Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Dec 9, 2020

EIN Rittal promos 400Rittal Systems Ltd., Canada would like to announce that Tim Rourke will be resigning as President, and Andre Bousette will be stepping into this role, taking leadership of Rittal’s Canadian operations.

Looking back at Tim Rourke’s 25 years with Rittal

Tim Rourke completed 25 years of exceptional service to Rittal Systems Ltd. in 2020. In 1995, Tim joined Rittal as an Outside Sales Representative in Eastern and Northern Ontario.  In 1997, he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for Ontario. Tim’s clear vision of success combined with his acute sense of customer service catapulted Rittal’s sales, brand awareness and customer loyalty in Canada. Tim then moved on to Regional Sales Manager for Western Canada. In 2002, Tim moved into a Business Development role, helping Rittal grow through a targeted approach to markets and industries. 

In 2010, Tim became the Business Operation Manager, guiding Rittal through a series of complex projects. In 2015, Tim took over as President of Rittal Systems Ltd., and continued to raise Rittal’s profile in the industry, as a Great Place to Work, recipient of Electro-Federation Canada’s Marketing Excellence Awards, and Affiliated Distributor Supplier of the Year Award. In recent years, Tim has been a founding member of the German Technology Day events and has initiated the ‘Women in Tech’ EFC scholarship. Under Tim’s leadership, Rittal has also given back to the community through many great social committee initiatives. Tim has been an integral part of the heritage of Rittal’s growth and customer excellence, as we complete 25 glorious years in Canada in 2020.

Picture3Moving forward with André Bousette, 25 years and beyond!

 André Bousette has been with Rittal Systems Ltd., Canada for 25 years. André joined Rittal in 1990 as an Outside Sales Representative in Montreal and surrounding area. In 1997, André became the Regional Sales Manager for Quebec. Building the team and developing long term and loyal customers are some of his many strengths. Rittal’s strong market position in Eastern Canada is a tribute to his vision, leadership, dedication and hard work. As National Sales Manager from 2004 to 2008, André was key in the development of many of Rittal’s largest and most important channel partners. 

In his most recent position as Regional Sales Director for Eastern Canada, he has achieved record sales growth while lending his considerable knowledge and expertise to the functional areas of TSG and Modification as well as Product management for Rittal’s industrial solutions; in particular power distribution and climate control. André has over 30 years’ of experience in the Manufacturing and Automation fields. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University and post-grad qualifications from McGill University.

Tim Rourke said, “I am proud to have worked with André for nearly 30 years. I extend my personal, heartfelt congratulations and deepest appreciation to André, and I am confident that Rittal Systems Ltd. will grow to new heights under the capable leadership of André Bousette.”

Pandemic StudyThe year 2020 was filled with surprises. One of them was business solvency.

Insolvencies were down by almost one-third year over year during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and were relatively stable in the third quarter. At the height of this century’s previous economic shocks, insolvencies rose by 10% or more. A new study looks at insolvencies during the largest economic upheaval of our lifetime.

 

 

 

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Douglas BaldwinBy John Kerr

My father asked me to lunch one day and told me he wanted very much to meet with someone in the electrical industry who meant a lot to him, and whose friendship he wanted to share with me. This lunch, in 1982, was with Doug Baldwin.

As lunch progressed, I discovered these men shared many bonds after having met years before in Winnipeg. Doug was with Federal Pioneer at that time, my father with Triangle Conduit & Cable. It seems they hit it off and my father’s wry sense of humour was trumped only by Doug’s. 

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Wholesale Sales - November 2020Wholesale sales grew for the seventh consecutive month in November — up 0.7% to an all-time high of $67.4 billion. Five of seven subsectors reported stronger sales, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector and the building material and supplies subsector. Notably, the increase reflects higher domestic sales of Canadian goods, as both imports and exports of key commodities fell in November.

Wholesale trade volumes increased 0.9% in November.

 

 

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Sean BernardBy Sean Bernard

Last year was like none other and one that we all hope never to endure again. The impact on our personal and professional lives has been dramatic, simultaneously universal and unique to each of us.

We have all heard about and experienced the heartache of not spending time with and not celebrating milestones with our extended families, not being able to take those planned vacations, and having to deal with the stresses and challenges of virtual learning with our kids.

 

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Martin Stephenson Signify Canada has announced David Grinstead, Market Leader, Canada, Signify will retire at the end of the month. "We thank David for his contributions, passion and dedication to the company and industry," said the company via press release.

Martin Stephenson will take on the Market Leader, Canada role in addition to his current position as Head of North American Systems & Services at Signify. He reports to Kevin Poyck, Market Group Leader, Americas.

 

 

 

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Greg StephensonBartle & Gibson has announced that Greg Stephenson has officially joined the Electrical Supply Division (ESD) of the AD Canada Electrical Divisional Board effective January 4th, 2021.

Greg is the Senior Vice President Electrical at Bartle & Gibson, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is now entering his 27th year in the Electrical Industry and he originally began his career working for another proud AD Member, McLoughlan Supplies Ltd in St, John’s NL. During his career, Greg has also worked for many key suppliers such as, Eaton, Thomas & Betts and Siemens.

 

 

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Ariane CardinalBy Blake Marchand

Ariane Cardinal is Director of Planning, Purchasing, and Distribution with Stelpro. Ariane owns a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, although she said, “I always knew, when I was doing engineering, that I wanted to have a career more oriented towards management.”

After earning her degree, she did an internship with a company in the gas industry based out of Paris, France, which is where she was introduced to supply chain management. Ariane noted she was interested in the problem-solving aspects of supply chain, which meshed well with her engineering background. 

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