About Southmedic

Our Culture

The hallmark of Southmedic’s endeavours has been to bring innovative and unique surgical and medical products to healthcare that improve clinical outcomes, enhance clinician performance, and have a beneficial financial impact.


We believe in finding a better way!


We do this by:


  • Employing and providing fulfilling careers to passionate people who care about improving patient care
  • Offering products that our customers can trust and depend on
  • Maintaining a global company footprint with a small company feel, to remain fast and agile
  • Challenging traditional thinking by providing innovative solutions to improving healthcare
  • Operating in a way that is extraordinarily customer focused
  • Delivering quality products and services through continuous improvement, education and dedicated focus
  • Consistently going above and beyond to demonstrate to our customers that we truly care
  • And always doing the right thing


“At Southmedic our passionate team challenges traditional thinking by providing innovative solutions that improve healthcare globally. We proudly operate in a way that is customer focused, transparent, and provide quality products that our customers can trust and depend on.”


– Lee McDonald, Founder and CEO

Our History

Southmedic is a privately owned corporation established in 1983 to provide innovative healthcare products that improve the quality of care with better patient outcomes.


Southmedic’s in house R&D team have successfully innovated proprietary anesthetic and respiratory products. The OxyMask™ is patented and sold globally. Southmedic’s polymer coated blades and scalpels are regarded by many as the sharpest, smoothest cutting edge available. Our constant focus in Research and Development and Innovation has allowed us to develop CABO™, the first safety scalpel cartridge to fit a standard surgical scalpel handle. Our dynamic Canadian Distribution Division has grown to be one of the largest independent distributors of specialty products focusing on technical support and knowledge that is essential to providing a better healthcare experience.


Incorporated, Hamilton ON

Patented Anaeslock

Anaeslock Launch

Selling in 20 Countries within 6 months

1987 to 1990

Launched Vapofil

Launched Face & Eyeshields

Moved to Barrie ON, 2,000 sq ft facility

Expanded team to 4 employees

Canadian Southmedic

1991 to 1995

Launched Canadian Distribution Division

Purchased current building, 14,000sq. ft

Acquired Ericana Industries, providing in-house tooling & molding

Expanded team to 20 employees

1996 to 1997

Received ISO 9001

Built a Certified Class 100,000 Injection Molding Clean Room

Acquired M-Des Industries to expand manufacturing capabilities

Lee McDonald awarded with Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award for International Competitiveness

1998 to 2000

Expanded worldwide exports to 45+ countries

Expanded to 30,000 sq ft

Expanded team to 55 employees

Southmedic accepted as a member of Innovative Alliance for Innovative Growth Firm

2001 to 2005

Board of Directors established

Building expanded to 60,000 sq ft

Received ISO 13485, CMDCAS and MDD 98/42/EEC Annex ll

Launched OxyArm™ worldwide

2006 to 2007

Launched OxyMask™ worldwide

Lee McDonald awarded with Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award

2008 to 2010

Acquired Personna Medical Blades & Scalpels

Acquired Capnoxygen

Expanded team to 100 employees

Lee McDonald awarded with Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

2011 to 2013

Acquired OMI Safety Scalpel System

Acquired Medonyx (BetterShield)

In-house blade grinding, and sterilization

2014 to 2015

Acquired Canica Medical Products – rebranded to Dynamic Tissue Systems® (DTS)

Second location of 40,000 sq ft acquired in Barrie ON

Warehouse locations in Chicago, Illinois and Luxembourg

Canada's Best Managed Companies - Platinum Member - Southmedic

2016 to Present

Platinum Member of Canada 50 Best Managed Companies

Expanded team to over 250 employees

Global sales to over 80 countries