Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist – Ken Gascoigne
Ken Gascoigne is President of Empire Roofing Corporation, ERC metal cladding, Empire
Brick Restoration as well as maintains an active real estate portfolio. Empire Roofing
Corporation- his main venture, offers a full line of services including commercial,
industrial, metal, and residential roofing as well as metal siding and composite panels.
Gascoigne and his team are in the process of developing a “roofing” school where the
curriculum is based on the roofing and metal trades. All Empire hires receive a complete
course in roofing and safety and are certified prior to the first day of employment.
They are proud to be one of the first companies in Canada to introduce and install
Firestone TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin single-ply roofing). Now the largest installed
roofing product in the world.
Empire Roofing Corporation has been recently presented with the most prestigious
honors in the commercial roofing industry including the Master Contractor award, the
inner circle of quality award, and the Firestone Building Products President’s Club
Award, as recipients of these awards they have demonstrated the commitment to superior
quality and skilled workmanship. These awards have not been won by a Canadian firm in
over 8 years, and are 1 of only 25 in the world.
In the last two years, Empire has expanded their production facilities, Including 2.7 acres
to the compound and equipped their facility with state of the art CNC metal fabrication
and roll forming equipment, brought from Germany. This allows them to fabricate all of
their metal products in-house, thus helping create and keep jobs in the Windsor/Essex
Community. Although as a company they have expanded into every major city in the
province Empire predominantly uses tradesman and employees based out of Windsor.
Although earned across the province, Empire donates 10% of their annual profits to local
Windsor/Essex County charities and youth programs.