven and intelligent individuals. She welcomed being in a position that was demanding and helped nurture a strong work ethic. Her work with Deloitte also instilled a great interest in acquisitions, which would serve her well as her career unfolded.

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CEW 3 Perspective 400

We often learn how to look forward by first looking back, or at the very least we realize that despite our best efforts we have not truly advanced quite so much as we had thought. Sure, technology is rapidly advancing. That’s beyond question. But what about our approach to selling it? Have we changed that much in the last 20, 40, 60 years? Inevitably there have been advances and changes in marketing, the Internet causing the biggest shift, but many of the concerns and directives that have driven the distribution and marketing of industrial electrical products remain, or at least planted the roots of the concerns of manufacturers and distributors today. 

To gain perspective of the perceptions and directions of electrical product distribution in 1960, we turn to Edwin H. Lewis. In 1960 Lewis published “The Distribution of Industrial Electrical Products” in the Journal of Marketing.

To fully define electrical product distribution in 1960, Lewis broke his study into several categories. We will follow his direction and provide his insights on the industry in each of the categories he identified.

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