Re4m started from basically nothing - an old display unit, a jig saw and hack saw from kijiji, some plastic scrap pieces and a can of black spray paint. And now more than 5 years later, its a corporation with a branded van, a 2000 sqft workshop, dozens of machinery and tools, and a growing team!
Re4m (Pronounced Reform) was started in 2016 by founder and lead fabricator, Heather, while she was working as a graphic designer at a local retail boutique.
"I didn't actually plan on starting a business recycling "waste" into new products but while I was working for a retailer, I had an environmental revelation!"
Heather initially observed an issue with commercial waste when working for this local boutique. At the time, the retailer was tossing old displays into the dumpster. When Heather asked why the displays (which were in good condition, but outdated) were being sent to the bin, the company responded by saying "It was just easier this way". That's when Heather realized many businesses were doing the same thing and there could be an opportunity to reduce the amount of commercial waste headed to Ottawa's landfills. She brought those old displays home and created 8 unique light boxes, becoming the catalyst for what Re4m is today.
Re4m Design and Fabrication strives to make a difference in Ottawa's commercial waste sector by alleviating otherwise thrown out materials from local businesses. We work with museums, construction companies, manufacturers, retailers and other establishments to divert commonly thrown out items. We use off-cuts, retired exhibits and many other materials to create authentic and original fixtures, furnishings and displays. You could say we make our own little circular economy!
Re4m Design and Fabrication's innovative recycling techniques, keen eye for design, and advocacy for the environment has earned Heather and the Re4m team recognition in several Canadian and Ottawa Based awards. When you work with Re4m, you can trust that you will recieve a sustainably made high quality product.
2019 Small Business Winner
Best in Manufacturing
2021 Winner of
Product of the year
2021- 1 of 10 National Winners of the BMO celebrating women in sustainability
2022 Winner of the Bootstrap Awards
- Green Category -
2022 Winner of
Skilled Trade SmallBiz of the Year
2023 Business Woman of the Year Finalist in Emerging Entrepreneur Category
2023 Nature Inspiration Finalist - Businesss
Founder / CEO - Lead Design and Expert Problem Solver
Without Heather, there would be no Re4m! Heather is a graduate of Carleton University's Industrial Design program and an award winning local entrepreneur.
Our woodworking extraordinaire! Kate is a graduate of the Selkirk Fine Furniture program and a bachelor of Fine Arts from Ottawa University. She has an excellent creative eye!
Cabinetmaker & Production Assistant
Our cabinetmaker apprentice! Jean-Seb is a graduate of the Selkirk Fine Furniture program and a skilled woodworker. He is incredibly diligent and precise with his works!
Industrial Designer & Production Assistant
Our technical talent! Khalil is skilled at operating our technical equipment including the laser, software, and IT. He is also the lead at Junction Gore Laser, Re4m's Laser Division.
Working together for a greener tomorrow
We primarily work with local businesses in industries such as food and hospitality, professional services, events and décor, retail, education and theatre arts. We are so lucky to have worked with these amazing companies serving Ottawa and Ontario;