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Thriving on challenges: Jimmy Laroche

November 1, 2022  By Don Horne

Jimmy Laroche

The future of the heavy lifting industry looks bright. Armed with a strong work ethic, initiative, curiosity, and a commitment to training and safety, the 2022 winners of our Top 10 Under 40 contest are setting the bar for young professionals across the industry.

And it wasn’t easy paring down all of your entries to just 10 – there are so many excellent people out there under the age of 40 in our industry.

Whether they work in leadership, operations, maintenance, sales or support, these crane and hoist employees are highly regarded by their colleagues, clients and peers. Here we feature the man who made the cover:



Chief Mechanic, GUAY

Quebec City, Que.

Jimmy Laroche joined GUAY in 2012 as an electro mechanic. Almost from the start, it was apparent to all he was highly motivated to learn everything he could about cranes and what makes them tick.

“Progressively, Jimmy specialized himself on all things technical regarding lifting gear and machinery and has become our ‘go-to guy’ for electronic trouble shooting,” says Olivier Giguere, a coworker of Laroche’s for 10 years. “Through his hard work and dedication, Jimmy is now a reference for employees in our garages across the province.”

It is one of the many reasons why, in January 2021, he was nominated chief mechanic for GUAY’s Quebec City branch.

And although he has a new role, Laroche still likes to get his hands dirty and go on site whenever he has an opportunity.

“Jimmy is a dedicated and focused professional who thrives on challenges,” says Giguere. According to several of his colleagues, he is a wonderful mentor and coach, who never hesitates to share his knowledge and his passion for the field, as well as pushing the young mechanics to surpass themselves.

Submit an entry for our 2023 Top 10 Under 40 today. Click here.

You can see all 10 of our Top 10 in the November/December issue of Crane & Hoist magazine.

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