BIE Feature: May
25 Years in Business
Submitted by Amir Shami, COO—Rotaflow
What’s your story?
Rotaflow was founded in 1994 in Edmonton by Zahir Jiwa, a baccalaureate in electrical engineering from the University of Wales. The focus of the company was in electrical, instrumentation, and controls engineering & design.
In the Company’s first decade, we received the first contract with Suncor and saw a growth to 30 employees with expanded services in inspection and maintenance in electrical, instrumentation and controls, and mechanical disciplines.
In 2013, the opportunity arose to expand Rotaflow’s services into the fire protection industry. Being the seasoned entrepreneur Zahir was, he took that vision and made it into reality through sound strategic development. With his many years of experience in the industrial sector, he shifted the companies focus to providing services and solutions in fire protection. This lead Rotaflow to receiving its first maintenance contract in 2015, which in turn, lead to another 3-year contract, and a recently extended contract as Suncor Fort Hills sole inspection and maintenance provider for their fire protection needs.
Zahir has always been an avid reader and learner which allows him to intuitively see threads of opportunity in the industry and with the people he works with. With his vision and ability to be an inspirational leader, Zahir brought in like-minded individuals to impart his technical and industrial knowledge to grow Rotaflow into a trusted and reputable company in the industrial utilities sector.
Today, Rotaflow is an EPCM/GC company that specializes in industrial utilities and fire protection. With 100 qualified employees, Rotaflow provides engineering, construction, maintenance and operation services to major oil and gas producers in Alberta.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce?
We believe the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce has a unique position in creating a trustworthy environment for all businesses in the community regardless of size or sector, to speak-up about their concerns and desires. Being part of a network with so many other organization members enables Rotaflow to connect with like-minded professionals and has provided a platform for our Company to be heard. As a member of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, we feel part of a larger community that has aided in our growth and provided us with the knowledge and skills essential to effectively run our business.
Since joining, we have actively participated in events and educational programs where we’ve built relationships with other members that can provide solutions to our business needs. Chambers provides enormous benefits and opportunities, so much so, that our Fort McMurray office has joined the Wood Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.
What is one thing people are surprised to learn about your business?
One thing that our clients are always surprised to learn about our business is that while we have the capacity to take on large and complex scopes, we are small enough to provide one-to-one customer service with owners. We take pride in being a one-stop-shop for all problems, big or small, while always maintaining a positive customer-centric experience.
Edmonton has a unique business community and we want to highlight hardworking Edmontonians who have a story to tell. Each month, we feature a member or two in the Business In Edmonton Magazine and take an opportunity to share their story and find out why they enjoy doing what they do. Follow along each month as we feature members while helping amplify their stories on our website and social media platforms.
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