03 Nov 2021, Q&A's

SFC Q&A with Derek L’Hirondelle: Celebrating 50 Years

Derek L’Hirondelle celebrating SFC Eneregy Canada's 50 year anniversary

SFC Energy North America is celebrating their Calgary-based company’s journey, 50 years in the making. From Simark Controls to SFC Energy, from the launch of the EFOY fuel cell family to the opening of new locations, a lot has happened over the past five decades.

We caught up with Derek L’Hirondelle, Executive Vice President at SFC North America, to talk about the company’s past, present and future.

Here’s what he had to say:

50 years is an exciting milestone. What are some other standout moments when you look back on SFC North America’s history?

The acquisition of Simark Controls is the obvious one and was the catalyst that shaped who we are today. More recently, in 2019, we successfully opened our Grande Prairie location and outgrew the facility over the last 3 years, resulting in SFC expanding the office and warehouse space. 

Another relevant milestone would be our successful expansion into Eastern Canada. We’ve been serving the Eastern Canadian market since 2015 and have more exciting news to share very soon.

When you look at the company as a whole, what makes you proud to be a part of the SFC team?

It’s cliché to say this, but it’s our people – not only in Canada but globally in Munich and the Netherlands. SFC Energy has some of the most visionary, skilled and dedicated people you’ll come by. I’m proud to work alongside them.

How does your North America team stay connected?

Good question and very important. Outside of the office, we like to mix things up on occasion by having trivia events or Friday evening digital socials. But each and every day, we focus on one of our core values: Shaping the Future Together.

Looking towards the future, what makes you most excited about where SFC is headed?

The opportunity we have to grow and make an impact in today’s world of reducing carbon emissions. It’s exciting to combine the team we have at SFC Energy with the technology stack we offer industries.

Our EFOY Hydrogen and Direct Methanol fuel cell is the market-leader in stationary and mobile power solutions. Connecting EFOY with innovative Schneider Electric Process Automation and ABB Direct Motor Control products gives us an overall clean-energy offering. And that offering supports our customers in becoming more efficient, environmentally friendly and profitable. 

Do you have anything you’d like to say to the people who have trusted and supported SFC over the years?

I’d humbly say thank-you to our people. 50 years serving the North American market is not possible without good people — and we have the best. 

To our long-term partners and customers; thank-you so much for the support. We have an exciting road ahead and I look forward to continuing our journey with all of you.