Jan and Cathleen van der Westhuizen are the newest franchisees in Canada. They join 10 others already operating there and nearly another 40 up and running successfully in the United States. Their territory covers Stittsville to Rockland and all of the Greater Ottawa area including Alymer and Gatineau.

Big Life Transitions in the Works with Gotcha Covered a Noteworthy Part of the Equation

Jan has been a practicing attorney in South Africa for many years. He and Jan met and married there but relocated to Canada about a decade ago. For now, Jan’s legal practice is still centered in South Africa so he spends several months out of the year away from his family. But, starting their Gotcha Covered franchise is part of their bigger plan for him to slowly wind down his practice, replace that income, and live full-time in Ottawa with Jan and their two children.

Jan and Cathleen untitledAlthough Jan was the spouse that started the search for a business, Cathleen was involved and quickly found herself attracted to Gotcha Covered. Bringing her marketing acumen and outgoing personality to the partnership, Jan was attracted to first, the whimsy of the name, then, to the high-end products, the countless opportunities to find leads in her own metropolitan neighborhood, and the biggest picture motivator, to have her husband at home all the time.

Together, Jan and Cathleen bring the classic yin/yang combination to their business partnership.

More About Us

A Gotcha Covered franchise provides a lifestyle business with extraordinary profit potential through high margins and low operating expenses, all within a very cash-flow friendly model.

Utilizing our powerful and proprietary design software, our franchisees sell virtually everything for the interior of a window, both for the residential and commercial markets. Our extensive offering includes blinds, shades, shutters, window film, and fabric treatments such as draperies, curtains, swags and cascades covering hundreds of custom window treatments and accessory options.

Message from the President

Think of me as a resource to answer any questions you may have about how we like to do business. Feel free to call at 720.407.8618 or 800.200.0835 x331. You can also email me directly at plinenberg@gotchacovered.com

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


Paul Linenberg