Appin was established in 1980 by two engineers - George Bowman and Grant Wichenko, and an architect, John Hockman. The company was named after Appin, a small town in Scotland near where George Bowman was born and raised, and famous for being the home of Castle Stalker, known to many as “Castle Aaaaagh” in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. Originally, the three partners worked from their homes with family and friends providing secretarial and bookkeeping services. However, it was not long before their innovative ideas enabled them to set up offices and begin to grow the company.
Grant N. Wichenko, P. Eng. - President, Appin Associates (1980-Present)
Mr. Wichenko began work as an analyst for the Manitoba Government. He went on to work as a consulting engineer for several years, creating market studies and business feasibility studies on variety of manufacturing and commercial ventures. His international work includes various projects in Zimbabwe, Barbados and France.
In 1980 he established Appin Associates with two partners and he has remained President through the company’s development and growth from dealing with small, residential solar projects to its present position as a North American leader in BACnet applications for HVAC systems, Direct Digital Control (DDC) Systems, Design, Specification and Commissioning and LEED-qualified energy efficiency control systems.