Celebrating 25 Years!
At TeksMed, we have always been proud to be a pioneer in the Canadian disability management industry, but this year we are especially proud because 2019 marks 25 years in business. That’s right, we have now been in business for a quarter of a century – which kind of makes us the grandmaster of the industry!
Our company was founded on the idea that employers didn’t have to lose enormous amounts of money and productivity because of absenteeism and injuries; and that employees who were sick or injured shouldn’t have to endure unreasonable wait times simply to get a diagnosis. We set out to find solutions to these problems – and we did.
Over the last two and half decades, we have helped over 700 employers and countless employees through implementing work safety and back to work programs, and expediting diagnostic exams such as MRIs and CT scans. We have assisted in over 100,000 claims and have helped many of our clients reduce the amount of premiums they were paying into WCB by reducing claims costs by at least 15.3 million dollars.
Founded in 1994, TeksMed was a small company with a grand plan. It started as a one-man operation in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The mission was simple – to help employers navigate processes within the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) as efficiently as possible, saving them both time and money.
The company also introduced a simple concept that was quite ground breaking at the time. It was to help sick or injured employees obtain a diagnosis and treatment outside of the public Canadian healthcare system. This program, which is known as QuikCare expedited healthcare, significantly reduces wait times for employees to get diagnostic treatments (for example, an MRI which can have a two month or longer wait time can be received in less than 48 hours through QuikCare). This helps employees get the care they need faster and as a result, it reduces absenteeism at work.
In February of 2016, the company came under new ownership – a joint partnership between President, Tony Culhane, and Jeff Hunt who is a chartered accountant. Culhane, who had been TeksMed’s president since 2012 is one of the leading experts in disability management in Canada. With more than 30 years’ experience in the field, he is widely sought after and frequently travels the world to give lectures on disability management.
At TeksMed, we are always looking to grow and innovate. We have become a broker of unique employee benefits that companies can add to their existing group plans; we have rolled out a new more user-friendly claims management system; and we have broadened our services in the areas of stress management and mental health.
TeksMed has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The company now has offices in British Columbia, Ontario and on the East Coast and it serves clients in every Canadian province.
“We are extremely proud to be celebrating this milestone of 25 years,” said TeksMed President, Tony Culhane. “Our longevity in the industry is a testament to the value that we have provided to employers and employees over the years. It has been an honour to have such a positive impact on so many Canadian businesses, and we look forward to providing even more value and innovation in the coming years.”