About Us

Essentials by CSI is a private family owned company founded in 1979 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario with a US office in Niagara Falls, New York.

Our Story

For over 40 years, CSI has been sourcing products and developing supplier relationships overseas. As demand for masks and protective items exceeded domestic supply, Steve reached out to accredited suppliers overseas. Since CSI has the customer support, infrastructure and supply chains in place, we were able to bring protective items into North America quickly and for a reasonable price.

We will never participate in price gouging. Integrity is our backbone. We believe in doing the right thing, standing behind our promises and treating others with respect. We believe in being open, honest, and transparent with our customers, partners and employees.

Our Product Sourcing Experience

CSI has over forty years of experience sourcing product from overseas for our six business units.


CSI STARS is a recognition platform that connects people. Clients build stronger teams, boost morale, celebrate milestones and communicate more consistently across their organization with our social recognition tools and points for performance programs.

Insignia, Canadian Spirit logos

Insignia/Canadian Spirit sources product and customizes commemorative awards using CSI’s patented company branded medallions.

The Iniitials logo

The Initials Company is a line of personalized on-the-spot products featuring two custom branding areas; one for an individual’s initials and another for company logo or message.

Adspec logo

Adspec is a promotional display company that produces wind flags, custom tents, floor graphics, banners and more.

Simplex logo

Simplex is a popular line of company-branded flashlights, multi-tools, key chains, and knives great for promotional or appreciation gifts.

Cuffwear logo

Cuffwear provides uniquely branded and personalized cufflinks for anniversary milestones, client appreciation and special events.