Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Accolades Are Appreciated

My staff is known industry wide as top professionals that truly are concerned with the service they give our customers. When we recently made the Profit 500 list I blogged about the award as well as how my staff are a huge part of that, and they are.

I was both surprised and pleased when I received the accolade from Jean-René Halde the President and Chief Executive Officer of the BDC. Emile and I had the pleasure of meeting him at a luncheon several months ago and found his attitude and ideas towards business very interesting and refreshing.

I have received a number of great phone calls from the business community, as well as much appreciated comments on our Facebook, Twitter, and Linked in pages. I want to say thanks to you all, because without support from so many areas we wouldn’t be the company we are today.

There is protection within the herd!


Dear Mr. Read:

Achieving the PROFIT 500 ranking as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies is an impressive accomplishment.

At BDC, we can appreciate how demanding it can be to build and maintain a strong business. Leading a fast-growing company like yours is even more challenging. It takes ambition, a willingness to take risks and determination to succeed.

Once again, congratulations for achieving this top business honour.

Jean-René Halde
President and Chief Executive Officer





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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Great News From Siemens

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The Siemens Sales Release for XLS Market Package 9 is here!!

This now provides the following enhancements to the XLS & XLSV Systems

PMI-2         Personal Machine Interface-2

  • Colour display
  • High performance processor
  • Supports all Cerberus Pro devices

o   HI 921 heat, OP 921 photo, OH 921 photo heat, OOH 941 dual photo heat, OOHC 941 dual photo heat & CO, &        FDCI 0422 4 crt input / relay

o   Current draw of the new devices will allow smaller battery requirements

  • Supports the new SBGA Audible Base c/w Temporal 4 for CO detection
  • Global Personal Machine Interface-2 GPMI-2 available
  • Supports the XDMC Digital Message Card ( 100 minutes c/w 300 individual messages)
  • New data sheets are now downloadable PMI-2, XDMC, DLC, SBGA_34

This new PMI-2 will be far more user friendly for anyone who has this top line system already protecting their building. It is a fantastic upgrade that keeps your system at the front of technological advancement.

Leading Industry Leaders!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Annual Bison Picnic

We had our annual picnic this past weekend. It seems there were plenty of fun things for people to do and no shortage of good food! Most importantly it was a chance for both Emile and I to say thank-you to our very dedicated and hardworking staff.

The day started early for some with Ryan “If your lookin’ it ain’t cookin’” Fraser arriving around 9:30 AM to get the ribs on the slow roast BBQ’s. He was thrillin’ with his grillin’ because there wasn’t a face without a smile, or a clown lipstick ring of sauce around their mouths. Ryan is competing in the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival next month at the Red River Exhibition grounds. He’s got our vote.

We were also treated to live music! James brought his bag pipes and played a number of songs for us, and even danced a small jig while playing. Even the people that weren’t fans of the pipes were impressed with his musical abilities.

As usual we had bouncers for kids of all sizes and managed to keep the larger kids injury free this year. The evening was capped off with a beautiful fireworks display put on by Noel Petit of Centennial Gravel, who has done many shows around Manitoba getting his start with Archangel Fireworks at Shaw Park entertaining Goldeyes fans.

As I said earlier without the dedication of our staff we wouldn’t have the company we do today. This was just a small way of saying thanks while letting our spouses meet the people we talk about over the dinner table after a great day at work.

There is protection within the herd!

Noel, Ryan, and Alain work hard to feed the herd!A look aroundThe BIG Bouncer!James doing a fantastic job!Nothing beats enjoying a bonfire!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bison Supports Teen Challenge

With so many groups out there that truly need support for the good work they do it is sometimes difficult to decide where or what to do. We recently had a vehicle that passed its useful life in our fleet, and as such we had to put it to pasture. We looked a few options and chose to give it to Teen Challenge. We have donated to them in the past, and knowing the need we have for young people in the work force Teen Challenge seemed to be the best choice.

I spoke with Marge Penner at the Winnipeg location she was pleased to see us again. She asked that we put her contact information in the blog so that we could help her get the message out to all Manitoban’s who are known across Canada for their generosity, and desire to help in the community.

She can be contacted at;

Marge Penner, Donor Services Representative

Teen Challenge of Central Canada Inc.

P 204-949-9484 ext. 2032 | F 204-949-9479

E marge@teenchallenge.tc


I also took the time to grab a couple of interesting points from their website.

Teen Challenge of Central Canada is a 12-month Christian discipleship program for men & woman struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction.

The first Teen Challenge centre was founded by the late David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the Switchblade, more than 50 years ago in Brooklyn NY. Today Teen Challenge operates more than 1000 programs in 80 countries around the globe, making it the largest and most successful faith-based drug treatment program in the world.

Teen Challenge of Central Canada began in 1995 with a small 10-bed trailer in Hadashville, Manitoba. Today we run men's homes in Winnipeg, Denare Beach and Thunder Bay as well as our woman's home in Brandon. Our administration office/vehicle donation shop building is located on the outskirts of Winnipeg.

