First Class Service and Solutions

Westcana Electric

Active in industrial construction, industrial maintenance, new construction, commercial and industrial renovations, and design and build, Westcana Electric is ready and able to handle the needs of clients who require complex electrical systems, service maintenance, data and network cabling, LED lighting sales and installation, and more. Committed to quality and service, the company takes great pride in ensuring all projects are completed on time, on budget, and done right the first time.

Prior to creating Westcana Electric, both father and son amassed considerable experience working for other electrical contractors. “When we formed Westcana, the time was right, and we took advantage of the opportunity to start our own business,” says Peter Sherba Jr., President of the company.

As an A ticket electrical contractor with both A and B field service reps, Westcana Electric’s highly-trained journeymen provide prompt, professional services to a diverse range of commercial and industrial customers throughout British Columbia and Alberta. COR Certified in B.C. and Alberta, and in the process of seeking CASBC certification, the company has many active memberships with organizations such as the Prince George Construction Association, the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia, the International Municipal Signal Association, the Better Business Bureau Association, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Gold Seal Certification Program, the Calgary Construction Association, the B.C. Construction Safety Alliance, and ISNetworld.

To Westcana Electric, these industry affiliations are important for a number of reasons, and add value to the company, its clients, and the industry as a whole. “The key thing would be the networking,” says Peter Sherba Jr. “You get to network with your competition and your peers, and you learn a lot about the issues in the industry, and help make the industry as a whole a lot more beneficial for ourselves and for all the contractors involved.”

Key Government Contracts

As a trusted electrical contractor in so many diverse fields, Westcana Electric has been selected to work on a number of important provincial government contracts over the years.

In 2004 – when the British Columbia provincial government privatized all highway maintenance for electrical work and went out for public tender – Westcana submitted a bid, and was chosen by the province to construct and maintain its entire electrical highway inventory throughout northern B.C. “We thought it was a good opportunity to get these contracts, and we were successful in getting them,” says Mr. Sherba. Based on the success of that contract, three years later, Westcana Electric was once again successful when the Province chose the company to not only construct but to also maintain its entire electrical inventory in the Thompson, Okanagan, and Kootenay regions. With increasing highway expansion and traffic intersections requiring lights and other electrical devices, Mr. Sherba says opportunities for his company in industrial sectors are growing. “The highway markets are expanding, and there are many more safety requirements involved in the world nowadays.”

At Westcana Electric, safety for staff and associated parties remains a top priority, as it has for the past 22 years. The company’s alliance with the B.C. Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) – which is aimed at increasing safety awareness within B.C.’s construction industry and reducing construction workplace illness and injury – and the COR Workplace Safety Certificate of Recognition stand as testaments to the company’s commitment to safe working practices.

Innovative LED Lighting Solutions

Always investigating new and efficient lighting solutions, Westcana is an approved agent to sell and install LED lights featuring second generation microchip technology. With a scope that covers Western Canada and the Territories, Westcana partners with Lumisave Technologies Ltd. (www.lumisave.com), distributors for Canada and the United States.

A Canadian Company specializing in the manufacturing and sales of energy-efficient LED Lighting Products, Lumisave Industrial LED Technologies Ltd. was established in 2009, and has since expanded its manufacturing capabilities. With sales staff in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Lumisave supplies its many customers with reliable LED lighting products and solutions of the highest quality, backed by an industry best, five-year full replacement warranty. Specializing in Multi-Chip LED Lighting Solutions, Lumisave utilizies new patented ceramic Multi-Chip™ Technology, which is far more efficient and durable than conventional LED designs. With single LEDs up to 150W, Lumisave LEDs can replace conventional lighting (as illustrated by the company’s street lights and its highbay and flood lights) while using 70 percent less power.

“LED is a big market, as the whole world is going with LED lighting,” says Mr. Sherba of Lumisave, a subsidiary of Westcana. “This provides a good opportunity for Westcana as well, as we can supply the LEDs and also install them, creating work for electricians and for the company.”

As energy costs continue to increase across Canada, and as clients become increasingly aware of their carbon footprint, Lumisave will continue to product top quality, efficient LED lighting systems and solutions to create a greener tomorrow. At Lumisave, the company’s lights qualify for Gold LEED certification, along with carbon credits and efficiency rebate programs.

Diverse Divisions

Active in a multitude of market sectors – with the exception of residential and multi-tenant buildings such as apartments – Westcana Electric has divisions to meet the needs of clients in industrial and commercial divisions, traffic services, and lighting services, and can design and build solutions for virtually every need.

At Westcana, the company’s Industrial Division provides a host of services for the oil and gas sectors, generating stations, motor control centers, industrial lighting, shut downs, and the pulp and paper industry. Specialized services are available for the mining industry, co-generation, and bio-energy, and the company’s capabilities include instrumentation installations and lighting retrofits.

In the Commercial Division, no job is too big or too small, as the company can take care of all electrical, data and lighting needs for new and renovated buildings. This includes hospitals, extended care facilities, schools, warehouses, office buildings, shopping centers, retail shops, government facilities, movie theatres, block heater receptacles, and more.

Additionally, the company has a full maintenance and service department available to its customers. “With the highways, it’s a maintenance contract with set terms of maintenance, so we do 100 percent of the maintenance,” explains Mr. Sherba. “For private clients, we have a list of good clients that we’ve been working for, and they phone us up when they need some work done, for maintenance or for emergency repairs.”

Able to handle situations every day of the year, 24/7, Westcana Electric offers fast, friendly service at reasonable rates and is available to help get any business or industry up and running again. With highly trained electricians, the company offers motor repairs, data and telephone wiring, thermal imaging, generator testing and installations, and camp set ups, and can arrange for bucket trucks, pole trucks and manlift rentals upon request.

With a staff of 100 to 150 depending on the season, Westcana looks for people who are honest, sincere, and put forth a solid effort. Providing training courses to all, including administrative staff and electricians, the company believes in hiring apprentices and bringing them up through the ranks. “It’s a good way of training people, to understand the system that you have in place for the company,” says Mr. Sherba, and as such, “we are continually aiming to upgrade our staff and apprentices and journeymen to be better at their jobs. If you give them respect, they become dedicated employees, which is good for the company and good for the end user.”

December 19, 2018, 7:13 AM EST