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Innovative Solutions for Greener Buildings™

Vision

An innovation leader in energy management solutions, Distech Controls provides unique building management technologies and services that optimize energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, all the while reducing operating costs. We deliver “Innovative Solutions for Greener Buildings™” through our passion for innovation, quality, customer satisfaction, and sustainability.

Distech Controls was founded in 1995 by award-winning entrepreneur Etienne Veilleux. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the organization serves multiple market segments through its worldwide business divisions, service offices and a superior network of Authorized System Integrators and Distributors. Distech Controls is a subsidiary of Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.

Mission

To deliver innovative products and leading solutions that empower businesses and individuals to achieve energy efficiency.

Values

Distech Controls’ core values truly define the character of our company, and play an important role in guiding our decisions and strategies:

  • Quality, pride and integrity in everything we do
  • Passionate about the success of our customers and employees
  • Unparalled openness
  • Perseverance
  • Sustainability through innovation and agility

About Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc. is a North American market leader and one of the world's leading providers of lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. With fiscal year 2014 net sales of over $2.4 billion, Acuity Brands employs approximately 7,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia.  Our innovative lighting solutions cover both conventional fixtures and advanced solid-state technology that can seamlessly integrate with powerful digital controls and daylighting to create greater energy efficiencies and a higher quality of light. Our century of tradition, our current financial strength and our commitment to a sustainable future, ensure our ability to grow, innovate and further capture the rapidly growing market opportunities before us.
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Global Leadership

Distech Controls' innovative product development and unique commercial strategies have attracted a highly talented team of professionals who have been instrumental in the company's continued growth.
  • Martin Villeneuve
    SVP Distributed Building Technology, Acuity Brands
    President, Distech-Controls
    • As President of Distech Controls, Martin accompanies and guides the management team to implement effective growth and development strategies while continuing to offer innovative solutions linking the different building systems and occupants. 

     

    Over the last 19 years, Martin has played an integral role within Distech Controls. Prior to joining the company, Martin served a Controls Project Manager within the building automation industry.

     

    Constant renewal of the company in relation to technology and the market, evolution of people both internally and externally, the fire that has driven Distech Controls since its creation! 

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  • Scott Hamilton
    Vice President, Sales DCI & DCES
    • Vice President of Sales;  
    • Distech Control Inc.
    • Distech Controls Energy Solutions

     

    Innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for our customers enables Distech Controls to be the industry leader for smart and connected buildings. Through our technology partner approach, we deliver solutions that enable our client’s buildings to work for them today and well into the future.

     

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  • Olivier Fillot
    Vice President, Sales, France and UK

    Responsible for the growth of Distech Controls’ sales throughout France and the United Kingdom via the company’s network of system integrators and OEMs.

     

    • With more than 25 years of sales experience in the building automation industry, Olivier has worked with  organizations of all sizes
    • Played an integral role in the development of the first network of system integrators in France

     

    Distech Controls is committed to Customer Satisfaction, with clients at the very core of our daily decision making process. The company offers a large selection of products with a true competitive advantage, and I am proud to be part of Distech Controls subsequent growth.

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  • Mathieu Houle
    Vice President, Customer Experience

    Mathieu has more than 20 years of experience in the field of building management. He worked as a systems integrator for about ten years and also held the positions of Project Manager, Product Manager, as well as EMEA Product Support Director, Global Product Manager before being named VP Customer Experience in April 2018. Now based again in Montreal, he also worked on the Distech Controls SAS team in Lyon, France from 2012 to 2017.

     

    • Responsible for the technical support, training, and customer service departments to provide technical support, quality training and unparalleled customer service to our clients while helping them to be as efficient as possible.
    • Responsible for the application team to enable the creation of innovative control and energy efficiency sequences for our range of programmable controllers.
    • Establish and manage communication between departments and within departments as a representative of clients to provide feedback to relevant teams.
    • Ensures that customers’ issues or ideas for improvement are sent back to Product Development and R&D Departments.
    • Responsible for the Field Device product range
       

    What inspires me at Distech Controls is to participate in the company’s constant growth while being able to develop myself personally within it.