What Happens To My Vehicle?                                                                                   

The vehicles received by Teen Challenge are assessed at our shop and disposed of in a variety of ways, including:

• AUCTION or SELL PRIVATELY:  Our graduates and students do minor mechanical and detailing work on the vehicle to prepare it to be sold at auction.

• RECYCLER:  Our graduates and students strip the vehicle of valuable parts and the bulk weight is sold to a local recycler.

•DEMOLITION DERBY: Our graduates and students get the cars ready for one of our biggest fund raisers, the Demolition Derby, held in the fall.

• FLEET:  Occasionally we are able to register a donated vehicle and use it at the Teen Challenge centre for student appointments, food donation pickups and various daily errands.

How Does My Vehicle Donation Benefit Teen Challenge?

This program benefits the Teen Challenge charity in a twofold way, by the valuable vocational experience the students gain at the shop with 100% of the proceeds raised by the disposed vehicles going back into our drug treatment and awareness programs.

How Does My Vehicle Donation Benefit Me?

•The vehicle is picked up by our driver at no charge to you.

•You receive a tax-deductible charitable donation receipt for your vehicle. 

•You have the satisfaction of knowing that your donation truly helps give someone who was once controlled by drugs and alcohol a chance at a new life, free from addiction. 

What Will the Value of My Tax Receipt Be?

Currently our minimum receipt value is $500.  Please call the office for more info.

Will Teen Challenge Pick Up My Vehicle if it's not running?

Yes, Teen Challenge will send a tow-truck to pick up your vehicle, free of charge.  If the vehicle is running, we can send our driver team with a dealer plate to drive it back.

Can I Drop Off My Vehicle?

Yes!  Please see our drop-off locations below and call ahead to make sure someone is available to receive your vehicle:

There is protection within the herd!

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Bison Fire Protection Inc. Ranks No. 335 on the 2013 PROFIT 500

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Winnipeg (June 3, 2013) PROFIT Magazine today ranked Bison Fire Protection No. 335 on the 25th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the summer issue of PROFIT Magazine and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years.

Bison Fire Protection, the leading provider for sales and service fire protection equipment in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, including Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Fire Alarm Systems, both Engineered, and Pre-Engineered Suppression Systems, and Fire Extinguishers, made the PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 150%.

“To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fastest-Growing Companies in Canada, the PROFIT 500 has expanded to recognize the entrepreneurial achievements of more than 500 Canadian companies,” says Ian Portsmouth, Editor-in-Chief of PROFIT magazine. “PROFIT is proud to now showcase Canada’s forward-thinking small business entrepreneurs and honour their talents and innovations.”

 “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication that my staff gives me every day. To be included on the PROFIT 500 ranking is something I never would have imagined, and could never have accomplished without each and every one of them.” says CEO Rob Read. “It truly is a team effort put forth by both our people, and our suppliers. Our customers are the benefactors of hard work, constant training, and great products.”

Bison Fire Protection is a leader in comprehensive fire safety and fire protection in Manitoba. No matter the size of your business, we can work with you to develop a complete fire protection system.

We are a modern company with old-fashioned values. Our continuing education keeps us abreast of new fire and safety methods and techniques, and our web site places us solidly in 21st century technology. We realize that there is no substitute for repeat and referral business. That is why customer satisfaction is still our number-one business asset.

We have won several industry awards over that number of years that include Ansul’s Pacesetter, Single and Double Diamond awards. The “3 I” award for is presented to the most innovative, interesting and inspirational entry in the Santa Claus Parade. We’ve appeared in articles highlighting business in both the Winnipeg Free Press, and the Business Development Bank of Canada’s “In Business” newsletter. We are currently in a Pilot project with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Bold Strategy for business in the area of technology innovations.  We have also supported many charities and community events such as Teen Challenge, The Teddy Bear Picnic, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Kids Fest, Snoman Inc, and many walks for cancer. We fully believe in giving back to the community that gives to us.

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Bison Fire Protection has built a solid reputation on our commitment to superior products and services. We believe in providing education and training, as well as professional service, to ensure our customers are served as well as possible by the fire protection solutions we provide.

Established in 2001, Bison Fire Protection Inc. began as a fire extinguisher, and automatic suppression provider to grow into a full service company including fire alarm, and automatic sprinklers. In 2006 we added Thompson Extinguisher Service to our family, combining their more than 20 years of experience, with our entire catalogue of products and services. In 2010 we expanded to Regina Saskatchewan offering the same high quality products, and services our customers have come to expect. 2011 saw the acquisition of Protec Sprinklers, this addition has allowed us to move into automatic sprinkler design, contracting, and installation.

Our full service shops, in Winnipeg, Thompson as well as our newest addition in Regina, are inspected by Transport Canada, and are certified by Warnock Hersey to service all manufacturers and types of extinguishers as well as both pre-engineered and engineered suppression systems.

Family owned from the beginning and for many generations to come!

About PROFIT Magazine and PROFITguide.com

PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent publication dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 31 years, Canadian entrepreneurs and senior managers across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at PROFITguide.com.

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