Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

November 21, 2016 

By Line Goyette

Flextherm, a company in Montreal’s southern reaches that specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of floor heating systems, came into being 25 years ago. A celebration last summer captures the expectations and ambitions of the founder and president, Philippe Charron. The event brought together customers, distributors and employees.

Modest in its infancy, born of an innovator’s passion, Flextherm has nearly 50 employees, operates a modern and innovative 50,000+ square foot plant, and takes pride in its R&D department. Flextherm products are sold across Canada and the United States.

Head of the company since its inception, Philippe Charron is an epicurean, jack-of-all-trades, lover of detail, and resolutely turned towards innovation and performance. We met with him recently on the company premises.

How did Flextherm come about?

The idea started when I was 28 years old. I had an irrigation company, I was doing carpentry, mechanics. I'm a jack-of-all-trades, I want to understand and experience everything. At the time I was working on heated ceilings with a distributor. The company closed its doors and I began to imagine how with cable and excellent insulating products you could control temperature. From innovation to innovation, the company has grown.

When we’re 30 we don't know much, but I'm a person who’s always had a lot of ideas. I don't have a degree, but I've always liked to touch everything. When I was younger, I took apart and reassembled anything around me that was mechanical or electrical. I wanted to understand how things work and how to improve them. This is how heated floors came about, a product that at first glance seems simple, but we have perfected.

Your biggest challenge since 1991?

Surrounding myself with good people. When you have good ideas and a good project, you can find the money, but finding the right people is more difficult. As a boss, you must ensure that the work environment is healthy and helps the company grow. If you are not surrounded by the right people, you should help them find another challenge.

Q. in your career, what have you found most stimulating?

Doing things differently. For me, things deserve to be made once and well, so that they last a long time. The most stimulating thing about it is the creativity. It’s not easy to step away from the usual way of doing things. A constant for me in my career is the win-win relationship. To last, it must be fair and equitable. We must also adapt and innovate.

Technological change propels us towards new business models and enables us to do things differently. When I started my business, we had two or three models. You would have a showroom, exhibit at trade shows, and publish new product releases in magazines. Today, the options are much greater, and visibility is more sharply defined than ever. The customer approach has changed. It's a big challenge for companies to have effective strategies in a world in motion, the changes are very fast. Today in a marketing department you need a specialist in social media, an internet expert, etc., all specialties that did not exist 20 years ago.

How do you combine your personal life with your life as an entrepreneur?

My starting point is to have fun. I'm the same person in my private life and at work. I organized the company celebration in detail: the guests, the presence of all employees, the sound, the food, even the arrival of the full moon over the scene at the beginning of the show. Moving to the country, I built our home with my wife. We chose the materials, built the house, moved onto the land. We did everything. Here too it is important to create and innovate.

I don't have a chance to read as much as I'd like, but I travel a bit and again I give myself to it completely. Two years ago, my wife and I made it to the Everest base camp. Last summer, 11 days in the fjords of Greenland completely on our own. We are currently preparing a trip in the outlying islands of Indonesia in a schooner. Cellphones don’t fit into these places. You have to disconnect. I prefer adventure travel over tours, it's more demanding but much better for clearing your head.

Your children (two girls and a boy) attended the celebration marking the company’s first 25 years. Part of your succession plan?

A. No, unlike many entrepreneurs I don’t have a family succession plan. I think I was lucky not to have been left anything. I was able to grow with my company. It's a big responsibility to take someone else’s place. If my father had started the business 30 years ago, I’m not sure I would have taken his place. To my children I say that the important thing is to do what you like, to choose to be happy.

If I had gone to university or if I had technical training and formal business management training, I would have probably been less on my own. Fortunately, there are business groups that help us deal with challenges, to give it our best shot. A few years ago I took entrepreneurship courses to improve my management skills and learn to be a better coach. In the process I  learned that my ideas were just as good as other people’s. These courses gave me confidence and leadership skills. I'd like my children to experience this on their own, which will give them confidence and a desire to do better.

Line Goyette is Managing Editor of EIN; linegoyette@kerrwil.com. Learn more about Flextherm: www.flextherm.com/en.

 

Changing Scene

  • Prev
Government Relations Minister Lori Carr announced the transfer of gas and electrical licensing ...
IDEAL continues to recognize the essential work electricians are doing during this global crisis. ...
Total investment in building construction increased 60.1% to $13.4 billion in May, ...
IDEAL Industries recently put together a new supply catalogue focused on panel builders and ...
ECAO is piloting a young leaders group, named Future Leaders Advisory Council (FLAC).   ...
Cooper Lighting extends its commitment to education and support of its customers and specifiers. ...
Stay Wired to Win is a monthly at-home challenge designed to keep your competitive spark going ...
Join the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) for a live webinar on July 7 at 2:00 ...
Following the latest COVID-19 announcements from the Ontario Government, ESA has decided to ...
Introducing Stay Wired to Win – a series of monthly at-home challenges designed to keep your ...


 

LDS Aug Products Eaton AL Series Dimmers 400Eaton's Wiring Devices AL series dimmers offer a versatile option for any dimming application - fine tune the dimming performance to match your exact needs and change colors as needed to suit any décor.

Color change kits come with three color faceplates, offering design flexibility within one product. Select models are available in 4 different color combination packs.

 

 


Read More

 

ESAAs the government continues a gradual, staged approach to reopen Ontario, ESA is assessing how they can safely resume in-person classroom training while adhering to Ontario Public Health guidelines. ESA is continuing to monitor key public health indicators and Stage 3 restrictions as efforts begin to reschedule previously postponed in-person classroom courses.

If you are registered in a postponed ESA course, they will notify you in the next couple of weeks of the rescheduled date. Please note that online courses are continuing as scheduled.

 

Read More

 


 

Latest Articles

  • Prev
The code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes, it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the ...
As a direct consequence of the economic shutdown due to COVID-19, parents have been asked to ...
Pro Electric LLC had a customer that had just constructed a new horse barn and was looking to light ...
Appearing below is a fact sheet on electrical tool safety compiled by the Canadian Centre for ...
Any contractor who has been on the jobsite during a difficult wire pull can attest to the ...
All electrical incidents are preventable! Keep employees safe with an up-to-date electrical ...


Case Study: EikoPro Electric LLC had a customer that had just constructed a new horse barn and was looking to light it quickly. The barn was designed to be lit with ten high bay lights for maximum efficacy and efficiency. Together with EiKO’s distributor partner, Platt Electric Redmond located in Redmond, Oregon, Pro Electric selected the EiKO 200W BAY-C high bay fixture, which puts out an impressive 30,000+ lumens at a 5000K color temperature. This high lumen output and the long life of the fixture – 72,000 hours – made it an ideal choice for the application.

Obviously, when lighting a barn, the security and safety of the animals, riders, and care givers is paramount. EiKO’s LED high bay products fill the space with light, eliminating shadows and blind spots.

Read More


Value of Building Permits - JuneThe $687 million Oakridge Centre mixed use redevelopment project in the city of Vancouver helped raise the total national value of building permits 6.2% to $8.1 billion in June, to a level comparable to pre-COVID levels. Overall, seven provinces reported gains for the month.

Residential permits rise
The total value of residential permits was up 7.0% to $5.3 billion, with gains posted in six provinces. British Columbia posted its third largest value on record for residential permits in June, up 20.4% to $1.3 billion due to large projects such as the Oakridge Centre redevelopment. 

 

Read More


 

Product News

  • Prev
Beluce has developed a line of social distancing signs and “face covering required” signs to remind ...
Eaton's Wiring Devices AL series dimmers offer a versatile option for any dimming application - ...
The YDD-L is an energy-efficient dusk to dawn yard light. It was designed for barns and ...
Arani's single-sided LED plastic running man sign comes in 2 versions: with battery, and without ...
With three shapes and 14 sizes available, Lumewerx’s latest addition to the Pop family comes in ...
Midwest’s Metallic RV power centers are a cost-effective favorite among campground owners ...
The IDEAL SLK® Disconnect Fuse Kit is a waterproof breakaway safety device that ...
The LED Edge-Lit ceiling luminaire has a very slim design for a modern and minimalist ...
The Green Cable Surface is synonymous with flexibility.      
Bri-Thin cables are an alternative to floor heating mats for tile and stone flooring. With high ...


 

Yard LightThe YDD-L is an energy-efficient dusk to dawn yard light. It was designed for barns and farms. It is a versatile and economic light source that is good on the environment and uses long-life LED’s. The YDD-L comes standard with photo control which helps to provide significant power savings.

Lens
Polycarbonate diffused lens encloses high performance LEDs.

 

 

 

Read More

 


 



Tom MiguelBy Sarah PickardTom Miguel

At 14, Tom Miguel was sitting in the counselor’s office of Silverthorn Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke with his entire life ahead of him. In 1981, the world was changing, and like so many young men and women, he was faced with a world of choices that would go on to define both his career and his life.

It was in this office that some counsellor suggested becoming an electrician, and Tom’s interest was piqued. “I knew from that point on what field of studies I needed to focus on to become an electrician,” Tom said.

 

Read More

 


Rutul Bhavsar 1 400By Blake Marchand

Rutul Bhavsar is a final year Electrical Engineering student at Mohawk College. He recently co-authored a whitepaper on Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation discussing the technologies utilized in the state-of-the-art zero-carbon/carbon-neutral facility. Rutul was the lead author on the project, supported by Dr. Mariano Arriaga, General Manager of Mohawk’s Energy and Power Innovation Centre (EPIC) and Dr. Tony Cupido Research Chair, Sustainability at Mohawk College. Rutul’s interests lie in the more progressive areas of the industry, automation, control, and energy efficient technologies.

Read More


 

Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications Great Place to Work. Certified December 2019 - December 2020

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2020 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil