Growth & developmentPublished on November 6, 2018

  • Tyler Leeder, Mike Deslaurier, Cyril Leeder, Bernie Ashe, James Maxwell
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Eye for Detail

  • Colin and Justin
    Photo by: Jeremy Hohm

New & notable in Ottawa

Eye for Detail

Veterans Enterprises Corp (VEC) is a local construction company founded by a group of Canadian military combat veterans providing employment opportunities for ex-military, veterans and civilians.

Founded two years ago, VEC’s philosophy and work ethic is based on the best systems and elements of military training and work. Their team of experts includes some of the best in the business when it comes to planning, excellent craftsmanship and execution to match each veteran’s combination of skills, attributes and training with trades in building and renovation.

According to Laura Pelkey, CEO of VEC, they are passionate about helping other veterans find fulfilling work after leaving the military. Veterans bring a unique skill set to working in construction, including an eye for detail, a disciplined attitude, a strong work ethic and an ability to get things done. The company also partners with local craftsmen like John MacDonald, to mentor veterans in specialty trades such as timber-frame construction.

From general contracting, new home construction, roofing and landscaping, VEC offers a range of services primarily serving Ottawa and Renfrew County.


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Tapping into the boom

Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, a local leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of cabinetry in Ottawa and the surrounding area, is undergoing some exciting changes.

Two of Ottawa’s most well-known sports executives have purchased an ownership stake in the local business. Cyril Leeder, the cofounder and former president of the Ottawa Senators, and recently retired Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group CEO Bernie Ashe, are among the new shareholders at Deslaurier.

Other shareholders include James Maxwell, entrepreneur and CEO of Investment Partners Group and Tyler Leeder, CPA previously of Deloitte. Mike Deslaurier, son of the company’s founder Jim Deslaurier, and current Director of Operations rounds out the group. Mike’s father will remain in his current role as vice president of business development and has no plans to leave the company.

According to Bernie Ashe, the new ownership team plans to focus on company growth and expansion for the future as the market for renovation and new home construction continues to boom in Ottawa. He emphasizes that customers can expect the same commitment to provide exceptional quality products and design solutions that are tailored to their individual needs, which has been the cornerstone of the family-owned business for the past 35 years.

Visit the showroom at 1050 Baxter Rd.

Sandy Connell

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