IT STARTED WITH A BROOMSTICK…
A simple concept that brought 3 individuals together. They started
a company dedicated to changing lives through functional products.
Don Ed has been in the home health care industry since its infancy. For over 4 decades, Conval-Aid (the Ed family business) has been providing the Ottawa area with home health aids and wheelchairs. Through years of site visits and helping clients in the store, Don has developed an empathetic nature – always able to relate to customers & therapists. He has a genuine passion for making products more functional, as he has heard the concerns from those who are most affected by limited mobility.
Ed Thomas is an occupational therapist, serving the Ottawa area for over 25 years. He is dedicated to prescribing the right product, tailored to match the exact needs of his clients. Since every person’s needs and abilities are different, many products on the market did not offer the best support for his clients. People would often comment on the appearance of these devices and frequently expressed wishes, “If only this item was not so institutional or mechanical looking.” Ed was able to channel this frustration into creative solutions, often safely modifying products to suit (or in many cases, create something original).
PRESIDENT & CEO
John O’Brien has enjoyed the challenge of making things better as long as he can remember. As a teenager, he recalls creating simple solutions to make life easier for his grandmother, Rita, who was a wheelchair user. Like many engineers, John has always had a curiosity for how things work. But this curiosity is not limited to mechanical gadgets; John is also interested in how the physical world we create can affect our moods and perceptions. Having this broad knowledge allows John the ability to explore the possibilities of how things can be made better.