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Barry Tessier


Barry – aka Tess – has built the business from the grassroots in 1985 when having first opened Tesco Electric Ltd. It had all started while working at Bakers Electric, who at that time was Evraz’s electrical contractor. Barry had gained Baker’s confidence from the beginning, having convinced him that he was a qualified electrical worker, exaggerating the truth when claiming he had “fixed toasters” on the side during his interview. From there, he built relationships within the plant and became infamous for his familiarity with Evraz’s electrical systems.  He was known to take around hot coffee to key foreman in an effort to extract privy information, such as the cable routings within the plant, which at that time was not documented. He has many admirable traits, but none are so prevalent than his attention to detail and tenacious approach to getting the job done. Whether it was going out to fix a locomotive on Christmas Eve, or absorbing change orders for the sake of maintaining progress, Barry takes pride in ensuring that everyone around him – customers, employees, suppliers – are happy. His morals are as strong as his wiring and estimating skills, in which case he has become known as a trusted employer and explains why the bulk of his management team have been around since the early days.

Besides being a Master Electrician, Barry has also mastered the ability to know when to put on the gas, and when to apply the brakes in terms of business development. This disciplined growth strategy has provided Tesco and its employees with over two decades of sustainable operations. He exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit in all regards and we look forward to the next chapter in Tesco’s Story.


Over the past 30 years, the Tesco fleet of companies have attributed their success to the flexible and innovative approach they’ve taken to their challenging projects.  Tesco’s scope of work has expanded from being an electrical contractor to include a welding and fabrication shop, as well as a motor-rewinding facility. Tesco Automation is the latest addition to the Tesco Group, which offers systems integration services needed to deliver complete substation automation systems, either as a prime contractor or part of a project consortium. Regardless of which business unit you deal with, Tesco’s reputation has been built over two decades by our commitment to and our demand for quality and continuous improvement.


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We aim to become Western Canada’s leading system integrator of IEC 61850 by exceeding our client’s expectations in terms of Quality, Innovation and Flexibility. By leveraging the capabilities across Tesco’s multifaceted supply chain, we continually strive to realize the synergies that underwrite our cost-effective delivery model.


Tesco takes great pride to understand, meet and, when possible, exceed our Customer’s requirements through the continuous improvement of our Integrated Management System. We strive to maintain a lean operational  delivery model that allows Tesco to deliver on time, at the most competitive rates possible.  Regardless of whether it’s the power system design, drafting, construction or commissioning deliverables that you’re after, quality is paramount to what we do and how we do it. We are currently pursuing our ISO 9001 Registration as part of Tesco’s IMS, and expect have this complete by Q2/2014.


We strive to prevent and minimize, to the fullest extent practical, all risks to the health, safety, environment and well-being of our employees and the public. Tesco will implement and maintain a comprehensive and effective safety and health program.  Tesco’s business practices will meet or exceed the requirements of health, safety and regulations governed by federal, provincial, and local agencies.We are currently pursuing our ISO 18001 Registration as part of Tesco’s IMS, and expect have this complete by Q2/2014.


Tesco recognizes environmental protection as one of our guiding principles and a key component of sound business practice. We are committed to providing quality products and services that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and contractors, which minimizes our potential impact on the environment. We will operate in compliance with all relevant federal, provincial, and municipal environmental legislation and we will strive to prevent pollution wherever, and whenever possible. We are currently pursuing our ISO 14001 Registration as part of Tesco’s IMS, and expect have this complete by Q2/2014.