RELEASED: July 9, 2015

As the stressful commute to Toronto began to take its toll, Ray McGill decided there was a better way to make a living. With more than a quarter-century of experience in the fire-alarm industry and a desire to run his own business, he struck out on his own, opening RMcGill Inspections (RMI).

McGill works with clients big and small — from large commercial enterprises to not-for-profits to homeowners — to ensure they have the life-saving equipment, training and expertise to help prevent tragedy.

“I sell and install fire-alarm and life-safety devices from simple residential smoke alarms and escape ladders to complex wireless devices that, for example, will shut down a furnace if smoke is detected within ductwork,” said McGill. “I also work with clients to develop and train them on fire-safety plans to ensure they adhere to the most recent changes to the fire code.”

And he is qualified to do so; he has 27 years’ experience, is an electronic engineering technologist and has certification from both the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians. While he had the technical skills and experience, he turned to the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) for help starting his business.

“They have worked with me since Day 1,” said McGill, who also participated in the Ontario self-employment assistance program, which provided a salary and training.

When that was finished, the CDC continued to support McGill.

“They provided a loan that allowed me to purchase inventory, advertising and other start-up expenses,” he said. “They provided “¦ knowledge and gave me the confidence I needed to run my own business.”

McGill said business is booming.

“I love what I do and I know that starting RMcgill Inspections was right for me,” he said. “I am helping people to be safe by providing early warning and detection should a fire emergency occur. It’s very rewarding.”

For more information about business coaching, professional development or business loans with the CDC, call 705-325-4903 or visit

The CDC is a federally supported not-for-profit organization working with community partners to develop and sustain the local economy through business financing, business counselling and community economic-development projects.


Source: Packet & Times