Dallaire Consultants Supports Retail Sector as Six Employees Become Shareholders of the Engineering Firm


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Since its inception in 1996, Dallaire Consultants, an engineering firm specializing in building mechanical and electrical systems, has been involved in more than 8,000 projects throughout Canada mostly in the retail sector.

Through that time and all those projects, one thing has remained constant for the business founded in Saint-Lambert, near Montréal – an unwavering commitment to its clients, considering them true partners in any business dealings.

Dallaire was founded to serve a market, the retail sector, that was under-served by the big engineering firms. In its early years, the retail sector was its primary focus before branching out to other real estate properties.

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“We’re an established player in retail. We know the condition. We know what matters to our clients. We know the landlords, basically what the approach for a project is and what the constraints are, so we can guide clients to make the right choices at the right time,” said Gabriel Jean, a professional engineer, director for the electrical department and one of the company’s new shareholders.

The company has worked across Canada in the residential, commercial, institutional, municipal and industrial building sectors to analyze and design building mechanical and electrical systems to create healthy, comfortable and efficient spaces. 

Dallaire supports businesses from the selection of spaces to the assessment of the building’s life cycle. It’s in its culture – a 360 degree vision.

In all it does, Dallaire is guided by its values – customer satisfaction, communication, teamwork, productivity, adaptability and innovation.

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Dallaire Consultants believes the satisfaction of its customers reflects the happiness of its own staff and the quality of its expertise allows the company to get involved in various projects and sectors.

The company has about 50 employees and recently announced that six of its employees have become shareholders to carry on the torch into the future of the company’s deeply rooted success in the industry.

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Founder and engineer Phillippe Dallaire developed in recent years a corporate culture focused on valuing its employees and preparing for the next generation.

“With nearly 50 employees and more than 25 years of continuous growth, it made sense for the company, for the team, and for myself, to leave the company to key employees so that they could ensure its sustainability. Here is a project as motivating as it is mobilizing for young people internally, not to mention that I am delighted to see them move forward and develop this company with their own vision,” he said. 

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Six of the leaders in the company became shareholders joining Mario Pouliot, who took control of the ship as the CEO. Philippe Dallaire will remain on the board of directors for a few more years, as a resource person with corporate memory. The new shareholders are Jean-Vincent Fafard, Gabriel Jean, Dounia Kattan-Méthot, Danny Laberge, Anthony Poirier, and Mathieu Tremblay.

The company’s culture over the years, and throughout the pandemic, has been built around the pillars of team spirit, great flexibility, creativity, challenges, recognition, and camaraderie.

“I wanted to pass the torch internally to those who are imbued with our mission, our values. It was the best alternative to preserve the company’s DNA and honour our young talents. All the elements had been moving in this direction for a few years. The team is growing despite the shortage of manpower, talent is developing and multiplying, our customers appreciate us greatly, contracts are pouring in, and the atmosphere is at its best,” said Phillippe Dallaire.

“This young generation always arrives with new knowledge, creative ideas, and pride. They have everything to continue the work, and we have every reason to trust them. We have trained wisely to come to this transition. It was not a sprint but a marathon. In this latter half of 2022, it is time to conclude this major project and give way to our recruits.”

The new shareholders have an average age of 37.

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“The values I feel, including open-mindedness, collaboration, proximity, and the power to make things happen, have always attracted me to Dallaire. The future is bright for all of us,” said Dounia Kattan-Méthot, Director of Operations, Culture, and Talent. 

Danny Laberge, mechanical project manager, said Dallaire is “a beautiful company that has values in the right place. We surround ourselves with the best employees, involving everyone’s passions. We have a great pleasure to work collectively.”

“We have a dedicated and stable team that has over the years developed methods and knowledge to provide the best results possible for our clients in the retail sector and make sure that we deliver constant quality no matter what the project is,” added Gabriel Jean.

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Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.


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