Our story

With over 60 years of industry experience, Gescan has 26 branches located across Western Canada. Gescan started out as a division of Canadian General Electric Co. Ltd. (CGE) in the 1920’s and was known as GE Supply Sales and Distribution. Later, this division was given the acronym Gescan for General Electric Supply Canada in 1975 and the name was used even after CGE sold the operations to BRE Electric in 1983, then subsequently to Sonepar in October 1989.

Gescan is a proud member of the Sonepar Canada family, one of the largest B-to-B electrical distribution networks in the world. In Canada, Sonepar is represented in nine provinces by Gescan, Lumen, Dixon Electric, MGM Electric, Sesco, Texcan and Vallen. Sonepar Canada has over 1900 employees working out of 110 offices between the unique brands. At Gescan, we leverage our strong global resource base, our local expertise, and our family-oriented values to deliver the best service to our customers and suppliers.

Our Mission

We will be guided by our relentless focus on our five imperatives; we will constantly strive to implement them on a daily basis. We will deliver excellence in every corner of Gescan and exceed our commitments to the customer we serve.

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Our values


Something is only worth doing if it’s done with conviction. Anything is achievable if we put everything behind our goals.

Our Teams

Marketing Team


Digital Team


Pricing Team


Purchasing Team


Leadership Team


Operations Team


People Operations Team

People Operations

Finance Team


Branch Team


Projects Team


What we do

The company culture puts the customer and their goals at the core of the business. Gescan exists to serve its customers, and to help solve their problems. At Gescan, we recognize the need to work hard every day to earn our customers' business. The processes in place drive operational excellence and efficiency, while our people are approachable and work hard to get the job done right. Gescan strives to be the electrical distributor of choice in the Residential, Commercial, and Industrial markets that we serve.

Gescan aims to add value by offering excellent breadth and depth in inventories. The experienced projects department is in place to handle projects of all sizes and levels of complexity. The team has in-depth product knowledge to better meet customer needs. Gescan has also always believed in investing in in-house specialists with experts on staff in lighting, distribution, automation, heating and ventilation, and data communications.

In addition, Gescan is available to customers “where they need us, when they need us”; 24/7/365 on www.gescan.com. Gescan has developed digital tools designed to increase efficiency, eliminate error, and provide customers with self-service shopping options. These tools include the webshop at www.gescan.com, eLink, eQuote, EDI, VMI, and Punchout. Gescan can integrate on-line shops with business systems, allowing customers access to self-service tools 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Gescan is continuously developing digital solutions to keep up with the market, and customer needs.

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Why Gescan?

Gescan is a proud member of The Sonepar Family and we

  • are family-owned and have a long-term vision.
  • invest in doing the right thing for customers and associates.
  • are born entrepreneurs. We give individuals freedom and encourage them to make their own decisions and to take calculated risks.
  • encourage our people to push boundaries, learn from mistakes and contribute to taking our business to the next level.
  • have an inclusive culture. Everyone is respectful of customers, cultures, and each other.
  • value our employees’ unique qualities and skills because innovation stars with different ways of thinking.
  • we celebrate our successes as a team.
Jeff Derkuch - Gescan President - Gescan Culture and Values
Ryan Berg - Gescan Counter Sales Representative - Why work at Gescan?

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Behind the scenes

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