Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Nov 3, 2018

Elaine GerrieHeather and Elaine Gerrie, co-presidents of Gerrie Electric, are this year’s winners of the Burlington, Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.

The Gerrie sisters are the first co-winners of this award — a testament to the fact that together they are a true leadership team, says the Burlington, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Heather and Elaine became executives in the family business in 1988. Since then they have grown that business from two divisions to seven. They have taken the family business multi-national and grown it from an impressive $30 million operation to over $200 million. 

The Gerrie sisters were honoured at a special dinner event on October 25. 

The award is intended to recognize an individual who   
• is actively involved with, and has grown a successful, engaging business in Burlington   
• reflects entrepreneurship through their business interests   
• has given back to the Burlington community   
• strengthens the image of Burlington

With over 400 employees and 24 locations, Gerrie Electric is now a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Certification is built on the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) U.S. model and WBE Canada’s rigorous standard of certification.

 

Looking BackIn the 1930s to 1940s, CEDA’s Western Canada membership was very stable with old line independent companies like Horsman, Ashdowns, Brettell, Marshall Wells, Electrical Supplies Ltd., etc.

Small electrical distributors just were not acceptable for membership as they did not carry the main-line manufacturers’ goods, publish a wiring device catalogue, or employ four to five salesmen as CEDA requested.

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Laura Dempsey

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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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