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  • Charles Pelletier
    Director, Product Management
    • Responsible for leading Distech Controls’ efforts in developing innovative products and leading solutions for the smart and connected building market.
    • Oversees the Documentation team

     

    Charles Pelletier joined Distech Controls in 2002 as a Building Automation System Engineer. Charles later moved into the position of Product Manager, where he was responsible for the introduction of several key Distech Controls products before being appointed director of the department.

     

    The opportunities to transform the experience that people have with their everyday environment through innovative technologies for connected buildings.

     

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  • Steve Lupien
    Vice President, Building Automation Technology
    • Responsible for the development, design, testing, improvement, and project management of Distech Controls’ product line.

     

    For more than 20 years, Steve has been involved in various facets of product design and process improvement in the industrial, telecommunications, and building automation industries.

     

    It is incredibly inspiring that, even as we continue to grow, Distech Controls remains agile. This is due in large part to the quality of our team across all departments. I am also extremely inspired by the opportunity to work on the latest and greatest technology that will be used to save energy, to deploy the Internet of Things for smart buildings, to optimize the comfort of occupants and, ultimately, protect the environment.


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  • Marie Lambert
    Vice President, Global Finance & Deputy Managing Director, Europe

    In more than 12 years work as an auditor, Mme Lambert developed her expertise in analyzing financial data of large and small companies with a wide range of activities for IPOs, takeovers, annual account audits, etc.

     

    • Financial controller for Distech Controls
    • General manager for Distech Controls SAS operations, human resources and IT

     

    What inspires me at Distech Controls is its dynamism, its modern outlook, the willingness to take on challenges that are found throughout the business and its environmental values.

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  • Elisabeth Gagnon
    Director, Operations, DCI
    • Responsible for the whole manufacturing process from procurement to delivery. 
    • Responsible for the quality system and the introduction of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing.
    • Monitoring improvements to Distech Controls IT and IS to meet the company’s organisational development and requirements.

     

    Over the past 10 years, Elisabeth Gagnon has carried out a variety of job functions with Distech Controls. After starting work as an independent consultant, she joined the company as a department head in 2009. She then managed the deployment of the Distech information systems before being appointed Information Technology Manager in 2014. In 2016, she was appointed Operations Manager, becoming responsible for procurement, manufacturing and logistics.

     

    Pride, passion, openness, perseverance and responsiveness are at the heart of our being and condition all that we do. These values are the foundation for our strategy, the solutions developed for our customers and our working environment.

  • Lauren Scott
    Marketing Solutions Manager in Demand Generation
    • Manages Distech Controls’ Demand Generation efforts, including:
      • Channel and market communication programs
      • Product commercialization
      • Branding strategies
      • Multimedia and multi-channel promotions
      • Public relations

     

    It is truly remarkable for a company to successfully focus on the triple bottom line. Distech Controls’ products and solutions allow for businesses, individuals and the environment to not only co-exist, but to thrive as part of a shared ecosystem.

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Americas and International Management

  • David Gill, Eng.
    Vice President, International Sales
    • Responsible for Distech Controls’ business in our Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America international markets.
    • Prior to his current appointment in September 2015, David served as Distech Controls’ Vice President of Asia Sales, after joining Distech Controls as Vice President Products and Marketing.

     

    With over 35 years of industry experience with global BMS companies, David’s previous experience includes management and sales leadership roles, a business development role with responsibility for emerging markets and global product business responsibility.

     

    The people of Distech Controls, and their passion for the business and our customers.
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  • Jim French
    Vice President Sales Support
    • Directly responsible for management of support functions essential to sales force productivity. These include lead generation, opportunity funnel, specification writing, new product introduction and rollout, planning, reporting, objective setting and management, sales process optimization, sales job design, sales training, sales program implementation, sales compensation design, and recruiting and selection of sales force talent.

     

    With 33 years of building automation systems and services experience, Jim has acquired a versatile background in a variety of roles working for Distech Controls and other multi-national organizations.

     

    Working for a quality minded, nimble, and customer focused organization with a proven track record for excellence. The people I have the privilege to engage and work alongside continually inspire me with their passion and dedication for providing outstanding service. Distech Controls’ vision for open systems is unparalleled in the marketplace and provides a fantastic foundation for delivering differentiated value to our customers.
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  • Sam Sharma
    Director, Technical Support & Training
    • Creating a consistent and positive experience for every customer. Shaping the experience we believe our customers need, then providing the highest level of technical support and technical training. More importantly; listening and understanding to our customers to supply the right solutions and expectations. Customer experience is something we are very passionate about.  

