Paragon Crew, 1988

The Paragon group of companies was founded in 1986, when Ken Hawes and Al Breitkreuz opened Paragon Ventilation, a commercial full-service heating and air conditioning company. In 1988, Ken and Al incorporated Paragon Investments Ltd., and proceeded to purchase half of the building that they were renting. In 1990, Paragon Mechanical Ltd. was formed to provide complementary services to Paragon Ventilation Ltd., and began servicing the commercial market with HVAC repair and preventative maintenance services for customers in Edmonton and area. 1996 brought expansion into the Calgary marketplace with Paragon Ventilation - Calgary operating as a division of Paragon Ventilation. In 2000, Paragon Ventilation (Calgary) Ltd. was incorporated to allow for the addition of two key employees as shareholders and business partners - John Strychun and Brent Gursky. In 2008, Paragon Mechanical (Calgary) Ltd. was formed, following the earlier Edmonton model.

Al Breitkreuz and Ken Hawes, 2009

Today, the combined gross annual revenues of the Paragon Group is in excess of 35 million dollars. Paragon Ventilation and Paragon Mechanical have both grown into major players in the Edmonton commercial market, with well deserved reputations for Service with Excellence. Paragon Investments Ltd. now owns 19 commercial rental properties in both Edmonton and Calgary, and has leases in place with over 100 tenants.  Paragon Ventilation (Calgary) Ltd. has been successfully meeting the needs of the Calgary commercial marketplace, and with the addition of Paragon Mechanical (Calgary) Ltd. in late 2008, the Paragon Group continues to grow. With it's proven successful business strategies, the Paragon Group will continue to thrive, and is well positioned for the future.