Michels Canada Marks 25th Anniversary

Michels Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary by dedicating the year to the hardworking, innovative people who are continuing Michels’ tradition of safe, reliable infrastructure solutions across an international border.

Michels Canada was established in 1997 as Michels Directional Crossings Co. with a focus on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for the oil and gas industry. The company quickly branched out to serve other industries, like the award-winning Forest Lawn Siphon project for the Calgary wastewater system in 2002.

By 2006, the name was changed to Michels Canada to reflect a broader scope of work. In the next few years, geographic range and service offerings dramatically expanded. In addition to performing some of Canada’s most challenging HDD projects, Michels Canada built tunnels and mainline pipelines, and used cured-inplace pipe (CIPP) and spray-in-place pipe (SIPP) lining systems to rehabilitate sanitary and storm sewers. In 2013, Michels Canada completed Canada’s first Direct Pipe installation. In 2015, Michels Canada completed the longest 42-inch HDD in North America. In 2021, Michels Canada completed Canada’s longest-ever HDD and added electrical power construction services.

During that same timeframe, Michels Canada expanded its headquarters in Nisku, AB, and opened offices in Toronto and Vancouver.

Today, Michels Canada remains committed to Canada’s future by completing challenging, essential infrastructure construction and repair projects in highly urban and very remote locations. Projects are supported by nearly 1,000 people at offices in the Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver areas and jobsites throughout Canada. As a member of the Michels Family of Companies, Michels Canada is an independent operation with access to a global network of expertise and experience.

“As proud as I am of Michels Canada’s success, I am not surprised by it,” said Dean Cowling, President, Michels Canada. “Our integrity, commitment to safety, and respect for people, families and the environment are authentically aligned with what it means to be Canadian. We are optimistic about the future of our country and our role in its continued improvement of its infrastructure.”