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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...

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...

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...