Company

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K-Bro staff members in uniform

K-Bro currently operates ten processing facilities and two distribution centres under two distinctive brands, including K-Bro Linen Systems Inc. and Buanderie HMR, in ten Canadian cities: Québec City, Montréal, Toronto, Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

Fishers, acquired by K-Bro in 2017, was established in 1900 and is an operator of laundry and linen processing facilities in Scotland and the North of England. Fishers provides linen rental, workwear hire and cleanroom garment services to the hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. Fishers’ client base includes major hotel chains and prestigious venues across Scotland and the North of England. The company operates five sites with facilities in Perth, Newcastle, Livingston, Coatbridge, and Prestonhall.

K-Bro staff members overlooking the production floor

Our facilities

We value our long-term relationships and invest in state-of-the-art equipment to best serve our customers. We are an essential service provider, and our methods ensure outstanding laundry and linen services 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our decades of experience and economies of scale enable us to optimize energy & water use and maximize operational efficiencies to support cost savings for our customers. Planned, built-in, energy efficient equipment redundancies ensure year-round reliability through the most challenging times.

All K‑Bro facilities include:

  • Highly efficient, cost-reducing continuous batch washers (tunnel washers), automated dryers, and finishing equipment from world-class manufacturers. Planned, built-in equipment redundancy ensures year-round reliability through the most challenging times
  • State-of-the-art computerized control systems overseeing the many factors that impact quality and cost
  • Optimum use of space
  • Automated systems and advanced energy conservation
  • Sophisticated material handling systems that move linen through the facilities on space-saving overhead monorails and other conveyance systems that minimize labour costs and optimize ergonomics
  • Specially constructed surgical linen pack rooms in each of our primary healthcare plants
Smiley K-Bro female staff member in the plant

Sustainability
We’re Making a Difference

Putting people first, being dependable partners and embracing environmental stewardship have always been part of our culture. K-Bro’s circular business model keeps high-quality products in use for longer, while reducing natural resource consumption, and offers sustainable alternatives to single-use or disposable products. K-Bro invests in highly energy-efficient technology from world-class manufacturers to reduce water and energy consumption supporting sustainable cost efficient solutions for our customers.

Officers & directors

  • Portrait of Linda McCurdy - K-Bro Linen Director, President & Chief Executive Officer

    Linda McCurdy

    Director, President & Chief Executive Officer

    Linda McCurdy joined K-Bro in May 1998 as Chief Financial Officer and became President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2000. Prior to joining K-Bro, she was Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Inovotech, a biochemical products processor. Linda’s prior experience also includes six years at the Overwaitea Food Group where she held a number of financial positions. She is a Certified General Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Portrait of Sean Curtis - K-Bro Linen Senior Vice-President

    Sean Curtis

    Senior Vice-President

    Sean Curtis joined K-Bro in 1984 and has over 34 years of experience in the laundry and linen services industry. As Senior Vice President, Sean works directly with K-Bro’s President and CEO in the areas of plant expansions, capital equipment installations and business development into new markets.

  • Portrait of Kristie Plaquin - K-Bro Linen Chief Financial Officer

    Kristie Plaquin

    Chief Financial Officer

    Kristie Plaquin has been with K-Bro since 2001 and was the Chief Financial Officer from January 2004 through May 2005 during which time the company completed its Initial Public Offering and debt financings. After stepping away from K-Bro for a year through 2005 – 2006, Kristie has served as Director of Financial Planning during which time she has played a lead role in all of K-Bro’s growth and financing initiatives. Kristie joined K-Bro from PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Chartered Accountant designation.

  • Portrait of Michael Percy - K-Bro Linen Director, Chair

    Michael Percy

    Chair, Director

    Michael Percy served as the Chief of Staff to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, was a Professor of Strategic Management at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta and served as Dean at the Alberta School of Business for three consecutive terms. He has received a BA (Honours) from the University of Victoria, an MA (Economics) and a PhD (Economics) from Queen’s University.

  • Portrait of Elise Rees - K-Bro Linen Director, Chair of Audit Committee

    Elise Rees

    Director, Chair of Audit Committee

    Elise Rees has over 35 years of experience in public accounting. She spent 18 years as a partner with Ernst & Young with 14 of these years focused on acquisitions, mergers and corporate restructuring. She has also been the global customer-coordinating partner for services to the BC Credit Union Industry. Elise is a Chartered Professional Accountant and obtained her FCPA and FCA designation from the Insititute of Chartered Accountants of BC in 2010. In 2007, Elise was honoured with the Influential Women in Business Award and the Ernst & Young Rosemarie Meschi Award for Advancing Gender Diversity and in 2012 with the Community Builder Award.

  • Portrait of Steven Matyas - K-Bro Linen Director

    Steven Matyas

    Director

    Steven Matyas most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer for Staples Retail, where he has held several key positions since 1991. He previously served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Flertom Investments, a chain of card, gift, and stationary stores. Steven also held the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at SuperPharm, a chain of franchised pharmacies.

  • Portrait of Matthew Hills - K-Bro Linen Director

    Matthew Hills

    Director

    Matthew Hills was a Managing Director of LLM Capital Partners, a private equity firm, through 2019, and was senior partner at BG Affiliates, the private equity group that acquired the Corporation in 1997. Matthew has also held positions at Signature Capital, LEK Partnership, Drexel Burnham Lambert and Bain & Company. He provides advisory consulting services to the Corporation. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA Economics and Politics) from Brandeis University.

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Audit Committee Charter (PDF)
Compensation & Governance Committee Charter (PDF)
Board of Directors Mandate (PDF)
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (PDF)
Insider Trading Policy (PDF)
Whistleblower Policy (PDF)
Majority Voting Policy (PDF)
Chairman of the Board Position Description (PDF)
Bylaws (PDF)
Articles of Incorporation (PDF)

Modern Slavery Act Report (PDF)

Strategic Growth. Dependable Income.

We have a disciplined proven growth strategy that focuses on customers, operations, sustainability, and profitability. Our team is focused on creating long-term value supported by strategic growth and dependable income.

Two K-Bro employees operating the commercial folding machine

For over 7 decades
K‑Bro processes & delivers laundry

365 days a year