Co-CEOs, Marc Boudreau and Denis Pitre, grew up on the same street in Hanmer and have been friends since before kindergarten. They kept in touch in high school, but “it’s a fluke that we ended up in the same place, at the same time, doing the same thing,” Pitre said. “We never talked about being engineers.” Pitre did not expect to come back to Sudbury when he graduated from engineering, but soon found himself working at Falconbridge with his old friend. They discussed starting their own consulting business for several years before taking the leap shortly before their 30th birthdays.
Founded in 1995, BESTECH was created to address the need for a group dedicated to system integration and industrial automation. They quickly gained recognition as a leader in this domain by developing a very specialized skill set. In 1999, the company opened its software division to help diversify the company’s skill set. The year 2000 proved to be the company’s breakthrough year: BESTECH won both the Northern Ontario Business and the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce “Innovation” Awards.
Over the past 20 years, the company has experienced rapid and sustainable growth. Twelve (12) departments are now operating including Engineering & Instrumentation Services, Mechanical/Civil/Structural Services, Automation, Software Development, Project Management Office, Support, Research & Development, Technical Expertise Center, Accounting, Information Technology, Sales & Marketing and Human Resources. In its early days as a startup, the business operated out of a modest single office space on Lorne Street in Sudbury. This space has magnified to 14,000 square feet and the firm now comprises an office in Timmins, Ontario.
After two decades of sustainable growth and a long list of achievements, the company has developed into a critical mass of engineers, designers, technologists, programmers and support staff capable of supporting the challenges that face today’s industrial market. Expansion has occurred nationally with contracts in Labrador and the Northwest Territories, and internationally with clients in the United-States, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Turkey. The firm is renowned worldwide for its superior standards in quality assurance, leading innovations and creating high-value partnerships.
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