Wise 50 Over 50 Award™
Gary Wood – Fixt Wireless Inc.
My work history is divided into three experiences that include; government, corporate Canada and for the last 10 years as an entrepreneur. In 1978, I began my public service career as an Urban Planner with the City of Cornwall and then the City of Ottawa. In 1985, I switched to the private sector, working with Loeb, then moving to Rogers as VP of Retail, Budget Car & Truck Rental as COO, Bell Distribution as President and in 2008 I completed my corporate business career as President of Grand & Toy.
My entrepreneurial period began in 2008 as Co-Founder and President of Worldlynx Wireless (Canada largest and only national Bell Dealer) that was eventually purchased in 2016 by Bell Canada.
In 2016, with the help and support of two co-partners and at the age of 62, we opened our first Fixt Wireless repair store. Canadians consumers and businesses have very limited choices to get their wireless devices repaired conveniently and we believed we could begin to fill this demand.
We explain our value proposition to our customers this way: “From busted screens and liquid damage to ‘Whoa, I’ve never seen that before’, we fix it right, the first time, guaranteed.
Your private data stays safe, secure and, well, private, and with a minimal downtime promise, you’ll be crushing candy again in no time. And if your little buddy can’t be saved, or you’re ready for fresh tech, we sell Fixt certified unlocked phones that are refurbished by our expert technicians with high-quality parts, tested to perform like new, and backed by a warranty.”
Ultimately the Fixt Wireless goal is to give all Canadians access to high quality, trusted, safe and fast wireless repair services and cell phone and tablet replacement solutions, regardless of geography.
We are proud of our association with the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB). In 2018, we helped launch the CNIB “Phone it Forward Program”. The goal of this program is to put a refurbished smartphone in the hand of every blind or partially sighted Canadian. With the appropriate cell phone applications, the lives of these Canadians are substantially improved.