About Us

Our Leaders

Claude Bigras, Director, President and CEO, GDI Group of Companies

Claude Bigras, Director, President and CEO, GDI Group of Companies. Since 1982, Mr. Bigras has spent his career in the construction, janitorial and facility maintenance industry. He joined GDI in 1994 and later became a major shareholder in 1998. Over the years, he has held many positions, and became President and CEO of GDI in December 2004. In his role as President and CEO, Mr. Bigras has overseen GDI’s significant organic and acquisition based growth, leading GDI to become the largest janitorial services company in Canada, and one of the largest in North America. Through his leadership, perspective and experience, Mr. Bigras has driven the development of the Company’s key financial strategic planning, and brings with him an exceptional track record of disciplined capital allocation and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Bigras holds certificates in Finance and Management from École des Hautes Études commerciales in Montréal.

Craig Stanford, President and COO, Ainsworth Inc.

Mr. Stanford started his career in 1981 as a field technician with Honeywell. He held various management positions with several companies involved in the maintenance and repair of building systems. Craig had a 15-year career with Honeywell in field operations, sales, and management. Craig was Regional Director of Honeywell from 1990 to 1995. Craig held various senior manager positions with Stannair, Enbridge, and Direct Energy from 1995 to 2006. He also held the position of President of Modern Niagara HVAC Services from 2009 to 2013. Craig joined Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, in November 2016, following the acquisition of Airtron. He became president of Ainsworth after the acquisition. Previously, Craig held the position of President of Airtron from 2013 to 2016.

Kevin Crosgrey, Senior Vice President – Ainsworth Ontario

Mr. Crosgrey began his career in the technical services industry as a facility operator for the City of Brampton in 1989, and after being promoted to Operations Manager in 1999, he started working as an Energy Management BAS Coordinator at Brampton City Hall. It was not long after that Mr. Crosgrey joined Optimira Controls as Project/Operations Manager in 2002. When Optimira Controls was acquired by ESC Automation in 2011, ESC needed a dedicated leader to grow its Toronto branch. It was the strong core values and family-oriented culture which led Mr. Crosgrey to join ESC as Branch Manager Toronto, and then to become the General Manager for Canada and the U.S. in 2019. When Ainsworth acquired ESC Automation, Mr. Crosgrey stepped
up to be Ainsworth Vice President GTA and General Manager Delta Connects U.S. Since 2011, Mr. Crosgrey has helped ESC Automation grow considerably and become a well-respected industry partner. With over 25 years of experience in leadership management, project services, and execution, Mr. Crosgrey provides a collaborative approach with his team to effectively deliver and manage the growth strategy in the Toronto market. Mr. Crosgrey holds an Accounting Diploma from Sheridan College and the BOMA Facilities Management Administrator Certification.

Greg Fontaine, Vice President Prairies, Ainsworth

Mr.Fontaine started his career as a Commercial Electrical Apprentice, before working for Pnue-Tech Controls which installed primarily Delta Controls. When ESC bought out Pnue-Tech in 1990, Mr.Fontaine joined the ESC Edmonton branch and held various positions including Installation Technician, Forman, Supervisor, Engineer, and Project Manager until 1998. The decision to join ESC was easy for Mr. Fontaine as he wanted to partake in the creation of energy efficient buildings using innovative technology. Mr. Fontaine went on to become the Edmonton Branch Manager in 2012 after holding positions as Edmonton Service Manager, Operations Manager, and Sales Manager. As the Edmonton Branch Manager, Mr. Fontaine navigated the volatile Alberta economy by creating a strong, talented and forward-thinking workplace, and by finding ways to grow the business through innovation, diversification, and outside-the-box solutions. In 2018, Mr. Fontaine became the Alberta Regional Manager and created a strong brand for the province, and in 2020 he took the role of VP Prairies at Ainsworth, a role in which he will create an interprovincial support system to allow for diversification. Mr. Fontaine is a great problem-solver, has an amazing service mentality, and has created a positive work culture within ESC. He holds a Certified Master Electrician designation in Alberta (CME) and is a Master Electrician.

John Matthews, Vice President, Master Systems Integration

Mr. Matthews began his career in the Fire Protection industry in 1996 as a technical sales agent with Siemens and was mainly focused on heavy industrial and major infrastructure verticals. That led Mr. Matthews to start an 18-year career with Tyco SimplexGrinnell beginning as a Fire Alarm Systems Technician, holding positions of Project Manager, Operations Manager, Solution Sales Manager, and then becoming a Strategic Executive in charge of industrial business development and P3 program management. Mr. Matthews had known ESC throughout much of his career at Tyco as a strategic partner in team pursuits and execution of some of the largest projects in Canada, competing with companies such as JCI and Honeywell. When JCI acquired Tyco in 2017, ESC was looking to broaden its capabilities as a Master Systems Integrator, and Mr. Matthews felt the humble, client-focused culture of ESC was a better fit for him. He joined ESC as Director-Building Systems, and in 2020 he became Vice President- Master Systems Integration. Mr. Matthews’ broad background in systems, and a wide range of positions have allowed him to tackle Smart Buildings that have similarly broadened. This experience allowed Mr. Matthews to step back and look at whole building technologies to help achieve owners’ goals and navigate the change management process. Mr. Matthews has contributed significantly to establishing ESC as a leading Master Systems Integrator, leading the company to be selected for notable Smart Building projects across the country as well as making advances in the health care vertical, including Real Time Locating and Healthcare Communications Systems.

Fred Messmer, Vice President, British Columbia

Mr. Messmer began his career in the pulp and paper industry for an industrial automation consulting firm before working as a Design Technologist at Universal Dynamics. Mr. Messner had previously worked as a co-op student for MCC Powers, in which he enjoyed the building automation work he performed there, so he researched up-and-coming companies in that industry and found ESC. During the past 31 years with ESC, Mr. Messmer has held positions as Application Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Engineering Specialist, Project Team Manager, Operations Manager, Director of Operations, Regional Manager and now Regional Vice President of British Columbia. Mr. Messmer has been a key part of taking ESC from a very small, regional, and minor contractor, and growing it into a multinational organization with over 10 locations. As a part of the executive team, Mr. Messmer has grown the ESC philosophy of “Do it Right” and has helped the company’s growth with strategic acquisitions. He is certified as a BCIT Electronics and Instrumentations technologist and uses his technical expertise and people management to grow ESC with the right culture.

locations

Contact

Phone

+1 (604) 574-7790

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

5265 185A Street, Surrey, BC V3S 7A4

Phone

+1 (403) 270-0333

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

2588 27 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 7G1

Phone

+1 (780) 448-9152

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

18220 – 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 1S7

Phone

+1 (888) 756 3008

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

3057 Barons Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 3Y6

Phone

+1 (647) 789-2600

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

100-5525 Eglinton Ave W, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5K5

Phone

+1 (425) 487-8613

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

 19310 N Creek Pkwy, Bothell, WA 98011

Phone

+1 (732) 355-7177

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

10 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, N.J. USA, 08831

Phone

+1 (212) 629-8844

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

5 Penn Plaza – 19th Floor, New York, NY USA 10001

Phone

+1 (503) 670-7200

Email

info@escautomation.com

Address

Suite 230 – 17400 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd, Durham, OR 97224