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Robert Whitty announces retirement from Bartle & Gibson


November 27, 2019
By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk
Courtesy Bartle & Gibson.

Robert Whitty has announced he plans to step down as president and CEO of Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd., effective Feb. 3, 2020. Succeeding him is Martin Lower, Bartle & Gibson’s current CFO, who will step into the vacated role effective Feb. 3, 2020. Robert will remain with the company in an advisory role until his official retirement in June 2020.

Robert has been employed by Bartle & Gibson, a Western Canada-based plumbing, heating and electrical distributor, for over four decades, and has been its president and CEO for the last 18 years. During his tenure and leadership, Bartle & Gibson “has grown and flourished into a company that is well respected in both the plumbing and electrical industries.” Robert represented Bartle & Gibson as an active member in the AD Electrical and AD Plumbing buying groups and served a term as Chairman of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating.

Martin Lower has been with Bartle & Gibson for 14 years, serving as the Director of Finance for the last 11. Prior to Bartle & Gibson, Martin worked in real estate development and public practice accounting. He is a CPA and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria.