About Westburne Canada
Westburne focuses on providing the best electrical solutions for professionals across Canada.
Who We Are
Westburne is much more than electrical products. In fact, Westburne is a Canadian market leader in energy solutions, renewables, lighting, wire and cable, automation and connected network solutions. The expertise, solutions and service you need are always nearby. Find us at one of over 100 locations nationwide, on Westburne.ca, or anywhere our dedicated account management team can travel.
We can help. Our place in the Rexel family (RXL:Euronext Paris) of companies allows us to leverage our expertise and customer service on an international scale.
Markets We Serve
Westburne works hard to be the distributor of choice across Canada. We are constantly evolving to meet the needs of all our customers, from end users and small contractors to multinational oil and gas producers.
Oil & Gas
Food & Farm
Pulp & Saw Mills
How We Help
You need more than the right products at the right price. You need a partner with solutions and services to help your business grow. At Westburne, our qualified staff work with your team to provide the industry and product expertise you need. Westburne has branch offices in your community and partner offices across the globe. That means you benefit from a national and international network. It also means you receive expert personal service from local branch staff who know your name and your business needs.
Westburne has a rich history in electrical solutions and products, but it did not just begin its story there. Founded in 1926 in Turner Valley, Alberta while the oil and gas boom was only just beginning. Westburne’s root history began when a group of business professionals formed a small exploration company.
This company, Ainsworth Oils Limited, later became the Commonwealth Petroleum LTD., which John Scrymgeour and his partner Bill Atkinson acquired in 1959. Scrymgeour was the Chairman of the Board of Westburne International Industries Ltd., and he later combined Commonwealth and General Petroleums of Canada, two of the oldest contract drilling firms in Canada. This merger created Westburne Oil Company Limited, a group of drilling companies that later allowed the company to make its first venture into the Canadian wholesale distribution sector in 1963.
Through out the mid to late 1960’s Westburne made several acquisitions of several companies, including a major plumbing and heating wholesaler in the Quebec City area. It was not until later in 1970 that the Westburne Oil Company Limited changed its name to United Westburne Industries Limited. Additional acquisitions developed United Westburne into one of the major companies of its kind in the world.
In 1971, United Westburne entered the Canadian electrical supply industry, and continued to expand through various acquisitions over the years. In 1979 United Westburne acquired Nedco and Zentronics from Northern Telecom, making its first major business acquisition into the electrical supply industry. These acquisitions allowed Westburne to dominate as a major nationwide distributor of electrical, electronics and telecommunication products to the commercial and industrial market.
In 1986 United Westburne added refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation supplies to its product line through a series of acquisitions of Canadian companies involved in North American markets.
In 1995 United Westburne officially changed its name to Westburne Inc. and continued to expand in Canada and the United States by completing various acquisitions that added an additional 81 branches to an already existing network.
Rexel SA, a world leader in the distribution of electrical supplies with a presence on 4 continents and in more than 30 countries entered the Canadian market by completing the acquisition of all the share of Westburne Inc.
By July 2001 the non-electrical products business of Westburne Inc. were sold to Wolseley Investments, Inc. permitting continued focused on the development of the core business of distribution of electrical products in Canada.
Westburne group is part of the larger Rexel group, and is located nationally throughout Canada with a total of 105 branch locations. Westburne focuses on its relationship with supplier partners, and has customers across contracting, industrial, small and medium sized business. Our thought and focus is on providing electrical solutions for professionals. Our solutions and products are constantly being enhanced to include new brands, and turnkey technical solutions.