     

    Internally we are connected to every department providing feedback and ensuring that our customers are heard. I believe we have the best in class technical support and training team, always pushing the limits.

     

    The combination of Distech Controls’ innovation, drive, talent, openness, and the desire for change is what inspires me.

     

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  • Ryan Sen, Eng.
    Regional Sales Director, Canada
    • Manages the sales organization nationally for Canada.
    • Responsible for the overall productivity and effectiveness of the assigned region, which includes collaboration with Regional Sales Managers, Specification Sales Managers and Sales Support Engineers.

     Ryan Sen joined Distech Controls in 2006 as the Quality Assurance Team Leader, gaining the necessary skills and experience to lead the customer facing departments. Ryan has estimating and design knowledge, as well as technical deployment experience of the EC-Net Building Management Solution, LONWORKS, BACnet, and Modbus protocols for building automation and control. 

    Ryan’s experience in developing an industry leading sales support organization in recent years has facilitated his growth into his current role and his ability to manage the territory of Canada nationally.

      

     

    Essentially, I am inspired by the ability to empower end users with innovative solutions in order to increase efficiency, health and sustainability of their buildings or properties. Being able to help end users differentiate their buildings with our unique technologies allows for them to increase worker productivity, all while focusing on delivering an exceptional user experience and optimum occupant comfort levels.
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  • Scott Shaffer
    Regional Sales Director, USA Zone West
    • I manage the sales organization for the Western half of the US.
    • I’m responsible for the overall productivity and effectiveness of the Western US sales team, which includes collaboration with Regional Sales Managers, Specification Sales Managers and Sales Support Engineers.

     

    I am inspired every day by the ability to demonstrate to end users with innovative solutions in order to increase efficiency and sustainability for their buildings. Helping end users differentiate their buildings with our unique Innovative technologies allows for them to increase productivity and efficiencies in their Bldg.

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  • Tony Icenhour
    Regional Sales Director, USA Zone East
    • Responsible for sales development and for maintaining the existing client base for Distech Controls’ Partner Channel in Est USA
    • Leads Distech Controls' Regional Sales Management team, who work directly with the company's network of Authorized Partners throughout the Americas.

     

    Tony brings more than 30 years of BAS industry experience to Distech Controls, with extensive know-how in the areas of sales, marketing, and business development. Having joined the team in 2014 as a Regional Sales Manager, Tony has been instrumental in producing significant growth for Distech Controls.

     

    I am privileged to be a part of such a dynamic company that has grown into one of the industry leaders in innovation, including open systems, interoperability, and IoT connected systems. Distech Controls continues to drive the industry and it makes me proud to be a part of an organization that is not only optimizing energy efficiency but optimizing the way we operate and work in our buildings.

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  • Chris Blatney
    General Manager
    Distech Controls Energy Services, Inc.
    • General Manager of the Distech Controls Energy Services (DCES) business.  DCES provides turnkey solutions for regional, national, and global customers that desire a single point of responsibility for executing their building control technologies.

     

    The people and spirit of innovation at Distech inspires me. The people in any organization are what make the difference, and the people on the DCES team and throughout the organization are smart, motivated, and customer-focused. It is exciting to work for such an energetic company that is focused on being a global technology leader.

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  • Pascal Gratton
    Building Automation Hardware, tests and validation Director
    • Director of Material Design, Test & Validation, Building Automation

     

    The dynamism of the people who work there.

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  • Patrice Soucy
    Building Automation Software Director
    • Responsible of the design and development of products in the software and firmware groups.
    • Put in place methods allowing the team to work more efficiently.
    • Define high level product architecture, helping the team to make appropriate technical and technological choices.
    • Plan resources to execute projects from the roadmap while making sure to create a challenging environment for the team members.

     

    The fact that we continue to invest considerably in research and development. The fact that, after so many years, Distech Controls is still perceived as a leader in innovation. The fact that I have the chance to work with a great team where professionalism, ardor and rigor play nicely with the fun to work. That’s what motivates and inspires me at Distech Controls.

