Below, find the history of how B.C. Communications Inc. became Western Canada’s premier Motorola Solutions radio dealership.
1981, R. Glenn Owen and his family seized the opportunity to create Canada Wide Communications, focusing on two-way radio rentals in the Lower Mainland market. Delivering radios in his wife Lois’s car, they both worked long hours with kids in tow to build the business. The first movie to rent radios from CWC was First Blood – filmed in Hope BC.
Canada Wide Communications was originally to be Canada West Communications, but that name was registered to another business. The Canada West logo symbolizing the left half (West) of Canada was retained.
1990 B.C. Communications was created with Minor shareholder Kent Milligan. It was one of the first Motorola dealerships in Canada. Prior to this, all sales were direct from Motorola. Both companies ran separately but were always located together.
1992 Scott Owen was hired as a delivery driver for CWC. Eventually becoming the rental manager and now the owner.
1994 Glenn wanted to focus more on radio service. Ryan Rowat was hired as Sr. technician for BCC. Eventually becoming manager and now owner.
1996 B.C. Communications is eligible to be a member in Motorola’s prestigious Pinnacle Club and continues to be member each and every year.
1997 Ryan enrolls in The University of BC’s Sales and Marketing Management Executives (SME) an intense 3-year night school business course. BCC deploys an “on site service centre” cube van to to service the Squamish / Whistler sea to sky corridor.
1999 BCC earns Motorola Pinnacle of Customer Excellence Award – First dealer in Canada to win this award. Scott enrolls in the 3-year SME course at UBC. CWC rents radios to the (at the time) largest film production in BC history – Eaters of the Dead renamed 13th Warrior
2000 BCC earns Motorola Accessories and Aftermarket Award – First dealer in Canada to win award. Ryan completes 3-year SME course at UBC.
2002 Kent Milligan passes away at 46. Scott Completes 3-year SME course.
2003 BCC earns Motorola Top Canadian Dealer award in the Falcon League.
2004 B.C. Communications is established as a Motorola Service shop (MSS). The companies move to 399 Mountain Highway from 340 Harbour avenue. Glenn semi-retires and leaves most management duties to Ryan and Scott.
2005 CWC installs a trunk radio system on Mount Seymour to provide coverage throughout the lower mainland.
2006 CWC creates a cellular division and becomes a Bell authorized retailer.
2009 BCC installs and manages a Motorola SmartNet trunk system at YVR for Vancouver Airport Authority and other radio users there
2010 BCC is awarded Olympic contract to verify radio compliance. Ryan and Scott purchase B.C. Communications Inc. and Canada Wide Communications (1981) Corp. Both companies are amalgamated into B.C. Communications Inc. Rentals and Cellular departments continue to operate under Canada Wide Communications
2011 BCC becomes authorized Technisonic air-band radio dealer. Motorola becomes Motorola Solutions
2012 This new website was launched. Let us know how you like it.
2013 MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus Digital trunking becomes available at YVR. Digital wide area coverage in the lower mainland is also available as analogue LTR channels are transitioned to Capacity plus on our Mount Seymour site. B.C. Communications donates long-term radio rentals to the Sharing Farm Society as well as to Team Irene Longboard. BCC becomes authorized Codan dealer for Daniels low current repeaters and airband base radios.
2014-04-28 B.C. Communications and Canada Wide Communications move into our new 7000 square foot custom facility at 106 & 107 1515 Barrow Street North Vancouver
2015 BCC begins MOTOTRBO Connect plus migration at Vancouver YVR.
BCC and CWC begin a long-term goal of significant Philanthropy by sponsoring the “Chesterman Beach” room at Ronald McDonald House for 2 years. Giving back feels oh so good!
February: B.C. Communications and Motorola Solutions Canada donates $5000 to the Burnaby Firefighter’s 2015 Charitable Golf Tournament, which will take place at Riverway Golf Course September 23.
Fleet of 8 radios donated to Nicaraguan Police force.
June 4th, B.C. Communications acquires Glentel Solutions Burnaby’s BC Technical Field Service Team. This joint partnership increases our technical capability, and further augments Glentel’s local sales efforts. Glentel was a nation-wide Motorola Solutions channel partner
August: CWC supplies communication system for Squamish Valley Music festival. With ~1000 radios, 20 channel digital trunking system plus standalone repeaters, coverage from Britannia to Alice Lake, 0.1% radio failure rate and no complaints, we will chalk that one as a complete success!
September: Vancouver Airport Authority transition to Motorola Connect plus digital trunking target to complete, complete with new WAVE consoles. BCC WAVE system will be able for customers to load on.
December: We organized a donation of 8 new digital XPR mobile radios plus Capacity Plus trunking licenses from Motorola to BCIT for their wireless technician course. This allowed them to replace their analogue LTR trunk system they had in their laboratory. An $12k donation to a worthy Cause! We also topped up our Ronald McDonald House donation from 2 years to 3.
We refreshed over 1000 radios in our rental fleet to ensure our customers always have the most reliable state of the art radios possible.
The capacity of our Mount Seymour digital trunk system was increased by 50%
Continued our support with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – providing a discount on radios for their fundraising events.
BC Communications ended 2016 as Western Canada’s largest Motorola Solutions Channel Partner.
Canada Wide Communications was a sponsor for the 10th annual Me-N-Ed’s Pizza Parlors charity golf tournament at Burnaby’s Riverway Golf Course. Me-N-Ed’s raised $41,000 in 2017 towards the $215,000 total since inception for the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinsons (Team Fox)
We invested in a Trotec Laser engraving system to improve turnaround times for our radio engraving service.
We added two vehicles in our fleet – a Toyota Tundra and Nissan 200 minivan for a total of 7 service and delivery vehicles.
We began complicated upgrades for 2 separate container terminals within the port of Vancouver to MOTOTRBO digital trunking, with TRBONET radio consoles and RFID.
We continued our sponsorship to Ronald McDonald House, Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society, Me’N’Eds golf for Parkinsons, BCIT wireless program and added a few others: the GVRD food bank and St. Josephs High School.
So now you know a little about B.C. Communications’ history!