The RBI Story

Robertson Bright Inc. (RBI) is a privately held electrical contractor with over 65 years of successful business history in the industrial, commercial, institutional and renewable energy marketplace. RBI’s offices are located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Originally established in Mississauga in 1954 as John L. Robertson Company Ltd by our founder, “John L” as it was commonly called, quickly became synonymous with a strong straightforward approach to electrical construction. It was complemented by a growing list of clients and a solid group of field, supervisory, administrative and managerial personnel. Construction, Design-Build Services, Preventive Maintenance, Process Control and Emergency Services were a few of the growing range of services that John L clients knew they could depend upon.

Over the next few decades John L continued not merely to survive, but thrive despite sometimes adverse trends in both local and international economies: a true testament to the entire team and the passion to deliver quality work to their customers every time.

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The ever-growing list of electrical services that RBI routinely provides our clients across the full marketplace spectrum includes:

  • Design-Build Construction
  • Pre-Engineered Construction
  • Emergency Power Infrastructure
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Fire Alarm Design and Installation
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Communications – Data and Voice
  • Solar PV and Thermal Installations
  • Thermography Inspection
  • Preventive Maintenance

“The RBI Story” took an interesting turn in 1998 when the first in a list of strategic, high-quality acquisitions began to further enhance our well-established base of clients, skills and abilities. Each of the acquired firms has its own rich history which continues to make the “RBI Group” an exciting story of growth, diversity and strength.

Bright Electric, Toronto 1998

Bright Electric Toronto, established in 1955 from an electrical services company born in the early 1900s, continued developing into a well-known electrical contractor in Toronto at a time of unprecedented growth in the city and surrounding communities.

Bright Electric, Peterborough 2004

Bright Electric Peterborough, established in 1968, had developed a strong presence throughout the region in the heavy industrial, commercial and institutional communities. Its wide range of skill sets and experience has continued building its market strength.

McDowell Electric, Toronto 2008

McDowell Electric Co. Ltd. was established in 1952 in Toronto as an electrical contractor involved in construction and service primarily in the commercial and industrial markets. In 1985 it incorporated as McDowell Electric Inc. and continued developing specialty services in the latest emerging electrical and electronic technologies.