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Our Awards
Distech Controls’ products and solutions, widely recognized for their quality and innovativeness, have received numerous international awards. The company’s level of excellence and environmental stewardship have also been honored on various occasions.

Our Locations and Business Units

Distech Controls has established an international presence, successfully delivering building automation and energy management solutions to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.
  • Canada

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Distech Controls Inc. Global Head Office
    Serves the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania

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  • France

    Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

    Distech Controls SAS European Head Office
    Serves Europe and Africa

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  • United States

    Irving, Texas, United States

    Distech Controls Energy Services Inc.
    Serves large scale projects, global and corporate accounts in the United States

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  • Canada

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Distech Controls Energy Services Canada Inc.
    Serves large scale projects, global and corporate accounts in Canada

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Our Head Offices

Global Head Office

Brossard, QC, Canada

Built to Distech Controls’ custom specifications, the company's headquarters provide modern work spaces that are both comfortable and energy efficient. It features multiple areas dedicated to employees, such as a gym, bistros and a terrace. Designed to LEED® standards, it is also outfitted with Distech Controls’ building automation solutions for HVAC, lighting, shades and access control, providing a technological showcase for Distech Controls’ energy efficient products and solutions.

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New European Head Office

Brignais, Rhône-Alpes, France

The 2,500 sq. m building has been designed to offer an efficient, comfortable, and pleasant work environment for the Distech Controls team and visiting clients. Outfitted with Distech Controls’ building automation products and Acuity Brands’ lighting offering, the new building provides a technological showcase for the company’s energy efficient solutions. The state-of-the-art building features HVAC, lighting, shades and access control to achieve the highest levels of comfort for occupants, while increasing operational cost savings.

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Associations

Distech Controls is an active member of the following standards-setting associations and alliances:
  • BACnet® International
    Distech Controls is a Gold Member of BACnet International, and a local member of BACnet Europe. 

    BACnet International is an organization that encourages the successful use of BACnet in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing educational programs, and promotional activities.

     

    www.bacnetinternational.org

  • LonMark® International
    Distech Controls is a Partner of LonMark International, and a local member of LonMark France and Deutschland. 

    LonMark International is a non-profit, mutual-benefit association that provides certification, education, and promotion of interoperability standards for the benefit of manufacturers, integrators, and end users.
  • EnOcean ® Alliance
    Distech Controls is a Participant Level Member of the EnOcean Alliance. 

    The EnOcean Alliance is a consortium of companies working to further develop and promote self-powered wireless monitoring and control systems for sustainable buildings by formalizing the interoperable wireless standard.

     

    www.enocean-alliance.org

  • BCIA

    Distech Controls is a Member of the English Building Controls Industry Association. The BCIA represents companies in the manufacturer, installation and maintenance of building controls and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS).

     

    BCIA membership represents 60% of the £500 million UK controls market.

     

    www.bcia.co.uk

  • CABA - Continental Automated Building Association

    Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies in North America.

     

    www.caba.org
  • BOMA International
    Member of BOMA Quebec, Canadian Member at Large (CMAL), and a National Associate Member (NAM)
    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations and 17 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.

    BOMA International is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.

    www.boma.org

  • CAGBC - Canadian Green Building Council

    The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.

     

    www.cagbc.org

  • USGBC - U.S Green Building Council

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

     

    www.usgbc.org

  • Gimelec

    Distech Controls is a member of the "Building" branch of the Gimelec association. The 30 members of this market undertake the development of the building intelligence as an innovation vector and improving energy efficiency. This also ensures the conditions of comfort and safety in buildings.

     

    www.gimelec.fr

  • eu.bac

    Distech Controls is a member of the Association eu.bac (European Building Automation and Controls Association) which gathers professionals from the control and regulation of buildings branch.

     

    www.eubac.org

  • ASBO - Association of School Business Officials International

    The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a professional association that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources.

     

    www.asbointl.org

  • APPA - Leadership in Educational Facilities

    With one eye on providing excellence in today’s educational environment, and one always trained on adapting, enhancing, and transforming the facilities of the future, APPA seeks to create positive impact in educational facilities

    www.appa.org

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