38 39 DEPENDABLE MECHANICAL SYSTEMS DEPENDABLE MECHANICAL SYSTEMS BUILDING SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS R ajesh Ahuja, President and Founder of Depend- able Mechanical Systems,moved to Canada in 2001 and found a job working for a mechanical contracting company in Concord,Ontario.His talent and skill as a mechanical engineer soon led him to another company, and a high-profile project at the Downs- viewAirforce Base in Toronto.He was heading the entire mechanical-electrical renovation project there–until the funding for the project was temporarily halted by the government. “At that point,”Ahuja recalls,“I had enough experience that I decided to branch out on my own and start bidding on work, independently. In the short span of a month and a half, I landed three or four projects.That was a lot of work back then. I started out with smaller work, and grewmy business step by step. Every year, the revenue has increased.”Success has been swift and steady, but Ahuja hasn’t strayed far fromwhere he started–the head office of his award-winning business, Dependable Mechanical Systems, is still located in the Concord area, today. Ahuja is involved in project manage- ment and consulting, and is supported by a strong employee base of management professionals and skilled trades. Best de- scribed as a mid-size mechanical and electrical contract- ing company,Dependable Mechanical Systems achieved status as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2015, 2016, and 2017; City of Vaughan Construction Business of the Year; and was nominated for the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award three years in succession,winning in one of those years.While AT A GLANCE DEPENDABLE MECHANICAL SYSTEMS WHAT: Design-build me- chanical and electrical contracting services for the ICI sector WHERE: Head office in Concord, Ontario, Canada WEBSITE: