About

Our History

Wightman is a company founded on the "people come first" principle. Imagine, a Telecom company that has real, live people who will answer your call. A local company that is just a short drive or call away. Find out what our customers are saying about us.

Rural Roots

When phone service came to Clifford in the early 1900s, Robert Wightman, a farmer in nearby Howick Township, desperately wanted to have service on his farm. When Bell could not meet Robert's request for phone service, Robert decided to start his own phone company by stringing lines from his farm to his neighbours throughout the township. He connected sixty of his neighbours, and was able to connect into the Bell long distance lines at Clifford in 1911. In 1928, Robert retired and handed over the management of the Robert Wightman Telephone Company to his son Ben.

Modernization

In 1928, Ben Wightman purchased the Clifford, Ayton, and Neustadt exchanges. After Ben’s death in 1948, Leila, his widow, and their son, Ray, took over the company and soon purchased automated dial technology, ending the era of the Switchboard Operator. An ice storm destroyed Wightman’s phone lines in 1954, leading to the installation of underground cabling. Wightman Telephone also bought several small local exchanges, including Normanby, Bentinck, Wroxeter, and Howick. In 2006, Leila was inducted into Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame.

Growth & Prosperity

Ray joined the company in 1948, when his father died, and worked closely with his mother, to bring Wightman Telephone into the modern era. Upon Leila’s death in 1976, Ray took full command of the company, and lead it until his retirement in 1987. During Ray’s tenure, Wightman Telephone saw the deregulation of phone sets, the introduction of the cellular phone, and the incorporation of Wightman Contracting. In 1995, Ray was awarded a Life Membership by the Ontario Telephone Association, and in 2007, Ray was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Digital Age

Paul and Blair took over the company when their father, Ray, retired in 1987. In 1995, Paul and Blair introduced the Internet (which was at that time a new service), providing a high-speed connection to rural Ontario long before it was introduced into larger cities. In 2008, Wightman made a huge advance in delivering services by introducing Wightman Fibre to the Home. In the last decade, there has been a massive investment in making this modern and future-proof communications infrastructure available to you. Whatever the technology of the future demands, Wightman Fibre to the Home and Business will be ready for it.



Wightman FamilyPassed from generation to generation. (From left) Ray Wightman and his two sons, Blair and Paul Wightman.

Our Vision, Mission, Values

Find out how we're living these values every day.

Wightman Vision

 

VISION


To be the peoples trusted choice in the communities we serve.  We are passionate about providing the best possible experience in every interaction.

Wightman Mission

 

MISSION


We are a family of great people who want to deliver wow experiences each and every day.

Wightman Values

 

VALUES

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE – Customers talk about our awesome customer service

 

RELIABILITY – Service reliability is something our customers don’t have to think about

 

PRIDE & PASSION – Our employees bring pride and passion in everything we do

 

COMMITMENT & DEDICATION – Our commitment and dedication are demonstrated through our actions

 

INTEGRITY – We do what we say we are going to do in the way it should be done

 

SAFETY – Safety comes first in everything we do

 

GROWTH & CHANGE – We embrace and drive change through growth and learning

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP – We care so much that we want to be a part of your community

 

FAMILY – We have a family atmosphere based on a foundation of respect

Our Awards

Crime Stoppers Award for Best Video

2020 - Best Video at the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers Awards for our work with Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington on the video broadcast of "The River Classic Golf Tournament" in September 2019.

Featured in the photo is Deryck West, Chair of Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington and Adam Olivero, Local Content Producer for Wightman.

Crime Stoppers International Award for Best Media Television

2019 - The Crime Stoppers International Award for Best Media Television (Population Up to 300,000) presented to Adam Olivero, local TV content producer and camera operator for the winning segment – the Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington 30th Anniversary Flag-Raising.

Pictured above from left to right: Hope Reidt, Marketing Manager - Wightman; Deryck West, Vice-Chair - CSGW; Adam Olivero, Local TV Channel Producer - Wightman; Sarah Bowers-Peter, Program Coordinator - CSGW.

CITA Leadership Award For Community Involvement

 

 

 

At the 2019 CITA (Canadian Independent Telecommunications Association) Showcase, Wightman won the Leadership Award for Community Involvement, for our work on the first-ever Groves Hospital Foundation Telethon in June 2018! We are thankful to be part of each community we serve, and thank the Groves Hospital Foundation for their work on this very important and meaningful event that raised more than $43,000 for the Hospital and local health care.

Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation Award

2018 Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation Award for our Fibre project in Stratford.

CITA Leadership Award Marketing

2018 CITA (Canadian Independent Telecommunications Association) Showcase, Wightman won the Leadership Award for Marketing.

North Perth Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award

On October 25, 2017, Wightman received the Large Business of the Year Award at the North Perth Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards! Pictured with Hope Reidt and Jack Walsh in the top photo are the Large Business of the Year Award Sponsors Deborah Cherrey and Allan Cherrey of Cherrey Bus Lines.

2017 Centre Wellington Awards of Excellence

On May 16, we were honoured to win the Customer Service Excellence Award from the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce. We would like to thank the judges, other sponsors, and emcee, Rob Dutton, and everyone who came out to support local business in Centre Wellington. Pictured are (L-R) Jack Walsh, VP Customer Care and Acquisition; Jackie Ferguson, Business Sales; Hope Reidt, Marketing Manager; and Ted Smith of Collins Barrow.

2017 Minto Community Achievement Awards

On April 28, 2017, we were honoured to win two awards from the Minto Chamber of Commerce.

McLaughlin Financial Business of the Year (Over 10 Employees)
This award is presented to a company which has had an impact on the Minto Community and has more than 10 employees.

Saugeen Economic Development Corporation Exceptional Customer Service
This award is presented to a business who has provided exceptional customer service by consistently offering a high quality of service to all customers and by going above and beyond the call of duty to provide service to a customer in extenuating circumstances.