Directors and Officers
Otis Canada, Inc. is a leading supplier of vertical transportation equipment and services in Canada. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otis Elevator Company, U.S.A., a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Otis Canada employs approximately 850 people and has 45 offices from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Victoria, B.C. This complete representation across Canada enables Otis to provide comprehensive support for its products and services.
As the worldwide market leader in the vertical transportation industry, Otis is conscious of its responsibility to its consumers.
Otis provides a professional analyst who evaluates all of the factors related to a customer’s vertical transportation needs to developers and planners of buildings and structures. The analyst not only provides a detailed recommendation of the system required, but also detailed specifications which may be incorporated in the general specifications of the building or structure, so that competitive tenders may be obtained. (You can visit the Otis website at www.otis.com).
In this way, the company helps set the pace for the entire elevator industry.
In 1905, the merger of the Canadian Otis Elevator Company Limited and the Fensom Elevator Company of Toronto created the Otis Fensom Elevator Company Limited. In November 1949, the company was renamed Otis Elevator Company Limited. It is currently named Otis Canada, Inc.
It is not known exactly when John Fensom, a machine shop/mill supply owner and founder of Fensom Elevator Company, decided to specialize in elevator manufacture. The earliest Fensom elevators were operated by hydraulic pressure but, by 1880, the steam engine had been satisfactorily adapted to elevator purposes. The pioneer Canadian elevator installations were primarily for freight.
By 1895, the Fensom Elevator Company manufactured all three basic types of elevators— hydraulic, steam, and electric — and by the turn of the century, the company employed about 100 people. No official records are available, but it is known that one of the first export contracts undertaken were duly produced and shipped to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
In 1902, Otis was established in Canada by acquiring three small elevator organizations in Hamilton, Toronto, and Montreal respectively. After competing against each other throughout the years, the Canadian Otis Elevator Company Limited and the Fensom Elevator Company Limited merged, thus becoming the Otis-Fensom Elevator Company Limited in 1905.
United Technologies Corporation (www.utc.com), which acquired Otis in 1975, is a diversified company whose products include Otis, Carrier heating and air conditioning, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace systems and industrial products, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky helicopters, UTC Fire & Security systems and UTC Power fuel cells. With more than 223,000 employees worldwide, UTC is a multi-national company that does business in 180 countries and has over 4,000 locations in 71 countries. In 2008, UTC had $58.7 billion in revenues, making it the 123rd largest company in the world, according to Industry Week.
This acquisition provided Otis with further technological support to continue its leadership in the elevator business. With products such as the Gen2 and Compass Destination Entry System, Otis Canada, Inc. offers innovative and reliable high-quality products and services to its customers. In 1976, Otis installed elevators in the CN Tower, Canada’s national landmark, and has continued to service those units as well as units in other buildings throughout the country.
In September 2005, Otis Canada, Inc. moved its headquarters office to Burlington, Ontario.
To learn more about Otis and its products, please visit its web site at www.otis.com.
Directors of Otis Canada are:
Officers of Otis Canada are:
Antonio Grilli, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Russ Winiarskyj, Vice President and Treasurer
Dennis Mayer, Vice President
Karen Shigeishi-Waite, Secretary
Joe Zemetis, Assistant Secretary
Michael Cenci, Assistant Treasurer
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Antonio Grilli is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Otis Canada Inc. He is based in Burlington, Ontario, the headquarters of Otis Canada, and has oversight of the 11 branches in Canada’s provinces and territories.
Mr. Grilli is also president and chairman of the National Elevator & Escalator Association, an industry trade association.
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Mr. Grilli was named chairman, president and CEO of Otis Canada Inc. in August 2004 and has worked at Otis for more than 20 years in various field management and leadership positions.
Mr. Grilli started as a sales trainee in Toronto in 1987 after earning a bachelor of commerce degree from McMaster University. He held various sales positions in service and modernization before becoming regional sales manager in the Toronto region. In 1995 he became branch manager in Otis’ Toronto branch. He earned an executive MBA from Purdue University in 1996, and in 1998 was named regional general manager, Central Canada region. Before his current leadership position, Mr. Grilli was Vice President of business development for Otis North America Area from 2001 until 2004, during which time he lead efforts to acquire more than 40 elevator companies.
He and his wife Leanne have three children, Ryan, Matthew and David.