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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.

Robert Wightman

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 in 1908 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.

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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.

Paul & Blair Wightman

Wightman Family

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

Our Vision, Mission, Values

At Wightman, we’re living these values every day, learn more here. Find out ‘Why’ customers choose Wightman here.
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VISION

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

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MISSION

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

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

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