About us - History

The History of Electro-Mag

In Montréal, in the mid-’70s, Pierre Dussault founded Electromag Inc, a company that distributes industrial automation components.

At that time, new detection technologies were available in Europe to meet the demand of Montréal industries in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Electromag became the #1 distributor of the German SICK Sensor Intelligence products in Quebec. Over time, many other internationally renowned manufacturers were added to this list to expand Electromag’s offerings and to allow their customers to find a vast selection of components under one roof. These days, Electromag’s head office is located in Sherbrooke, and the company also has offices in Laval, Quebec city, Drummondville and London, Ontario.

Important dates


Humble beginnings

Electro-Mag was founded in 1976. At the start, Mr. Dussault only had the ECA (Electronics Corporation of America) line, which was “Photoswitch” — now Allen Bradley.


Electro-Mag became the exclusive Canadian distributor of SICK and Turck

A new challenge for Mr. Alain Cool

Alain Cool becomes the technical representative on the road in Montréal

Major transaction

The Electro-Mag company is purchased by Mr. Alain Cool and his associate


Mr. Alain Cool and his associate purchase Automation Plus in Granby, and the SMC brand is added


Opening of the Ontario office in London with Jeff Mathyssen


Purchase of Raybel Electronique in Sherbrooke


Purchase of CP Automation

New shareholder

Gerlando Modicamore becomes co-shareholder with Alain Cool


Purchasing AEP Imaginaire in Montreal allows Electromag to continue to position itself as a first-line pneumatics distributor in Quebec.


Electro-Mag acquires JAD Controls inc. and therefore adds two points of service, Drummondville and Quebec City.
Mitsubishi variable frequency drives : FR-A800 Series
Mitsubishi variable frequency drives : FR-A800 Series
Mitsubishi frequency inverters come in several ranges, each offering a solution tailored to your needs. They allow easy control of three-phase or IPM induction motors.
RFID technology by Turck
RFID technology by Turck
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) provides manufacturers quality systems to control automated operations. With this technology, you increase the efficiency and quality of your production.
ZP3P suction cups
ZP3P suction cups
Perfect usability with film wrapped products that change shape when lifting. The skirt of the suction cup adapts easily to different materials.
Sick Deals
Sick Deals
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