WOW Lighting & RMA History


Since 1956 Richard McDonald and Associates Ltd. (RMA) has been serving the lighting and lighting controls needs of Alberta as professional independent sales representatives. Over our many years in business, we have been privileged to represent many of the finest manufacturers in North America and from around the world.

Dick McDonald, the company founder, started the business based out of the family home and originally covered Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba until the mid-1960’s when his territory narrowed to Alberta and the North West Territories. 

Following Dick’s retirement in 1988, Richard (Rich) McDonald became President with a mandate to grow the business to support a rapidly growing line card.

Our late-1990’s to mid-2000’s history found senior ‘steering’ partnership positions filled by Mike Begert and Dan Parker.

Wow Lighting Inc. was developed as a branch of our business in the mid-1990’s to service the detailed specification support needs of the Architectural Lighting and Interior Design communities.  Both our studio locations are equipped with a full sales force surrounding the needs of this segment of the lighting industry.

In 2013 we celebrated the addition of three ‘Next Generation’ partners (Dixon, McKay, Warner) to our ranks, as a testament to our succession plans and commitment to the future of our company.  While 2016 was a bittersweet year for RMA as we not only celebrated our 60th year in business, but also said farewell to Richard McDonald in his retirement.

We pride ourselves, through both RMA and Wow Lighting, in our long standing ‘Design Assist’ service to the Commercial/Institutional (C+I), Lighting Controls, Decorative, Retail, Theatre/Entertainment, Infrastructure, and Industrial Lighting Markets.  We maintain dedicated sales/service professionals to ensure complete satisfaction with the controls systems that we specify and ultimately supply.

Our Clients are professional Engineers, Architects, Interior Designers, and Professional Lighting Designers.

Our Customers include Electrical Contractors, Electrical Distributors, Municipalities, and National Accounts. 

We currently operate from two fully resourced office/studio facilities in Calgary and Edmonton, with over thirty trained ‘Lighting Team’ members.

We are very serious about quality lighting… Our history shows it!

Mike Begert – President  Dan Parker – Vice President
Gordon McKay – Principal Ryan Dixon – Principal
Lance Warner – Principal