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David Watt took a chance in 1983 by founding D.A. Watt Consulting Group Ltd. (DAW) at a time when the economy of Alberta – and Calgary in particular – was in decline, sending unemployment up from four to 10 percent.

Against all odds Watt’s intuition paid off. The company began building...

Damar Security Systems (DSS) was founded in 1970 and has grown into one of southwestern Ontario’s leading electronic-security specialists, as well as one of the province’s largest independent full-service life-safety solutions providers. Husband-and-wife team Dave and Marie Currie started the...

Darpa Systems & Technology Inc. (Darpa) will boast three years of business in June 2013. Brothers Peter and Jake Ketler founded the greenhouse manufacturing company, which is growing in more ways than one thanks to a distinct area of expertise. The company operates from a 20,000-square foot...

On the website for Davco Welding Ltd. there’s a picture of 80 employees sitting and standing on or beside one of the company’s cranes on a sunny day. In uniforms of navy blue sweatshirts and blue jeans, these tradesmen specializing in oilfield construction are clearly more than a collection of...

With support from his father’s family trust, Cuckoo Kochar founded the DCR/Phoenix Group of Companies, a comprehensive land development and residential home building operation. Kochar had many years of experience in...

There are several greenhouse manufacturers in Canada, but few operate with the same level of experience and quality or can deliver with the same confidence as DeCloet Greenhouse Manufacturing Ltd. (DGM). DGM, located in Simcoe, Ontario, was founded in 1986 by Benjamin DeCloet based on a desire...

Deep Foundation Contractors Inc. (Deep Foundation) has been in business since 1971, established by Bill Lardner and David Miller Sr. For more than 40 years, the employee-owned company has provided safe, efficient...

In Masset, on the north shore, and Skidegate on the south shore of the islands of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Delmas Co-operative Association is the westernmost cooperative in Canada. With a population of...

Based in Delta, British Columbia, Delta View Farms Ltd. is one of the region’s most reputable greenhouse-tomato growers. Situated on 18 acres, Delta View Farms produces a range of tomato varieties, including beefsteak, roma and multicolored cherry tomatoes.

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Ed Dimillo is president of Dibco Underground Ltd. (Dibco), and he is the first to admit that the kind of work the Bolton, Ontario-based company has become known for isn’t for everyone. “Our primary line of work is in tunnels and shafts related to the sewer and water main system or heavy...

As a third-generation builder, Digram Developments Inc. and DiGreen Homes CEO, Mohsin Masood, is no stranger to the residential and commercial construction market.

“My grandfather was a builder, my father was a builder and now I am as well. It sort of...

Fall 2010 - Dipper Oilfield Developments got its start doing road maintenance in Northern Alberta in 1983, but as a shadow of its present incarnation. The company had only four employees and three pieces of equipment: a Grader, a D3B cat and an eight-ton picker truck....

Free from layers of corporate ownership, Discovery Foods has been offering customers a better shopping experience since 1993. The family-run company has two stores in the greater Campbell River, British Columbia, region, including Willow Point and Oyster...

DKC Sparklean Group (Sparklean) is an association of professionals in Edmonton, Alberta, committed to quality cleaning and restorative services. Sparklean celebrates its 20-year anniversary in September 2012 with a reputation for efficiency and fair pricing. Mike Howes, owner of Sparklean, is...

There are few things Gord Dol appreciates more than a level playing field, which is why he created Dol Turf Restoration Ltd. (Dol Turf) in 1993. His entrance into this sector wasn’t necessarily the biggest change of scenery, considering Dol grew up in the industry. From the very beginning, Gord...

Dole Food Company Inc. (Dole) ranks first among the world’s producers of high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables and packaged foods. As the industry leader, Dole sets a high bar for quality, safety and nutrition without sacrificing flavour. After all, the nutrient content of a product won’t matter...

Since 1965, Dominion Farm Produce Ltd. has been processing, packing, storing and shipping fresh root vegetables in Bradford, Ontario. The central depot, where local growers would bring produce for packing and distribution, grew steadily...

Donald’s Market (Donald’s) was founded in 1986 to provide Vancouver’s Sunrise neighborhood with an independently owned source for the freshest groceries and specialty items. This store, located on East Hastings Street, is a thriving example of how a commitment to offering the healthiest...

To keep a city the size of Toronto running, it is what lies below the surface that counts. Between water mains, filtration plants, valves, hydrants, pumping stations and various systems, Toronto has more than $9 billion in water assets. For 25 years, Drainstar Contracting has worked to keep...

Dramis Network Cabling Ltd. (Dramis) is a structured cabling and wiring contractor with five locations throughout Atlantic Canada, including Moncton, New Brunswick; Fredericton, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Dramis wires buildings for...

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