Shining Bright for Half a Century: WSA Turns 50

Feb 12, 2024

Celebrating 50 years of illuminating the region! We are thrilled to mark this golden anniversary with a look back at some of our brightest spaces and most dazzling fixtures, with appreciation for decades of radiant clients.

Your Lighting Destination

WSA was founded in 1974 by Jacques Sabourin and Eldon Wimperis. As one of the first lighting agencies in Ottawa, our focus was on providing top notch service and technical advice. When Mario Grenier took over the business in 1990, WSA quickly became an industry leader in the Ottawa area, growing our selection of lighting brands and controls while continuously searching for new technologies and innovations to remain ahead of the curve.

Over the years, we’ve worked on thousands of commercial projects, schools, government buildings, hospitals, and warehouses, as well as condos and design builds alongside engineers, contractors, architects, and designers. Take a look at our portfolio to revisit some of our most iconic projects and installations that have left lasting impressions.

We’re proud to have partnered with the best brands and product lines running the gamut from traditional and modern to transitional and sustainable. We would like to specially thank all our manufactures that have supported us through-out the years. Access our complete line card here.

The Bright Minds Behind Lighting and Controls

We wouldn’t be here today without our incredible team, the brilliant minds who have fueled our journey forward for 50 years. We pride ourselves on being informative leaders in this industry – knowledgeable, professional, and always learning, our team of bright visionaries are the ones who turn dreams into reality, illuminating the path to success for our clients.

As a family-focused business, it’s a “work hard, play hard” mentality in the office. Our close team loves spending time with each other in and out of the office and can often be seen hanging out Friday afternoons on our office patio!

Learn more about our team here.

Shining a Light on a Bright Future

As we blow out the candles on our 50th anniversary cake, we’re not just celebrating the past but also looking ahead to an even brighter future.

What does the next 50 years hold for our beloved lighting company? We hope it involves more innovation in lighting and controls, environmental sustainability, fresh new designs, returning clients, and even bigger challenges to overcome as industry leaders.

We would like to specially thank our clients for their ongoing support and for being such an important part of WSA’s success story.

Fifty years of brilliance, and the light is still shining strong. WSA has illuminated the region in more ways than one. Cheers to the next 50 years of sparking inspiration and brightening spaces!