Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

May 11, 2018

Great PlacePhoenix Contact, BC’s Industry Training Authority, and Rittal Systems Ltd. are among the year’s “Best Workplaces in Canada,” an annual ranking compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute.

The list is the product of a competition process based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from confidential employee survey results, and the remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the organization’s culture. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to five trust-building dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. 

Phoenix Contact Canada, ranked 22nd in the 1000+ employees category, designs and manufactures products and solutions for all aspects of electrical engineering and automation. The company is based in Milton, Ontario, and has regional offices in Calgary, Alberta and St-Laurent, Quebec.

The Industry Training Authority, ranked 48th in the 100-999 employees category, leads and coordinates BC’s skilled trades system. Located in Richmond, BC, ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, support apprenticeships, fund programs, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades.

Rittal Systems Ltd., 41st in the under 100 employees category, is part of a global enclosure manufacturing operation with offices in over 100 countries, and manufacturing facilities on 4 continents. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, the company has sales and distribution facilities in Montreal, Calgary and Richmond, BC.

Find out more about this year’s “Best Workplaces in Canada”: www.greatplacetowork.ca/en/

As part a family company, I have heard my father talking about business ever since I was a little boy. Although it had always interested me, I had never thought I would end up working alongside my father and my uncle in the company my grandfather started a long time ago.

I had been working in sales ever since I was 16 years old in many different markets than the one I was about to enter, but I thought it would be relatively easy to handle. Very quickly I started noticing the challenges of being a 22-year-old sales rep for electrical products entering a world where most of the manufacturers’ agents had been in the business for a long time.

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Laura Dempsey

Owen Hurst

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.

Laura’s mother Shelly has worked at E.B. Horsman for over 25 years, and instilled in Laura a determination to succeed. Laura followed in her mother’s footsteps after witnessing how much her mother enjoyed her work and the people she works with at E.B. Horsman.

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Laura Dempsey

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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.

Over the past five years, many industry insiders have cited John Sencich when I asked them to name someone who had made a difference in their lives or had inspired them as a leader.

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Free Trade Agreements and the Evolution of Wholesale Sales in Canada

As 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we take a look back at an aspect of the history of wholesale sales in Canada.

Canada has a long trading history, which started before Confederation. Because wholesalers play an important role in the import and export of goods, free trade agreements have had a notable influence on the evolution of the wholesale sector.

 

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Free Trade Agreements and the Evolution of Wholesale Sales in Canada

The BCIT Student Innovation Challenge is an annual competition allowing British Columbia Institute of Technology students to launch entrepreneurial ideas, inventions, or applied research projects. E.B. Horsman and Son is “Visionary” sponsor of the challenge.

The goal is to create an inclusive space for innovation, encouraging students to turn their bright ideas into business plans and prototypes of commercial products. The BCIT Student Innovation Challenge is an annual competition allowing British Columbia Institute of Technology students to launch entrepreneurial ideas, inventions, or applied research projects. E.B. Horsman and Son is “Visionary” sponsor of the challenge.

 

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