College Electric Ltd. has served the community since 1924. We offer quality services to meet your electrical, HVAC and hot water tank needs. Our friendly team of highly trained and dedicated employees is always willing to respond to your inquiries and guide you in making your home more comfortable and energy efficient. We highly value our customers by providing them the best service we can.
College Electric Ltd. is a long-standing accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and has been a member of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for more than 25 years.
The business was established in 1924 by Harry Monk Sr., a journeyman electrician with a vision to make electrical services available to the St. James community. The first location of the business was on College Street (which was later renamed to Collegiate Street) and Portage Avenue. The name “College” was incorporated into the business name. In the early years, Harry’s wife Phyllis assisted him in the managing the business.
Harry Monk Jr. joined his father in 1947 as an apprentice electrician and under his father’s mentorship he became a journeyman electrician.
In the mid 1950’s, the business relocated to 1919 Portage Avenue at Amherst Street. Harry Monk Jr.’s wife Jean became involved in the business at this time as the bookkeeper. In 1978, the business moved to its current location at 268 Albany St.
Throughout their many years of operating the business, Harry Jr. and Jean promoted and expanded residential and commercial electrical services in the community. Harry Jr. earned numerous electrical and illumination designations and awards throughout his career. One of the prestigious awards he received was in 1964 when he was the first recipient of The Electric Service League of Manitoba’s provincial award “Keep Pace Electrically”. He was honored for his dedication, leadership and outstanding achievement in the advancement of the electrical industry. He was credited with greatly strengthening the public image of the electrical contractor and bringing the merits of electrical modernization to the favorable attention of home and building owners.
Harry and Jean further expanded the business in the 1950’s when they began their long-time partnership with Lennox Industries and began offering their customers heating and air conditioning. In 2006, Lennox confirmed College Electric Ltd. as a Lennox Premier Dealer for providing exceptional service and commitment to total customer satisfaction.
In 2010, following their retirement, Harry and Jean’s daughter Pam assumed the role of President. This made it a third generation family business.
In 2017, the business was awarded the prestigious D.W. Norris Award celebrating 60 years as a Lennox Dealer.