About Us

Spartan Controls Ltd. is the recognized leading provider of process control, measurement and automation solutions in the process industries in Western Canada. 

Our unique partnership with Emerson Process Management and other leading solution providers allows us to connect customers with world-class solutions, superior technical expertise and full life cycle services.

As a Canadian, employee owned company; our project experience spans multiple industries. Our single point of customer contact reliably reduces interfaces, improves the customer experience and allows us to quickly apply best-in-class technologies and services to meet our customer’s automation challenges head on.

We invest to earn your business; we invest more to keep it.

"Serve the customer first - as the local business partner of Emerson Process Management and other leading companies."

"Recognized as the benchmark for exceptional customer value, service, and loyalty."

  • Serve customers with the highest degree of responsiveness, knowledge and commitment in our industry. 
  • Earn preference with all stakeholders by being easy to do business with and always acting with integrity, ethics, respect, trust, collaboration, responsibility, quality, professionalism, and fair exchange of value. 
  • Empower exceptional people with a culture of ownership, customer experience excellence, entrepreneurship and innovation, high performance and accountability, teamwork and mutual respect, energy and fun, and a do-what-it-takes work ethic. 
  • Differentiated leadership by all Spartans that demonstrates humility, resolve, engagement, listening, communication, coaching, mentoring, straight talk, fairness and consistency, and a passion to win. 
  • Constantly raise the bar in all that we do for customers, fellow Spartans and our business. 
  • Support a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment for the individual, company and communities we work and live in. 

Global Differentiation and Risk Management

Today’s cost, resource and risk pressures are increasingly involving the global stakeholder community. Spartan’s unique business partnership with Emerson Process Management and other global technology leaders we represent, ensure our customers’ lowest risk choice locally, is the lowest risk choice globally.

We can leverage our partnerships and collective strengths to execute projects on the local or global stage for infrastructure destined for Western Canada. With the same expertise, security of supply, innovative technology and intimate local knowledge, Spartan delivers the lowest risk choice for our customers. 

Before Spartan

While fighting a disastrous fire in Marshalltown, a young water works engineer was forced to hand-throttle the city's steam-driven pumps throughout the night. 

That engineer was William Fisher and the year was 1876. Exhausted from that experience, he decided there must be a better way to maintain water pressure as downstream conditions changed. And there was a better way - thanks to this young engineer's inventive mind - it was called the type 1 Pump Governor. Records indicate that manufacture of this new device began in 1880.

Eight years later, the company was reorganized and incorporated as the Fisher Governor Company. The company also sold rambler bicycles. This historical note brings true meanings to the term "valve peddlers". Including bicycles, company sales reached $44,000 by 1905 as word spread about the Fisher Pump Governor. From 1905 through 1962, the Fisher sales representative network was established and began to to expand.

Spartan's Beginning

Spartan Controls was subsequently formed by Bill Flegal - formerly a Fisher employee and salesman for a Fisher Representative. Spartan had offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Regina. 

The name "Spartan" was selected as a reflection of the Spartans of ancient Greece, who were noted for their efficiency, competitiveness and organization abilities. They were lean, keen winners. 

It was decided that ownership should only be held by those working in the company. If a shareholder were to leave the company, his or her shares must be sold back to the company. In order for everyone to have a stake in the company, a strong profit sharing plan was instituted. It was decided most of the profits would be distributed each year to the people who did the work that year, rather than build up the assets of the company. 

The philosophy of employee ownership and profit sharing in both good and bad times has allowed Spartan to keep its good people through the business peaks and valleys of the years. This was especially true during the phenomenal growth of the oil and gas and pulp and paper industries in the late seventies/early eighties.