OAKVILLE, ON – November 9, 2021 – Family Enterprise Canada is proud to announce Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited is the Recipient of the 2021 Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year Award. This honour was celebrated virtually at the Ontario FEYA celebration on November 9, 2021.
Gerrie Electric is a family-owned and operated electrical, automation and lighting distributor started in 1957. Ken Gerrie, who is extremely passionate about selling light bulbs, small appliances and electrical products, has become a well-respected name in the industry and community. Today, Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited is one of the largest independent electrical distributors in Canada and has 24 locations serving Southwestern Ontario.
Gerrie Electric has over 400 employees who share the same passion for helping their customers. They attribute their success and reputation to their employees who come to work each day eager to provide solutions for their customers’ needs. By staying up-to-date with the latest trends and through impactful customer service, they have built a strong foundation and presence in their market.
The third generation is now working in the business and are carving out their own path, driving innovation and growth to create a successful and sustainable business for future generations. Of Ken’s six grandchildren, there are four working in the business today: Jonathan, Joanna, David and Taylor. As the business continues to grow, their hope is that it will thrive for many generations.
About Family Enterprise of the Year Award
The Family Enterprise of Year Award (FEYA) was established in 1986 to celebrate and promote the achievements of Canadian business families and the considerable contribution they make to the economic and social fabric of both their local communities and Canada as a whole. Each year, business families across Canada are nominated and recognized at regional FEYA celebrations. Each regional recipient is then considered for the National Family Enterprise of the Year Award, chosen by a volunteer selection committee and presented at the National FEYA celebration.
FEYA is unique among business awards in Canada, as it does not only focus on traditional business metrics. Instead, the selection committee also looks at how well the family enterprise integrates best practices that benefit the business, the family and their communities. Having demonstrated significant capabilities in these regards, FEYA recipients are examples of excellence and are integral to Canada’s economic future.
About Family Enterprise Canada
We are the national community for family business in Canada. Our goal is to ensure the long-term success and continuity of enterprising families and their family enterprises, across generations! Family Enterprise Canada empowers business families and Family Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) to thrive by providing a dynamic peer community, family-focused learning, relevant insights, a family enterprise specific designation and — together with our Foundation — a voice for all.
For more information about Family Enterprise Canada, please visit our website at: FamilyEnterprise.ca.