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Owen Colbourne founded Coltons Consulting & Maintenance Inc. (CCM) in 1998 as a small company dedicated to high-quality loading dock maintenance, repair and equipment installation. After more than 15 years, the business has grown steadily. The team of 32 professionals service commercial...

The Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord school board offers continuous French-language education for residents living in the Nipissing-Parry Sound region of Ontario. The board provides programs that run from junior kindergarten through grade 12, and its facilities total 14 French Catholic...

Copcan Civil Ltd. (Copcan) has been in business since 1985, when the Gregson family first began performing land clearing work in British Columbia. Named after the business’ first project in Copper Canyon, B.C., Copcan began to...

In 1985, the Gregson family set out to start their own logging and road building company in British Columbia and they decided to name it after their first job building roads in Copper Canyon, an area just south of its headquarters in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Their company,...

Country Lane Builders has been in business for over 34 years.  Established in 1981 by Orlan Martin, the growing custom home builder has decades of experience in the construction industry. Country Lane delivers high-...

For 32 years, Cowden-Woods Design Builders Ltd. (Cowden-Woods) has carved a name as a trusted design-build firm based in Barrie, Ontario. Founded in May 1983 by Keith Cowden and Ron Woods, the firm started in...

After just a decade in business, Crystal Consulting Inc. has emerged as one of Vancouver’s top drywall contractors. The family-run firm is currently working on a great deal of the city’s real estate, including 17...

Alberto Ditta founded Cult Iron Works Ltd. (Cult) in 1975 armed with raw determination and a work ethic second to none. An Italian immigrant and blacksmith by trade, Ditta established himself in the Greater Toronto area as a specialist in miscellaneous metal fabrication. At the beginning Alberto...

Brandon, Manitoba, is a community that sticks together, and this has never been more true than within the past year. Summer 2011 brought a 300-year record flood across the province and over 1,000 Brandon residents were displaced. At the center of it all, Cumming & Dobbie (1986) Ltd. (Cumming...

Brian Rand founded Custom Cupola & Steeple Co. Ltd. (CCS) in 1989. Coming from a family of successful entrepreneurs, Brian understands that hard work and commitment are the foundations for any business. After a successful 20-year career as a site supervisor and project manager in the ICI...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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