Do you know if your home
is electrically safe?

Our Vision

'Preventing the Preventable' and ensuring Canadians are protected against the dangers of old, degraded electrical systems and poor electrical craftsmanship.

Our Mission

To provide the highest quality installations, the most proactive and in-depth analysis of systems, and the most effective repairs for generations.

Our Values

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Everyone matters

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Service Excellence

Reach beyond expectations

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Changing behaviours

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Doing the right thing every time

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Cleverly inventive and resourceful

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Inside and out

Our History

May 1967, our founder, Peter Birnie started Birnie Electric.

It began with one project for one client and grew from there. Slowly, but surely, he stuck to his vision to build a company that provided safe, reliable electrical services to Industrial/Commercial clients in the GTA and beyond, based on solid, proven design build principles. We were one of the first contractors in the City to use a computer for estimating, weekly payroll and accounting.

In the mid 70’s, we created a Service department that could service and maintain the factories, offices, warehouses and shopping centers we were building from scratch. Clients, such as: SS Kresge, Kmart, and FW Woolworth, as well as food stores such as: Dominion, Safeway and Loblaws, were well looked after. We also expanded our breadth and scope to work across Canada, building malls for a Toronto Developer. In the early 80’s, Peter’s son, Tim, joined the firm after graduating from Queen’s Engineering.

Once Tim became certified with his P. Eng. designation, this allowed Birnie to truly be a one-stop design/build contractor! It was about 10 years ago that Tim decided to transfer their expertise from commercial to residential, and help homeowners across the GTA have peace of mind when it came to their home's electrical systems. Every electrical fire is preventable, and with Birnie’s specialized training and test equipment, they can, and do, prevent the preventable!

Our Team

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Kristen Defreitas

Electrical Services Supervisor

Kristen facilitates the completion of projects at Birnie Electric by reporting and analyzing projects under the supervision of a project manager.

Having worked previously for an electrical contractor, it’s Kristen’s strong interpersonal, administrative, and organizational skills that make her a great asset to Birnie Electric. Kristen strives to make customers and clients happy.

Kristen is currently taking courses at Sheridan College towards a certificate in Commercial Construction Management.

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Sandra Scola

Electrical Service Administrator

Sandra Scola has come to Birnie Electric bringing with 8 years of experience in the Large Electrical Industry. Working on projects as a Site Administrator having the responsibility of the payroll for 500 employees at the Humber River Hospital. She went on to the Joseph Brant Hospital and gained valuable experience working independently as part of the team administrators, taking on a wide variety of duties, such as, document control, coordinated the tool and equipment rentals, safety submittals, issuing RFI’s, creating the Operator Manuals, etc. Which allowed her to move into the Lead Administrator role at the Woodward Water & Waste Water Treatment Plant.

In the last three years, she transitioned outside of the electrical sector, where she played a prominent role in Customer Relations, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, soft collections while continuing to do payroll for lot management for Target Park Group Inc.

She hopes to bring the same enthusiasm, team spirit and professionalism to Birnie Electric.

What is an electrical risk assessment? Click to find out!

"We want to give homeowners a better understanding of how their home's electrical systems work. More important, we want to make them aware of warning signs that they may be at risk."

Our Electrical Solutions Specialists address a variety of topics for community groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations. "We know from our Electrical Risk Assessment inspections that many homes are at risk of electrical fires," says Tim Birnie, President, HomeSAFE.