Expertise in liquid filtration since 1955

We have the stock

Operating out of our 50,000 ft2 warehouse in the north end of Metropolitan Toronto, we have stock of most common industrial liquid filters, as well as some products for air filtration.

We have the experience

Having served the industrial filtration market for over 65 years, we have experience in brewing, food and beverage, water treatment, chemical, power generation, mining, and petrochemical markets among many others.

We have the knowledge

Our technical approach allows us to use over a half century of experience to identify the best product/solution for each distinct filtration application. Our technical team provides superior expertise and service to our customers.

Our history

  • 1955 – Founded as Lee Chemicals
    Chemical engineer George Lee founded Lee Chemicals Limited in 1955 to provide for effective distribution of Dicalite filter powders and some allied media and equipment to the liquid filtration market in eastern Canada.
  • 1974 – A new owner
    The current owner, Paul Lawrence, joined Lee Chemicals as a salesman in 1968 and became the owner in 1974 upon the retirement of George Lee.
  • 1983 – General Filtration and Engineering acquired
    In 1983 Lee Chemicals purchased a long-time competitor, General Filtration and Engineering and since then has been known as General Filtration. The purchase of General Filtration greatly enhanced the range of the company’s offerings for liquid filtration.
  • 1993 – product lines expanded
    1993 saw the purchase of Cantech Environmental and further expansion into the rolled non-woven media and machine tool coolant markets.
  • 1996 – Acquired new warehouse
    In 1996 the company moved from the founding location in downtown Toronto to a 50,000 sq. ft. building in Concord Ontario, just north of Toronto. The new building has allowed for better service to our existing customers, as well as for expansion without the need to move again.
  • Present – Expertise in liquid filtration
    General Filtration continues to serve the liquid filtration needs of the brewing, craft brewing, food and beverage, water treatment, chemical, wire drawing, mining, and electroplating markets among many others.

Meet our team

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Paul Lawrence

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Alan Voisin

Business & Development Manager

Christine Lawrence

Operation Manager
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Bill Lawrence

Senior Technical Consultant
Headshot of Ed Bridge

Ed Bridge

Senior Technical Consultant
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Cody Sabourin

National Sales Manager
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Serge Mardini

Product Development Manager
Headshot of Paul Peace

Paul Peace

Filtration Specialist
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Mike Termini

Filtration Specialist
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Lorne Hamilton

Filtration Specialist
Headshot of Zahid Zekria

Zahid Zekria

Inside Technical Sales
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Suzanne Bradley

Customer Service / Accounts Payable
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Quyen Nguyen

Supply Chain Manager
Headshot of Evelyn Siliezar

Evelyn Siliezar

Supply Chain Coordinator

Himani Verma

Accounts Receivable
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Martin Ibanez

Warehouse Manager
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Cameron Brady

Assistant Warehouse Manager
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Brandon Lock

Shipping & Receiving
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Robert Bogle

Shipping & Receiving

Learn more about General Filtration

  • What are your operating hours?

    Our office and warehouse are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

  • Do you offer on-site technical support?

    Yes. Many customers have operational problems with their filters, especially filters that use filter powder: pressure leaf filters, candle filters, rotary vacuum precoat filters and filter presses, among others. Our dedicated technical staff is available for on-site support, often at no charge. Contact us to request a visit.

  • Do you offer training sessions?

    Yes. General Filtration offers training sessions for many types of filtration equipment to help you and your team operate safely and efficiently.

  • I have a strange or unique filter, is this something you carry?

    We can source almost any type of liquid filter element. What some consider unusual we often consider routine.  We also provide custom solutions for unique applications.

  • Offrez-vous un service en français?

    Oui, nous serions ravis de vous servir en français. De plus, nous avons un bureau à Montréal dédié au marché québécois.