From janitor to own the largest cleaning company of CanadaJosé Correia began working for almost 50 years in Winnipeg, Canada, as a janitor. Today he owns the biggest cleaning and maintenance company in the country, all because he fled to the colonial war.
"Was an only child. My dad was afraid to be called for military service. And as he was in Winnipeg a year ago, called the family to join him, "explains José Correia, President of Bee-Clean Building Maintenance, a native of Albufeira.
With 15 years, immigrant in 1967, José Correia had no problems in the adaptation because I knew some of the official languages of Canada, English and French. Soon began working in the field of cleaning and maintenance, at an early stage in ' part-time ', having decided to improve English, studying at night. "As the Portuguese were known as workers and reliable, I saw that there were conditions for doing a good thing," he recalls.
"I've done a lot of cleaning with my partner. There were two, then three, four and then on. First the Portuguese and today we have also other community officials "
Learned welding, electricity and drawing, at a time when the wave of Portuguese immigration to Canada was at its peak and it was easy to recruit "Portuguese workers".
In 1967, he founded the Bee-Clean, a project of a life that now enters a phase of internationalization. "I've done a lot of cleaning with my partner. There were two, then three, four and then on. First the Portuguese and today we have also other community officials ".
The company quickly began to operate in Western Canada, from Alberta to British Columbia, getting that area under the responsibility of the luso-canadiano partner, Bryan Gingras.
The Office of José Correia was the region of Saskatchewan to the Ontario, an area of the Centre and South of Canada. For eight years the company expanded to the East of the country, for Quebec, and three years for Nova Scotia.
"Only for the five largest banks in Canada do 3000 cleaning buildings. Clean 400,000 square feet per day "
Bee-Clean Building Maintenance operates on government buildings, airports, hospitals, military bases, offices, supermarkets, and also brings together maintenance manual since the replacement to minor repairs.
"Only for the five largest banks in Canada do 3000 cleaning buildings. Clean 400,000 square feet per day. The company has more than 12000 jobs just in Canada ", explains José Correia. Currently, 40% of employees are of Portuguese origin, a number that, in the past, have you ever been "above 60 percent.
Seven years ago expanded also for the Azores archipelago, and soon will begin to operate in the Chinese market in a "very ambitious project". Portuguese businessman says he won't forget the time he was employed and try to reflect that in the management of the business.
"We try to treat our staff as part of our family. Are the employees that make us work. It is thanks to them that we are today. We treat them as we would like to be treated, has been that the vision ", he stressed.
José Correia was recognized in 1998 with the entrepreneur of the year Award by Ernst and Young, in 2003 as an entrepreneur of the year by BOMA, in the region of the Prairies and, in 2015, was included in the walk of Fame of Luso-Canadians in Toronto.
Officially there are Portuguese and lusodescendentes in Canada 429,000 (2011), with the vast majority in Ontario. In the province of Manitoba, located in Winnipeg, it is estimated that there are about of 30000.
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