About Wieser Electric
Owner David Wieser is originally from Vancouver, BC. In 1993 he joined the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada as an Infanteer in the Primary Reserves. Having been 350+ pounds when he was 19, this was quite a change to a sedentary and fast food lifestyle, until he decided to lose a bit of weight (100 pounds) on June 21st, 1991.
In 2000, seeking a career to support a family and expressing an interest in wiring, David was prompted by his girlfriend, Miss Katherine Thompson, to get in touch with his uncle, a prominent electrician in Vancouver, BC, to discuss the process in becoming an electrician. After getting the prerequisites and paperwork required, David entered into the Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology Airport Campus, where he learned to magnetize tools with a roll of RW90 and 120 volts.
During his Pre-Apprentice course at BCIT, David discovered that the Canadian Forces employed electricians, as Electrical Distribution Technicians (ED Tech) and decided to coordinate his military and civilian career by joining 192 Airfield Engineering Flight Abbotsford (currently Construction Engineering Flight). After a long 11 months, David was out working as an apprentice electrician working on high rises in Downtown Vancouver. Soon after, he was accepted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 213 and went across the street to work on another highrise!
David had the opportunity to work at several Petro-Chemical plants throughout the lower mainland which was a tremendous experience, such as working at the Chevron refinery expansion in Burnaby. It was here that he was exposed constantly to a culture of safety and how a jobsite should work, from the morning safety talks, daily safety inspections and the most memorable, the Remember Charlie video. Chevron paid everyone's wages for an hour to watch the film and have a discussion about it afterwards. If you haven't seen it ask your employer. You will never forget this video.
While completing both a civilian and military electrical apprenticeship concurrently, David decided to join the Regular Force soon after joining 192 AEF Abbotsford. Fortunately, his paperwork was lost on a desk in Ottawa and it took three years to join. Having completed his apprenticeship, David came into sign the paperwork and was informed "You now know enough to know that you don't know."Â In other words, you are always learning and you don't know everything!
Finally, the offer came in and he was posted to Winnipeg, Manitoba at 17 Wing Winnipeg. On that same day in February 2005, David became a Red Seal Journeyman Electrician. David and Katherine finally got married on September 3rd, 2005 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In Winnipeg, David had the opportunity to change a lot of light bulbs and ballasts! There were also numerous projects and deployments. He also had the time to take the Red River College's Electrical Contractor's Licence preparatory course, which he subsequently wrote and obtained a City of Winnipeg Electrical Contractor Licence, equivalent to a Master Electrician Licence in Ontario. David then became an Electrical Contractor in 2008 to service the residents of Winnipeg.
2007 saw the birth of David and Katherine's daughter, Sarah. After Sarah's birth, David quickly fell ill, was given an IV for a few hours then took to the couch for a few days, leaving Katherine and Sarah in the hospital. While serving with Construction Engineering in Winnipeg, David went to Wainwright several times, in preparation for serving overseas. The first time with 171 CEF and the second time with 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER), with whom he deployed with in October 2009 for Task Force 3/09 into Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was in Kandahar that David had the opportunity to travel Kandahar province with the Mobile Construction Team where he and the team deployed to help make the living and working conditions more tolerable and SAFE!
Having just returned from a war zone, David undertook a mission to create a Bicycle Valet service for Winnipeg and founded Bicycle Valet Winnipeg. It has proven to be a hit with Winnipegers and is still a going concern, being operated as a project of Bike to the Future (now Bike Winnipeg), of which he was once a director. After a 7 1/2 year posting to Winnipeg, David was promoted to Master Corporal and posted to 2 CER in CFB Kingston.
David was interested in continuing his second career as a Licensed Electrical Contractor, so he studied to earn his Master Electrician Licence for the Province of Ontario, which was granted in January 2013 and is now operating Wieser Electric in Kingston, Ontario. Wieser Electric is now open for business, serving residential and commercial customers in Kingston and Frontenac County.