Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Mar 7, 2019

Best Managed CompaniesAt least 17 privately-owned 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.

This year’s companies attribute their success to an increased focus on investment in technology and talent, innovation, and cross-border business. Best Managed winners also make future planning a priority by actively identifying and preparing for new challenges on the horizon. According to a recent Deloitte study, Outlast and outperform, companies that make choices with a view toward long-term success have average revenues 47 per cent higher than those that do not.


“Every year the bar set by this elite roster of Best Managed companies is raised higher,” says Peter E. Brown, National Co-Leader of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and Partner, Deloitte Private. “Now 26 years since the program’s inception, Best Managed companies are taking their successes global. Not only are winners securing Canada’s place on the world stage, they’re also proving to be more productive and sustainable across borders.”

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

Best Managed winners (first year)
    •  Eddy Group Limited

Best Managed winners (2+ years)
    • Daltco Electric
    • Electrozad Supply Company Limited

Gold Standard winners (4-6 consecutive years)
    • Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited
    • Integral Energy Services Ltd.
    • Mulvey & Banani International Inc.
    • Powerline Plus Ltd.
    • Stelpro
    • The K-Line Group of Companies

Platinum Club winners (7+ consecutive years)
    • Alliance Energy Ltd.
    • B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
    • Deca Cables
    • E.B. Horsman & Son
    • E.C.S. Electrical Cable Supply Ltd.
    • Houle Electric
    • Standard Products Inc.
    • Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd.


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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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