About Paul Denys

Far right is Wilfred Cook

My Grandfather Wilfred Francis Cook was an electrician who worked on the hydro lines and gold mines in Malartic (near Val d'Or, Quebec), and St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto. He was involved with a company called Research which spearheaded electrical conversion of Canada a reality in the 1940s.


  • 1895 to 1915 Mould maker in a Foundry the made the steel beams for Maple Leaf Gardens
  • 1915 to 1954 Farmer in Garden Hill near Port Hope, Ontario.


  • 1936 - 1938 Electrician for Gold mines in Malardic near Valdor Quebec
  • 1938 - 1942 Electrician for Hydro Quebec in Malardic
  • 1942 - 1946 Research Company for the electrical conversion of Canada from 50hz to 60hz
  • 1946 - 1966 Canada Electric in Toronto



  • 1960 - 1964 Canada Electric (Birnie Electric Limited) Toronto


  • 1966 - 2010 Canada Electric (Birnie Electric Limited) Toronto


  • 1962 – 2004 Sheet metal custom pattern maker at G & G Sheet Metal, Toronto

How I maintain my commitment to the Trade?

Charter Founding Member Window Preservation Alliance (WPA) since April 15, 2015
Member of the advisory Committee for the Algonquin College Heritage Trade Institute in Perth since 2000
Member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association since 2002
Member of RENOMARK since 2002
Member of Greater Ottawa Carleton Home Builders Association since 1993
Business & Youth Venture loan to start Denys Builds Designs 1989
An Award for Outstanding Achievement in General Carpentry 1988
Interprovincial General Carpentry Licence 1988
Algonquin College for General Carpentry 1985 - 1988
Carpenter Apprentice full time employment in construction 1984
First year of Structural Engineering at Carleton University 1982-83

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