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About Our Team

Our electricians, all of whom have an average of 25 years’ experience with the company, are licensed and background security checked.

Since 1967

Birnie Electric has been in business since 1967, the company is well financed, fully insured, bondable and current with WSIB.


Our extensive experience and specialized expertise gives us the know-how to deliver even the most complex projects on time and on budget.

Tim Birnie

Tim Birnie, P.Eng.

Tim has been devoted to building a team of electricians dedicated to safety and customer service excellence since taking over the business from his father, who founded the company in 1967. A graduate of Queen’s University with a BSc Honours Electrical Engineering, Tim joined the family business in 1981 on a path to learn the business from the ground up becoming President in 1999 and Principal/Owner in 2006. He has overseen dramatic growth in the business in recent years, including:

  • 2010: Founded Birnie HOME SAFE, offering an exclusive, non-invasive residential Electrical Hazards Detection program that detects hazards hidden behind the walls before they become emergencies.
  • 2011: Acquisition of Canada Electric, a leading electrical contractor with expertise in office/highrise and healthcare design-build and maintenance service.

John Flanagan


John Flanagan
Vice President Operations
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John brought more than 30 years’ experience to Birnie Electric when Canada Electric was acquired in 2011. After overseeing the successful integration of operations between the two companies, John has been a catalyst behind a company-wide dedication to customer satisfaction and workplace safety.

A graduate of George Brown College and a journeyman electrician, John has since achieved accreditations in Electrician-Construction and Maintenance and Industrial Electrician through the Apprenticeship and Tradesman Qualification Act. A member in good standing of The Ontario College of Trades, John holds a wide variety of certifications.

Craig Hanley


Craig Hanley, P.Eng. LEED® AP
Vice President, Pre-Construction
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Craig has specialized construction estimating expertise to assist Birnie Electric clients at the design phase of any project. In addition to duties as Senior Estimator, Craig is a seasoned Project Co-Co-ordinator.

A 2004 graduate of Queen’s University with a BSc in Mathematics and Engineering, Craig has also achieved LEED®AP accreditation, helping a number of Birnie clients achieve LEED certification on sustainable green projects with significant long-term cost savings.

Roy Ellis-Callow

Roy Ellis-Callow
Manager Project Sales/Estimating
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With almost 30 years’ experience as a certified electrician, foreman and estimator, Roy brings expertise and insights to his role as Project Manager overseeing projects from start to finish. Roy joined Birnie electric in 2011 with the acquisition of Canada Electric, where he had overseen projects requiring up to 40 men on such sites as the Canadian Tire warehouse, Hip Interactive, St. Lawrence Cement and Pickering Town Centre.

Roy’s experience also extends to the healthcare field, having worked on sites such as Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Women’s College Hospital and Ontario Research.

His profession credentials include licences in Construction and Maintenance Licence, Electrical Masters, Industrial Electrician and Superintendents.

Leo Dong

Leo Dong
BA Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Industrial and Service Estimating
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A 1997 graduate of China’s Shenyang Jianzhu University, Leo brings extensive experience to his role as Project Manager. Prior to joining Birnie Electric in 2006, Leo gained experience with Siemens in their Industrial Solutions and Services Group and a large Chinese construction engineering firm. His professional accreditations include:

• Change Order Management in Electrical Construction Certificate

• Comprehensive Practices for Effective Electrical Project Management Certificate

Keith Bayes

Keith Bayes
Project Manager
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Keith brings more than 20 years’ experience on a variety of major projects to each Birnie Electric job site.

He joined Birnie Electric in early 2015 after a number of years as construction manager at Lockerbie & Hole, formerly a subsidiary of Aecon. His project experience includes aerospace (Westjet hangar upgrade), hospital facilities, recreation centres, solar parks and most recently light rail transit.

He is currently Project Manager for the Waterloo Light Rail Transit System project.

Andrew Tang

Andrew Tang
Project Coordinator
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Andrew joins Birnie Electric with experience in quality assurance management at a motor repair shop, and as a workface planner/project coordinator while working for a multimillion-dollar oil-sands upgrade projects by Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Currently the project coordinator at Birnie Electric, Andrew is responsible for project processes including procurement, shop drawing, RFI, change order, assisting in estimation as well as being extensively involved in project controls on all major undertakings.

Andrew is also a Graduate with a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University.

Gavin Dunn

Gavin Dunn
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Gavin has almost 30 years of experience in the electrical field, having spent the last 8 years as an estimator.

As a successful estimator, Gavin has worked on projects of varying degrees of size and complexity in all sectors of the industry ranging from service, commercial, industrial and utility solar.

He is currently working on several projects here at Birnie Electric.

Gavin is also a graduate of Humber College and a licensed electrician, Gavin has earned many other achievements, accreditations and certificates along the way.

Finlay McCallum

Finlay McCallum, M.E.
Director Business Development
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Finlay is a well-rounded electrical professional with more than 25 years of industrial, commercial and solar installations experience.

In his professional career, he has held several titles in sales, estimating, supervision, project management and senior management positions for both electrical and multi-trade Companies within the GTA.

As the Director of Business Development at Birnie Electric, Finlay extends his extensive knowledge of process-production installations and client satisfaction when overseeing the design and implementation of project team pursuits.

Kristen Defreitas

Kristen Defreitas

Kristen Defreitas
Project Administrator
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Kristen joins the Birnie team as Project Administrator with over 13 years of experience working in the electrical industry. Her strong interpersonal, administrative and organizational skills, as well as striving towards making sure customers and clients are happy, will be a great asset to Birnie.

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

Michele Markovic

Service Manager
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With over 25 years of experience in working with a variety of companies in the Construction industry, Michele joined the Birnie Electric Team in 2011.

As Birnie Electric’s Service Manager, Michele works alongside Birnie’s Service Team in providing a high level of support and maintenance in a variety of industries such as the Energy Sector, Health Networks, Property Management, Manufacturing and Storage Facilities.

Michele continually looks for opportunities to build positive connections with our clients by fulfilling their expectations and adhering to the Birnie Standard.

The Service Manager has an Honours Degree in Business Management.

Additional Team Members:

Clayton Evans, C.G.A.

Thuy Truong
Accounts Payable / Receivables
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Debbie Birnie – Leasing Manager
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Craig Birnie
Safety & Human Resources Co-ordinator
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