William James Hogg
William James Hogg of Fort William; a city in Ontario, Canada, located on the Kaministiquia River, at its entrance to Lake Superior. It amalgamated with Port Arthur and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre to form the city of Thunder Bay in January 1970. Since then, it has been the largest city in Northwestern Ontario.
Fort William was where this 4th generation Power lineman learned to weave the trails on the outskirts of his hometown, not yet developed in the countryside. He spent his childhood summers messing around by the trains and bike trails. These formative years helped cultivate the mindset for success in his midst—blossoming his energetic young mind to become the proud owner of Jaco Line Contractors Ltd and Jaco Environmental Systems, years later.
It could have been the love for the game Monopoly that pushed him into entrepreneurship. In any case, Mr. Hogg was driven for success. As he grew up, he transformed into an athletic but surprisingly small-built powerhouse. Mr. Hogg's ambitions were shaped by some significant moments in his childhood, sticking with him for the years to come.
This then little boy Jamie Hogg was smart and helpful. One evening his parents had friends come by for a BBQ. He had thought that the BBQ had gone out and figured gasoline was the solution. It was not, and little Jamie was burned all over his chest and body. It is devasting.
Mr. Hogg was known as Jamie, alternatively to his father Bill to which they were both named William at birth. Mr. James Hogg's father was an influential person, aspiring his son into the Powerline Industry at the early age of 15. Climbing that first pole was unforgettable.
His father was ab Electrician first rewiring houses. Then powerline work fell into his lap in 1975 with Great Lakes Forestry, housing over 100 camps. Mr. James Hogg's Father, William George Hogg, transitioned into working with generators and power poles and performing the installation and service of the lines that ran the work camps. Then working for Mahons, William George Hogg went into business for himself in 1970 with Don Bays. After a year or so, they fell out, and William George Hogg bought out Don and continued with his own Powerline Company.
Residing in Fort William until approximately 1970, Mr. Hogg sought friendship from his neighbour Billy Hamilton and his little black dog. Moving in grade 6 to Waverly Park towers in Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, a part of the North of the City of Thunder Bay, becomes merged in and about the same time frame of 1970.
His Mother and Father were rather strict. His mother, Moraine (Walsh), had hardened. She didn't tolerate much nonsense, leading to a unique perspective on the organizational strategies he implements within his company. Having extremely high expectations, just as his Mother and Father had for him. He takes the time to work with all his employees, training them to be orderly and detail orientated along the way.
Being that he aspired to become a lineman from a young age, detail orientation was a must. To this day, Mr. Hogg has an incredibly articulated, detail-oriented organizational strategy that is elite in nature.
The move was hard on Mr. Hogg, and he became the first child to fail a grade in 6th grade at his new open-concept school. His homeroom teacher Mr. Law failed him. A reasonable person with a kind heart helped Jamie get back on track in school, teaching him to grow up and take responsibility for his actions. His favourite class in school was math with his teacher Gordon Law. As Mr. Jamie Hogg would say, "He's a cool guy."
After failing in Grade 6, he knew he had to push harder and be more agile, faster, and wiser. He was always keeping his eyes on the sky, working towards his future in the Powerline Industry. Along the way, he played football as a starter. As surprising as it was for someone to be so strong yet with such a slight build. Sports included indoor hockey, track and field, running; sports were Mr. Jamie Hogg's teenage passion.
He claims it was the teacher that helped him discover his mathematical genius. Math is a large part of powerline work. This point couldn't be more critical. Since completing grade 6 and onward, Mr. Hogg strived for excellence. Now having numerous certifications under his belt, he reflects on when he first became a lineman.
Mr. Hogg was caught in a transitional era in general. The line trade was becoming a trade, and he was already working towards getting ticketed as a Journeyman Lineman. Jamie Hogg ended up completing it at the young age of 22. Had the trade included the previous hours he had worked towards the ticket; he would have got his Journeyman Lineman Trade Certificate at a younger age.
Mr. Hogg went on to inspire his son to become the 5th generation Lineman in his family. Although extremely close with his daughter, he also works with her; it's a tie between whom he would consider his favourite. His son Trevor is the youngest Lineman in Canada to become a Journeyman Lineman. Quite the accomplishment.
His daughter Stacey was just in her teens when she helped Mr. Hogg acquire his first contract as Jaco Line Contractors Ltd. from their garage in a small townhouse in Red Deer, Alberta.
This family was noted in local papers for a few extraordinary things. Firstly Mr. Hogg and his family were Skidoo enthusiasts, winning 2nd Place in the Nationals. They competed as a family, winning award after award until he took on building up his business to be a medium-sized Powerline Company, well know Nationally. Mr. Hogg has worked all across Canada. Mr. Hogg also spent time in the artic where he worked—surviving the most extreme natural elements such as extreme cold, wind, and scorching sun. He dedicated his entire life to work and his family with integrity wholeheartedly.
Another interesting fact about the Hogg family was recognized as the "Charger Family." Mr. Hogg purchased numerous Chargers in different colours at the peak of his career. One for each member of his close family and then some.
Later in life, Mr. Jamie Hogg took on the oceans by getting certified as a scuba diver. His new passion is to sway along the sea, gazing at the passing by giant mana rays and sharks and travelling the world spontaneously both for work and pleasure.
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