Working With Integrity
Regina electrician and Saskatchewan Polytechnic alumnus Brad Helgason on his high-voltage vocation
In 2001, Brad Helgason graduated from Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus with an Electrician Certificate. At 39, he's the owner of electrician services company Electrical Solutions Inc., which started out of his garage 13 years ago. In 2015, his company helped to install the 9,900-kg (22,000-lb) Brandt Centre Score Clock and video system.
SPM: Why did you decide to become an electrician?
BH: I have always loved playing with electricity. When I was a kid, I wired my train set and lights to come on when my alarm clock went off.
SPM: How has your education shaped your career?
BH: Sask Polytech gave me the knowledge and hands-on experience to be successful in my career. Now that I'm an employer, I see the value of the work experience/apprenticeship programs even more.
SPM: Electrical Solutions received Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics in 2012 and 2016, an honour given to companies that demonstrate leadership and integrity in their business practices. What does that award mean to you?
BH: I am very fortunate to have a great team of people who share my beliefs about what is important. Not only do we want to provide our customers with quality workmanship, we want to build lasting relationships and be a company they can trust.
SPM: What do you wish you'd known when you were younger?
BH: When I was younger, I was in a hurry to grow my company as big as I could as fast as I could. Building quality relationships with customers, working with a team that I trust and being proud of the work that we do have become much more important goals. I now measure success by quality, happiness and balance.
SPM: Tell us about working on the Brandt Centre Score Clock.
BH: We provided a design build for the electrical work, routed cables from the catwalk to within the clock and provided network wiring from the catwalk fibre optics port to the clock. The Brandt Centre is a big part of our city's athletic and entertainment culture—it was a lot of fun to be involved with such a unique and high-profile job.
SPM: How do you spend your time when you're not at work?
BH: It's all about family for me. When I'm not at work, I am spending time with my wife Heather and my kids, Mya who is 13 and Reid who is 10. We love being outdoors in the yard or at the lake, biking and just being together as a family.