Building something great—together
ORAM is a large Mirabel-based mechanical contractor. We’re a leader in our industry, serving the multifamily residential, commercial, and light industrial sectors in Greater Montreal, including both the North and South Shores.
We provide and install all the materials, equipment, and fixtures for every project we work on. We work in the private sector and in a variety of ways to suit our clients’ needs, including traditional plan and specification projects, as well as design-assist and design-build projects. We also offer contract maintenance and emergency services on projects we’ve completed.
We’ve been working with developers, builders, and operators for more than 50 years, earning the ORAM brand recognition as a mark of strength and reliability.
We aim to create value and make a difference in mechanical contracting by offering turnkey support and peerless customer service.
Achieving excellence through balance
Achieving excellence means continuously striking a balance between creativity, passion, and discipline—the three keys that have allowed us to create and grow a resilient business. Balance is also what drives us to treat everyone with respect. At ORAM, we believe everyone is worthy of trust and deserves honest and equal treatment, especially our team members and partners.
Our team’s commitment to our culture ensures our clients receive an experience that reflects our regard for our relationships and the passion that drives us, which we’ve come to call the ORAM Experience.
ORAM: More than a name
In 2012, we decided we needed to change our name from Baliscus to ORAM after restructuring the company to specialize in commercial plumbing.
We naturally gravitated toward the letter “O”—not just because it’s shaped like a pipe and sounds like the French word for water (eau)—but also because of what it represents. As the most organic letter in the alphabet, “O” suggests fluidity, flexibility, and adaptability. It evokes our 360° Approach, a confluence of strengths, and this idea perfectly reflects our former director’s vision at that time.
“Ram” comes from the Danish word ramme, which means “frame,” and the English word ram, which evokes the ideas of strength and movement, reminding us of the power of water and of the company itself.
The name ORAM still perfectly reflects the essence of who we are today: a firmly rooted foundation that helps us put our best foot forward and offer optimal, effective, and innovative solutions to our clients.
An unwavering culture of excellence for more than 50 years
Jean-Paul Allaire opens Centre de plomberie Saint-Jérôme.
Centre de plomberie Saint-Jérôme becomes Baliscus, L’espace eau et plomberie, which has the largest plumbing showroom in Québec.
Sylvain Allaire, the founder’s son and a savvy businessman, becomes the sole owner of Baliscus, a leader in retail sales of plumbing and bathroom fixtures and accessories. Sylvain creates a plumbing installation division that becomes incredibly successful and quickly accounts for two thirds of the company’s revenue.
Sylvain agrees to sell Baliscus’s retail business and brand to Groupe Deschênes. After the sale, he renames his business ORAM Plomberie du bâtiment and moves to a new facility in Mirabel. His former estimators, project managers, and some 100 highly skilled plumbers join him at ORAM after the restructuring.
Having directed the new business since 2013, Sylvain starts planning to pass the torch. In September 2017, he names Olivier Mongrain Vice President of Construction, and Marie-Claude Allaire Vice President of Finance. Thanks to an innovative vision for the future and wise management decisions, ORAM Plomberie du bâtiment grows significantly, from 100 employees in 2015 to more than 230 by the end of 2019.
Olivier and Marie-Claude take the reins as ORAM’s co-CEOs. They are determined to continue growing ORAM by not only working to expand their team and integrate innovative technology, but also focusing on their people—the true source of ORAM’s success.
ORAM, which now has more than 300 employees, is named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Management decides the time is ripe to refresh ORAM’s logo and rebrand the company as ORAM Mécanique du bâtiment.
Our team of builders
At ORAM, we’re a team that grows and adapts thanks to leaders who aren’t afraid to think outside the box. We make sure the right people are where they need to be to ensure our foundation is strong, but agile. We’ve created a place where every single person contributes to our success, helps us grow, and shares in our accomplishments.
Balance is also something that defines our leadership team, which together forms the foundation that allows us to deliver on our value proposition and helps our business grow and flourish long into the future.
ORAM’s co-presidents work tirelessly every day to take their business to new heights, leading a team of more than 300 employees, including 190 plumbers. They are inspired leaders and committed colleagues who live ORAM’s vision and values.
Our management team
No matter who they report to, all our teams are encouraged to communicate and work together to find synergies and help us reach our goals. Our whole team is an orchestra that works in concert to streamline our processes and create the ORAM value creation cycle.
A pillar of the community
At ORAM, we believe being involved in our community (and telling people what we’re doing) help make our staff and the general public more aware of the challenges facing our society. We think it’s important for all of our team members to be aware of these challenges and to do what they can to address them.
We’re committed to our clients, our team, and our community.
ORAM supports numerous causes, including Persévérons ensemble, TLA Porte-Bonheur, Fondation Pallia-Vie, Fondation autisme Laurentides, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and others. Our co-president Marie-Claude Allaire has volunteered for the Breakfast Club of Canada since 2015 and has served on the board of Fondation Hôpital régional Saint-Jérôme since 2019.
Since 2017, we’ve participated as a team in the Défi Toucher le sommet to help students who are at risk of dropping out or experiencing social exclusion stay in school. In addition to participating in the challenge itself, we also take the students we’re paired with on a special outing.
Fondation Allaire is an NPO founded by Sylvain Allaire in 2002. Its mission is to organize fundraisers for regional charities working in healthcare, education, and poverty alleviation. To date, Fondation Allaire has donated nearly $800,000 to several regional organizations.
We’re proud of the many awards both ORAM and Fondation Allaire have won over the years that recognize our involvement in and commitment to our community.