By Anthony Capkun
February 16, 2022 – GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. announced that its subsidiary Ainsworth Inc. has concluded the acquisition of Gestion E.C.I. Inc. and its affiliates (a.k.a. Energere), and has subsequently launched a new business unit: Ainsworth Energy & Technology Solutions.
“We view energy management and energy-related technologies as key long-term drivers in the evolution of the real estate sector,” said Claude Bigras, president & CEO of GDI. “Energere has grown into the leader in energy engineering and energy advisory in Quebec, and we believe that their engineering capabilities can be leveraged across Ainsworth’s geographic platform.”
In fact, Bigras continued, Energere has already assisted Ainsworth “in securing energy-related work in other regions in Canada”.
Founded in 1997, Energere is an energy services company (ESCO) in Quebec, offering energy efficiency advisory services, turnkey design-build projects with or without energy performance guarantees, as well as energy-efficient streetlighting and infrastructure management technologies to cities and municipalities (through its smart cities division).
According to GDI, Energere has completed more than 600 energy efficiency projects in institutional, municipal, commercial and industrial markets across the province. Its employee base of about 100 individuals is principally composed of engineers, building system designers, project managers and energy analysts.
“We are seeing a growing need from our clients for services and technologies to enable them to obtain data and real-time analytics, optimize their facility’s infrastructure, improve occupant experience while reducing their energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing their overall ESG profile,” said Bigras. “We have launched Ainsworth Energy & Technology Solutions as a means to service these client needs.”
Ainsworth Energy & Technology Solutions, explained Bigras, “brings our Master Systems Integrator business […] together with our Energy Services businesses across Canada and the U.S. with Energere’s experience and engineering capabilities at its core”.
GDI is a commercial facility services provider to owners and managers of a variety of facility types. Its capabilities include commercial janitorial, installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC-R, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as other complementary services.