Chris Fraser started his Edmonton roof repair company more than 14 years ago. Chris and wife Jackie have a large family by today’s standards (five children) and their goal was to build a future for perhaps a couple of their kids. Back in the days when their children were starting to get expensive and competing for mom’s attention, a decision was made to keep mom at home … the day they decided to start their Edmonton roofing company … XL Roofing … the year was 1996 and they have never looked back!
Chris started roofing in Edmonton at the age of sixteen during summer school breaks. Once high school was finished he started his 3 year roofing contractors apprenticeship.
He now shares a unique Canadian experience: The Edmonton roof repair company that he apprenticed under was multi-cultured. The Foremen were: an Italian (WWII Vet), a Ukrainian (WWII Vet), a German (WWII Vet), a French Canadian, and a Native American.
There was a recession in 1981 & 82 when Chris started roofing repairs. The competition was fierce between foremen, as one’s job seemed to always be on the line. If a worker/roofer did not cut it, quite simply he was gone. All employers demanded absolute perfection, which Chris was proud to have gone through. It has made him who he is today and what he expects from his men, to run a successful Edmonton roofing company.
He gained all his experience from large established Edmonton Roofing Contractors, and it wasn’t uncommon for a roofing inspector to be looking over workers’ shoulders most of the time, so doing excellent work became habit.
At the age of 21 he was running his own crew, and today has 33 solid years experience and brings a lot of know-how to the roofing trade and his clients!
Did you know?
The word COMPANY comes from the latin word "companio" which means companions, a term often applied to a group of soldiers who fight together and protect each other. (from wiki.answers.com)